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News Briefs May 30, 2014

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Czech minister proposes defense budget rise The Czech Republic’s defense minister says he wants his country’s defense budget to return to growth amid fighting in Ukraine. Martin Stropnicky says the current crisis in Ukraine is a warning sign that a military conflict in Europe is not unthinkable. The Czech Republic, which has reduced its defense…

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Headlines July 9, 2014

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News: Iran sends three attack planes to Iraqi government – An American official said that Su-25s had already carried out missions over Ramadi, Falluja in western Iraq and the Baiji refinery in northern Iraq. The official did not say whether the aircraft dropped any bombs but added that Iran had sent more Revolutionary Guards ground forces…

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California Guardsmen aid in wildfire battle

Posted August 13, 2014 by SFC Benjamin Cossel and Brandon Honig

Army photograph by SFC Benjamin Cossel A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew from the California Army National Guard drops 660 gallons of water on a Northern California fire, Aug. 4, 2014. In what has become a nearly annual mission for the California National Guard, Army and Air Force aviators are dousing wildfires across Northern California,…

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Headlines September 17, 2014

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News: Pentagon open to U.S. ground troops in fight against Islamic State – The Pentagon’s top general opened the door Sept. 16 to the possibility that U.S. combat troops would be needed in Iraq, as he publicly laid out President Obama’s still-developing plans to combat Islamic State insurgents through U.S. air power and relying on an…

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

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The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Headlines November 17, 2014

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News: Fight over A-10 re-opens Hill, Air Force divide – After a relatively quiet summer, the battle for the future of the A-10 Warthog exploded in the last two weeks, reopening deep fissures between Congress and the Air Force that seem to show the two sides at a total stalemate. Chances for sequester relief fade as…

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‘NORAD Tracks Santa’: Bringing him to a home near you

Posted December 24, 2014 by TSgt. John Gordinier

Air Force photograph by MSgt. Chuck Marsh Volunteers monitor phones and computers to talk with children while tracking Santa Claus at the North American Aerospace Defense Command Tracks Santa Operations Center at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Santa will be traveling around the world Dec. 24, delivering presents to all the girls…

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Headlines February 4, 2015

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News: White House adds $21 billion for modernization – The Pentagon has been conducting a “running reset” on its aircraft, ships, nuclear assets and ground vehicles over the past two years due to the limits placed on defense spending by the Budget Control Act, senior defense leaders said Feb. 2, but the fiscal 2016 budget request…

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News Briefs March 13, 2015

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U.S. urges Vietnam to stop Russia refueling at base The U.S. is urging Vietnam to stop letting Russia refuel military planes at a key Vietnamese base, saying it could raise tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. officials have voiced concern in recent months over increased Russian air patrols around Japan and South Korea and as…

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News Briefs April 20, 2015

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Last two Raiders give congressional medal to Ohio museum The last two ìDoolittle Tokyo Raidersî have presented their Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display at a museum in southwest Ohio. The medal arrived at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton in a ceremonial B-25 bomber flight. The medal was awarded by…

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