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B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye

Posted June 19, 2013 by SrA. Benjamin Stratton

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Stratton Capt. Brandon Packard performs pre-flight checks of a B-1B Lancer June 11, 2013, at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia. Packard is a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron weapons systems officer deployed from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided…

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Afghan forces take security lead for entire nation

Posted June 19, 2013 by by Jim Garamone

Afghans now are in the lead for security throughout their country, and this inflection point points the way toward a stable nation, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said June 18. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. told Pentagon reporters via a phone hook-up from the Afghan capital of Kabul that…

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Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted June 19, 2013 by SSgt. Daryl Knee

The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, at Spandgahlem Air Base, Germany, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service.

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Officials weigh resource priorities during sequester

Posted June 17, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

In light of recent budget woes, Defense Department officials are weighing resource priorities and moving toward the decision phase for the fiscal year 2014 budget, a Pentagon official said at the National Defense Industrial Association National Logistics Forum June 14. During the strategic choices management review designed to plan a timeline over the next five…

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Military plans would put women in most combat jobs

Posted June 17, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon that would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in elite special operations forces. Details of the plans were obtained by The Associated Press….

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Individual Carbine competition concludes with no winner

Posted June 17, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph Markus Rauchenberger Spec. Ethan Esposito, Joint Multinational Training Command, fires his M4 carbine rifle during United States Army Europe’s Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 31, 2012. The Army has been, since 2008, looking for a follow-on weapon for the M4 carbine. In 2011, it began the Individual Carbine competition. Recently, the…

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RQ-21A Small UAS completes first East Coast flight

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The RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System completed its first East Coast flight from Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.,’s Webster Field Annex June 12, marking the start of the next phase of test for the program.

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Air Force C-130s drop 25,000 gallons of retardant on Colorado fire

Posted June 14, 2013 by TSgt. Stephen J. Collier

Navy photograph by Lt. Cmdr. William Lewis Two Modular Airborne Firefighting System-equipped C-130 Hecules from the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing prepare to take flight June 12, 2013, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The aircraft and their aircrews have been assigned to provide MAFFS support to wildland firefighting efforts in the Southwest and…

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Last Air Force Huey starts new mission with NY police force

Posted June 14, 2013 by SrA. Kentavist Brackin

The Air Force's last operational UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, more commonly known as Huey, was recently transferred to New York State Police's aviation unit as part of the Law Enforcement Support Organization Program at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 5.

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AEDC site of choice for unique T-6 Texan II engine test

Posted June 14, 2013 by Philip Lorenz III

Air Force photograph by Rick Goodfriend A frontal view of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-68 turboprop engine installed in AEDCís SL-1 test cell includes a special shroud to provide a simulated flight environment for the propeller. Without the shroud the propeller would create a pulse every time the blade passes at the closet point…

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