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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

Army photograph by Sgt. Juana M. Nesbitt Defense

Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.

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Final West Coast frigate, USS Gary, decommissioned

Past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell to USS Gary (FFG 51), the last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast after 31 years of service.


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Analysis: U.S. struggles to keep vows to veterans

Posted  June 30, 2014

Nearly 9 million U.S. military veterans were promised free medical care through the Veterans Administration when they signed on for duty. Now the challenge for lawmakers is finding the money to fix a health care system that many say is broken. Republicans and Democrats are disagreeing over how to pay for the hugely expensive changes….

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Defense

Air Force selects No Action Alternative for F-35 basing at Eglin AFB

Posted  June 30, 2014

The Air Force announced June 27 its decision for basing up to 59 F-35 aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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Space

WorldView-3 remote sensing spacecraft arrives at Vandenberg for mid-August launch

Posted  June 30, 2014

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has delivered the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe, to the launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Events

CAP Squadron 84 visited by Dick Rutan

Posted  June 30, 2014

Edwards AFB Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 84 Cadets were visited by famous aviator Dick Rutan at their weekly meeting June 24.

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VA announces $5 million in grants to aid homeless veterans with special needs

Posted  June 30, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced June 26 that it is making renewed funding available to 25 organizations in 11 states that provide transitional housing and supportive services to homeless Veterans with special needs. The Grant and Per Diem Program Special Need Grants – totaling $5 million to grantees – will allow the organizations to…

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Tech

Towed glider benefits from center’s new 3-D printer capability

Posted  June 30, 2014

Robert "Red" Jensen of NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's Subscale Aircraft Research Laboratory, had an engineering problem....

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Business

Small Diameter Bomb II nears end of development phase

Posted  June 30, 2014

Raytheon and the U.S. Air Force concluded a series of flight tests for the Small Diameter Bomb II culminating in direct hits on stationary land targets. The successful tests further position the SDB II program to move from engineering, manufacturing, development phase to low rate initial production. Using upgraded hardware and electronics during extended periods…

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Events

Retired NASA F-18 back on display at Lancaster baseball stadium

Posted  June 30, 2014

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida Looking like it’s ready to take flight once again, retired NASA F/A-18A No. 842 is back on exhibit in front of “The Hangar,” the Lancaster Municipal Stadium that is home to the Lancaster JetHawks California League baseball team. After a six-month absence, the retired NASA F/A-18A Hornet aircraft that served…

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Veterans spend a day at the shooting range

Posted  June 30, 2014

Resident veterans from the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans Home in Lancaster, Calif., participated in what has become the third annual target shoot event at the Mojave Elks Trap & Skeet Range, June 24.

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Headlines June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

News: Pentagon assigns two-star general to oversee assessment in Iraq, a sign of task’s sensitivity – The U.S. military named a two-star general to head up the teams that have been sent to Iraq to determine what U.S. military assistance might help halt the advance of radical Islamist insurgents who’ve seized control of much of the…

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