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N.M. officials: Spill could be as big as 24 million gallons

Posted May 24, 2012 by by Jeri Clausing

A decades-old jet fuel spill threatening Albuquerque, N.M.’s water supply could be as large as 24 million gallons, or twice the size of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez, state environment officials acknowledged Tuesday. Officials previously estimated the spill from Kirtland Air Force Base to be about 8 million gallons. But state geologist William…

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As U.S. troop ‘surge’ ends, setbacks are piling up

Posted September 19, 2012 by by Robert Burns

The end game in Afghanistan is off to a shaky start. Just as the last U.S. “surge” troops leave the country, trouble is breaking out in ways that go to the core of the strategy for winding down the U.S. and allied combat role and making Afghans responsible for their own security. At stake is…

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B-17 Flying Fortress

Posted April 13, 2012 by by Marti Jaramillo

The Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” is a World War II American heavy bomber used primarily in Europe and that helped turn the tide in the battle of World War II. Boeing’s corporate historian, Michael Lombardi said, “The B-17 and the United States Army Air Forces strategic warfare strategy was instrumental in destroying the German air…

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Nine months after repeal, gay troops slowly come out

Posted June 20, 2012 by by Lisa Daniel

In the nine months since being given the legal right to serve openly in the military, gay service members are increasingly speaking out about the double lives they led under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and their supporters celebrate June as “Pride Month,” two senior officers –…

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Defense cuts, layoff notice dispute sets off tiff

Posted August 2, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Republicans accused President Barack Obama of trying to keep middle-class Americans in the dark about whether they’ll lose their jobs from impending defense cuts as a Labor Department memo cautioning contractors about layoff notices set off political recriminations. “The president doesn’t want people reading about pink slips in the weeks before his election, so the…

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U.S. House chairman for more troops in Afghanistan

Posted March 15, 2013 by Donna Cassata

U.S. military leaders and the American ambassador favor a residual force of 13,600 in Afghanistan after combat troops leave at the end of 2014, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said March 13 as President Barack Obama faces political and military pressures on his upcoming decision on the size of the force. A…

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Boeing celebrates 50 years in Alabama

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April 30, Boeing celebrates 50 years in Alabama, where employees play a vital role in building and sustaining the United States’ space and defense programs. The largest aerospace company in the state of Alabama, Boeing maintains its Strategic Missile & Defense Systems headquarters in Huntsville, as well as its largest program, Ground-based Midcourse Defense. Huntsville…

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News Briefs – August 24, 2012

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Lockheed Martin to cut 550 jobs at Georgia plant   Aerospace firm Lockheed Martin is cutting 550 jobs at its metro Atlanta plant as production of its C-130 aircraft slows, officials said. The move was announced Aug. 22 but is already under way, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Cuts at the Marietta plant were needed because…

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U.S. senator wants decision on Afghan troop levels

Posted March 24, 2014 by Kim Gamel

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ A U.S. senator leading a bipartisan delegation to Afghanistan called on President Barack Obama March 22 to announce a decision on his plans for future troop levels in the country on the assumption a much-delayed security pact eventually will eventually be signed with Kabul. During a visit to Afghanistan, Sen. Kelly…

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News Briefs May 29, 2012

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Lockheed Martin brings in replacement workers Lockheed Martin is putting temporary workers on its Fort Worth, Texas, aircraft assembly plant to replace striking Machinists’ union members. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the announcement came in a memo from Larry Lawson, Lockheed’s aeronautics division executive vice president. He says Lockheed must, in his words, “sustain our…

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