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Secretary of the Navy names multiple ships

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced April 12 the names of seven ships: three joint high speed vessels, the USNS Trenton, the USNS Brunswick and the USNS Carson City; an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), the USS Portland; two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Wichita and the USS Manchester; and an ocean-class auxiliary…

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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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AMC commander stresses importance of new tanker

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The commander of the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command today stressed the high priority his service places on the KC-46A tanker aircraft program. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva discussed progress with the program and stressed its priority in a meeting with Defense Writers Group reporters. Air Force officials announced award of a $3.5 billion…

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Department of the Navy releases fiscal 2014 budget proposal

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The Department of the Navy released April 10 its proposed $155.8 billion budget for fiscal year 2014. This budget is part of the $525 billion defense budget President Barack Obama submitted to Congress on the same day. Rear Adm. Joseph Mulloy, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget, briefed media at the Department of…

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Royal Navy pilot flies first F-35 sortie

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Air Force photograph by Maj. Karen Roganov U.K. pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Ian Tidball, became the first Royal Navy student-pilot to fly a sortie in the F-35B Lightning II April 10 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Tidball has flight experience in the British Sea Harrier and the F-18 Super Hornet. Air Force photograph by Maj….

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ANG airmen rescue researcher from glacier

Posted April 10, 2013 by Maj. Guy Hayes

CAMP DENALI, Alaska – Airmen with the Alaska Air National Guard’s 210th, 211th and 212th Rescue Squadrons rescued a snowmobiler who fell 80 feet into a glacier crevasse April 4. According to the Associated Press, Tom Douglas, 41, of Fairbanks, landed unhurt on his feet on a ledge at Jarvis Glacier near Delta Junction. Alaska…

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‘Compass Call’ing: Are you listening?

Posted April 10, 2013 by SSgt. David Dobrydney

Air Force photograph by SSgt. David Dobrydney Tech. Sgt. Justin Longway checks a patch panel aboard an EC-130 Compass Call March 23, 2013, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 41st EECS flies nightly missions in support of troops on the ground. Longway is an airborne maintenance technician with the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron. Even high…

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AEDC prepares for an acceptance test in the Space Threat Assessment Testbed facility

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Air Force photograph by Jacqueline Cowan Capt. Nicolas Bauer (right) and 2nd Lt. Akshay Tripathi, in the AEDC Space and Missile Test division, install a microsatellite in AEDC√≠s new Space Threat Assessment Testbed to conduct an initial site acceptance test. The initial site acceptance test is the equivalent to the halfway point of mission capability….

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Lightning strikes through the clear skies of Nellis

Posted April 10, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Michael Charles

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Brett Clashman U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Benjamin Bishop, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron director of operations, inspects the exhaust of an F-35A Lightning II before a training mission April 4 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The F-35A is assigned to the 422nd TES and its modern engine…

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KC-46 progress on track

Posted April 10, 2013 by Daryl Mayer

The top acquisition priority in the Air Force - acquiring a new aerial refueling capability - is proceeding "on track," Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the program executive officer for Tankers, said.

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