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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.

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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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Navy Lt. j.g. John Salguero of Palmdale, serves with the Navy Reserve

Posted  September 3, 2015

Navy photograph by PO2 Jamie Hawkins Lt. j.g. John Salguero, a 1981 Palmdale High School graduate and Palmdale, Calif., native, is a Navy Reservist serving with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Eighteen, Detachment 2118 in Bremerton, Wash., in the U.S. Navy, which protects and defends America on the world’s oceans. The Navy Reserve is celebrating its…

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MQ-1s test deployment capability in Latvia

Posted  September 3, 2015

Two MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft and approximately 70 airmen deployed to Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, to test the unit’s ability to forward deploy, and to conduct air operations while assuring NATO allies of our commitment to regional security and stability. Airmen and aircraft from the 147th Reconnaissance Wing of the Texas Air National Guard…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted  September 3, 2015

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.

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USS Green Bay

Posted  September 3, 2015

NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN–Damage Controlman 2nd Class Darel Bowman, from California City, Calif., stands watch at an electrical plant control console in the central control station onboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and is on patrol in the U.S. 7th…

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Hometown Heroes

Posted  September 3, 2015

Army Pvt. Tyree D. Tyler has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship,…

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USS John C. Stennis operations

Posted  September 3, 2015

Navy photograph by PO3 Ignacio Perez Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Kyle Cawein, from Lake Isabella, Calif., stands by to prepare an aircraft to be launched from USS John C. Stennis’ flight deck. Stennis (CVN 74) is currently undergoing Fleet Replacement Squadron Carrier Qualifications off the coast of Southern California.

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Cyber security Marine logs out

Posted  September 3, 2015

Marine Corps photograph by Lance Cpl. Caitlin Bevel Rosamond, Calif., native, Gunnery Sgt. Pedro “Pete” Lujan, the cyber security chief for 9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, receives his certificate from 1st Lt. Yinan Yang, the assistant operations officer for 9th Comm., during Lujan’s retirement ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton,…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Posted  September 3, 2015

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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Space Camp: Once in a lifetime experience

Posted  September 3, 2015

PALMDALE, Calif.–“Amazing,” “inspiring” and “motivating” were a few of the words Space Camp graduates Lauren Baker and Ethan Calderone used to describe their experience recent experience at Space Camp. Ethan Calderone, a Palmdale Aerospace Academy 8th grade student, saw Space Camp as a great opportunity. “I find aerospace and astroscience extremely interesting and fun; and…

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Soyuz Heads to ISS with new crew, return transportation for one-year mission team

Posted  September 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Three crew members representing Russia, Denmark and Kazakhstan have launched to the International Space Station to provide a new ride home for the station’s one-year crew and continue important research that advances NASA’s journey to Mars. Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov…

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