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Defense cuts could hit civilian workforce

Posted July 30, 2012 by by Donna Cassata

Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the November election if impending spending cuts aren’t averted, hitting presidential battleground states such as Virginia and Florida hard. The alerts would come in addition to any that major defense contractors might send out at the…

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President nominates 1st female Air Force Academy superintendent

Posted March 4, 2013 by

The president of the United States nominated Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson for the appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment to serve as Air Force Academy’s 19th superintendent. If confirmed by the Senate, Johnson would become the first woman to hold the position. Currently serving as NATO’s deputy chief of staff for…

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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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News Briefs – August 23, 2012

Posted August 24, 2012 by

No injuries in MH-53 hard landing No one was injured when an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 made a hard landing Aug. 22, following an engine malfunction. The hard landing at Bahrain International Airport caused damage to the tail section of the aircraft. Airport operations remain normal. The incident is…

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A look at the current $632.8 billion defense bill

Posted December 24, 2013 by AP

The comprehensive, $632.8 billion defense bill heading to President Barack Obama for his signature would crack down on sexual assault in the military, authorize combat pay for the troops and cover the cost of new ships, aircraft and weapons. A look at the legislation: * Authorizes $552.1 billion for the core budget, including $17.6 billion…

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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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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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Boeing celebrates 50 years in Alabama

Posted April 30, 2012 by

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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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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