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Divisions will get 9 Gray Eagles to train, but deploy with 12

Posted February 8, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by Spec. Roland Hale An MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft makes its way down an airfield on Camp Taji, Iraq, before a surveillance mission in the Baghdad area, in this undated file photo. The Army plans additional Gray Eagle units, one for each of 10 active-duty divisions, and several more for special operations…

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NMCB 3 targets confidence during weapons training

Posted February 6, 2013 by PO1 Chris Fahey

Navy photograph by PO1 Chris Fahey Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Christopher Sanford and Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Alex Miley, both assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, shoot three-round bursts from an M240B machine gun during a weapons qualifications and familiarization exercise held at Camp Roberts. Approximately 400 Seabees from NMCB 3 received training on…

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First F-35A four-ship flies over Eglin

Posted February 6, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Increasing capability is becoming routine for the F-35 Lightning II team. The 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., produced a four-turn-four for the 58th Fighter Squadron flying Jan 31.

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Air Force increases projected KC-46 flying hours, crew ratio

Posted February 6, 2013 by MSgt. Jess D. Harvey

The Air Force has increased planned life-cycle flying hours and aircrews assigned to the new KC-46A refueling tanker to make optimal use of the commercially-proven aircraft’s fuel efficiency, cargo and aeromedical evacuation capabilities. Compared to the Eisenhower-era KC-135 Stratotanker, the KC-46 is projected to have improved fuel efficiency, a greater fuel capacity, and much more…

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Northrop Grumman Foundation, Robotics Education & Competition Foundation to create new robotics teams worldwide

Posted February 6, 2013 by

The Robotics Education & Competition Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation today announced a partnership to establish 200 new VEX Robotics Competition teams in locations worldwide and support the program’s outreach. In addition, the partnership will support the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship in Anaheim, Calif., April 17-20, an event that will attract more than…

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F-22 pilot physician takes safety to new heights

Posted February 6, 2013 by SSgt. Kirsten Wicker

Courtesy photograph Lt. Col. (Dr.) Jay Flottmann, a former flight surgeon and now fully qualified F-22 Raptor pilot and 325th Fighter Wing chief of flight safety, shown here with an F-15 Eagle, is the first pilot-physician to drive the F-22. Powerful thrust paired with unparalleled agility propels the grey fighter jet through the sky, in…

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Javelin demonstrates extended range capability in recent tests

Posted February 6, 2013 by

The Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently demonstrated the ability of the Javelin missile to engage targets beyond its current maximum range requirements during a series of tests at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. During the U.S. Army tests, the Javelin system acquired and engaged targets up to 4,750 meters. “These tests prove…

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Army must complete analysis before opening jobs to women

Posted February 5, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Last month, the Secretary of Defense announced an end to the Direct Ground Combat Exclusion Rule for female soldiers. But the Army wants commanders in the field to know that it will be some time before they'll be able to make any changes in their units.

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Europe remains cornerstone of U.S. engagement, Biden says

Posted February 5, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Europe remains the cornerstone and catalyst for America’s engagement with the world, Vice President Joe Biden said in Munich Feb. 2. The vice president spoke at the annual Munich Security Conference, where he also addressed the situation with Iran and what the nations of the world can do together to confront the terrorist threat. The…

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Air Force implements voluntary force management programs

Posted February 5, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

The Air Force will implement several voluntary officer and enlisted Force Management programs for fiscal year 2013, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. Announced in the January release of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, the authorized active duty Air Force end-strength is 329,460; a reduction of 3,340 authorized personnel from…

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