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Keel laid for future USS Gabrielle Giffords

Posted April 18, 2014 by

The Navy and Austal USA held a keel-laying ceremony for the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy’s 10th littoral combat ship (LCS), in Mobile, Ala., April 16. The keel-laying ceremony recognizes the first joining together of a ship’s components. While modern shipbuilding processes allow fabrication of individual modules to begin months earlier, the…

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DOD needs new base closure round, senior official says

Posted May 12, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said. We cannot afford to waste money on infrastructure that essentially taxes the war fighters for the readiness…

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Allied air forces paved way for D-Day

Posted May 30, 2014 by SSgt. Ryan Crane

The mention of "D-Day" conjures iconic images of men storming a beach riddled with barbed wire, smoke and craters created by German mortar batteries; of men advancing toward machine gun nests and acts of heroism as they made their way inland to secure a foothold in mainland Europe.

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B-2 Spirits land at Nellis

Posted June 27, 2014 by

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler B-2 Spirit aircrew members from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., depart for their aircraft June 23, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. Half of the pilots are active duty, and the other half are Air National Guard. These pilots are participating in total force integration which is designed to…

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AOC integral to Red Flag 14-3 operations

Posted July 25, 2014 by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika Members of the Air and Space Operations Center work during Red Flag 14-3 operations July 22, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Armed with personnel from intelligence and communications backgrounds, AOC members, who each have a specific task to fill in distinct cells ranging from combat…

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Bomber crews showcase take-off talents

Posted August 18, 2014 by SSgt. Jason McCasland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_8qr7ojpWg&feature=player_embedded Air Force photograph by SSgt. Sean Martin A B-52H Stratofortress starts its engines during a Minimum Interval Takeoff on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Aug. 14, 2014. Common place during the Cold War, a MITO challenges crews to get multiple aircraft airborne as quickly as possible in response to an alert call. Ten B-52H…

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Lockheed Martin F-35A completes first night refueling mission

Posted March 27, 2012 by

The first night refueling in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 program was completed March 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Piloted by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vitt, AF-4, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, rendezvoused with an Air Force KC-135 tanker and…

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U.S. missile defense counters growing threat

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Six days after North Korea’s failed long-range rocket launch, the head of the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency testified on Capitol Hill about bolstering U.S. defenses against a growing ballistic missile threat. Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Patrick J. O’Reilly appeared April 18 before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee to discuss the administration’s fiscal…

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Air Force innovation

Posted May 8, 2012 by by Major Angela O'Connell

COTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., (AFNS) — Lt. Gen. Robert R. Allardice, Air Mobility Command’s vice commander, was among a panel of educators and civic leaders in St. Louis on April 27 to discuss the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or better known as STEM, education to an audience of teachers, parents...

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B-1 aircrews make history by employing laser JDAMS

Posted May 17, 2012 by by A1C Hrair H. Palyan

B-1 Lancer aircrews from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., employed laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions against moving targets during a weapon system evaluation program exercise May 14 through 16.

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