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Oklahoma. gov. tells Guard to deny same-sex benefits

Posted September 20, 2013 by Sean Murphy

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her office confirmed Sept. 17, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that prohibits giving…

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Army’s top logistician remains ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Afghanistan withdrawal

Posted October 9, 2013 by SFC Raymond J. Piper

The Army's top logistician told members of the House Armed Services Committee Oct. 2 he remains "cautiously optimistic" that the Army will complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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U.S., Romania begin work on Aegis Ashore missile defense complex

Posted November 1, 2013 by Vince Little

Top U.S., Romanian and NATO officials broke ground OCt. 28 on a new ballistic missile defense facility being built to boost regional stability and strengthen the alliance’s collective security stance. The high-profile ceremony signaled the start of construction for the Aegis Ashore complex, the second stage of the three-part European Phased Adaptive Approach to ballistic…

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Unmanned aircraft maintenance partnership to increase production

Posted November 27, 2013 by Micah Garbarino

The Air Force Sustainment Center, or AFSC, at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and General Atomics reached a partnership agreement Nov. 9, for the maintenance of unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, including the Predator/Reaper and the Army’s version, the “Gray Eagle.” The an enterprise-level, public-private agreement, signed by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, †the AFSC commander,…

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First Dutch F-35 pilot takes to skies

Posted December 20, 2013 by 1st Lt. Hope Cronin

The first Netherlands pilot took to the skies over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 18, in the F-35A Lightning II, making the Netherlands the second partner country to operate the fifth-generation multirole fighter.

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34 ICBM launch officers implicated in cheating probe

Posted January 17, 2014 by Jim Garamone

Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Jan. 15. The revelations emerged during an investigation into alleged illegal drug possession, James said. The officers range in rank from second lieutenants to…

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Official discusses Chinese air force, missile trends

Posted February 3, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

U.S. intelligence officials visiting Capitol Hill Jan. 30 reported to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on the steady progress made by the Peopleís Liberation Army Air Force and the implications of that development to the United States. Donald L. Fuell, the National Air and Space Intelligence Center force modernization and employment technical director…

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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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First F-35 Lightning II arrives at Luke AFB

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Escorted by two F-16 fighting Falcons, Luke Air Force Base's first F-35 Lightning II arrived at the Arizona base a little after 11 a.m. March 10, from the Lockheed Martin factory in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Air Force names 2013 Sijan award winners

Posted April 2, 2014 by Sammie King

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas ñ Two officers and two enlisted Airmen have been named the 2013 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award winners, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The Sijan award, first presented in 1981, was named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor….

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