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First Presidential V-22 takes flight

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Bell Helicopter photograph Aircraft 197, the first MV-22 to be assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, hovers over the runway during a test flight at the Bell-Boeing V-22 assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, Jan. 22. The aircraft, crewed by pilot Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Bodwell, co-pilot Capt. William Thomas and crew chief Staff Sgt….

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Panetta warns sequestration threatens national readiness

Posted February 8, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

In some of his strongest language to date, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Feb. 6 that looming, massive cuts in the Defense Department budget set to be triggered by sequestration next month would pose the “most serious readiness crisis” to the country in over a decade. Panetta made the comments during a speech to…

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National Guard Bureau chief: Sequestration devastating to Guard, DOD

Posted February 20, 2013 by SFC Class Jim Greenhill

National Guard photograph by SFC Jim Greenhill Gen. Frank Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau (right), testifies to the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the impact on the Defense Department of sequestration and a year-long continuing resolution at the Dirksen Senate Office Building…

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Unmanned aerial vehicle squadron starts training at Pendleton

Posted March 6, 2013 by Sgt. Christopher Duncan

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Christopher Duncan Cpl. Andrew Smith, left, Sgt. Derrick Williams, center, Sgt. Michael Lomartire, right; prepare the RQ-7B Shadow, an unmanned aerial vehicle, for a launch conducted here, Feb. 27. Williams was the plane captain and quality assurance chief for this exercise, and all of the Marines are UAV technicians from…

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Unmanned air system takes first flight at sea

Posted March 20, 2013 by PO3 Sabrina Fine

Navy photograph by PO3 Sabrina Fine Members of the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) test team transport the RQ-21A across the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde…

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Report calls for end to ‘Cold War autopilot’ plan

Posted April 5, 2013 by Donna Cassata

Dwindling military budgets and the diminished threat of a nuclear war in Europe dictate that the United States and Russia abandon their Cold War mentality and gradually remove some nuclear weapons from ready-to-launch status, according to a report Wednesday. The study by an international group of political, military and security experts questions the billions of…

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Navy, Marine Corps leadership warn about sequester

Posted April 17, 2013 by Nick Simeone

Navy photograph by PO1 Peter D. Lawlor Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert listens to the opening remarks of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Buck McKeon, with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos before providing testimony on the fiscal year 2014…

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Air Force awards KC-46A aircrew training system contract

Posted May 3, 2013 by

The Air Force awarded a contract to FlightSafety Services Corporation on May 1, taking a major step forward in achieving the service’s top acquisition priority – delivering a new aerial refueling capability to the warfighter. The contract, a Fixed Price Incentive Firm and Firm Fixed Price contract of $78,369,818 which includes an initial obligation of…

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Senior enlisted advisers mark Armed Forces Day

Posted May 20, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin

To mark Armed Forces Day, the services’ senior enlisted advisers joined the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in an inaugural wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

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Vermont Guard: Five/ categories will decide F-35 basing

Posted June 10, 2013 by Wilson Ring

The Air Force is going to use five broad criteria in deciding whether to assign the F-35 fighter jet with the Vermont Air National Guard and base the planes at the Burlington International Airport, a top guard official said June 6. A score sheet will note the cost of basing the planes in Burlington, the…

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