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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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Eglin missions remain, but under new names

Posted July 23, 2012 by

The diverse Air Armament Center missions at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., officially became part of two other Air Force Materiel Command centers during a ceremony July 18.

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Iron Dome System demonstrates U.S-Israeli partnership

Posted August 2, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

After passing through an orchard of fruit-laden apple trees and passing fields of corn and vegetables, it's jarring to come across a rocket...

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New DIA director expects intensified demands for intelligence

Posted August 13, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

The new director of the Defense Intelligence Agency is approaching his dream job with eyes wide open, valuing people over technology and expecting a future that holds more intense demands for intelligence. Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn became DIA director July 24, as well as commander of the collocated joint functional component command for…

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Hurricane Hunters provide critical data during major storms

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As the Air Force Reserve’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, better known as the “Hurricane Hunters,” wrap up their mission flying through Hurricane Isaac, one of the unit’s pilots provided an insight into who they are and some facts and figures about how they perform during their dangerous missions. Lt. Col. Jeff Ragusa is based with…

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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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KC-46 enters critical design review phase

Posted September 25, 2012 by by SrA. Tabitha N. Haynes

The Air Force KC-46A program director described the critical development phases of the next-generation refueling aircraft during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Maj. Gen. John F. Thompson, program executive officer for Tanker Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,…

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SkySat balloon, payload launch impresses Army officials

Posted October 18, 2012 by by DJ Montoya

The crisp early morning of Oct. 11 saw a number of hot air balloons in the sky above Colorado Springs Airport. However, one balloon had a particular mission and stood out from the rest.

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Pentagon moves to refine acquisitions process, official says

Posted November 7, 2012 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department continues to do all it can to enhance the defense acquisition process, improving the Pentagon’s buying power and maximizing value for taxpayers’ money, a senior Pentagon official said Nov. 5. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his latest efforts to improve the process as he spoke during…

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Contract award helps keep BACN airborne

Posted November 26, 2012 by Patty Welsh

The Space, Aerial and Nuclear Network Division here recently awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. for long-term platform maintenance on four E-11A aircraft. The current amount awarded is $48 million, which is for a one-year base. There are four one-year options, which could eventually bring the value to $260 million. The E-11A…

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