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Air Force selects Pennsylvania Guard wing for new high-tech mission

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The U.S. Air Force has chosen the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located in Horsham, Penn., to take on a new remotely piloted aircraft mission. The National Guard Bureau has authorized the wing to establish a ground-control station for the MQ-9 Reaper at Horsham Air Guard Base effective Oct. 1, 2013. “This is…

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Hagel details U.S.-Japan consolidation plan for Okinawa

Posted April 5, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

The United States and Japan have announced a new plan that will reduce the U.S. footprint on the island of Okinawa while ensuring an operationally effective U.S. force presence in the region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said April 5. The plan, released today in Tokyo, is a key step forward in implementing the 2006 Realignment…

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Air Force Combat Talons fly for last time

Posted April 22, 2013 by TSgt. Samuel King Jr.

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Samuel King Jr. Aircrew from the 919th Special Operations Wing admire their aircraft, the MC-130E Combat Talon I, in flight one last time April 15, 2013, during its final flight before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th SOW and are scheduled to be…

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C-130 squadron first to perform new airdrop method

Posted May 6, 2013 by Capt. Brian Maguire

The 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron executed the first combat Extracted Container Delivery System, or XCDS, airdrop April 29, successfully demonstrating the increased accuracy that this new technology provides.

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F-35 instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling

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Air Force photograph by MSgt. John Nimmo F-35A Lightning II pilots navigate their aircraft toward a KC-135 Stratotanker to refuel May 13, 2013, near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The initial cadre of Air Force F-35 instructor pilots at the 33rd Fighter Wing here trained with others to qualify in aerial refueling for the joint…

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Japanese troops head to California beach for training

Posted June 10, 2013 by Julie Watson

Japanese troops will converge on California’s southern coast in the next two weeks as part of a military exercise with U.S. troops aimed at improving that country’s amphibious attack abilities. U.S. and Japanese military officials said the unprecedented training, led by U.S. Marines and sailors, will help Japan’s Self-Defense Force operate in stronger coordination with…

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Aerial firefighting continues against Rocky Mountain fires

Posted June 26, 2013 by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier An air tanker “pit” crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from an Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules June 24, 2013, prior to the aircraft’s departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB’s flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting…

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Navy’s first mobile landing platform departs San Diego

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The USNS Montford Point departs San Diego July 12 for Naval Station Everett in the state of Washington.

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AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility going strong after 20 years

Posted August 7, 2013 by Raquel March

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend AEDC’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility J-6. The construction for Arnold Engineering Development Complex’s Large Rocket Motor Test Facility (J-6) ended July 30, 1993. Today the facility continues to test the nation’s large ICBM’s such as the Peacekeeper and Minuteman systems and new developmental systems. Following the signing of…

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Space, missile defense symposium promotes defensive future

Posted August 21, 2013 by Jason B. Cutshaw

Army photograph by Dottie White Lt. Gen. David L. Mann, commanding general, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, gives his opening remarks to kick off the 16th annual Space and Missile Defense Symposium at the Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 13, 2013. The symposium took place Aug. 12-15. The Rocket…

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