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Army offers early retirement opportunity for Soldiers

Posted October 17, 2012 by by David Vergun

Soldiers with at least 15 but less than 20 years of service may be eligible for early retirement.

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Army leaders say ‘agile’ force needed for uncertain future

Posted November 5, 2012 by Kris Osborn

The Army is taking a series of strategically minded and carefully crafted steps to position the force for a full range of potential mission scenarios in an unpredictable, yet challenging and fast-changing future operating environment, service leaders said Oct. 22. Lt. Gen. John F. Campbell, the Army’s deputy chief of staff, G3/5/7, led a panel…

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F-35 begins integration phase of weapons testing

Posted November 21, 2012 by Laura Mowry and Jess Lozano

The Joint Strike Fighter began the integration phase of weapons testing Oct. 26 when the F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft successfully completed the first in-flight test with an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. It was the first time a weapon communicated with the aircraft during flight using a data link. The program’s…

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Senators seek answers on $1 billion system cancellation

Posted December 7, 2012 by Stuart Ibberson

Two senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee have written to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta looking for answers regarding the Air Force’s recent decision to cancel its Expeditionary Combat Support System. The ECSS was touted as the largest change in Air Force logistics history, and was supposed to establish the service’s first capability to globally…

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New F-16 software platform to be tested by 40th, 85th

Posted December 19, 2012 by Samuel King, Jr.

Developmental testing for an F-16 operational flight program will be accomplished at the 40th Flight Test Squadron and 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the first time. The testing for Block 40 and 50 model F-16s is scheduled to begin in 2014 and will also be the first time…

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DOD health official updates status of PTSD, TBI care

Posted January 16, 2013 by Nick Simeone

A top Defense Department health official told a Pentagon task force Jan. 15 that determining the impact of mental health programs across the military will be a key project this year for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. DCoE’s director, Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer, listed accomplishments over the…

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Lightning up the night

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Night vision view of F-35C Lightning II test aircraft Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35C Lightning II, on a nighttime test flight, cuts through the skies over the Atlantic Test Ranges Jan. 23. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flew CF-5 for almost an hour, completing evaluation of the aircraft’s landing and taxi lights….

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Army partners with industry for vehicle efficiencies

Posted February 11, 2013 by David Vergun

The Army has partnered with the automotive industry and others in an effort to jump-start the development of more energy-saving and high-performance vehicles.

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Hagel takes office as 24th Defense Secretary

Posted February 27, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

DOD photograph by PO1 Chad J. McNeeley Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th defense secretary by Michael L. Rhodes, the Defense Department’s director of administration and management, as Hagel’s wife, Lilibet, holds a Bible at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. Just before his private swearing-in ceremony as the 24th secretary of defense,…

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MQ-8B exceeds 8,000 hour milestone aboard USS Bradley

Posted March 13, 2013 by Navy photograph

After exceeding the 8,000-flight-hour mark Friday, an MQ-8B Fire Scout assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 Detachment 5 prepares to land aboard USS Robert G. Bradley for a “hot pump” and re-launch while conducting maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in the Mediterranean Sea March 11. Fire Scouts aboard Bradley are routinely flying 17-hour…

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