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Air Force selects Pennsylvania Guard wing for new high-tech mission

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The U.S. Air Force has chosen the Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located in Horsham, Penn., to take on a new remotely piloted aircraft mission. The National Guard Bureau has authorized the wing to establish a ground-control station for the MQ-9 Reaper at Horsham Air Guard Base effective Oct. 1, 2013. “This is…

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Joint STARS paves the way with MIDS JTRS fielding

Posted March 20, 2013 by Patty Welsh

Joint STARS recently became the first Air Force airborne system to fully retrofit new terminals that will improve war fighter communication.

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Nellis accepts delivery of F-35 with ceremony

Posted March 20, 2013 by MSgt. Kelley J. Stewart

Air Force photograph by Lawrence Crespo Maj. Gen. Jeffery Lofgren, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center commander, provides remarks during the F-35A Lightning II arrival ceremony March 19, 2013, in the Thunderbird Hangar on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron will design the tactics for the F-35A. The squadron will also…

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General discusses parameters of Quadrennial Defense Review

Posted March 18, 2013 by Jim Garamone

Work has begun on the Quadrennial Defense Review, and Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast believes the review can help leaders understand the security environment and tailor forces to best operate in a new world. Kwast heads the Air Force QDR office at the Pentagon and says this is a unique time for the…

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Europe remains strategically vital to U.S.

Posted March 18, 2013 by Donna Miles

The top U.S. commander in Europe emphasized the importance of NATO and the United Statesí forward presence in Europe, while acknowledging that he continues to prod the allies to meet their financial defense commitments. Europe continues to matter greatly for the United States, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, commander of U.S. European Command and supreme…

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Nellis pilot first reservist to fly F-35

Posted March 18, 2013 by Maj. Jessica Martin

Air Force photograph Maj. Joseph Scholtz, (right) 706th Fighter Squadron operational test pilot, salutes Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, upon completion of his first training sortie in the F-35 II Lightning here Oct. 30, 2012. Scholtz is a reservist assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., as the installation’s first qualified F-35 pilot….

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Bombers show U.S. resolve to defend South Korea, spokesman says

Posted March 18, 2013 by Jim Garamone

It isn’t just American capabilities in South Korea that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has to consider – capabilities based outside South Korea also figure in the strategic calculus, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 18. In a meeting with reporters, Little said B-52 Stratofortresses based at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, flew…

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BRAC: Paring Army infrastructure would sharpen warfighters’ edge

Posted March 18, 2013 by David Vergun

Reducing the Army's infrastructure footprint would result in more money for training, modernization and personnel said a top Army official.

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Hagel orders review of U.S. defense strategy to test its underpinnings in light of budget cuts

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In response to the budget cuts that took effect March 1, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a re-evaluation of the underpinnings of the defense strategy that President Barack Obama announced 14 months ago. Hagel spokesman George Little said March 17 that Hagel wants to see the results by May 31. The Obama strategy, unveiled…

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F-35 production on track, program chief says

Posted March 15, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is a different program than it was four years ago, the F-35 program executive officer said March 12. In a speech at the McAleese/Credit Suisse Defense Programs Conference at the Newseum, Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told attendees that he and his predecessor, Navy Vice Adm. Dave…

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