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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.

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Final West Coast frigate, USS Gary, decommissioned

Past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell to USS Gary (FFG 51), the last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast after 31 years of service.


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Fighter pilot makes history at USAF Weapons School

Posted  July 8, 2015

Photograph courtesy of Susan Garcia Capt. Kari Armstrong, an F-15E Strike Eagle weapon systems officer with the 389th Fighter Squadron, received more than a diploma from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., June 27. Armstrong also became the first female F-15E weapons school officer and the second female student…

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Carter: DOD, global coalition seek ISIL’s lasting defeat

Posted  July 8, 2015

The Defense Department and a global coalition share the intent to deal the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a lasting defeat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said July 7. Carter, joined by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, testified this morning before the Senate Armed Services Committee on…

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Western Hemisphere air chiefs work together at annual conference

Posted  July 8, 2015

Air Force photograph by Capt. Bryan Bouchard Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III signs an agreement at the conclusion of the Conference of American Air Chiefs June 25, 2015, in Mexico City. The conference is an annual event sponsored by the System of Cooperation Among American Air Chiefs, which is headquartered…

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New Lockheed Martin center improves satellite sensing, communication technologies

Posted  July 8, 2015

A new development center will advance satellite sensing and communication technologies, broadly known as Radio Frequency payloads, at the Lockheed Martin facility in Denver, Colo. The RF Payload Center of Excellence will focus on developing reconfigurable payloads and advancing satellite systems that many already rely on, from high-def television broadcasts to GPS transmissions and secure…

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Northrop Grumman’s SYNOPTICS introduces new material for short-pulsed laser devices

Posted  July 8, 2015

SYNOPTICS, a Northrop Grumman company, celebrated its 50th anniversary at Laser World of Photonics with the release of a new product for short-pulsed lasers in Munich, June 22-25. SYNOPTICS unveiled the addition of titanium-doped sapphire to the company’s product portfolio. “With its superior material properties, Ti:Sapphire is a material of choice for short-pulsed lasers operating…

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Headlines July 6, 2015

Posted  July 6, 2015

News Long wait to come to America for Iraqis, Afghans who served U.S. troops Long wait times and a shortage of available visas for a huge backlog of applications remain major issues for the U.S. government’s Special Immigrant Visa program intended to ease entry to the United States for Iraqis and Afghans who served as…

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News Briefs July 6, 2015

Posted  July 6, 2015

Russian MiG fighter crashes in southern Russia, pilot lives The Russian Defense Ministry says a Russian air force fighter jet has crashed in the south but its pilot ejected safely. The MiG-29 fighter jet went down July 3 near the village of Kushchevskaya in the Krasnodar region, 620 miles south of Moscow. The ministry said…

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Army researcher’s interest in robotics leads to innovative device

Posted  July 6, 2015

Army photograph by Doug LaFon Dan Baechle, left, from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Multifunctional Materials research team, has created a laboratory prototype of a device he designed to sense and damp out arm tremors for Army marksmanship training. Robotic exoskeletons have been a science fiction theme and an engineering feat since the 1960s. Practical…

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Pave Hawk maintainers keep rescue birds flying

Posted  July 6, 2015

Air Force photograph by TSgt. Joseph Swafford Airman Joshua Herron, a 41st Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit HH-60 Pave Hawk crew chief, completes a 50-hour inspection on a Pave Hawk at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 28, 2015. The 41st EHMU ensures Pave Hawks on Bagram Airfield are prepared for flight and returned to a mission-ready state…

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B-52s demonstrate strategic reach

Posted  July 6, 2015

Air Force photograph by SrA. Benjamin Raughton A B-52H Stratofortress is marshalled to a stop at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., after a 44-hour sortie July 2, 2015. Aircrew members and two B-52s from Barksdale AFB’s 96th Bomb Squadron flew a round-trip mission to Australia where they integrated with Royal Australian Air Force ground forces…

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