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Sequestration will hollow out force fast, Dempsey says

Posted January 18, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The across-the-board spending cuts that would result if a “sequestration” mechanism in budget law kicks in March 1 will hollow out U.S. military forces faster than most Americans imagine, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Jan. 17. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during a recent news briefing that if sequestration happens,…

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Airmen gear up for largest B-1 modification

Posted February 1, 2013 by A1C Charles V. Rivezzo

Photograph courtesy of Jake Melampy Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron is gearing up for the largest B-1 modification in program history, as part of the Integrated Battle Station and Sustainment-Block 16 upgrade. Members of the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, are gearing up for the largest…

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Bagram airmen move Marmal

Posted February 15, 2013 by SrA. Chris Willis

Air Force photograph by SrA. Chris Willis Airmen from 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron, Detachment 3, load pallets onto a C-17 Globemaster III at Camp Marmal, Afghanistan, Jan 30, 2013. Airmen belonging to the 455th EAPS are charged with unloading and loading every aircraft carrying supplies or personnel into and out of Camp Marmal supporting…

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Secretary details results of sequestration uncertainty

Posted March 4, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Soldier and Marine training, Air Force flying hours and Navy steaming days are being curtailed thanks to the $47 billion in cuts DOD must make before Sept. 30, 2013, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said March 1. The secretary stressed at the start of his first press conference as Defense Secretary that the uncertainty caused by…

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F-35B arrives at Edwards for missions systems testing

Posted March 15, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Reynolds BF-17 arrival at Edwards Air Force Base March 5. The F-35B is the short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the F-35 Lightning II and is operated by the Marine Corps. It’s the first mission systems B-variant to arrive at Edwards. The F-35 Integrated Test Force expanded their…

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Budget crisis threatens severe readiness impact

Posted March 29, 2013 by Donna Miles

The Pentagon comptroller painted a sobering picture of the Defense Departmentís fiscal landscape March 28, telling members of the financial community that unless sequestration is de-triggered soon, military readiness will suffer deeply. The continuing resolution that President Barack Obama signed into law yesterday provides slight relief in authorizing the Defense Department to shift funds between…

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‘Compass Call’ing: Are you listening?

Posted April 10, 2013 by SSgt. David Dobrydney

Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Dobrydney Tech. Sgt. Justin Longway checks a patch panel aboard an EC-130 Compass Call March 23, 2013, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 41st EECS flies nightly missions in support of troops on the ground. Longway is an airborne maintenance technician with the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron. Even high…

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Army says fiscal year 2014 budget request ‘meets future challenges’

Posted April 29, 2013 by David Vergun

The fiscal year 2014 budget "meets future challenges, strengthens global engagements, provides for resets, sustains the industrial base and fulfills commitments to Soldiers, civilians and families," the Army's top civilian leader told lawmakers.

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U.S.-Djibouti to establish strategic, defense forum

Posted May 13, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Djiboutiís minister of foreign affairs, agreed to establish a bilateral strategic and defense forum May 11 during a meeting in Djibouti City, Djibouti. ìThe forum will provide a formal and enduring structure for discussing and coordinating issues of mutual concern between the two nations,î according to…

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Predator passes 20,000-hour mark in Afghanistan

Posted May 29, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

An MQ-1 Predator assigned at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently became the first Predator to pass 20,000 flying hours over Afghanistan, a feat equivalent to flying 15 hours every other day, for 2,667 days.

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