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USS Nimitz first to test use of aviation biofuels

Posted July 18, 2012 by By PO3 Devin Wray

The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz was the first ship to receive and test the use of a new blend of hydro processed renewable jet (HRJ-5) and aviation (JP-5) fuel on aircraft July 17, as part of the...

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Carter visits DMZ, U.S. troops at end of Asia-Pacific tour

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter got a close look at some of North Korea's forces and spoke to some 300 of the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea to deter them July 26.

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Marines conclude testing of Navy-developed unmanned ground systems

Posted August 9, 2012 by by John J. Joyce

More than 150 U.S. Marines joined Navy civilian engineers to test and develop new methods of keeping warfighters away from improvised explosive devices with unmanned systems like the one displayed here....

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FRCSE powers up some of Navy’s mightiest engines

Posted August 24, 2012 by

U.S. Navy and Marine Corps pilots fly fixed-wing aircraft that are turbine powered, some by internal fans and others by external propellers, with engines requiring service and repair often performed at Fleet Readiness Center Southeast, Jacksonville, Fla. FRCSE is expanding its manufacturing capabilities using technologically advanced equipment, such as vertical and high-speed grinders and precision…

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F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development

Posted September 7, 2012 by Chrissy Cuttita

Air Force officials begin their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, an instrumental step in beginning joint strike fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots from Elgin Air Force Base, Fla.; along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65…

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Alaska Reserve F-22 unit becomes fully operational

Posted September 14, 2012 by Capt. Ashley Conner

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso Col. Bryan Radliff, 477th Fighter Group commander, declares the 477th FG fully operational capable during a ceremony during the groups monthly Unit Training Assembly weekend Sept. 9. The 477th FG traces its unit back to the 477th Bombardment Group, a Tuskegee Airmen unit that never reached FOC. The…

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KC-46 enters critical design review phase

Posted September 25, 2012 by by SrA. Tabitha N. Haynes

The Air Force KC-46A program director described the critical development phases of the next-generation refueling aircraft during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18. Maj. Gen. John F. Thompson, program executive officer for Tanker Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,…

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SkySat balloon, payload launch impresses Army officials

Posted October 18, 2012 by by DJ Montoya

The crisp early morning of Oct. 11 saw a number of hot air balloons in the sky above Colorado Springs Airport. However, one balloon had a particular mission and stood out from the rest.

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Pentagon moves to refine acquisitions process, official says

Posted November 7, 2012 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The Defense Department continues to do all it can to enhance the defense acquisition process, improving the Pentagon’s buying power and maximizing value for taxpayers’ money, a senior Pentagon official said Nov. 5. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, shared his latest efforts to improve the process as he spoke during…

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Contract award helps keep BACN airborne

Posted November 26, 2012 by Patty Welsh

The Space, Aerial and Nuclear Network Division here recently awarded a firm-fixed-price contract to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. for long-term platform maintenance on four E-11A aircraft. The current amount awarded is $48 million, which is for a one-year base. There are four one-year options, which could eventually bring the value to $260 million. The E-11A…

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