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Cuts harm programs sustaining all-volunteer force, official says

Posted March 15, 2013 by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Spending cuts that took effect March 1 will diminish recruiting, training, and medical and support programs that sustain the all-volunteer force, a senior Pentagon official told Congress March 13. Jessica L. Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, noted to the House Armed Services Committee that President Barack Obama exempted military personnel accounts…

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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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Space Command’s ops chief discusses new war fighter role

Posted April 12, 2013 by Jennifer Green-Lanchoney

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christopher Boitz Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein discusses Gen. William Shelton’s new role as commander, Air Force Forces for space and cyber, how Air Force Space Command is transforming to meet that responsibility, and what this role means to the war fighter. Weinstein, Director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations, Air…

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Budget cuts mean Army must consider where it will buy weapons

Posted May 1, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by Sgt. Christopher Johnston The Lima Army Tank Plant, Lima, Ohio, which produced the M1A2 tank, will stay open and busy until at least 2018, producing tanks and other equipment for both the U.S. Army and for sale to foreign countries through the Army’s foreign military sales program. With sequestration firmly in place,…

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Hagel issues memo directing preparations for civilian furloughs

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced May 14 that he has signed a memorandum directing defense managers to prepare to furlough most Defense Department civilian employees for up to 11 days between July 8 and the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. Here is the text of the memo in its entirety: This memo directs…

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Air Force establishes F-35 IOC target

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Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop completes preflight checks before his first sortie in an F-35A Lightning II, March 6, 2013, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Bishop is among the first pilots to begin the official training that began in January. The Air Force announced May 31, 2013, it…

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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle ‘closes capability gap,’ Army says

Posted June 21, 2013 by David Vergun

While the Humvee has served the Army well for some 25 years, there's a "capability gap" in what it can do for warfighters on a 21st-century battlefield, said the Soldier responsible for overseeing its replacement.

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Navy to attempt first unmanned carrier landing

Posted July 10, 2013 by Brock Vergakis

The Navy will attempt to land a drone the size of a fighter jet aboard an aircraft carrier for the first time July 10, showcasing the military’s capability to have a computer program perform one of the most difficult tasks a pilot is asked to do. If all goes as planned, a successful landing of…

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Airmen jump with Bulgarians during two-week flying training

Posted July 29, 2013 by A1C Trevor Rhynes

More than 600 airmen from the 86th Airlift and 435th Air Ground Operations wings and members of the Bulgarian armed forces participated in a two-week flying training deployment called Thracian Summer, July 7 through 21.

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DOD announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted August 14, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON Aug. 14, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage…

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