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A-10 fires first-ever laser-guided rocket

Posted April 3, 2013 by Samuel King Jr.

Courtesy illustration The 40th Flight Test Squadron completed another first in February when an A-10 Thunderbolt II fired a guided rocket that impacted only inches away from its intended target. The 2.75 diameter, 35-pound, laser-guided rocket is known as the fixed-wing Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II. Before the Thunderbolt test, the rocket had proved…

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Space mission undergoes restructure, moves to ACC

Posted April 3, 2013 by

Critical Air Force missions continue from their current locations after the April 2 restructure of Air Force Space Command’s Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The SIDC restructure and realignment of subordinate organizations is part of the Air Force response to meet future challenges by balancing and realigning like missions…

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Tinker AFB squadron increases production of KC-135 engines

Posted April 3, 2013 by Brandice J. O'Brien

Air Force photograph by Kelly White Jeremy Russell installs a No. 4 bearing race in the High Press Turbine of an F-108 engine. Russell is an engine mechanic with the 546th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron. Over the past four or five years, members of the 546th Propulsion Maintenance Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., struggled…

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Program reaches milestone, improves air picture

Posted April 1, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Jeremy Call, New York Air National Guard ROME, N.Y. – NORAD air defense operators conduct their daily air sovereignty mission at the Eastern Air Defense Sector last summer. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Hanscom recently fielded Increment 3, Release 3.2 of the Battle Control System-Fixed that is used…

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CNO explains what budget changes mean to you

Posted April 1, 2013 by

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert released a video message to the fleet recently about the passage of yet another continuing resolution and what that means for the fleet. In the video, the Navy’s top admiral discussed the CR extension that the President signed last week putting legislation into effect that will restore Defense…

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Soldiers to get safer artillery rounds

Posted April 1, 2013 by David Vergun

Beginning March 2014, the Army will take delivery of new artillery rounds which will be safer, but which will also deliver the same performance as those currently used, said an engineer who has tested them. “Cost, performance and IM” were the deciding factors in the Army choosing IMX-101 to replace trinitrotoluene, called TNT for short,…

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U.S. seeks ‘peace and stability’ on Korean Peninsula

Posted April 1, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The U.S. will continue to conduct military exercises such as Foal Eagle 2013 with South Korea as part of its commitment to that nation and its desire to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said April 1. Speaking to reporters, Little emphasized the United…

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Air Force scientist earns DOD’s top civilian award

Posted April 1, 2013 by Amy Rollins

Dr. Boris Tomasic from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was named a recipient of the 57th annual Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

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Marine CorpsCapt. Staci Reidinger first operational F-35B conducts initial vertical landing

Posted March 29, 2013 by Capt. Staci Reidinger

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the Corpsí first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron, prepares for flight operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. March 21, 2013. VMFA-121 conducted the Marine Corpsí first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations outside of a testing environment on the same day….

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Navy designs mechanized rear-door assist for Mine Resistant Vehicles

Posted March 29, 2013 by Alan Canfield and Dan Broadstreet

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Mine Resistant Ambush Protection Buffalo vehicles were designed to protect Marines from Improvised Explosive Devices, and the Navy is improving MRAPs this March by upgrading them with a new Rear-Door Assist mechanism. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Buffalo Systems Deputy Project Engineer Steven Tate Carow said the Buffalo MRAP…

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