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Air Force launches first special tactics wing

Posted June 13, 2012 by by Rachel Arroyo

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command stood up the 24th Special Operations Wing in a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 12 to meet the growing demand for the unique capabilities special tactics Air...

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Company Command Posts bring mission command to battlefield edge

Posted June 21, 2012 by by Amy Walker

In the harsh desert and mountains of the southwestern United States, soldiers relied on transportable headquarters operation centers to extend mission command capabilities to the edge of the battlefield during the Army’s Network…

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Engine test facility helps to silence the roar

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Though the noise of fighter jets is sometimes called "the sound of freedom," not everyone wants to hear it. The 18th Component Maintenance Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, limits the noise...

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Dempsey meets with Russian counterpart at Pentagon

Posted July 13, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his Russian counterpart July 12 at the Pentagon to discuss international security...

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Panetta approves plan to lift F-22 flight limits

Posted July 24, 2012 by By Lilita C. Baldor

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has approved an Air Force plan to begin lifting flight restrictions on the F-22 stealth fighter jet, following the ongoing correction of oxygen deficit problems that grounded and restricted the fleet for months.

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Panetta describes strategy, warns against sequestration

Posted August 7, 2012 by by Amaani Lyle

As the Defense Department adopts a new paradigm for the U.S. military to remain a formidable force while absorbing $487 billion in spending reductions over the next decade, the prospect of an additional $500 billion spending reduction over that period would be “a disaster” not only for national defense, but also for defense communities, Defense…

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Exercise confirms U.S. homeland defense capability

Posted August 20, 2012 by by C. Todd Lopez

Army leaders say the performance of participants in the recently concluded Vibrant Response 13 exercise has demonstrated that the U.S. military is ready to handle a major catastrophe, such as a nuclear explosion, on the homeland....

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Edwards aircrew take virtual jump into parachute training

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Jet Fabara

For years, aircrew personnel at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., have had the opportunity to train in virtual simulators that mimic real-life scenarios that occur during flight.....

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‘Vortex surfing’ could be revolutionary

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Roger Drinnon

Migrating birds, NASCAR drivers and Tour de France bicyclists already get it. And now the Air Force is thinking about flying gas-guzzling cargo aircraft in formation - 'dragging' off one another - on long-haul flights across the oceans.

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Green Flag keeps airmen, soldiers mission ready

Posted October 24, 2012 by SrA. Kristen High

Air Force photograph by SrA. Kristin High F-15E Strike Eagles from the 355th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., prepare to launch for early morning missions on Barksdale AFB, La., Oct. 19, 2012. The F-15s will be providing critical close air support during Green Flag East to allow the 2nd Brigade of…

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