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Smart-mortar will help Soldiers more effectively hit targets

The Army hopes the 120mm Guided Enhanced Fragmentation Mortar further improves soldiers' ability to put artillery on target.

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NASA’s WISE spacecraft discovers most luminous galaxy in universe

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.

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Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter achieves successful first flight

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a United Technologies Corp. subsidiary, announced May 22 the successful first flight of the S-97 Raider™ helicopter, a rigid coaxial rotor prototype designed to demonstrate a game-changing combination of maneuverability, hover ability, range, speed, endurance and survivability.

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Critical NASA research returns to Earth aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m., EDT, May 21 with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health.

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Soldiers participate during Flags In at Arlington Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Va., to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker, May 21.


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NASA, Virgin Galactic announce payloads for SpaceShipTwo flight

Posted  June 4, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Mars Scientific/Clay Center Observatory Telescopic image of Virgin Galacticís SpaceShipTwo during a supersonic test flight in 2013. NASA has selected 12 technology experiments to fly on the first commercial research flight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Through NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program within the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, officials have been working with…

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Posted  June 4, 2014

Air Force June 10-12: 3rd Air Rescue Sqdn Det 1 (Korea, 1951-1952) Branson, Mo. For more information, contact William Price at (205) 339-0960 or email wpprice@bellsouth.net. June 11-14: 55th and 58th Weather Recon Squardons Branson, Mo. For more information, contact C.R. Layton at (918) 446-6945 or email conradlay@aol.com. June 12-15: 351st Bomb Group/The Mighty 8th…

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U.S., Polish Airmen support largest combined training

Posted  June 4, 2014

Air Force photograph by SrA. Alexis Siekert U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighter Falcon fighter aircraft taxi down the runway on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, before departing for the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment, Poland, May 30, 2014. This is the fourth fighter aircraft and seventh overall rotation the Av-Det has hosted. U.S. and Polish airmen…

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ATK awarded ammunition contracts for medium, large caliber ammunition production, development

Posted  June 4, 2014

ATK, a world-leading producer of ammunition, precision weapons and rocket motors, announced June 4 that it has received several domestic contracts totaling more than $112 million for medium- and large-caliber ammunition production and development. These awards will provide ammunition to arm air platforms such as the A-10, Apache attack helicopter and the AC-130 gunship, as…

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Headlines June 2, 2014

Posted  June 2, 2014

News: Military community reaction mixed to Bergdahl release – Though Americans may be celebrating the release of the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the reaction of the military community has been mixed at best.   Freed prisoners were battle-hardened Taliban commanders – They were among the Taliban’s most influential commanders – five men…

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News Briefs June 2, 2014

Posted  June 2, 2014

Australia resettles more than 500 Afghan helpers Australia revealed June 1 that it had resettled in recent months more than 500 Afghans who had jeopardized their own safety by helping the Australian military in their war-ravaged homeland. The Afghans, mainly interpreters and their families, were granted refugee visas. Most were resettled in Australia since late…

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Eglin welcomes final F-35A

Posted  June 2, 2014

The 58th Fighter Squadron became the Air Force's first complete F-35A Lightning II squadron after they welcomed their 26th and final F-35A May 28 at the 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ readies for first test flight

Posted  June 2, 2014

NASA’s flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight. The first launch opportunity for the test vehicle is June 3, when the launch window opens at 8:30 a.m., HST. The test will be carried live…

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Army releases Rifleman Radio draft RFP, opens competition, creates ‘radio marketplace’

Posted  June 2, 2014

The U.S. Army has released a draft Request for Proposals to procure additional Rifleman Radios using full and open competition.

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Boeing, Japan Transocean Air finalize order for Next Generation 737s

Posted  June 2, 2014

  Boeing and Japan Transocean Air finalized an order May 30 for 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The arrival of the new 737-800s in 2016 will mark the start of the airline’s fleet renewal program. “This order is a key part of our strategy to bring the highest levels of comfort, amenity and convenience to the…

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