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Air Force, NASA leaders review F-22 findings, fixes with congressional subcommittee

Posted September 17, 2012 by Sgt. Jess D. Harvey

Air Force and NASA leaders testified Sept. 13 before the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces about the F-22 Raptor.

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F-15 test force celebrates 10 years of Eagle improvements

Posted October 9, 2012 by Samuel King

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Steve Coleman, F-15E crew chief, completes last minute checks underneath the plane prior to it taxiing out from Eglin Air Force BaseĆ­s flightline, Jan. 18. The Strike Eagle flew the first ever sortie with the new APG-82 radar. The new radar replaces the 24-year-old APG-70 radar system. On…

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Army, DOD must adjust to budget, force structure changes

Posted October 24, 2012 by Amaani Lyle

The Army will continue to customize its mission objectives based on budget and force structure changes, a senior defense official said in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22 during the 2012 Association of the U.S. Army’s annual conference. Todd Harvey, director of force development for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, said a defense strategy drafted…

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Stavridis: New aviation element ‘new step’ for U.S., Poland

Posted November 14, 2012 by Donna Miles

Lauding the standup of a new aviation detachment in Poland last week as “a new step in the U.S.-Polish military relationship,” Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis said it exemplifies the two militaries’ growing cooperation, which has extended from combat in Iraq, the Balkans, and Afghanistan to European missile defense. In his blog post Nov. 13,…

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U.S. Senate green lights Pentagon green energy

Posted November 30, 2012 by Donna Cassata

On Nov. 28, the Senate gave the green light to the Pentagon’s investment in green energy. By a vote of 62-37, the Senate backed an amendment that would delete a provision in the defense bill prohibiting the military from spending money on alternative fuels if the cost exceeded traditional fossil fuels such as coal, natural…

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DOD approves grants for transportation improvements, replace schools on military installations

Posted December 12, 2012 by

The Department of Defense announced Dec. 11 five grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment, including a $18.3 million grant to the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration to improve access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. They also announced a $35,247,240 grant to Geary County Unified School District Number…

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Obama announces nominees for next defense secretary, CIA cirector

Posted January 7, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

President Barack Obama Jan. 7 announced his nominations to serve as the next leaders of the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency. At a White House news conference, Obama announced his selection of Chuck Hagel to be next defense secretary and John Brennan as the next CIA director. If confirmed by the Senate, Hagel will…

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KC-135 tankers get a boost from innovative, fuel-saving engines

Posted January 23, 2013 by Maj. Mark Blumke

Some decades-old KC-135 Stratotanker are drinking from the fountain of youth — or at least the engines are. Airmen installed the first of 1,440 upgraded Stratotanker engines at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 15. The 1970s engine parts will be replaced with modern engines that burn less fuel and run longer without repairs, officials…

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F-22 pilot physician takes safety to new heights

Posted February 6, 2013 by SSgt. Kirsten Wicker

Courtesy photograph Lt. Col. (Dr.) Jay Flottmann, a former flight surgeon and now fully qualified F-22 Raptor pilot and 325th Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, shown here with an F-15 Eagle, is the first pilot-physician to drive the F-22. Powerful thrust paired with unparalleled agility propels the grey fighter jet through the sky, in…

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ACC continues planning for sequestration impacts

Posted February 20, 2013 by TSgt. Randy Redman

Air Combat Command officials continue to take actions to slow, and within the near-term dramatically restrict, fiscal 2013 spending in light of pending sequestration and a projected $1.8 billion shortfall in overseas contingency funding. “We are prioritizing our efforts to sustain force structure and preserve combat capability for the joint force,” said Gen. Mike Hostage,…

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