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Air Force begins testing newest AEHF satellite

Posted September 17, 2012 by Scott Prater

Following a four-month journey, the second Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite reached geosynchronous orbit Aug. 27. The event is significant to the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., because nearly 100 squadron members are now heavily involved in testing the vehicle. The Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles will…

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Panetta addresses Osprey, territory disputes in Japan visit

Posted September 17, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

On a day that he began in Japan and is finishing in China, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta responded to questions on the U.S. deployment of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Okinawa and the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands. The Osprey has been a controversial topic since the aircraft was…

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Underwater construction team conducts assessment of USS Arizona memorial dock

Posted September 14, 2012 by PO3 Dustin W. Sisco

Underwater Construction Team 2, from Port Hueneme, Calif., conducted an assessment of the chains holding the dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Sept. 11. “Today, we’re taking a look at the dock supports,” said Billy Crowe, Park Service diver for the World War II Valor in the Pacific museum….

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F-35A maintenance training on track

Posted September 14, 2012 by George Woodward

As the Air Force begins its Operational Utility Evaluation of the F-35A Lightning II, maintenance training to support the joint strike fighter is also preparing for key program milestones. Though the first “pipeline” students – basic military training graduates – don’t begin training until January 2014, the two units in charge of F-35A maintenance training…

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Alaska Reserve F-22 unit becomes fully operational

Posted September 14, 2012 by Capt. Ashley Conner

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso Col. Bryan Radliff, 477th Fighter Group commander, declares the 477th FG fully operational capable during a ceremony during the groups monthly Unit Training Assembly weekend Sept. 9. The 477th FG traces its unit back to the 477th Bombardment Group, a Tuskegee Airmen unit that never reached FOC. The…

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Navy to christen second Joint High Speed Vessel

Posted September 14, 2012 by

The Navy will christen the Joint High Speed Vessel Choctaw County, named for three U.S. counties, located in Mississippi, Alabama and Oklahoma, which share the county’s name, during a ceremony in Mobile, Ala., Sept. 15. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Women from Ackerman High School’s class of 1966,…

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Airmen wrap up Winfly on the ‘ice’

Posted September 12, 2012 by SSgt. Sean J. Tobin

Air Force photograph Airmen from the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord deployed to Christchurch International Airport, New Zealand, to conduct winter flying into McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Aug. 29, 2012, in support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation. During the period, crews transported 388 passengers and 265,000 pounds…

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Air Force joins NATO partners in Ramstein Rover 2012

Posted September 12, 2012 by SrA. Natasha Stannard

Air Force photograph by SrA. Natasha Stannard A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 81st Fighter Squadron line up for takeoff in support of a close air support mission during Ramstein Rover 2012 at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, Sept. 10, 2012. RARO 12 is a NATO partnership-building exercise involving more than 16 nations. Participating in exercises…

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New expeditionary UAV takes off from China Lake, sans runway

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Navy photograph Navy and Insitu personnel lift the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System on to launcher in preparation for flight at Naval Air Station China Lake, Calif., Sept. 10. The Navy successfully launched its newest small unmanned aircraft without using a runway Sept. 10 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. A little…

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Fighting birds with birds

Posted September 11, 2012 by A1C Jose L. Leon

Photograph courtesy of the National Geographic Society In this image released by the National Geographic Society, a peregrine falcon is shown similar to one of the falcons that will be used in McConnell Air Force Base’s Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program. The 22nd Air Refueling Wing Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program at McConnell Air Force…

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