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Navy nears power deal to help avoid California blackouts

Posted May 1, 2012 by by Michael R. Blood

The U.S. Navy is nearing a first-time agreement to curb electricity use at its sprawling San Diego-area bases if power runs short in Southern California this summer, a deal intended to diminish the threat of blackouts while the troubled San Onofre nuclear plant remains offline. The Navy is San Diego Gas & Electric’s largest customer,…

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News Briefs – August 10, 2012

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NTSB: Fan shaft failed on 787 during taxi test   The National Transportation Safety Board says a fan shaft failed on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner engine during a taxi test at Charleston International Airport. The investigation into the failure of the engine on July 28 is ongoing. The engine was built by General Electric. NTSB…

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Consultant to study Virginia’s military assets

Posted March 27, 2013 by AP

Virginia is preparing for potential base realignments and closures by hiring a consultant to study the state’s military assets. The Alexandria-based Spectrum Group will develop a closure risk assessment for each military base in the state. The company will report its findings the state’s Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities. The Spectrum Group is…

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News Briefs March 19, 2012

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Air Force disciplining two mortuary supervisors The Air Force is disciplining two supervisors after an investigation into retaliation against workers who blew the whistle on the mishandling of remains at the Dover Air Force Base, Del., mortuary. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel released a report March 16 that says three officials retaliated against four…

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News Briefs June 1, 2012

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National Guard worker gets 21/2 years for $15 million fraud A former manager for the California National Guard has been sentenced to 21/2 years in federal prison for arranging $15.2 million in bonuses and other payments to fellow guards who weren’t eligible for them. A U.S. attorney’s statement says 52-year-old Retired MSgt. Toni Jaffe received…

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Senior leaders stress safety over Labor Day weekend

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Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued the following message to all Air Force personnel:   “As our nation pays tribute to American workers during Labor Day weekend, we thank all airmen for your…

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Fitz Fulton’s unparalleled lifetime of achievement in flight research

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NASA photograph In 1980 Fulton flew the AD-1, a research aircraft designed to investigate the concept of an oblique (or pivoting) wing. Distinguished former NASA research pilot Fitzhugh L. Fulton Jr., described by colleagues as, The Dean of Flight Test,î died Feb. 4, 2015. He was 89. During a career in the military, civil service…

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Ex-NASA worker: Firing was over intelligent design

Posted April 16, 2012 by by Gillian Flaccus

A former computer specialist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory spent much of his free time advocating for the idea that a higher intelligence must have had a hand in creation. Now, a judge will decide if his commitment to that belief cost him his job. Closing arguments in the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by David…

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MAFFS-equipped C-130 crashes in South Dakota

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At approximately 6 p.m., MDT, July 1, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft supporting firefighting missions crashed in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire. The cause of the crash is not known and the incident is under investigation. There are no…

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Obama Nominates Clark as Next Air Guard Director

Posted December 12, 2012 by Col. Nahaku McFadden

Lt. Gen. Stanley E. “Sid” Clarke III, commander of the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next director of the Air National Guard. If confirmed by the Senate, Clarke will replace Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt III, who is retiring in…

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