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News Briefs Nov 12, 2014

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California candidate leads in race after death A candidate for a seat on a Central California board may win his race, despite having died last month in a small plane crash. Kern County Elections Chief Karen Rhea told the Bakersfield Californian Nov. 10 that votes are still being counted, but 68-year-old Michal Hill is a…

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Navy helicopter crashes in Kuwait; all crewmembers ok

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A U.S. Navy MH-60S helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 (HSC 26) crashed at 11:22 a.m., EST, Dec.21, while on an overland training flight at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. All six personnel aboard the helicopter survived the crash and were transported to nearby medical facilities for evaluation. Three of the six crewmembers sustained minor…

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News Briefs January 30, 2015

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Military judge weighs restrictions on Gitmo female guards A military judge is deciding whether to continue restricting the use of female guards at Guantanamo. Navy Capt. J. Kirk Waits heard closing arguments Jan. 29 at the base in Cuba during a pretrial hearing for Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi. Waits didn’t say when he will rule. Hadi…

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News Briefs March 9, 2015

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Anti-drone protesters try to block pilots at Nevada air base Anti-drone protesters gathered to block access to a US Air Force base in southern Nevada. Officials said more than a hundred people assembled March 6 outside the Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs. Organizers said protesters stood or laid down on the road in…

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News Briefs April 15, 2015

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U.S. Air Force grounds T-6A Texan II training aircraft The U.S. Air Force has grounded all its T-6A Texan II training aircraft because of a potential malfunction in the oil line of the aircraft’s engine. The grounding, first reported April 14 by the Enid News & Eagle, includes Vance Air Force Base in Okla.; Columbus…

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Headlines May 20, 2015

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News: Top secret X-37B space plane blasts off on fourth mission¬†– One of the most mysterious craft ever to go into orbit blasted off on a top secret mission this morning.   Business: R&D budget request rises for U.S. Special Operations¬†– The leadership of U.S. Special Operations Command said the force and its acquisitions –…

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Headlines July 15, 2015

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Business: Pentagon says ‘closely monitoring’ potential Sikorsky sale – The U.S. Defense Department said July 14 it was “closely monitoring” the potential sale of helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft by its parent company, United Technologies Corp. and that it would evaluate any deal on a case-by-case basis. Japan becomes first V-22 export customer – Japan is…

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News Briefs – July 26, 2012

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Congress eyes probe into Army program Congress is poised to launch an investigation into why Army leaders have resisted requests to provide battlefield units with a specific computer program that helps troops locate and clear roadside bombs. The software program, the Palantir System, is being used by some units in Afghanistan, but Army officials have…

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News Briefs – October 16, 2012

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China begins aircraft carrier flight training China has begun flight training on its first aircraft carrier, with photographs posted on websites showing navy pilots practicing touch-and-go landing exercises. Military enthusiast websites posted pictures Oct. 15 of a J-15 fighter-bomber executing the maneuver. It wasn’t clear when the pictures were taken, and they did not appear…

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Two local boy scouts earn the high rank of Eagle Scout

Posted December 7, 2012 by Diane Betzler

Two local youths transitioned from boys to young men when they achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America organization. Dylan Swenson and Ben Wright, both 17, shared the achievements that won them their hard-earned Eagle Scout rank Nov. 28, when they previewed their service projects at…

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