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First international student pilot flies F-35

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 19.

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B-52 gets new sniper pod

Posted March 22, 2013 by SSgt. Jason McCasland

The 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., made its first live run with a new addition to the aging bomber.

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DOD delays sending furlough notices to civilian employees

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Pentagon officials have put off sending furlough notices to civilian employees until they’ve had a chance to analyze how pending legislation that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year will affect the Defense Department. Officials now estimate that furlough notices will go out on or about April 5, said Navy…

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Marine Corps’ first operational F-35B conducts initial Vertical Landing

Posted March 22, 2013 by Capt. Staci Reidinger

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 watched in amazement and satisfaction as the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron conducted its first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. March 21, 2013.

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F-35 production on track

Posted March 20, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12.

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Navy demonstrates joint amphibious operations during Brilliant Scepter

Posted March 20, 2013 by PO2 Torrey Lee

Navy photograph by PO2 Torrey W. Lee Rear Adm. Gerard P. Hueber, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, and Brig. Gen. John J. Broadmeadow, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group and 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, tour the amphibious landing site at Green’s Beach during exercise Brilliant Scepter 2013. Brilliant Scepter is an amphibious…

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Unmanned air system takes first flight at sea

Posted March 20, 2013 by PO3 Sabrina Fine

Navy photograph by PO3 Sabrina Fine Members of the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) test team transport the RQ-21A across the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) after its first flight at sea. Mesa Verde is underway conducting exercises San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde…

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Air Force selects Pennsylvania Guard wing for new high-tech mission

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The U.S. Air Force has chosen the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located in Horsham, Penn., to take on a new remotely piloted aircraft mission. The National Guard Bureau has authorized the wing to establish a ground-control station for the MQ-9 Reaper at Horsham Air Guard Base effective Oct. 1, 2013. “This is…

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Joint STARS paves the way with MIDS JTRS fielding

Posted March 20, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Joint STARS recently became the first Air Force airborne system to fully retrofit new terminals that will improve war fighter communication.

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Nellis accepts delivery of F-35 with ceremony

Posted March 20, 2013 by MSgt. Kelley J. Stewart

Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Maj. Gen. Jeffery Lofgren, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, provides remarks during the F-35A Lightning II arrival ceremony March 19, 2013, in the Thunderbird Hangar on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron will design the tactics for the F-35A. The squadron will also…

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