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News Briefs – December 28, 2012

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Fighter jet’s sonic booms rattle California’s Central Coast Officials at Edwards Air Force Base have confirmed that an F-22 fighter jet conducting a test flight was behind a series of sonic booms heard along California’s central coast. Authorities in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties say they received several calls Thursday from residents…

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Headlines: February 1, 2013

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Space How Columbia crew died in ignorance NASA has revealed that the Columbia crew were not told that the shuttle had been damaged and they might not survive re-entry. The seven astronauts who died will be remembered at a public memorial service on the 10th anniversary of the disaster this Friday at Florida’s Kennedy Space…

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Headlines: March 6, 2013

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News From Hollywood to Kansas, drones are flying under the radar They hover over Hollywood film sets and professional sports events. They track wildfires in Colorado, survey Kansas farm crops and vineyards in California. They inspect miles of industrial pipeline and monitor wildlife, river temperatures and volcanic activity.   Business General Dynamics unit, others issue…

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Quantico shooting incident leaves three Marines dead

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Three active-duty Marines are dead after a shooting incident that began late last night (March 21) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. One of the dead was the shooter, who died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. The names of the dead are being withheld, pending notification of their families. The base provost…

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Headlines April 22, 2013

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Business U.S. defense shares soar as investors ignore predictions of contraction Automatic federal budget cuts were supposed to shake the fortunes of Pentagon contractors, with a leading industry lobbyist predicting an “unemployment Armageddon” for defense workers. Dreamliner: Boeing starts replacing 787 batteries Boeing has started replacing batteries on some of its grounded 787 Dreamliner fleet,…

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Obama vows to close Guantanamo detention facility

Posted May 24, 2013 by Jim Garamone

President Barack Obama May 23 vowed to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying the prison has become a symbol of an America that flouts the law. Obama spoke at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair here. His discussion on the Gitmo facility was part of a larger discussion on…

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News Briefs June 26, 2013

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U.S. IDs Vietnam War soldier remains The Pentagon says it has accounted for a northern Michigan soldier whose helicopter was shot down during the Vietnam War. The POW/Missing Personnel Office said June 25 that Army Spec. 5 John L. Burgess of Suttons Bay was crew chief aboard the helicopter that crashed June 30, 1970. The…

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X-56A technology demonstrator achieves first flight

Posted July 31, 2013 by Holly Jordan

NASA photograph by Kenneth E. Ulbrich The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed takes off on its inaugural flight July 26 at Edwards AFB, Calif. The unmanned aircraft is designed to study active aeroelastic control technologies such as active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation. The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA,…

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Bales sentenced to life in prison, no chance of parole

Posted August 26, 2013 by Gene Johnson

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. ñ A military jury Aug. 23 sentenced a U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year to life in prison without a chance of parole. The decision came in the case of SSgt. Robert Bales, 40, who pleaded guilty in June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. Bales…

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DOD taking prudent steps in face of government shutdown

Posted September 27, 2013 by Jim Garamone

The Defense Department is taking prudent steps to plan for a possible government shutdown Oct. 1, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a memo signed Sept. 26. The deputy secretary believes there is still time for Congress to enact legislation to avoid a shutdown. The administration is willing to work with Congress to…

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