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Dozens of air shows cancel without military jets

Posted April 29, 2013 by M.L. Johnson

Dozens of air shows that draw tens of thousands of people and generate millions of dollars for local economies have been cancelled this year after the military grounded its jet and demonstration teams because of automatic federal budget cuts. For years, the biggest draws at air shows have been the military’s two elite jet teams,…

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Spangdahlem AB airmen launch final A-10 sortie in Europe

Posted May 15, 2013 by SSgt. Daryl Knee

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Jonathan Pomeroy Lt. Col. Jeffrey Hogan receives an American flag from Senior Airman Christopher Nichols May 14, 2013, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. This tactical sortie is scheduled to be the last before the squadronís inactivation in June. Hogan is the 81st Fighter Squadron director of operations from Olympia, Wash….

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Air Force to consolidate F-22 depot maintenance at Hill AFB

Posted May 31, 2013 by

Air Force officials announced May 29 they are consolidating depot maintenance for the F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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Redesigned helicopter weapons mount brings increased fields of fire

Posted June 19, 2013 by

An engineering team here recently redesigned and tested a UH-1Y helicopter weapons mount which will provide extended ground-firing capabilities to Marines in Afghanistan.

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Air Force firefighting aircraft repositioned

Posted July 10, 2013 by Lt. Col. Robert Carver

Air Force photograph by SSgt. J. Breeden A 302nd Airlift Wing C-130, outfitted with a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, taxis along the Peterson Air Force Base runway preparing to assist with firefighting efforts throughout the Colorado Springs region June 12, 2013. MAFFS is designed to assist ground firefighting crews by dispersing fire retardant agents,…

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CNO defends LCS program in wake of GAO skepticism

Posted July 26, 2013 by PO1 Peter D. Lawlor

The Littoral Combat Ship program was under a microscope this week after the Government Accountability Office released a critical, 72-page report today scrutinizing the cost of the program.

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Unique testing helps war fighter, saves lives

Posted August 14, 2013 by Jenny Gordon

When large transport or rotary-wing aircraft support a mission in a deployed location, there’s always the threat of those wanting to harm to the lives and assets onboard. That includes risks from a range of shoulder-fired, vehicle-mounted and other infrared-guided missiles capable of following the path of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III or C-130…

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Official warns of continued spending cuts in next fiscal year

Posted September 4, 2013 by Nick Simeone

With the new fiscal year less than a month away, a senior Defense Department official delivered a warning Sept. 4 at a defense cooperation conference in Washington, D.C.: expect the current spending cuts triggered by sequestration to be part of the budget landscape for the foreseeable future. Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense…

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Software update keeps B-52 at forefront of bomber fleet

Posted September 20, 2013 by A1C Joseph Raatz

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Jonathan Snyder Maj. Chris Weir, left, and Capt. Greg Lepper, 96th Bomb Squadron B-52H Stratofortress navigators, navigate a B-52 during a Green Flag-East training mission over Fort Polk, La., Aug. 21, 2013. GF-E is a realistic air-land integration combat training exercise meant to replicate deployed warfare conditions. The B-52 Stratofortress…

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Navy stands up F-35C Squadron At Eglin

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The U.S. Navy and the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., officially reconstituted the highly decorated VFA-101 Grim Reapers Squadron during ceremonies held on the Emerald Coast Oct. 2. VFA-101 will fly the Navyís newest aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, to perform the mission of training pilots and sailors to…

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