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Navy saves plants from extinction

Posted August 31, 2013 by PO2 Shawnte Bryan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced they will be reclassifying two plants from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The San Clemente Island lotus and the SCI paintbrush are two names that you nearly never heard again, unless you were talking about dinosaurs and dodo birds. The lotus and paintbrush were…

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Shadows provide mission support from sky

Posted September 20, 2013 by Spec. Joshua Edwards

On a narrow stretch of road fashioned into a runway at Forward Operating Base Pasab, Afghanistan, soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Combined Task Force Dragoon, launch unmanned aircraft to safely maintain a view of the battlefield from the sky. The soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations out of the airfield, in order to keep situational awareness…

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Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System completes successful intercept flight test

Posted October 4, 2013 by

The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Pacific Command, and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted an operational flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis BMD 4.0 Weapon System and a Standard…

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Despite budget crunch, JLTV purchase plans remain unchanged

Posted October 28, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Despite budget cuts, furloughs, sequestration, continuing resolutions, ongoing changes in force structure, and a government shutdown, both the Army and Marine Corps are committed to buying the same amount of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles they initially set out to purchase.

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Last ‘new’ Phantom returns to service

Posted December 2, 2013 by Ashley M. Wright

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Reel The final, of 314 QF-4s produced since 1998, landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets†as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed at Tyndall…

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Final B-52G eliminated under new START

Posted December 24, 2013 by Kate Blais

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Angel Ruiz Personnel with the 578th Storage and Disposal Squadron lift a B-52G’s tail section onto a custom-made cradle Dec, 19, 2013, at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The cradle is purposely placed 30 degrees off center and a minimum of six feet…

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Air Force releases findings on HH-60G accident near Kadena AB

Posted January 22, 2014 by

Pacific Air Forces officials released the results Jan. 21, of its investigation into an HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft mishap which occurred Aug. 5, 2013, northeast of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, directed an investigation into the incident which resulted in the death of one Airman, injuries to three…

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NAWCWD develops forward-firing miniature munition ‘in-house’

Posted February 5, 2014 by

With the success of a forward-firing miniature munition, also known as Spike, the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division at China Lake, Calif., proved that the government can procure and deliver sophisticated guided missiles at a much lower cost than it is currently experiencing.

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AFTC’s King Hangar investigation report released

Posted February 21, 2014 by Samuel King Jr.

Results of an Air Force Test Center commander directed investigation report on the fire suppression system incident that occurred last month at King Hangar, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., were released Feb. 18. The unintended activation of the fire suppression system at approximately noon Jan. 8 resulted in the death of a civilian contractor, while…

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MQ-8C Fire Scout reaches 100 flight hours

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Northrop Grumman photograph by Alan Radecki An MQ-8C Fire Scout†on†runway after†a test flight at Point Mugu, Calif., March 10. The unmanned helicopter surpassed 100 flight hours during this event and will continue†to undergo testing at Point Mugu this year. In July, the Navy will conduct dynamic interface testing with the MQ-8C aboard USS Jason Dunham…

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