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Review panel urges changes in combat, incentive pays

Posted June 21, 2012 by by Jim Garamone

The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation recommends changes to combat pay and changes to special and incentive pays while saying current military pay rates are about right. Tom Bush, the study’s director, said the review also recommended further study of compensation of wounded warriors and their caregivers, for survivors, and making compensation for reserve-component…

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First external weapons test flight for the F-35C

Posted July 2, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph

The carrier variant of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter flew for the first time with external weapons June 27. Navy test pilot Lt. Christopher Tabert flew CF-1 with inert AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles on port and starboard pylons to measure…

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Vietnam welcomes fourth Pacific Partnership mission

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Lt. j.g. Peter Lee

Military Sealift Command’s hospital ship USNS Mercy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force amphibious ship Oosumi arrived in Vinh, Vietnam, in Nghe An province to begin the humanitarian civic assistance mission known as Pacific Partnership 2012, July 10. Both vessels are carrying complements of military and civilian medical, dental, veterinary and engineering personnel from Australia, Canada,…

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Panetta discusses impact of sequestration

Posted July 24, 2012 by DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with members of the Aerospace Industries Association, National Defense Industrial Association, and Professional Services Council in Arlington, Va., July 23, 2012.

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Air Force has role in Mars Rover success

Posted August 6, 2012 by by Philip Lorenz III

As news broke of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" rover's successful landing on the "Red Planet" Aug. 6, Arnold Engineering Development Complex's (AEDC) Hypervelocity Tunnel 9 Director...

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Donley praises airmen, emphasizes standards at AFSA conference

Posted August 18, 2012 by by A1C Jarrod Grammel

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley said the Air Force would be able to meet the challenges of a dynamic strategic environment and current fiscal constraints due to the unrivaled quality and professionalism of America's airmen - in particular its noncommissioned officers.....

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F-35B completes first airborne engine start tests

Posted September 5, 2012 by by Victor Chen

The F-35 integrated test force announced the completion of a major prerequisite test for in-flight performance on the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter Sept. 4 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif....

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U.S., Japan agree to add second radar installation

Posted September 17, 2012 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks with U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Salvatore A. Angelella, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, upon arriving in Tokyo, Sept. 16, 2012. Panetta is scheduled to visit with defense counterparts in Tokyo before traveling to Beijing and Auckland, New Zealand, during a week-long…

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Smartphones to steer unmanned rotorcraft on the battlefield

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The Office of Naval Research awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Aurora Flight Sciences Sept. 28 to develop robotic rotorcraft capable of supporting rapid autonomous aerial cargo delivery to the battlefield. ONR is initially providing $28 million to the industry-led teams to develop prototype concepts in the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System program. The system…

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Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach hosts native plant restoration event

Posted October 24, 2012 by PO1 Eli Medellin

More than 100 volunteers celebrated National Public Lands Day with a native plant restoration event onboard Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif., Oct. 20. The event was made possible by a grant from the Department of Defense Legacy Program, intended to improve the wildlife habitat on base and involve the public. “It’s a chance for…

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