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Improved Multiple Launch Rocket System tested at White Sands Missile Range

More than 100 artillery rockets were launched June 16 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., or WSMR, to test an improved version of the M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS.

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AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.

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Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion

Lockheed Martin engineers have successfully completed testing of design changes made to the NASA Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system. These changes resulted from data collected during Orion’s first test flight Dec. 5, 2014.

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CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

It’s the last hop for the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog.”

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Surface-to-surface missile test for LCS successful

Engineering development tests of modified Longbow Hellfire missiles for use on littoral combat ships were successfully conducted in June the Navy reported July 30.


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US partners with Greece for bilateral training

Posted  August 13, 2014

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Daryl Knee A member of the 726th Air Mobility Squadron waits to marshal a C-130 Hercules on the flightline Aug. 9, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Airmen from Spangdahlem AB will be supporting a bilateral training event with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23. The training aims to increase…

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VA announces new grants to help end veterans homelessness

Posted  August 13, 2014

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald announced Aug. 11 the award of approximately $300 million in grants that will help approximately 115,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 301 community agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Under the…

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Seeing double: Experimental glider, rocket undergo fit checks

Posted  August 13, 2014

NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center took another step toward developing a novel rocket-launching technique called the Towed Glider Air-Launch System (TGALS) by fit-checking a subscale twin-hulled glider with its experimental rocket payload.

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Sikorsky, Boeing to build technology demonstrator for future vertical lift

Posted  August 13, 2014

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and Boeing have been selected to build a helicopter for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator Phase 1 program, paving the way for the next generation of vertical lift aircraft. The U.S. Army Aviation Technology Directorate selected the Sikorsky-Boeing team to continue the development of…

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Headlines August 11, 2014

Posted  August 11, 2014

News: As strikes begin in Iraq, many options for Pentagon – The US campaign against a militant group that has taken control of huge chunks of Iraq has begun. Despite the near-total withdrawal of U.S. ground troops from the country in the past five years, the Pentagon has many options for more airstrikes – and many…

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News Briefs August 11, 2014

Posted  August 11, 2014

New life for song dubbed ‘viral hit of World War I’ A century ago, British soldiers marched off to fight in World War I to a cheerful, bittersweet tune urging them to Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile! Now veterans, military families and serving soldiers have taken to…

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First pipeline class of F-35 crew chiefs graduates

Posted  August 11, 2014

Nine airmen became the first Air Force recruits to graduate initial skills technical training as F-35A Lightning II crew chiefs after completing Mission-Ready Airmen training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 7. “The opportunity to be the first of something so important means a lot. I know many people are looking at us to…

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101st Airborne conducts air assault training with new communications gear

Posted  August 11, 2014

Conducting the Army's first large-scale joint force entry air assault in more than 11 years, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), ascended into the night to confront a hostile, mobile threat.

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AFOSR explores basic research collaboration with South Africa

Posted  August 11, 2014

Air Force photograph by Alea Stewart U.S.-South Africa Advanced Materials Working Group recently met in Arlington, Va., during the U.S. Joint Services and Office of the Secretary of Defense, African Technical Exchange, hosted by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Among the attendees are (from left to right) Dr. Sofi Bin-Salamon, Program Officer, International…

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NAVAIR partners with industry on 3-D printing, develop a roadmap for the future

Posted  August 11, 2014

Navy photograph A plastic part, printed from a 3-D printer at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., is used as a fit check to install an MH-60R instrumentation operatorís seat onto an MH-60S aircraft. The part, which will be replaced by a machined part, is one example of NAVAIR’s use of additive manufacturing. Naval Air…

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