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British reserve squadron celebrates 100 years

Posted February 13, 2015 by Jet Fabara

For a squadron with heraldry dating as far back as 1915 and being stationed out of multiple foreign locations during World Wars I and II, the Royal Air Force 17 (Reserve) Squadron recently celebrated their centenary Feb. 9, 2015.

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Air Force chief: Force modernization not optional

Posted February 13, 2015 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

It is imperative to modernize the Air Force despite difficult budgeting choices that will have to be made, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said Feb. 12 in Orlando, Fla. Speaking during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition, the general discussed the need for force modernization. We…

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Leaders discuss Combat Air Forces future at symposium

Posted February 13, 2015 by Mike Meridith

Four senior Air Force leaders gathered in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 12, to discuss the key issues facing the nation’s Combat Air Forces. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the commander of Air Combat Command, joined Gen. Frank Gorenc, the commander of U.S Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa; Gen. Lori Robinson, the commander of Pacific Air Forces; and Lt….

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First AF theater security package deploys to Europe

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Air Force photograph by SrA. Jesse Shipps Pilots from the 354th Fighter Squadron taxi down the tarmac preparing to take off in their A-10 Thunderbolt IIs to a simulated deployed location as a part of exercise Bushwhacker 07-02 Jan. 21, 2007, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. This week the U.S. Air Force deployed 12…

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LRASM prototype is three-for-three on successful flight tests

Posted February 11, 2015 by

Initiated in 2009 in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, DARPA’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile program has been investing in advanced technologies to provide a leap ahead in U.S. surface warfare capability.

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Female U-2 pilot blazes trail through society and space

Posted February 11, 2015 by SrA. Bobby Cummings

Air Force photograph by SrA. Bobby Cummings Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal stands in front of a U-2 Feb. 9, 2015, at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Tengesdal is the only black female U-2 pilot in history. Tengesdal is the 9th Reconnaissance Wing inspector general and a U-2 pilot. As a child she imagined flying amongst…

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DOD tests next -generation anti-ship missile

Posted February 9, 2015 by

Air Force photograph An Air Force B-1 Bomber releases a Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) during a test flight in 2013. The Navy, Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency completed a successful test of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) Feb. 4, marking a significant step in maturing key technologies for the future operational weapon…

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Tinker acquires land for KC-46A Pegasus maintenance

Posted February 9, 2015 by

Air Force illustration An artistís rendering of the future KC-46A Pegasus Maintenance Campus to be built at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. On Feb. 3, 2015, the Air Force acquired the land for the campus. Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., officials announced Feb. 2, the acquisition of 158 acres of land on the southwest side…

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Key defense suppliers recognized for stellar delivery to warfighters

Posted February 9, 2015 by David Vergun

Getting top-notch materiel to the war fighters in the most cost-effective and efficient manner is what the American public expects of defense contractors. Some do that very well and others not as well as they should, say top Defense Department officials who oversee delivery of such gear. One of the things the military services are…

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Making sailors SAFFiR

Posted February 6, 2015 by Tammy White

Navy unveils firefighting robot prototype at expo Navy photograph by John F. Williams The Office of Naval Research-sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) undergoes testing aboard the Naval Research Laboratory’s ex-USS Shadwell in Mobile, Ala. SAFFiR is a bipedal humanoid robot being developed to assist Sailors with damage control and inspection operations aboard naval vessels….

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