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F-35 training ‘Year of execution’ in review

Posted January 21, 2013 by

This time last year, the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stood up its Marine squadron with a fleet of aircraft with the thought 2012 would be their “year of execution.” Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs stationed here would take off for their first of hundreds of sorties that year once they…

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Europe remains cornerstone of U.S. engagement, Biden says

Posted February 5, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Europe remains the cornerstone and catalyst for America‚Äôs engagement with the world, Vice President Joe Biden said in Munich Feb. 2. The vice president spoke at the annual Munich Security Conference, where he also addressed the situation with Iran and what the nations of the world can do together to confront the terrorist threat. The…

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First Afghan Air Force C-208 CASEVAC a success

Posted February 20, 2013 by Capt. Anastasia Burgess

Canadian Air Force photograph by Sgt. Vaughan Lightowler Flight nurses from the Afghan Air Force Clinic in Kabul, assisted by the AAF Surgeon General, Col. Abdul Rasoul Mayel, lift the first litter borne patient in Afghan Air Force history transported by a Cessna 208, off the aircraft in Kabul, Feb. 11, 2013. In another historic…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted March 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA – which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools – maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful that we need…

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Air Force selects Pennsylvania Guard wing for new high-tech mission

Posted March 20, 2013 by

The U.S. Air Force has chosen the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located in Horsham, Penn., to take on a new remotely piloted aircraft mission. The National Guard Bureau has authorized the wing to establish a ground-control station for the MQ-9 Reaper at Horsham Air Guard Base effective Oct. 1, 2013. “This is…

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Hagel details U.S.-Japan consolidation plan for Okinawa

Posted April 5, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

The United States and Japan have announced a new plan that will reduce the U.S. footprint on the island of Okinawa while ensuring an operationally effective U.S. force presence in the region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said April 5. The plan, released today in Tokyo, is a key step forward in implementing the 2006 Realignment…

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Air Force Combat Talons fly for last time

Posted April 22, 2013 by TSgt. Samuel King Jr.

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Samuel King Jr. Aircrew from the 919th Special Operations Wing admire their aircraft, the MC-130E Combat Talon I, in flight one last time April 15, 2013, during its final flight before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th SOW and are scheduled to be…

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C-130 squadron first to perform new airdrop method

Posted May 6, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed the first combat Extracted Container Delivery System, or XCDS, airdrop April 29, successfully demonstrating the increased accuracy that this new technology provides.

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F-35 instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

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Air Force photograph by MSgt. John Nimmo F-35A Lightning II pilots navigate their aircraft toward a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing here trained with others to qualify in aerial refueling for the joint…

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Japanese troops head to California beach for training

Posted June 10, 2013 by Julie Watson

Japanese troops will converge on California’s southern coast in the next two weeks as part of a military exercise with U.S. troops aimed at improving that country’s amphibious attack abilities. U.S. and Japanese military officials said the unprecedented training, led by U.S. Marines and sailors, will help Japan’s Self-Defense Force operate in stronger coordination with…

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