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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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Budget cuts mean 8,000 fewer Marines, commandant says

Posted June 26, 2013 by Karen Parrish

If sequestrationís annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said June 26. ìI donít want this to happen,î the nationís senior Marine told the Defense Writers Group here. Ongoing sequester cuts will lead to readiness risks, he said, but…

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Air Force supports new generation of lithium-ion batteries

Posted July 15, 2013 by Robert White, PhD

A few months back, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research was proud to publish an article regarding a research accomplishment by Dr. Jim Tour and his research team at Rice University. AFOSR, along with other funding agencies, supported Dr. Tour’s research effort to make graphene suitable for a variety of organic chemistry applications –…

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Boxer becomes first West Coast ship to deploy with Osprey

Posted August 5, 2013 by PO2 Kenan O'Connor

Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) will become the first West Coast ship to deploy with the MV-22 Osprey this fall. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 166 (Reinforced) is embarked on Boxer as a part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and will deploy with a complement of 12…

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NAWCAD team helps British crew complete new helo tests

Posted August 21, 2013 by

Photograph courtesy of Fred Troilo The upgraded CH-47 Chinook, outfitted with bright red skis, hovers over the airfield at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as it completes checks of a new digital automatic flight control system. The system gives the aircraft better low speed capabilities, allowing for safer maneuvering and increased control. Royal Air Force…

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C-130s return from fighting Western blazes

Posted September 11, 2013 by Ann Skarban

Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s from the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, aircrews and maintainers returned Aug. 30 after providing support to U.S. Forest Service aerial firefighting operations in the Western U.S.

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Tiltrotor test rig team, including NFAC, receives NASA award

Posted September 25, 2013 by

NASA Ames Research Center recently held their annual NASA Agency Honor Award ceremony which recognized the Tiltrotor Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn.,Test Rig Development Team with a Group Achievement Award Aug. 29.

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CFC suspended as shutdown continues

Posted October 14, 2013 by SSgt. David Salanitri

As a result of the government shutdown, the Department of Defense has indefinitely suspended the Combined Federal Campaign. The campaign was slated to start its official solicitation period Sept. 1 and run through Dec. 15. According to a memorandum released Oct. 9, CFC campaign activities are not excepted from furlough, nor are they appropriate activities…

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Lab improving combat capability by developing more energy-efficient systems

Posted November 6, 2013 by David Vergun

Technologies are being developed and tested that enable soldiers to focus more on mission and less on logistics and resupply, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

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Honor, deception in secret air academy spy system

Posted December 4, 2013 by Dave Phillips

Facing pressure to combat drug use and sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force has created a secret system of cadet informants to hunt for misconduct among students, The Gazette of Colorado Springs reports. Cadets who attend the publicly funded academy must pledge never to lie. But the program pushes some to…

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