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Air National Guard director retires

Posted January 30, 2013 by SMSgt. Jerry R. Bynum

Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Air National Guard director, retired after more than 40 years of military service during a Jan. 29 ceremony hosted by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin at Joint Base Andrews, Md.

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Air Force Continues Support to France in Mali

Posted January 30, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

DOD photograph by Glenn Fawcett Pentagon Press Secretary George Little briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Jan. 29, 2013. During the press event, Little provided an update on the U.S. role in supporting France’s military operations in Mali. The U.S. Air Force continues to back French air operations in Mali through refueling efforts, logistical movements, troop…

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F-22 pilot flies boy’s letter ‘closer to heaven’

Posted January 28, 2013 by Capt. Ashley Conner

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Dana Rosso MacAidan Mac Gallegos, conducts a walk around inspection of an F-22 with Lt. Col. Brian Baldwin, a Reserve F-22 pilot assigned to the 302nd Fighter Squadron prior to his flight. Mac wrote a letter to his father Army Sgt. Justin Gallegos who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009…

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Life Cycle Thrust’ directorate making a name throughout command

Posted January 28, 2013 by Brandice J. O'Brien

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Justin D. Pyle The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate is responsible for the sustainment and acquisition of engines for aircraft such as the F-22 Raptor (shown) and C-17 Globemaster. In six months, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Propulsion Directorate has come into its own. Emphasizing…

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U.S. Patriots set to begin NATO missile defense in Turkey

Posted January 28, 2013 by Donna Miles

The first elements of U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey earlier this month are expected to reach initial operating capability this weekend, a senior NATO officer reported. Plans are on track for two PAC-3 Patriot anti-missile systems and about 400 U.S. personnel deployed to operate them to begin providing missile defense in the coming…

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First Presidential V-22 takes flight

Posted January 28, 2013 by

Bell Helicopter photograph Aircraft 197, the first MV-22 to be assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron (HMX) 1, hovers over the runway during a test flight at the Bell-Boeing V-22 assembly plant in Amarillo, Texas, Jan. 22. The aircraft, crewed by pilot Marine Corps Maj. Chuck Bodwell, co-pilot Capt. William Thomas and crew chief Staff Sgt….

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US planes deliver French troops to Mali

Posted January 25, 2013 by SSgt. Nathanael Callon

Air Force photograph by SrA. James Richardson French soldiers march to a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III in support of missions in the Republic of Mali in January 2013. The United States agreed to help France airlift troops and equipment into Mali. The U.S. Air Force began transporting French soldiers and military equipment Jan….

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418th FLTS prepares to test India’s first C-17 at Edwards

Posted January 25, 2013 by Jet Fabara

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft built for the Indian Air Force touches down on Runway 22L. The 418th Flight Test Squadron will begin aircraft inspection and routine flight testing for the next two months. With Boeing’s completion of the Indian Air Force’s first C-17 heavy-lift aircraft in early January…

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New Army network gets final check-out on way to field

Posted January 25, 2013 by Claire Heininger

As soldiers prepare to deploy with the Army’s new tactical communications network later this year, Army engineers are stretching the equipment to its limits to ensure it can support complex, on-the-move operations and extend the range of communications to the farthest edges of the battlefield. The Network Verification event for Capability Set 13, or CS…

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Air Force to open remaining combat positions to women

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey announced Jan. 24 the rescission the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule for women and that the Department of Defense plans to remove gender-based barriers to service. “Women have shown great courage and sacrifice on and off…

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