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AF to change instructions for oaths

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The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words So help me God from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from the Department…

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Aviation Restructure Initiative allows UAS workhorses to remain aloft

Posted October 6, 2014 by Kelly Pate

Army photograph Pvt. Kenneth Lewis and Pvt. Austin Morrison assemble a Shadow Unmanned Aircraft System during training at 2-13th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, based at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., in July. In a climate of deep fiscal cuts, the Army’s Aviation Restructure Initiative has some good news for its Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  With the Army…

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Air Force completes historic fuel conversion

Posted November 3, 2014 by MSgt. Brad West

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Christopher Boitz Col. Linda Hurry grinds off a JP-8 fuel decal on an R11 refueler as part of the Air Force transition to commercial jet fuel Oct. 15, 2014, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The Jet A conversion is a Department of Defense cost saving initiative that will save the…

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Military balance requires closures, realignments

Posted February 6, 2012 by

The Defense Department needs another round of base realignments and closures if the military is to retain its balance, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Feb. 1. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the Reserve Officers Association that as the military cuts $487 billion over the next 10 years, infrastructure must change…

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New jet engine test cells under construction at Tinker

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Mike W. Ray

Two more jet-engine test cells are under construction at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. According to Mason Hopkins, Engine Test Program Manager with the 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group, one of the structures will provide depot testing capability for the F135 engine, the power plant in the F-35 Lightning II…

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Aircraft Spotlight: AH-64 Apache Helicopter

Posted May 4, 2012 by by Marti Jaramillo

The AH-64 Apache, the world’s premier twin-engined Army attack helicopter, was designed to be an extremely tough survivor under combat. The prototype Apache made its first flight Sept. 30, 1975, as the YAH-64, and in 1976, Hughes received a full-scale development contract. In 1982, the Army...

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Pentagon chief slams House panel for budget extras

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta slammed a House panel recently for adding billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s defense budget, including money for a new East Coast missile defense site that the military says is unnecessary. Just hours after the House Armed Services Committee approved its $642 billion spending blueprint, Panetta and Army Gen. Martin…

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U.S., Pakistan military coordination improves

Posted May 31, 2012 by by Claudette Roulo

In a sign of improving coordination between the United States and Pakistan, two U.S. military liaison officers recently returned to Pakistan, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby told reporters May 31.

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Time for U.S. to join Law of Sea Convention

Posted June 14, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Accession to the longstanding United Nations Law of the Sea Convention will have a positive impact on U.S. operations across the maritime domain, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said June 14.

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Allies conduct exercise to mark Korean War anniversary

Posted June 25, 2012 by by Walter T. Ham IV

American and South Korean forces conducted a large live-fire exercise to mark the anniversary of the Korean War at a range close to the Korean Demilitarized Zone. More than 2,000 South Korean and U.S. troops...

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