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45 years on alert: Minot conducts Minuteman III test launch

Posted August 21, 2015 by Capt. Christopher Mesnard

The 91st Missile Wing completed an operational test launch of an unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 19, continuing its mission of providing strategic deterrence for the U.S. and their allies.

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Rolls-Royce continues testing latest Trent engine at AEDC

Posted August 21, 2015 by Deidre Ortiz

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodriend Performance testing on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN engine was recently completed in the Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility (ASTF) C-2 engine test cell at AEDC. Pictured is Eric Brumley, ATA outside machinist, inspecting the engine prior to the test. The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-TEN (Thrust, Efficiency and New Technology) engine was…

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JSF ITF reaches historic sortie milestone at lightning speed

Posted August 21, 2015 by Jet Fabara

Lockheed Martin photograph During the month of July, the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force flew 76 sorties, making it a first for the ITF involving a new monthly flying record. The Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, which oversees all three test variants of the F-35 Lightning II, has proved its resolve to test…

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Navy begins LRASM, F/A-18 integration testing

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The Navy began initial integration testing of its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile onto the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aug. 12 at the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 facility. Patuxent River, Md.

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Japanese forces jump from US aircraft for first time in Red Flag-Alaska history

Posted August 21, 2015 by SSgt. Cody Ramirez

A C-130 Hercules assigned to the36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan, became the first U.S. aircraft to drop Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members onto U.S. soil, during Red Flag-Alaska Aug. 12.

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$2 million Pentagon grant to benefit Nevada sage grouse

Posted August 21, 2015 by Scott Sonner

RENO, Nev.–State and federal land managers working to keep the greater sage grouse off the list of endangered species have secured a $2 million grant from the Pentagon to help finance habitat restoration beneath thousands of square miles of U.S. Navy training airspace in Nevada. The money recently was approved by the Defense Department’s Military…

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Quickstrike Battalion says goodbye to Germany

Posted August 21, 2015 by Spec. Nicholas Redding

The last AH-64 Apache helicopter, from 3rd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, was loaded onto an Air Force C-5 Galaxy on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 18.

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MQ-4C Triton begins testing inside anechoic chamber

Posted August 17, 2015 by

Navy photograph An MQ-4C Triton is lifted inside†Patuxent River’s†anechoic chamber†Aug.12† for electromagnetic compatibility testing. This event marked the first time†that an unmanned aircraft inside the chamber was controlled from an external ground control station. Triton’s EMC testing will continue for the next eight weeks to verify the aircraft’s subsystems can operate without interfering with each…

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DOD, National Guard support efforts to fight western wildfires

Posted August 17, 2015 by Cheryl Pellerin

More than 440 California National Guard soldiers and airmen have been activated to help the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, fight fires throughout the state, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said Aug. 17.

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Two-for-one device houses right radio at right time

Posted August 14, 2015 by Kathryn Bailey

Army photograph by Kathryn Bailey The universal radio mount solution reduced the size and weight burden of two separate mounts to meet stringent vehicle space and airplane payload restrictions. A little innovation can go a long way towards helping U.S. military forces successfully facilitate their missions. Even an apparatus no bigger than a breadbox recently…

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