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20th Air Force commander relieved of command

Posted October 14, 2013 by

Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of 20th Air Force Oct. 11 due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment. Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation into Carey’s behavior during a temporary…

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AFRL engineers conduct rain erosion testing

Posted November 6, 2013 by

Materials and coatings created for aerospace systems that travel at high rates of speed are repeatedly exposed to rain droplets could make the systems, materials and coatings susceptible to damage or erosion. Engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate’s Systems Support Division conducted testing on mission critical components for a Navy…

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Air Force offers ROTC cadets, newly-commissioned grads service commitment release

Posted December 4, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets slated to graduate in 2014 and recently commissioned graduates in the Individual Ready Reserve waiting to enter active duty may be eligible for release from their military service commitment, Air Force officials said today. Cadets and recent graduates classified into the following fields may apply: 13M Airfield Operations 13N Nuclear…

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DOD looks 25 years ahead in unmanned vehicle roadmap

Posted December 28, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Strategy and budget realities are two aspects of the Defense Department's new Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released Dec. 23.

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Pentagon to review strategic nuclear deterrence mission

Posted January 24, 2014 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a review of U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence forces and their ability to carry out their mission, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said Jan. 23. At a Pentagon press briefing, Kirby said the secretary still has confidence in the strategic deterrence force, but seeks to upgrade the entire…

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Remotely piloted aircraft flies first long-duration test using repurposed satellite

Posted February 7, 2014 by Russ Mayes

Using a repurposed commercial satellite, Air Force crews flew MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers from Creech Air Force Base, Nev., during multiple missions in November and December. A test team with the 53rd Test Management Group, Detachment 4 and led by Lt. Dan Broyles successfully demonstrated inclined orbit satellite capability for MQ-1 and MQ-9 to…

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Manas KC-135s complete final mission, leave Kyrgyzstan

Posted February 26, 2014 by SSgt. Travis Edwards

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Travis Edwards As a KC-135 Stratotanker taxis, the members of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing salute Feb. 24, 2014, at Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The KC-135 departed the after the final refueling mission over Afghanistan from the Transit Center. The Transit Center’s final aerial refueling mission over Afghanistan landed…

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Pentagon must focus on insider threat

Posted March 19, 2014 by Lolita C. Baldor

Reviews triggered by the Washington Navy Yard killings last year have concluded that threats to Defense Department personnel and facilities increasingly are coming from trusted insiders, and to defeat them the Pentagon must beef up security from within. An independent study and an internal review ordered after the September 2013 massacre and released Tuesday said…

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Defense weather satellite continues legacy program

Posted April 4, 2014 by Peter W. Merlin

An Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, Calif., April 3, carrying a satellite that will be used to monitor meteorological, oceanographic and solar-terrestrial physics for the Department of Defense.

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B-1B software upgrade to ensure future warfighting capabilities

Posted April 18, 2014 by Jet Fabara

In order to keep the B-1B Lancer's capabilities ready to operate now and well into the fast-paced integrated battlefield of the future, the 419th Flight Test Squadron began testing Sustainment Block 16A (SB 16A) software upgrades April 1.

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