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Navy stands up F-35C Squadron At Eglin

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The U.S. Navy and the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., officially reconstituted the highly decorated VFA-101 Grim Reapers Squadron during ceremonies held on the Emerald Coast Oct. 2. VFA-101 will fly the Navy√≠s newest aircraft, the Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, to perform the mission of training pilots and sailors to…

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U.S., Japan agree to expand security, defense cooperation

Posted October 4, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John Kerry sign official documents to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, increase security and defense collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and advance the realignment of American troops in Japan, in Tokyo, Oct. 3, 2013. TOKYO…

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Navy Hercs join the club

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Like the secret handshake of an elite club, coordination between air traffic control and airborne aircraft involves precise, sometimes complex series of movements.

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Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System completes successful intercept flight test

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The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted an operational flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard…

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Army develops lightweight ballistic protection for aircraft

Posted October 4, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

Army photograph The Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center Prototype Integration Facility designed, qualified, fabricated and installed a prototype of an enhanced Ballistic Protection System for the cabin of the UH-60 Black Hawk aircraft. Army tactics and training are constantly changing to meet the threat on the battlefield, and one such example is…

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Air Force scraps F-16 Alaska transfer plan

Posted October 4, 2013 by Mark Thiessen

The U.S. Air Force is scrapping its plan to move a fighter jet squadron to Anchorage from Fairbanks, and will not put Eielson Air Force Base in part-time status, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced Oct. 2. U.S. Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski made the announcement on a joint teleconference with U.S. Rep. Don Young, all…

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Navy Test Pilots visit Edwards TPS

Posted October 4, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

The senior class of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School joined the USAF Test Pilot School for a week-long field trip Sept. 28 and will return home Oct. 5.

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Army lab finding better ways to convert JP-8 to hydrogen for portable electric power

Posted October 4, 2013 by Joyce P. Brayboy

What if soldiers could convert JP-8 to clean hydrogen fuel for fuel cell applications anywhere and anytime they need it? A small team of scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are collaborating with counterparts at the Communications-Electronics and the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centers, to develop technology for lightweight, portable prototype systems…

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Air Force Aid Society provides services during government shutdown

Posted October 4, 2013 by Retired Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper, Jr.

Due to the government shut down we are being told many Airman & Family Readiness Centers to include their Air Force Aid sections will be closed. If you have an emergency travel situation or need funds to avoid privation please call the American Red Cross at 1-877-272-7337 — Service to the Armed Forces, to request…

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Navy accepts delivery of future USS Coronado (LCS4)

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Austal USA photograph The future USS Coronado (LCS 4) conducts at-sea acceptance trials in the Gulf of Mexico. Acceptance trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the U.S. Navy, which is planned for later this fall. The Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Coronado (LCS 4) during a ceremony…

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