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Hagel talks with troops about 2015 defense budget request

Posted February 26, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

In spotless aircraft hangars at two different military bases in southeastern Virginia yesterday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stood before several hundred airmen and soldiers, highlighting priorities in the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request and taking questions. The budget request – which Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

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First United Kingdom STOVL flight at Eglin

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Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Royal Air Force pilot, Sqdn. Ldr. Hugh Nichols, lifts off in a Marine F-35B Lightning II for the first short take-off and vertical landing sortie by a United Kingdom pilot at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 25. The U.S. Marines began flying STOVL sorties at Eglin in…

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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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DOD takes holistic view of slowing military compensation growth

Posted February 24, 2014 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department can no longer put off slowing the growth of military personnel costs, and the fiscal year 2015 budget request DOD is recommending to the president begins that process, defense leaders said here today. Saying they are ready to take on the hard task of curbing growth in compensation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel…

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Shyu outlines strategy for modernization at AUSA

Posted February 24, 2014 by Amy Guckeen Tolson

To prepare the Army for tomorrow, the seeds must be planted today, according to Heidi Shyu, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology. “We’re navigating a very challenging period for our Army – the drawdown forces are occurring during a period of dramatic fiscal constraint and budget pressure,” Shyu said. “We’re leveraging…

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Hagel proposes big cuts in Army in 2015 budget

Posted February 24, 2014 by AP

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Feb. 24 proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack Obama is…

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AFTC’s King Hangar investigation report released

Posted February 21, 2014 by Samuel King Jr.

Results of an Air Force Test Center commander directed investigation report on the fire suppression system incident that occurred last month at King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were released Feb. 18. The unintended activation of the fire suppression system at approximately noon Jan. 8 resulted in the death of a civilian contractor, while…

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Keel authenticated for 11th littoral combat ship, the future Sioux City

Posted February 21, 2014 by

Lockheed Martin photograph Mary Winnefeld, center left, wife of Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, watches as her initials are welded into the keel of the future littoral combat ship USS Sioux City. The Navy and Lockheed Martin, with Marinette Marine Corp., held a keel laying ceremony Feb. 19…

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Future bomber has legacy to uphold

Posted February 21, 2014 by SrA. Zachary Vucic

With a proven history of success, todays bomber fleet has a reputation for excellence. It is, however, an aging fleet in need of a new addition, the deputy chief of staff operations, plans and requirements said during the 30th Annual Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 20, in Orlando, Fla. Throughout…

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AEDC tests large class rocket motor for USAF Nuclear Weapons Center

Posted February 21, 2014 by Raquel March

The rocket test team at Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s (AEDC) state-of-the-art Large Rocket Test Facility J-6 performed a successful test of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Large Class Stage 2 (LCS2) rocket motor Feb. 19. This test, sanctioned by the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC), was the largest solid propellant rocket motor test ever performed…

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