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News Briefs – August 6, 2012

Posted August 6, 2012 by

Senator ends hold on Air Force chief nomination A Republican senator has ended his hold on the White House pick for Air Force chief of staff over the service’s response to a widening sex scandal at a Texas base. In a statement Aug. 2, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said he had met with Gen….

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C-130H Hercules retired from service

Posted December 3, 2012 by

The C-130H Hercules has retired from service after 34 years with the Royal Australian Air Force, with a farewell ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond in Sydney. Since its delivery in 1978, the C-130H Hercules has provided the Australian Defence Force with a highly effective transport capability. C-130H Hercules has supported Defence personnel on operations in…

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Chinese ships depart for rare drills with U.S. Navy

Posted August 21, 2013 by Christopher Bodeen

Three Chinese ships are sailing east to join rare naval drills with the United States as Beijing ramps up its military diplomacy amid regional territorial disputes and other tensions. The ships left the port of Qingdao Aug. 20 to participate in search-and-rescue drills with the U.S. Navy in the waters off Hawaii. Afterward, the ships…

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First F-35 for The Netherlands rolls out of production facility

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The first F-35 Lightning II for The Netherlands rolled out of the F-35 production facility in Fort Worth, Texas, April 1. This is the latest step in the production process leading to its eventual assignment to Eglin AFB, Fla., later this summer. The…

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ISS trio lands safely In Kazakhstan

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Three members of the Expedition 30 crew undocked from the International Space Station and safely returned to Earth April 27, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month mission in space. Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov landed their Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft in Kazakhstan at 6:45 a.m., CDT, after undocking from…

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Shadow ‘enhanced platoons’ meet growing need in Afghanistan

Posted May 30, 2012 by by James Ryan

When the Afghan theater commander called on the Army to increase the number of Shadow platoons in theater during the height of the 2011 Operation Enduring Freedom summer campaign, the Army was ready...

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Australian airmen glimpse future at Red Flag-Alaska

Posted June 18, 2012 by by A1C Omari Bernard

Men and women in flight suits of green passed through the halls in a hive of activity. The building was buzzing with the language and accents of different nationalities, all in preparation for the day's oncoming...

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Panetta welcomes opening of Pakistan supply lines

Posted July 3, 2012 by by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta July 3 welcomed Pakistan’s decision to open ground lines of communication on the border with Afghanistan that have been closed since November. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the decision after a telephone call this morning with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. “As I have made clear,” Panetta…

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Morocco becomes 10th AIM-9X Sidewinder missile international customer

Posted July 9, 2012 by

The Kingdom of Morocco and the U.S. government executed a letter of offer and acceptance to purchase Raytheon’s AIM-9X Block II missile. The Royal Moroccan Air Force is the world’s 10th country to employ the AIM-9X Sidewinder infrared-guided, air-to-air missile and will be the fourth country with the AIM-9X Block II. The AIM-9X Block II…

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MH-53 helicopter suffers aviation mishap, crashes

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An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 crashed 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman, July 19 while conducting heavy lift support operations.

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