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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted July 19, 2013 by Jet Fabara

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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X-47B returns to Pax River concluding historic carrier demonstration phase

Posted August 9, 2013 by

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator safely returned to Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Aug. 8 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia after recently completing a number of historic firsts for carrier-based unmanned aviation.

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Army advances standardized tactical computer

Posted August 31, 2013 by Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

In combat and tactical vehicles, soldiers can access communications systems that display a complete picture of the battlefield. However, these high-tech situational awareness features are viewed through different computer systems, over separate monitors and with little room to spare.

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Guardsmen mobilize to assist in Colorado flooding

Posted September 16, 2013 by

Army National Guard photograph by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. The guardsmen are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles.   Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with…

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Navy Test Pilots visit Edwards TPS

Posted October 4, 2013 by Rebecca Amber

The senior class of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School joined the USAF Test Pilot School for a week-long field trip Sept. 28 and will return home Oct. 5.

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Army researchers meet need for Marines’ assault vehicles

Posted October 23, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

Courtesy photograph The Emergency Egress Lighting System for the Marine Corps’ Assault Amphibious Vehicle is designed to assist Marines when escaping an AAV in a submersible emergency. When the vehicle flips or goes underwater, a set of lights turn on to guide crew members to the exit hatches. The new system on the AAV is…

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Pentagon ending buys of Russian-made helicopters

Posted November 15, 2013 by Richard Lardner

The U.S. Defense Department said Nov. 13 it is canceling plans to buy additional cargo helicopters from the Russian arms export agency that has supplied Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military forces with arms and ammunition. The additional 15 Russian-built Mi-17 helicopters were to be purchased next year at a cost of $345 million and then…

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Corps commander: Sequestration bites into readiness

Posted December 13, 2013 by Donna Miles

Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, yet charged with providing ready forces to support the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders. Sequestration has hit I Corps “pretty significantly,” Army Lt….

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Navy to christen fourth Joint High Speed Vessel

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The Navy will christen Joint High Speed Vessel Fall River Jan. 11, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony in Mobile, Ala. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony’s principal address.   Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, will serve as the ship’s sponsor. Upon delivery to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift…

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Navy tests small UAV support equipment

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Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class (Aviation Warfare) Clyde Williams,left, and engineers Doug Waddell and Wayne Hewitt, from the Support Equipment Test and Evaluation Branch, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. conduct tilt-table testing with the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft vehicle Jan.16 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Tilt-table testing is conducted on all support equipment…

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