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Reopened supply routes mean cost savings, spokesman says

Posted July 9, 2012 by by SFC Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

Pakistan’s decision to reopen ground supply routes on its border with Afghanistan will allow the Defense Department to save tens of millions of dollars transporting material in and out of Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman said July 5. Navy Capt. John Kirby said officials estimate that use of the reopened routes will save $70 million…

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International F-35 fleet begins build up at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted July 23, 2012 by Lockheed Martin photograph by Tom Harvey

ZM135, a British F-35B and the first international Lockheed Martin Lightning II, takes off from Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, at 9:03 a.m., CDT, en route for Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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Black Hawk crash kills seven Americans, four Afghans

Posted August 20, 2012 by by Heidi Vogt

A U.S. military helicopter crashed during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan Aug. 16, killing seven Americans and four Afghans in one of the deadliest air disasters of a war now into its second decade. The Taliban claimed they gunned down the Black Hawk. American service personnel in Afghanistan are…

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U.K. F-35s will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk

Posted March 27, 2013 by

The United Kingdom’s Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft will be based at RAF Marham in Norfolk, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced March 26. “This is the next step in the restructuring of the Armed Forces, providing them with the world’s most capable combat aircraft,” said Hammond. “Basing the new Lightning II at RAF Marham makes…

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U.S., African nations share techniques in partnership exercise

Posted March 28, 2012 by

ACCRA, Ghana – Ghanaian, Benin, Togolese, Senegalese, Nigerian and U.S. air force members hit the flightline loading, guarding and marshaling aircraft March 21 during the African Partnership Flight 12-2 capstone event here.
The capstone gave all nations involved in the…

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U.S., Afghanistan reach deal on strategic pact

Posted April 24, 2012 by by Heidi Vogt

The United States and Afghanistan reached a deal April 22 on a long-delayed strategic partnership agreement that ensures Americans will provide military and financial support to the Afghan people for at least a decade beyond 2014, the deadline for most foreign forces to withdraw. The pact is key to the U.S. exit strategy in Afghanistan…

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France sets conditions for Afghan aid post-NATO

Posted May 23, 2012 by by Jamey Keaten

French President Francois Hollande said May 21 that France won’t necessarily contribute money for Afghanistan’s military, again marking a break with key NATO partners as the alliance moves to hand over security control in the country starting in 2015. In a final news conference at a summit of the Atlantic alliance, the new French leader…

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News Briefs June 12, 2012

Posted June 13, 2012 by

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,875 As of June 12, 2012, at least 1,875 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,561 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Arkia Israel Airlines signs for four A321neo aircraft

Posted July 10, 2012 by

Arkia Israeli Airlines, the second biggest Israeli airline, signed a purchase agreement July 9 for four A321neos at the Farnborough International Airshow. This order makes the airline a new Airbus customer and the first airline in Israel to order the A320 neo Family. Engine selection will be announced at a later date The aircraft will…

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Misawa F-16s resume flying

Posted July 26, 2012 by

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — The 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa Air Base, Japan, resumed flying operations July 26, 2012, following a five-day review of the wing’s F-16s. Col. Al Wimmer, 35th Fighter Wing and Misawa Air Base installation vice commander, ordered a temporary suspension to flying operations after a Misawa-based F-16 developed a problem…

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