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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

Posted January 25, 2013 by

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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Chief of Naval Operations expands Brazil partnership

Posted January 23, 2013 by

Navy photograph by POC Julianne Metzger Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, left, and Commander of the Brazilian Navy Adm. Julio Soares de Moura Neto sign memorandums of understanding to continue the Military Personnel Exchange Program, which allows for Brazilian and U.S. officers to swap jobs and learn defense practices from the host country….

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New vision and mission to guide AFMC

Posted January 23, 2013 by

New vision and mission statements are at the foundation of a new command strategy designed to ensure Air Force Materiel Command continues to deliver preeminent support to the war fighter. The command’s vision is “one team, delivering capabilities to fly, fight and win …today and tomorrow.” AFMC will strive to attain that vision by accomplishing…

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Army freezes hiring, cuts base ops, reduces training

Posted January 23, 2013 by C. Todd Lopez

Army photograph by C. Todd Lopez In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March, Army leadership has called for an immediate hiring freeze and spelled out other pre-emptive measures meant to help the service prepare for a fiscal cliff. In advance of possible extreme budget cuts that could arrive in March,…

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Northcom pursues closer engagement with Mexico

Posted January 23, 2013 by Donna Miles

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Air Force photograph by TSgt. Thomas J. Doscher Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, and Mexican Navy Secretary Adm. Mariano Saynez pause briefly at the NORAD and Northcom Sept. 11 Memorial during SaynezĂ­s visit to the…

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KC-135 tankers get a boost from innovative, fuel-saving engines

Posted January 23, 2013 by Maj. Mark Blumke

Some decades-old KC-135 Stratotanker are drinking from the fountain of youth — or at least the engines are. Airmen installed the first of 1,440 upgraded Stratotanker engines at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 15. The 1970s engine parts will be replaced with modern engines that burn less fuel and run longer without repairs, officials…

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F-35 training ‘Year of execution’ in review

Posted January 21, 2013 by

This time last year, the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., stood up its Marine squadron with a fleet of aircraft with the thought 2012 would be their “year of execution.” Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs stationed here would take off for their first of hundreds of sorties that year once they…

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Historic Los Alamitos base now home to state-of-the-art Army Reserve headquarters

Posted January 21, 2013 by Dave Palmer

The 79th Sustainment Support Command officially opened its new 53,000-square-foot headquarters facility on Joint Forces Training Base Los Alamitos, Jan. 12. Hosting fellow Soldiers, civic leaders and community members was Maj. Gen. William D. Frink Jr., 79th SSC commander. “The structure behind me is proof positive of U.S. Army commitment to our Army Reserve Soldiers,”…

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