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House Democrats, GOP embrace cuts in defense spending

Posted December 12, 2012 by Donna Cassata

Substantial reductions in military spending should be part of any budget deal that President Barack Obama negotiates with Congress to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, a group of House Republicans and Democrats said Dec. 10. With just three weeks to the double economic hit, 22 lawmakers endorsed further…

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Through an Airman’s Eyes

Posted January 4, 2013 by A1C Austin Harvill

Capt. Patrick Williams, the new Air Force F-22 Raptor demonstration pilot, practiced some maneuvers recently to give crowds worldwide a taste of both the Raptor's, and the Air Force's, capabilities.

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F-35 training ‘Year of execution’ in review

Posted January 21, 2013 by

This time last year, the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stood up its Marine squadron with a fleet of aircraft with the thought 2012 would be their “year of execution.” Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs stationed here would take off for their first of hundreds of sorties that year once they…

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Europe remains cornerstone of U.S. engagement, Biden says

Posted February 5, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Europe remains the cornerstone and catalyst for America’s engagement with the world, Vice President Joe Biden said in Munich Feb. 2. The vice president spoke at the annual Munich Security Conference, where he also addressed the situation with Iran and what the nations of the world can do together to confront the terrorist threat. The…

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First Afghan Air Force C-208 CASEVAC a success

Posted February 20, 2013 by Capt. Anastasia Burgess

Canadian Air Force photograph by Sgt. Vaughan Lightowler Flight nurses from the Afghan Air Force Clinic in Kabul, assisted by the AAF Surgeon General, Col. Abdul Rasoul Mayel, lift the first litter borne patient in Afghan Air Force history transported by a Cessna 208, off the aircraft in Kabul, Feb. 11, 2013. In another historic…

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Sequestration to affect DOD schools, commissaries

Posted March 6, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Civilian personnel at Department of Defense Education Activity schools and the Defense Commissary Agency will be affected by sequestration, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today. The department will struggle to ensure DODEA – which serves 84,000 students at 194 schools – maintains an accredited school year, Little said. “We’re mindful that we need…

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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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