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News Briefs July 9, 2014

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Air Force reservist sues U.S. Steel over 2014 firing An Air Force reservist who serves near Pittsburgh says she was wrongly fired by U.S. Steel because she missed work due to her military deployments. The plaintiff, 33-year-old Rebecca Jackanic, of Coraopolis, says she had worked for U.S. Steel as an aircraft dispatcher since 2002. Jackanic…

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Headlines July 7, 2014

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News: DOD grounds entire F-35 fleet; Plane might not make U.K. debut - The European debut of the Lockheed Martin F-35 joint strike fighter is now in question after the Pentagon grounded the entire fleet late Thursday based on the initial findings of an investigation into a fire that broke out on one of the jets…

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News Briefs July 7, 2014

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Work for refueling tanker cheering contractors Preparations at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, for the arrival of the new KC-46A air refueling tankers are expected to boost contracting opportunities for businesses. A recent groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of the first $197 million in new construction projects. Congress has allotted a total of $219 million…

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California lawmakers OK stealth bomber tax break

Posted July 7, 2014 by Don Thompson

A corporate battle over a giant Pentagon contract to build stealth bombers spilled into the California Legislature July 3, as lawmakers grudgingly rushed through a $420 million tax credit for an aerospace contractor before adjourning for their month-long summer recess. The 15-year tax incentive would benefit one of the two major competitors, a joint bid…

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Headlines July 3, 2014

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News: Air Force sued over F-35 basing decision - The U.S. Air Force is being sued by a coalition of residents in Vermont who say the decision to base new F-35 fighters out of a local airport will be a nuisance and a potential safety risk.   Business: NASA finalizes contract to build the most powerful…

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Headlines June 30, 2014

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News: Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs - President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Proctor and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veteran’s issues.  50 VA hospital workers claim retaliation for blowing whistle - When Valerie Riviello, a nurse at a Veterans Affairs…

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News Briefs June 30, 2014

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SpaceX, Orbcomm want to launch satellites in July SpaceX and Orbcomm are hoping that it can launch six commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral early next month. Florida Today reports that the Air Force is reviewing a proposed July 14 launch date for approval. There is a backup date of July 15. The companies are eventually…

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Headlines June 27, 2014

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News: Pentagon assigns two-star general to oversee assessment in Iraq, a sign of task’s sensitivity - The U.S. military named a two-star general to head up the teams that have been sent to Iraq to determine what U.S. military assistance might help halt the advance of radical Islamist insurgents who’ve seized control of much of the…

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News Briefs June 27, 2014

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U.S. to disband anti-terror force in Philippines American and Filipino officials say the U.S. is disbanding an anti-terror task force composed of hundreds of elite military forces after more than a decade of helping fight al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said June 26 that the Philippines has been notified…

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Air Force awards new combat rescue helicopter contract

Posted June 27, 2014 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

The Air Force awarded a $1.28 billion contract for the initial engineering and manufacturing development phase of the new combat rescue helicopter to Sikorsky Aircraft Company on June 26. The contract also includes procurement of the first four of the program’s planned 112 aircraft. “Over the last 10 years, the Air Force has discussed upgrading…

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