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Aircraft deploy to California to aid firefighting effort

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The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.

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Navy saves plants from extinction

Posted August 31, 2013 by PO2 Shawnte Bryan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced they will be reclassifying two plants from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The San Clemente Island lotus and the SCI paintbrush are two names that you nearly never heard again, unless you were talking about dinosaurs and dodo birds. The lotus and paintbrush were…

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Army’s manufacturing improvements yield lighter body armor

Posted August 31, 2013 by by Dan Lafontaine

  Soldiers facing rugged terrain and extreme temperatures are continually searching for ways to reduce the weight of their gear. In a search for solutions to this persistent issue, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have preliminarily demonstrated body armor that is 10 percent lighter through new manufacturing processes. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering…

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Airmen perform first weapons load verfication on F-35A

Posted August 31, 2013 by Lt. j.g. Lisa Lill

After months of preparation the weapons troop Standardization Load Crew from the 33rd Maintenance Group performed the first munitions load verification on the F-35A Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 27.

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Army advances standardized tactical computer

Posted August 31, 2013 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

In combat and tactical vehicles, soldiers can access communications systems that display a complete picture of the battlefield. However, these high-tech situational awareness features are viewed through different computer systems, over separate monitors and with little room to spare.

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Training system brings fight to F-16 pilots

Posted August 26, 2013 by SrA. Derek VanHorn

Groundbreaking advancements to F-16 Fighting Falcon warfare training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, arrived during the week of Aug. 12 through 16 in the form of a Joint Deployable Electronic Warfare Range, or JDEWR.

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Hagel announces U.S. deal to sell helicopters to Indonesia

Posted August 26, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

In a first-of-its-kind deal worth about $500 million, the United States has agreed to sell eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars to Indonesia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Jakara, Indonesia, Aug. 26. Hagel announced the deal during a joint news conference with Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro after productive meetings this…

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Eglin’s 40th FTS expands A-10 fuel limitations in combat

Posted August 26, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 40th Flight Test Squadron, moves down the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The aircraft is loaded up with weaponry to test the combat carriage limits of the Sargent Fletcher external fuel tank. The A-10 flight personnel are testing to ensure…

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US, China conduct counter piracy exercise

Posted August 26, 2013 by PO2 Rob Aylward

Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) participated in a counter-piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden with elements of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (Navy), Aug. 24-25.

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Vigilant Eagle continues closer U.S.-Russian cooperation

Posted August 26, 2013 by Donna Miles

Beginning Aug. 27, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation in additional areas. Vigilant Eagle 13 kicked off Aug. 26, with scenarios that present the United States,…

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