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1,600 museums offer military families free tickets

Posted May 23, 2012 by by Brett Zongker

More than 1,600 museums across the country will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in a program that has more than doubled in size since 2010. The expanded Blue Star Museums initiative announced Tuesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has more than 40 museums…

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Pilot killed in California jet crash identified

Posted May 21, 2012 by

Officials have identified the pilot of a military-contracted jet who was killed May 18 when his aircraft crashed into a Southern California farm field as he completed a training exercise. Fifty-seven-year-old Thomas Bennett, of Camarillo, Calif., died on impact when the privately owned Hawker Hunter jet trainer went down near Naval Base Ventura County, according…

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Military trainer jet crashes in California, one dead

Posted May 21, 2012 by by Jeff Wilson

A privately owned jet contracted by the military to play the enemy in training exercises crashed May 18 in a Southern California farm field, killing the civilian pilot, authorities said. The Hawker Hunter jet trainer went down near Naval Base Ventura County, fire department spokesman Steve Swindle said. The pilot was the only person aboard….

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News Briefs May 18, 2012

Posted May 18, 2012 by

Army launches review of PTSD diagnoses The U.S. Army is launching a sweeping, independent review of how it evaluates and diagnoses soldiers with possible post-traumatic stress disorder following recent complaints that some PTSD diagnoses were improperly overturned. The Army says it is reviewing the diagnoses at all of its medical facilities going back to 2001….

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Historic battleship becoming Naval museum in California

Posted May 15, 2012 by

The USS Iowa was last actively engaged in conflict in the late 1980s, helping escort reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers from the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz during the Iran-Iraq war. Some 25 years later, following years of being mothballed, the 887-foot long ship that once carried President Franklin Roosevelt to a World War…

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F-16 crashes at Utah Test and Training Range

Posted May 4, 2012 by

An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range at approximately 8:35 a.m. May 4. At the time of the accident, there was one person on board. The pilot successfully ejected and is being evaluated by…

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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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Navy to auction off once-secret stealth warship

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A $50 million, once-secret stealth warship built nearly 30 years ago for the U.S. Navy is now set to be auctioned off for scrap. The Sacramento Bee reports that the auction for the 164-foot Sea Shadow will close May 4. The Sea Shadow was built by Lockheed Martin in 1985 in Redwood City, Calif., as…

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House puts its imprint on Obama’s defense budget

Posted April 30, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Domestic military base closings are out. The Global Hawk drone is back in. A Republican-led House panel is putting its mark on President Barack Obama’s proposed defense budget, reversing several of the Pentagon’s wishes. Members of six Armed Services subcommittees, working April 26 and 27, clearly followed the adage of their chairman, Rep. Howard “Buck”…

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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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