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ESGR announces semifinalists for 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

Posted April 24, 2013 by

138 Employers in Running for DoDís Highest Honor for Guard and Reserve Employers. ARLINGTON, Va. ñEmployer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that 138 employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is DODís highest honor for…

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Unwanted Gear: Congress slows military efforts to save

Posted April 24, 2013 by Lolita C. Baldor

Parked around the airstrip at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, are more than a dozen massive C-5A Galaxy transport planes. There is no money to fly them, repair them or put pilots in the cockpits, but Congress rejected the Air Force’s bid to retire them. So, in the weeks and months ahead, crews will tow…

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Readiness, modernization in flux, Air Force secretary says

Posted April 24, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Air Force will see few force structure changes this year, but readiness and modernization accounts will be in flux this year and next, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said April 23. The secretary also told the Defense Writers’ Group that now is the time for another base realignment and closure process. Readiness and…

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Science, technology remain critical, official says

Posted April 22, 2013 by Amaani Lyle

Despite fiscal uncertainty, science and technology remain critical elements in mitigating emerging threats against the United States, a Defense Department official told Congress April 16. Alan Shaffer, the acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, pledged to continue a focus on programs such as electronic warfare, counter-space, cyber, and counter-weapons of mass destruction…

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E-6 Mercury fleet expands, upgrades bandwidth capabilities

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Navy photograph The E-6B Mercury’s capability to support U.S. leaders continues to expand with the latest internet protocol expansion. The upgrades to the aircraft’s secure local area computer network now allow the onboard battle staff members to operate virtually. An internet bandwidth upgrade being rolled out on the E-6B Mercury aircraft, the nationís airborne strategic…

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AF leaders highlight space program successes, address fiscal 2014 budget

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Space today is in as good a position as it’s been in a very long time, said Richard McKinney, the deputy under secretary of the Air Force for space. McKinney, along with Dr. Jamie Morin, the acting under secretary of the Air Force, and Brig. Gen. Robert McMurry, the director of space programs for the…

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Report: U.S. footing greater bill for overseas bases

Posted April 22, 2013 by Donna Cassata

The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says. The exhaustive, yearlong investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee focused on costs and burden-sharing…

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Army, universities partner for aviation research

Posted April 22, 2013 by Heather R. Smith

Photograph by Merv Brokke Auburn University mascot Aubie learns how to hand-launch an RQ-11A Raven with engineer Daniel Hiatt, holding a Puma, during a 2012 visit to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. College students conducting research into remotely piloted unmanned aerial systems are testing their…

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Senate confirms Fanning as next Air Force under secretary

Posted April 22, 2013 by

Eric Fanning will be the next Air Force under secretary, according to a Senate confirmation vote April 18.

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Air Force Combat Talons fly for last time

Posted April 22, 2013 by TSgt. Samuel King Jr.

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Samuel King Jr. Aircrew from the 919th Special Operations Wing admire their aircraft, the MC-130E Combat Talon I, in flight one last time April 15, 2013, during its final flight before retirement. The last five Talons in the Air Force belong to the 919th SOW and are scheduled to be…

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