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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Time to take a break from the serious for an issue and I thought this little story of my Air Force journey may get you to chuckle a bit. This story does come with a warning and no matter what, please don’t try this at home!

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NASA pays tribute to three tragedies and lessons noted

NASA centers across the country paid tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia Jan. 26 during a Day of Remembrance, and a special talk at NASA Armstrong Feb. 9 by Assistant Director for Strategic Implementation, Steven Schmidt.

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F-35 Program Makes Significant, Solid Progress, Official Says

Production of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter is on a good trajectory and is a necessary aircraft in the military’s arsenal to battle high-end threats, service leaders told a House Armed Service Committee panel Feb. 16.

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Emerging Technologies CTF conducts its first test

The newly-formed Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force completed its first test high above Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 13, 2017.

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Subscale glider could assist in weather studies, prediction

More accurate, immediate and economical information on severe weather phenomenon like hurricanes could one day be available thanks to the Weather Hazard Alert and Awareness Technology Radiation Radiosonde (WHAATRR) Glider.

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Nellis F-15’s ‘odometer’ hits 10,000 flight hours

Posted  February 6, 2017

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Aircraft 83-3014, an F-15 Eagle, sits on the flightline after reaching 10,000 flight hours during a sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 25, 2017. The aircraft is the first F-15 assigned to a Nellis AFB unit to hit the 10,000 hour milestone. She’s more…

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Satellite communications ball promises more bandwidth, greater portability

Posted  February 6, 2017

While it may resemble a giant beach ball, the inflatable ground antenna transmit and receive (GATR) ball is actually the Army's latest piece of satellite communications equipment. The technology is so new that the 369th Sustainment Brigade's GATR ball has a serial number in the single digits.

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Navy photograph by PO3 Daniel Meshel

Navy decommissions ‘The Big E’

Posted  February 6, 2017

The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65), was decommissioned during a ceremony held in the ship's hangar bay, Feb. 3.

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Headlines – February 3, 2017

Posted  February 3, 2017

News Lawmakers want the hiring freeze thawed for defense-acquisition workers – Nineteen House Republicans are calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to exempt the Defense Department’s acquisitions personnel from the federal hiring freeze he ordered a week ago.     Business Northrop Grumman drops out of T-X trainer competition – Northrop Grumman has pulled out…

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News Briefs – February 3, 2017

Posted  February 3, 2017

Air Force base: 1 killed, 1 injured in New Mexico training A civilian contractor was killed and an Air Force service member injured in a training accident on a military range in southern New Mexico, Holloman Air Force Base officials said Feb 1. The Jan. 31 accident involved members of a ground-control party struck as…

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