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Milgaming site gets new look, improvements

Posted December 6, 2013 by Mike Casey

The Army’s premier military gaming web site recently received a new look that makes it easier to navigate. The MilGaming web portal https://milgaming.army.mil provides a gateway to the Army’s Games for Training program, which is managed by the Training and Doctrine Command Capability Manager — Gaming. TCM Gaming is the centralized planner, manager and integrator…

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Vandenberg AFB launch propels nanosatellite into space

Posted December 6, 2013 by Donna Miles

An Atlas V rocket launched Dec. 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carried a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored nanosatellite into space – and with it, the potential for more reliable and less expensive communications for troops around the world. The nanosatellite, about the size of a loaf of bread and weighing just 11 pounds, piggybacked…

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AF participates in first Israeli Blue Flag exercise

Posted December 4, 2013 by SMSgt. Dwayne Gordon

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Lee Osberry A group of F-15E Strike Eagles taxi following a combat mission during the Blue Flag exercise Nov. 26, 2013, on Uvda Air Force Base, Israel. Aircraft from the 492nd Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, deployed to participate in the exercise, which promoted improved operational capability, combat…

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Honor, deception in secret air academy spy system

Posted December 4, 2013 by Dave Phillips

Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students, The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports. Cadets who attend the publicly funded academy must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to…

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Air Force offers ROTC cadets, newly-commissioned grads service commitment release

Posted December 4, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets slated to graduate in 2014 and recently commissioned graduates in the Individual Ready Reserve waiting to enter active duty may be eligible for release from their military service commitment, Air Force officials said today. Cadets and recent graduates classified into the following fields may apply: 13M Airfield Operations 13N Nuclear…

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Army’s Ultra Light Vehicle now in survivability testing

Posted December 2, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Two of the three vehicles in the Army’s “Ultra Light Vehicle” program have now entered survivability testing in Nevada and Maryland, to evaluate both their blast and ballistic protection capability. The third vehicle remains at the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, known as TARDEC, for testing there. The TARDEC began development of…

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Apache ‘Guardian’ wins praise from pilots

Posted December 2, 2013 by David Vergun

The newest model of the Apache helicopter, the AH-64E Apache Guardian, was delivered to Soldiers in January. Since that time, pilots of 1st Squadron, 229th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, have had nothing but praise for it, said Lt. Col. John P. “Pat” Davis, the battalion commander, who said the pilots flew the helicopter during a period…

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First P-8A Poseidons report for duty

Posted December 2, 2013 by Lt. Andrew Orchard

The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1.

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Last ‘new’ Phantom returns to service

Posted December 2, 2013 by Ashley M. Wright

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Reel The final, of 314 QF-4s produced since 1998, landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets†as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed at Tyndall…

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DOD wraps climate change response into master plans

Posted November 27, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

The effects of climate change are already evident at Defense Department installations in the United States and overseas, and DOD expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future, according to the first DOD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment…

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