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Toward the Unknown: Edwards AFB meets Hollywood

Up late the other night and looking at late night viewing options on the small screen, I saw that the movie Toward the Unknown was on offer at midnight on TCM. “What the heck,” I thought — sleep is overrated and I needed a fix of good old American aviation movie making!

Photograph by Dennis Anderson Local

‘Gunny and Me’: One story among many

The story that connected my life to R. Lee Ermey, the thunder-spitting volcano of drill field invective in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” began as a routine interview story. It is only one among thousands of stories about Ermey, but it is something like his Marine Corps ode to the rifle: “There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

NASA photograph by Kim Shiflett Space

NASA Planet Hunter on its way to orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt Defense

DOD must be more agile in technology development, official says

The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers April 17.

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Stormy Mendez Defense

3-D printer-capable Marines print replacement part for F-35

Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing.  This innovative technique is the process of replicating a digital 3-D model in the real world. 3-D printing software breaks the digital model down into layers which can be reproduced by the printer. The printer then builds the model from the ground up, layer by layer, creating a tangible object.

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SpaceX Flacon 9 Launches from Vandenberg

Posted  August 25, 2017

The FORMOSAT-5 satellite was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 at Vandeberg Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 24, at 11:51 a.m., PDT. Col. Gregory E. Wood, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch safety authority. “The 30th Space Wing takes great pride in supporting another successful SpaceX launch,” said…

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Mercury Systems receives U.S. Navy order for DRFM jammers

Posted  August 25, 2017

Mercury Systems, Inc. has received an $8.5 million follow-on order against its recently announced $152 million 5 year sole source basic ordering agreement to deliver advanced Digital RF Memory jammers to the U.S. Navy. The order was received in the company’s fiscal 2017 fourth quarter and is expected to be shipped over the next several…

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Air Force photograph by Scott Wolff

Hill AFB, UTTR evaluation exercises close

Posted  August 25, 2017

Evaluation exercises Combat Hammer and Combat Archer ended Aug. 18 at Hill Air Force Base, Utah and the Utah Test and Training Range. Both are part of the Weapons System Evaluation Program, or WSEP.

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U.S. Navy identifies one dead, nine missing USS McCain sailors

Posted  August 25, 2017

CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore–After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Ten Sailors went missing following a collision between the Arleigh…

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Headlines – August 23, 2017

Posted  August 23, 2017

News 7th Fleet commander sacked days after deadly collision – The head of U.S. Navy forces in the Pacific fired the three-star commander of the Japan-based 7th Fleet Aug. 25, two days after the second deadly collision between a U.S. destroyer and a commercial tanker in as many months.   Multinational search for missing U.S….

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