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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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DOD needs industry’s help to catch cyber attacks

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The Defense Department needs private-sector cooperation in reporting computer network attacks in real time to stop what has been the “greatest transfer of wealth in history” that U.S. companies lose to foreign hackers, the head of U.S. Cyber Command told a Senate committee March 27. Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, who also is the National…

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Officials implement flexibilities for third round of VERA/VSIP

Posted April 19, 2012 by by Erin Tindell

As the Air Force continues a fiscal 2012 civilian workforce restructure through voluntary retirement and separation initiatives, officials have instituted new flexibilities to help minimize the impact of downsizing and workforce shaping. Unlike the previous two rounds, the third round of Voluntary Early Retirement Authority and Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay will allow civilians to fill…

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Air Combat Command confident in F-22

Posted May 7, 2012 by by TSgt. Amy Robinson

Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, talked with media here April 30 about the national security imperative for the F-22, the status of efforts to identify a root cause for unexplained physiological incidents, and risk mitigation efforts since the Raptor’s return to flying...

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Pentagon restricts F-22 flights, safety a concern

Posted May 16, 2012 by by Robert Burns

Facing a mysterious safety problem with the Air Force’s most-prized stealth fighter, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta May 15 ordered new flight restrictions on the F-22 and summoned help from Navy and NASA experts. Panetta endorsed Air Force efforts to figure out why some F-22 pilots have experienced dizziness and other symptoms of an oxygen shortage…

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