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RPA unit moves to ‘Emerald Coast’

Posted July 7, 2014 by

Air Force photograph Airmen prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during Combat Hammer May 15, 2014, at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft units around the Air Force are evaluated four times a year and provided weapons, airspace and targets from Hill AFB, Utah, or Eglin AFB, Fla. Steven and…

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Deployed loadmasters use new airdrop system

Posted August 6, 2014 by SSgt. Evelyn Chavez

A C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron completed an airdrop for the Afghan National Army using the new Wireless Gate Release System Aug. 1, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

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Sill simulator trains Stinger crews

Posted September 2, 2014 by Marie Berberea

Army photograph by Marie Berberea Army National Guardsmen Spec. Gabe Lindley of North Dakota holds a Man-Portable Air Defense System while Spc. Stephen Shafer from Ohio points to a possible enemy aircraft. The two trained Aug. 21, 2014, inside the Improved Moving Target Simulator at Fort Sill, Okla. Inside the Improved Moving Target Simulator, Fort…

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Air Force Research Lab unveils ‘Lightning’ supercomputer

Posted September 26, 2014 by

Air Force photograph by Wesley Farnsworth The $20.8 million supercomputer will streamline testing time and cut costs on research initiatives. The Air Force Research Laboratory Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center displayed its latest asset Sept. 23 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest supercomputer. Nicknamed Lightning, after the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, the…

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ISR: A critical capability for 21st century warfare

Posted October 22, 2014 by S Sgt. Torri Ingalsbe

The progressive adaptations and breakthroughs made in the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance arena have changed the way wars are fought, and the way commanders think about the battlespace. “Whether we have airmen exploiting full motion video data or serving downrange in the (Central Command) area of responsibility, these individuals make up an enterprise of 30,000…

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The footprint of the Jolly Green Giant

Posted November 21, 2014 by A1C Erin R. Babis

Green feet mean rescue. TSgt. Mathew Macella, 56th Rescue Squadron pararescueman blue team non-commissioned officer in charge, succinctly summed up the explanation for all the stickers of green feet found around Royal Air Force Lakenheath and what they mean for the 56th RQS.

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Navy decommissions USS Norfolk

Posted December 12, 2014 by Kevin Copeland

Navy photograph by PO1 Shannon D. Barnwell The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after completing its final deployment. Norfolk will begin the inactivation process in 2015. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) was decommissioned Dec. 11 during a ceremony at Naval Station…

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Navy names new Virginia-class attack submarine

Posted January 9, 2015 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Jan. 9 that SSN 795, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Hyman G. Rickover. Mabus named the submarine to honor U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the man credited for developing USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine. Virginia-class submarines provide the…

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Cope South experts exchange knowledge, techniques

Posted January 30, 2015 by 1st Lt. Jake Bailey BAF Base

The flight line here at exercise Cope South 15 is usually a flurry of activity every morning, with maintainers firing up auxiliary power units and loadmasters finalizing their cargo plan.

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Air Force places 18 A-10 aircraft into ‘Backup Status’

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The Air Force, with congressional authorization, will convert 18 primary combat-coded A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft from active units and place them into Backup-Aircraft Inventory status with the possibility to convert another 18 at a later date in fiscal year 2015. The secretary of Defense has authorized the Air Force to place up to a total…

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