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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 AEDCís 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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Airman keeps squadron ‘in the fight’

Posted April 10, 2013 by SSgt. Alexander Martinez

When 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters scramble for a casualty evacuation mission, the environment they are flying into is unpredictable.

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Operation ‘Deep Freeze’ wraps up for the season

Posted April 10, 2013 by Maj. Jonathan Hannon

Courtesy photograph Personnel from the National Science Foundation depart an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Oct. 28, 2010. Following the arrival March 18 of SKIER 75 – the last LC-130 “Skibird” aircraft to depart the Operation Deep Freeze Joint Operating Area, the 2012-2013 ODF season completed another successful, yet challenging campaign….

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Air Combat Command stands down units due to budget cuts

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Air Force officials will begin to stand down active-duty combat units starting April 9 to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year. The stand down is the result of cuts to Air Combat Command’s operations and maintenance account, which must be implemented in part…

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First B-2 surpasses 7,000 flight hours

Posted April 8, 2013 by SrA. Brigitte N. Brantley

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Nick Wilson B-2 Spirit crew chiefs stand at parade rest while performing post flight inspections with pilots in the cockpit of the ìSpirit of Floridaî April 1, 2013, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. The pilots just completed a historic training mission in which it became the first B-2 to…

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Sequestration not yet a national security threat

Posted April 8, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

Sequestration will have no effect on the drawdown in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said April 6. [Sequestration] is an avalanche, not a light switch,î Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in a round-table discussion with members of the press traveling with him on his trip to Afghanistan. The avalanche started…

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U.S. general: Taliban likely to be long-term threat

Posted April 8, 2013 by Robert Burns

The United States accepts that a diminished but resilient Taliban is likely to remain a military threat in some parts of Afghanistan long after U.S. troops complete their combat mission next year, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday. In an Associated Press interview at this air field north of Kabul, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey,…

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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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