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Navy to christen amphibious transport dock ship

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The Navy will christen the newest amphibious transport dock ship, Somerset, July 28, 2012, during a ceremony at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Avondale, La. The ship is named in honor of the courageous passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93. Their actions prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their destination only to have…

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Pilot becomes Guard’s first F-35 instructor pilot

Posted August 9, 2012 by by Maj. Karen Roganov

An airman became the Air National Guard's first F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot recently at the multi-service, multi-national F-35 Integrated Training Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.....

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U.S. commander: Stealth fighters `100 percent’ safe

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Eric Talmadge

The deployment of a dozen F-22 stealth fighters to Japan has so far gone off without a hitch as the aircraft are being brought back into the skies in their first overseas mission since restrictions were imposed over incidents involving pilots getting dizzy and disoriented, a senior U.S. Air Force commander told the Associated Press…

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Welsh: ‘The only way to move forward is together’

Posted September 18, 2012 by SFC Jim Greenhill

The active-duty Air Force, its Reserve and the Air National Guard must work together to move forward, the chief of staff of the Air Force said in Reno, Nev., last week. “I have trouble seeing lines between components of services, because I believe on the air side we have an Air Force – it has…

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Partnership, engagement highlight Africa policy

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

Say “Africa” to most Americans and they think of “the Dark Continent” – a land beset by problems and disasters, far enough away that anything that happens there cannot possibly affect America. And they would be wrong, said Amanda J. Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs. “What happens in Africa definitely affects…

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DOD official encourages private-sector technology innovation

Posted October 26, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

The Defense Department has stepped up efforts to encourage private-sector innovation and its adaptation into the federal government, a senior Pentagon official said Oct. 24. John R. Mills, DOD chief information officer special assistant for cybersecurity, described the department’s outreach strategy in a panel discussion during a Security Innovation Network workshop. “Our objective is to…

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Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship floated from dry dock

Posted November 14, 2012 by Sarah Burford

Military Sealift Command’s first Mobile Landing Platform ship completed its first float out operation at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego Nov. 13. Designated T-MLP-1, the ship will be named USNS Montford Point, honoring African American Marine Corps recruits who trained at Camp Montford Point, N.C, from 1942 to 1949. The first of…

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NORAD provides Website, apps to track Santa

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Children of all ages will be able to track Santa Claus on his annual journey, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The “NORAD Tracks Santa” website at http://www.noradsanta.org is up and running. The site features a holiday countdown, games and daily activities, video messages from students around the world and more, officials said,…

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Presidential V-22s on schedule for delivery in 2013

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Bell-Boeing photograph Aircraft 209, the fourth MV-22 to be assigned to the Presidential Support Squadron awaits attachment of the tail empennage (painted the iconic dark green of the squadron) on the Bell V-22 assembly plant production floor in Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 1. The first MV-22 is on schedule to be delivered to Marine Helicopter Squadron…

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Air Force announces KC-46A candidate bases

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The Air Force announced Altus Air Force Base, Okla., and McConnell AFB, Kansas, as candidate bases for the KC-46A formal training unit Jan. 9. Altus AFB, Fairchild AFB, Wash., Grand Forks AFB, N.D., and McConnell AFB, are candidate bases for the first active-duty led KC-46A main operating base (MOB 1). Forbes Air Guard Station, Kansas,…

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