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Air Force officials announce third round of VERA/VSIP

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In its continuing effort to meet the Defense Department requirement to maintain civilian manning at fiscal 2010 levels, the Air Force is offering a third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment beginning May 1. “The Air Force recognizes the invaluable contributions of our civilian workforce, but also recognizes the fiscal…

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NATO conference focuses on post-2014 Afghanistan

Posted April 18, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen April 18 emphasized support to Afghanistan beyond 2014 in remarks opening a conference of the alliance’s defense and foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium. Rasmussen noted the NATO summit in Chicago is a month away.

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Air Force cuts back on air show demonstrations

Posted April 23, 2012 by by Brock Vergakis

The Air Force says it is scaling back its participation in dozens of air shows this year in an effort to cut costs and ensure its combat pilots are getting the training hours they need in a time of shrinking budgets. The cutbacks won’t affect the service’s premier demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, but will mean…

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Officials emphasize commitment to Joint Strike Fighter

Posted May 9, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

Senior leaders from the Air Force and Navy affirmed May 8 that the F-35 joint strike fighter remains the centerpiece of the tactical aircraft program and will play a large part in the services’ ongoing modernization plans. Navy Vice Adm. David J. Venlet, F-35 Lightning II program executive officer, told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s…

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Pentagon details decisions NATO faces at Chicago summit

Posted May 18, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

NATO leaders and those of partner nations will finalize major decisions about Afghanistan and the future of the alliance during the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend, George Little, acting assistant secretary of...

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2012 DOD Maintenance Symposium set for Nov. 13-16

Posted June 6, 2012 by

The 2012 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition, which is administered by SAE International, is set for Nov. 13-16 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich. The mission of the 2012 DOD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition is to create an environment that enables attendees to share relevant information, identify critical issues,…

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Unified vision promotes NATO intel advances

Posted June 18, 2012 by by Donna Miles

The NATO intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community kicked off a first-of-its-kind technical trial June 18 in Norway to help in preserving gains made during the past decade of conflict and to build on them for the future. U.S. Air Force and Army representatives have joined their counterparts from 12 countries and seven NATO organizations for…

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US, Indonesia air forces strengthen partnership during tactical exercise

Posted June 27, 2012 by by MSgt. Victoria Meyer

Approximately 80 U.S. and 75 Indonesian airmen will participate in exercise Cope West 2012 at Halim Air Base, Indonesia, June 25 - 29.

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Afghan progress shows surge strategy’s success, DOD officials say

Posted July 11, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

A range of successes shows the surge strategy in Afghanistan has been effective, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters July 10. “Let’s take stock of where we’ve been,” Little said in response to a reporter’s question on whether the surge had succeeded. “Over the past few years, we’ve taken the fight to the enemy….

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USS Chafee takes on biofuel

Posted July 19, 2012 by by PO3 Dustin W. Sisco

The guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee took on 250,000 gallons of alternative fuel, a 50/50 blend of advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-based fuel, from the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry...

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