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MAFFS operations move west

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Military C-130s equipped with the U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems have moved staging operations from Cheyenne, Wyo. and Colorado Springs, Colo., to Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City.

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Pentagon to make database to track medal awardees

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Robert Burns

The Pentagon plans to establish a searchable database of military valor awards and medals, hoping for a technological fix to the problem of people getting away with lying about earning military honors. Pentagon press secretary George Little said details have yet to be worked out, but the intention is to have a digital repository of…

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Fifth F-35B test aircraft returns to Patuxent River

Posted July 13, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph

The F-35B test aircraft BF-5 returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., June 26 after a planned modification period in Fort Worth, Texas. BF-5 fills the complement of five F-35B test aircraft at NAS Patuxent River.

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NAWCWD performs final live-fire testing for P-8A

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The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Weapons Survivability Lab recently received a P-8A Poseidon fuselage at China Lake, Calif., that will be used to verify the effectiveness of the aircraft's fire...

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Navy engineers test hybrid hydraulic technologies with heavy construction equipment

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Darrell F. Waller

Hybrid hydraulic technologies are being tested July 9-13 by Navy and Army engineers seeking to achieve greater energy efficiencies and reduce costs among the Department of Defense’s heavy construction fleet. The Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, is working with engineers from the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center; the 1st Naval Construction Division;…

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Press secretary objects to Congressional Budget Office forecasts

Posted July 13, 2012 by By Jim Garamone

A Congressional Budget Office analysis suggesting the Pentagon budget will be $123 billion higher than expected over the next five years...

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Wing flies 100th F-35 Lightning II sortie

Posted July 13, 2012 by Air Force photographs by Maj. Karen Roganov

Marine Lt. Col. David Berke, commanding officer for the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, taxis in from completing the 100th F-35 Lightning II sortie at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Fla., July 11, 2012.

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China visit represents positive step

Posted July 11, 2012 by by Donna Miles

Recognizing that the United States and China have more areas of convergence than differences, the top U.S. officer in the Pacific said he's more convinced after his recent visit there that the two countries can...

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DOD working to halt budget sequestration, Little says

Posted July 11, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is working to avoid the possibility of budget sequestration, a maneuver which would trigger massive, across the board cuts in defense spending, something Pentagon Press Secretary George Little described July 10 as an “absurd” situation. “We have daily discussions with the Office of Management and Budget on a range of budget issues,…

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Deployed airmen choreograph vital F-16 maintenance

Posted July 11, 2012 by by TSgt. Stephen Hudson

After 400 flight hours, the F-16s of the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron are due for a thorough inspection - and the airmen working in the phase dock here are the ones keeping the jets in the fight.

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