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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.


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NASA awards grants to expand STEM education at minority serving institutions

Posted  August 19, 2015

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has selected†five universities for cooperative agreement awards totaling $6 million to provide educator training and expand course offerings in science, technology, engineering and math. Four universities were selected to receive MUREP Community College Curriculum Improvement grants, which provide up to $250,000 per year for a maximum of three…

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U.S. Special Operations Command taps Raytheon for mission support

Posted  August 19, 2015

U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded the SOCOM-Wide Mission Support contract to Raytheon. The multiple award is an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity vehicle with a $900 million ceiling. Under this Group A contract, Raytheon Blackbird Technologies will provide professional, program management and technical services to special operations forces around the world. The Group A SWMS contract…

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Headlines August 17, 2015

Posted  August 17, 2015

News: After delicate negotiations, U.S. says it will pull Patriot missiles from Turkey – The United States said Aug. 16 that it would withdraw two Patriot missile-defense batteries from southern Turkey this fall, a sign that the Pentagon believes the risk of Syrian Army missile attacks has eased since the Patriots were deployed in 2013. Officials…

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News Briefs August 17, 2015

Posted  August 17, 2015

U.S. to withdraw Patriot missile system from Turkey The United States is withdrawing its Patriot missile system deployed near Turkey’s border with Syria when its mandate expires in October. A joint Turkish and U.S. announcement said Aug. 16 that the air-defense units could be returned to Turkey within a week if the need arises. It…

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MQ-4C Triton begins testing inside anechoic chamber

Posted  August 17, 2015

Navy photograph An MQ-4C Triton is lifted inside†Patuxent River’s†anechoic chamber†Aug.12† for electromagnetic compatibility testing. This event marked the first time†that an unmanned aircraft inside the chamber was controlled from an external ground control station. Triton’s EMC testing will continue for the next eight weeks to verify the aircraft’s subsystems can operate without interfering with each…

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DOD, National Guard support efforts to fight western wildfires

Posted  August 17, 2015

More than 440 California National Guard soldiers and airmen have been activated to help the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, fight fires throughout the state, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said Aug. 17.

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U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard receive additional C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  August 17, 2015

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie A C-130J-30 assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, was ferried from Lockheed Martin’s facility in Marietta, Ga., by a U.S. Air Force crew in July 2015. Crews from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard recently ferried two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the Lockheed…

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VA announces new rules regarding service animals in VA facilities

Posted  August 17, 2015

Aug. 17, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility…

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Missile Defense Agency awards Raytheon study contract for Multi-Object Kill Vehicle concept

Posted  August 17, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz.–The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon Company a $9,775,608 competitive cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Multi-Object Kill Vehicle concept that can destroy several objects within a threat complex by considering advanced sensor, divert and attitude control and communication concepts. “We fully support the Missile Defense Agency’s goal of increasing the effectiveness and reliability of…

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Headlines August 14, 2015

Posted  August 14, 2015

News: Two sailors injured after Hornet catches fire on USS Harry S. Truman flight deck – Two sailors suffered injuries late Tuesday night following a fire that broke out on the flight deck of carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Navy officials told USNI News Aug. 12. McCain wants answers on VA delays in healthcare for…

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