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CTF celebrates Raptor’s 1,000th sortie

Posted April 26, 2013 by Laura Mowry

Lockheed Martin photograph by David Henry The oldest flying F-22 Raptor, tail number 4007, successfully completed its 1,000th sortie April 19. The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated the milestone with a James Bond themed plane-side ceremony, referring to the aircraftís tail number ending in ì007.î The F-22 Combined Test Force celebrated an impressive milestone April…

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F-35 fighter takes another step forward

Posted May 10, 2013 by Joel Fortner

The Air Force took another step forward with its newest fighter jet when an advanced F-35 Lightning II landed at the service's lead training base, home to the largest fleet of F-35s worldwide.

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SecAF: Sequestration hits AF readiness, modernization

Posted May 29, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Sequestration has hit the Air Force particularly hard, impacting its force structure, readiness and modernization, senior Air Force leaders said May 23.

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Navy awards contract for operational test CH-53K aircraft

Posted June 3, 2013 by

Navy photograph by Sally Wise Navy photograph by Sally Wise NAVAIR CH-53K and Sikorsky program representatives held a formal signing to commemorate the SDTA contract award on May 31 at the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters (PMA-261) office at NAS Patuxent River. From left: Col. Robert Pridgen, USMC, PMA-261 program manager; Michael Torok, Ph.D., CH-53K programs…

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Senators seek cost cuts for F-35 fighter jet; Pentagon says its priciest program improving

Posted June 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON Senators sought cost-cutting opportunities Wednesday in the Pentagonís $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders said America couldnít afford not to build. Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin lamented that the F-35 already has cost taxpayers billions more than what Congress signed up…

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Military burn pits may endanger health

Posted July 12, 2013 by Kevin Freking

A military camp in Afghanistan continues to use open-air burn pits to dispose of its solid wastes, potentially endangering the health of the nearly 13,500 people working there and violating the Pentagon’s own regulations and guidance, federal investigators say. The Defense Department has said burn pits should only be used as a temporary last resort…

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Air Force looks to collaborate with public

Posted July 31, 2013 by

For the first time in its history, the U.S. Air Force is seeking input from the public to help solve three real-world, unclassified projects. Known as “The Air Force Collaboratory,” the Air Force’s newest STEM initiative goes live Thursday on www.airforce.com/collaboratory. The educational online platform will offer the public an opportunity to engage with Airmen….

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Eglin AFB F-35 fleet exceeds 2K sorties, training presses on

Posted August 16, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

Airmen and Marines assigned to the F-35 Integrated Training Center at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., have consistently flown successful training sorties

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Forest Service ends military firefighting aircraft activation

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Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, have decided to end current military C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System operations as of the end of the day Sept. 5. MAFFS aircraft and crews remain available for recall if the wildland fire situation dictates, U.S. Northern Command officials said….

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Oklahoma. gov. tells Guard to deny same-sex benefits

Posted September 20, 2013 by Sean Murphy

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her office confirmed Sept. 17, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that prohibits giving…

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