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Eglin F-35 fleet at 20 and growing

Posted October 3, 2012 by

Lockheed Martin photograph by Randy Crites The 20th Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II was delivered Sept. 27 to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to support F-35 pilot and maintainer training taking place on the Emerald Coast. BF-15, piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Mike Rountree, left Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base at…

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U.S. Navy christens future USS America

Posted October 22, 2012 by Ens. Darius A. Radzius

The newest amphibious assault ship America was christened Oct. 20 at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. “When America joins the fleet, we’ll be a stronger, more flexible, and a better Marine Corps team. We need this ship,” said Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark Ferguson during the ceremony. The 844-foot ship will be a…

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Air Force establishes full-time presence in Poland

Posted November 9, 2012 by Jim Garamone

U.S. officials praised the long-standing relationship with Poland as they celebrated the first full-time U.S. military presence in that nation Nov. 8. During a ceremony at Lask Air Base, located about 100 miles southwest of Warsaw, U.S. Air Force personnel flew the American flag, marking the establishment of a small unit dedicated to supporting multi-national…

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QF-16 drone arrives for testing, prepares war fighters for tomorrow’s threats

Posted November 26, 2012 by Ashley M. Wright

The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group marked an important milestone in continuing to prepare the war fighter for tomorrow’s threats as the first QF-16 drone arrived for developmental testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 19. “The work done prior to today and the test work that is forthcoming will enable the Air Force to…

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Northrop Grumman releases Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System Software

Posted December 10, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully released Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System software. This release, recently tested at the Northrop Grumman Contractor System Integration Laboratory (C-SIL) in Huntsville, is an upgrade to the Version 1.0 release of April 2011. Notable new features include improved interfaces with Patriot, Sentinel…

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Panetta thanks Congress, seeks end to sequestration

Posted January 4, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed his gratitude to U.S. lawmakers for delaying sequestration and voiced optimism for finding a permanent way to avoid an additional $500 billion in budget cuts. “On behalf of the Department of Defense, I want to express our thanks to the Democratic and Republican members of Congress who voted to…

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Air Force Space Command to bolster cyber force

Posted January 21, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

Air Force Space Command expects to be directed to add 1,000 new people, mainly civilians, to its base of about 6,000 cyber professionals for fiscal 2014, the command’s chief said Jan. 17. Speaking with reporters at a meeting of the Defense Writers Group, Gen. William L. Shelton said direction for the hires would come from…

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Air ForceF selects primary, alternate test pilot school candidates

Posted February 5, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

More than 50 Air Force officers have been selected as primary or alternate Air Force and Navy test pilot school selectees, and one will attend the Epner Test Pilot School in France, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Feb. 1. “Selectees, identified during the 2012 selection board, will fill July 2013 and January 2014 classes,”…

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RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System completes first ship-based flight

Posted February 15, 2013 by

Navy photograph The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable on the flight deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises in the Gulf of Mexico. The Navy’s RQ-21A Small…

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Airmen build key Africa partnerships

Posted March 6, 2013 by MSgt. Stan Parker

Air Force photograph by SMSgt. Stan Parker SSgt. Daniel Borowski (left), an aerial port air adviser and TSgt. Colin Ireland (center), an aircraft maintenance air adviser, both assigned to the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., chat with a African partner nation exercise participant during Central Accord 2013, at the Douala Air…

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