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World War II pilot reunited with P-47

Sitting in a wheelchair with images of airplanes on his shirt and a U.S. Army Air Corps hat on his head, 92-year-old retired Air National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Hertel was reunited with the P-47 Thunderbolt during the Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 28.

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Turning up the heat

Lockheed Martin photograph Lockheed Martin ATHENA laser weapon system defeats a truck target by disabling the engine, demonstrating its military effectiveness against enemy ground vehicles. Latest evolution of Lockheed Martin laser stops truck in field test Lockheed Martinís 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system successfully disabled the engine of a small truck during a recent field…

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NASA’s Chandra Observatory finds cosmic showers halt galaxy growth

Image courtesy of NASA/CXC/DSS/Magellan A study of over 200 galaxy clusters, including Abell 2597 shown here, with NASAís Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed how an unusual form of cosmic precipitation stifles star formation. Using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have found that the growth of galaxies containing supermassive black holes can be slowed down by…

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Vietnam War veterans honored during ceremony at AF Memorial

More than 100 service members, civilians and veterans braved the cold and icy weather to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action during the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony and wreath-laying March 2, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va.

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RAAF aircrew complete basic training in Growler

Five Royal Australian Air Force aircrew personnel graduated from basic training at Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129, the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler Fleet Replacement Squadron, during a ceremony Feb. 27 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. The graduation marked a milestone in the RAAF-U.S. Navy partnership in airborne electronic attack as it was the…


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Business

Lockheed Martin receives $66 million THAAD follow-on development contract

Posted  March 27, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $66 million follow-on contract from the Missile Defense Agency to continue development of the highly successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Weapon System. The Advanced Capability Development contract is a five-year, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity award. The initial task order provides three years of engineering technical services including: flight test planning,…

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Events

Navy League announces Sea-Air-Space Expo

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Navy League of the United States is hosting the 47th Annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition April 16-18, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. The Sea-Air-Space Exposition is the country’s largest educational and professional maritime exposition and brings…

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AAR earns Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Awards

Posted  March 27, 2012

AAR has earned Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Awards at two AAR operating units. AAR is distinguished by receiving awards at more than one facility supporting Boeing. Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. AAR maintained Gold composite performance ratings for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct….

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Space

NASA extends cooperative agreement with NSBRI

Posted  March 27, 2012

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has awarded a five-year, $120 million extension of its cooperative agreement with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, of Houston, Texas. Under the extension, the institute and NASA’s Human Research Program will continue biomedical research in support of a long-term human presence in space. The period of performance for…

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Sports

VA secretary opens Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

Posted  March 27, 2012

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki opened the 26th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., March 25, challenging more than 400 participants to draw on the qualities they demonstrated in uniform to live life to its fullest. “The physical effort, sheer…

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Space

NASA awards atmospheric sciences support contract

Posted  March 27, 2012

NASA has awarded a contract to Science Systems and Applications, Inc., of Lanham, Md., to provide atmospheric-sciences support services. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum ordering value of $103 million. The period of performance, including the phase-in period, is from April 1, 2012, through April 30, 2017. This is a…

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Space

First Boeing 702 medium power satellite sends initial signals from space

Posted  March 27, 2012

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing has received the first on-orbit signals from Intelsat 22, the first of a series of 702MP (medium power) satellites it is delivering for Intelsat. The signals indicate that Intelsat 22 is healthy and ready to begin orbit raising…

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Defense

Cyberspace is an Air Force priority

Posted  March 27, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley highlighted cyberspace as an important Air Force priority and joint force enabler during remarks to airmen, industry officials and Air Force Association members March 23 at the Air Force Association’s 2012 CyberFutures Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, Md. “Access to reliable…

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Reports send mixed message on veterans employment

Posted  March 27, 2012

The unemployment rate for military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan has dipped recently after months of riding higher than the national average, but some analysts caution it’s too early to tell if the progress is real or a blip. The monthly snapshot provided by the federal government’s February jobs report showed that the unemployment rate…

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ICAP Ocean Tomo auctions NASA software patent portfolios March 29

Posted  March 27, 2012

The Innovative Partnership Program Office of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will hold a March 29 auction with ICAP Ocean Tomo LLC of Chicago to sell three NASA-developed technology lots totaling 12 patents. The patent portfolios include technologies applicable to the software-development industry, robotics, artificial intelligence, industrial process control and wireless sensor…

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