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Yuma receives first F-35B

Posted November 21, 2012 by

Marine Corps photograph by Lance Cpl. William Waterstreet Third Marine Aircraft Wing’s first F-35B taxis in Nov. 16, 2012 at approximately 1 p.m. on the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma flightline. Piloted by F-35 pilot instructor Maj. A. C. Liberman, today’s arrival highlights next week’s official re-designation of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121,…

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Fire Scout breaks endurance records on USS Klakring deployment

Posted December 5, 2012 by

The Navy’s fourth Fire Scout detachment returned to Mayport, Fla., Dec. 1, after achieving several milestones during its five-month deployment aboard USS Klakring (FFG 42). The Fire Scout unmanned helicopter detachment logged more than 500 flight hours in the U.S. Africa Command Area of Responsibility in support of anti-piracy operations and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance…

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Arc Light marked beginning of B-52 involvement in Vietnam

Posted December 19, 2012 by

By 1972, the war in Vietnam had persisted for more than eight years, characterized by a gradual, but massive buildup of U.S. forces. That massive buildup began in April 1965, with the highly-publicized event of U.S. Marines wading out of the sea and onto the beaches of Da Nang, South Vietnam. Concurrent to this, and…

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A Hush Rush keeps the T-45 flying

Posted January 16, 2013 by

Navy photograph The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís Propulsion and Power test team keeps the T-45 Goshawk flying with the latest design of engine turbine blades. The T-45A aircraft is flown in intermediate and advanced Navy/Marine Corps pilot training for jet carrier aviation and tactical strike missions. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Divisionís…

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USS Curts decommissioned after 29 years of service

Posted January 30, 2013 by PO2 JasonBehnke

Guided-missile frigate USS Curts (FFG 38) concluded 29 years of service to the Navy during a decommissioning ceremony Jan. 25 at Naval Base San Diego.

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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

Posted February 11, 2013 by

Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta Feb. 11 signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of…

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Africa Command deploys 100 service members to Niger

Posted February 25, 2013 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama notified congressional leaders Feb. 22 that the last of 100 U.S. military specialists have deployed to Niger to support intelligence efforts in the region. The move is done with Niger’s full consent and cooperation and the troops – mostly Air Force specialists – are working out of Niamey, officials said. Forty troops…

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U.S., Philippine service members work together during PACANGEL

Posted March 13, 2013 by SMSgt. J.C. Woodring

A joint team of U.S. service members traveled to the Philippines to participate in Operation Pacific Angel March 4 through 11.

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First international student pilot flies F-35

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Karen Roganov

The first international student aviator at the 33rd Fighter Wing training to be an F-35B Lightning II instructor pilot, completed his first sortie in the joint strike fighter at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 19.

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F-22 resumes normal flight operations

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Air Force Reserve photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso The F-22 Raptor has resumed normal flight operations after modifications to aircrew life-support equipment were completed across the fleet, including the upper pressure garment and related hoses, valves and connectors. Completion of this task eliminates the need to restrict flight operations to remain within a 30-minute flying…

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