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Navy honors F/A-18 for 35 years of distinction

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NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó The F/A-18 Hornet community celebrated the 35th anniversary of the aircraftís first flight during a ceremony Dec. 9 in the Rear Adm. William A. Moffett building atrium at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Md. Sponsored by the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265), the celebration highlighted the accomplishments…

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New sortie record for Eglin F-35s

Posted December 6, 2013 by Andy Poulastides

A United Kingdom F-35 Lightning II breaks left out of a formation flight with other F-35 aircraft over Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 4. The joint-program reached a new single-day record for F-35 sorties Dec. 4 with 45 training missions between all three models of the aircraft. The Marine B-model completed 32 of the…

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3D electronic printing holds promise of various applications for Soldiers

Posted December 6, 2013 by Audra Calloway

As researchers at Picatinny Arsenal explore the potential of 3-dimensional printing, they envision the potential to embed a radio antenna on the side of a Soldier’s helmet, or print sensors directly onto a weapon or even an article of clothing. Over the past few years, advancements in 3D printing have enabled scientists to print items…

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DOD reforms are about ‘leading by example,’ official says

Posted December 6, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The efficiency reforms announced yesterday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are about leading by example, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Jim Miller said Dec. 5. Across-the-board cuts to the defense budget have affected nearly every corner of the Pentagon, but the present uncertainty in defense budgeting is only part of the reason for…

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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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