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USS Halsey, USS Russell finish hull swap

Posted January 30, 2013 by PO2 Dominique Pineiro

The crews of guided-missile destroyers USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Russell (DDG 59) finished swapping hulls at Naval Base San Diego Jan. 25.

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An Excalibur’s first flight over Kandahar

Posted January 30, 2013 by SSgt. Jason Ragucci

Gunners of Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, shot an Excalibur round out of a M-777 howitzer cannon for the first time at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Jan. 20. The Excalibur is a separate loading, 155MM, extended-range, precision-guided projectile designed for use with other 155MM digitized Howitzers. The M-777 is designed…

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Lightning up the night

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Night vision view of F-35C Lightning II test aircraft Lockheed Martin photograph An F-35C Lightning II, on a nighttime test flight, cuts through the skies over the Atlantic Test Ranges Jan. 23. Marine Corps test pilot Maj. C. R. Clift flew CF-5 for almost an hour, completing evaluation of the aircraft’s landing and taxi lights….

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Boeing completes FAB-T software qualification testing, demonstrates AEHF, Milstar satellite command and control

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Boeing recently achieved two important milestones on the U.S. Air Force Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminal (FAB-T) program, which will provide protected wideband satellite communications among ground and airborne terminals for the command and control of U.S. nuclear forces. The Boeing FAB-T team has completed software qualification testing and systems…

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Lockheed Martin receives $197 million U.S. Army contract for Guided MLRS rocket production

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Lockheed Martin received a $197 million contract option from the U.S. Army for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary rocket production. This contract option was attached to the GMLRS Production Lot 7 contract, which now has a total funded value of $550.8 million. The GMLRS Production Lot 7 contract was originally awarded to Lockheed…

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USS Curts decommissioned after 29 years of service

Posted January 30, 2013 by PO2 JasonBehnke

Guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) concluded 29 years of service to the Navy during a decommissioning ceremony Jan. 25 at Naval Base San Diego.

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CSA warns of budgetary ‘perfect storm’

Posted January 30, 2013 by J.D. Leipold

Army photograph J.D. Leipold Speaking before AUSA members Jan. 24, 2013, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told them current fiscal uncertainty could result in a total operations and maintenance shortfall of $17 billion. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the greatest threat to America’s national security is fiscal uncertainty and…

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Air National Guard director retires

Posted January 30, 2013 by SMSgt. Jerry R. Bynum

Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Air National Guard director, retired after more than 40 years of military service during a Jan. 29 ceremony hosted by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

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Air Force Continues Support to France in Mali

Posted January 30, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Pentagon Press Secretary George Little briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Jan. 29, 2013. During the press event, Little provided an update on the U.S. role in supporting France’s military operations in Mali. The U.S. Air Force continues to back French air operations in Mali through refueling efforts, logistical movements, troop…

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F-22 pilot flies boy’s letter ‘closer to heaven’

Posted January 28, 2013 by Capt. Ashley Conner

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso MacAidan Mac Gallegos, conducts a walk around inspection of an F-22 with Lt. Col. Brian Baldwin, a Reserve F-22 pilot assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron prior to his flight. Mac wrote a letter to his father Army Sgt. Justin Gallegos who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009…

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