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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Aerojet Rocketdyne completes J-2X testing

Posted  June 27, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, recently completed its final J-2X test series at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Over a period of three years, Aerojet Rocketdyne teams manufactured, assembled and tested four newly developed engine test articles that achieved an accumulated duration of nearly five hours firing time and demonstrated full power operation for twice…

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USS John Paul Jones makes history with live fire missile tests

Posted  June 27, 2014

Guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a series of five live-fire tests for the Baseline 9C Aegis Combat System during Combat Systems Ship's Qualification Trials and Naval Integrated Fire Control Counter Air capability, June 18-20.

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Air Force selects 6,684 for promotion to technical sergeant

Posted  June 27, 2014

More than 6,684 staff sergeants have been selected for promotion to technical sergeant, Air Force officials said June 26. The 6,684 selected represent 17.43 percent of the 38,344 eligible. To see the selection list, go to the Air Force Portal at https://my.af.mil and select the promotion link, or go to myPers at https://mypers.af.mil, select “search…

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Northrop Grumman offers newest cockpit technology for multiple platforms

Posted  June 27, 2014

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – Northrop Grumman is incorporating the newest cockpit technology and open architecture design in both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms. The cornerstones of Northrop Grumman’s integrated, open system are mature and proven technology, as well as a partitioned software architecture that minimizes life cycle cost while enabling easy capability upgrades well into the…

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B-2 Spirits land at Nellis

Posted  June 27, 2014

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler B-2 Spirit aircrew members from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., depart for their aircraft June 23, 2014, at Nellis AFB, Nev. Half of the pilots are active duty, and the other half are Air National Guard. These pilots are participating in total force integration which is designed to…

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Space

NASA announces education research program award recipients

Posted  June 27, 2014

NASA is awarding $11.25 million to 15 colleges and universities across the United States to conduct basic research and technology development in areas including climate change, nanotechnology, astrophysics, aviation and other areas relevant to the agency’s missions. The awards, each valued at $750,000, are made through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). One…

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Boeing, Belavia Airlines announce order for three Next-Generation 737-800s

Posted  June 27, 2014

Boeing and Belarus flag carrier Belavia Airlines have reached an agreement on an order for three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. Valued at $272 million at current list prices, this is the first direct purchase of Boeing airplanes for Belavia.

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Veterans

VA committed to veterans’ health, well-being, official says

Posted  June 27, 2014

The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges systemic issues of timeliness in providing veterans with health care and is committed to fixing unacceptable patient scheduling practices, a senior VA official told Congress June 23. Dr. Thomas Lynch, assistant deputy undersecretary for health for clinical operations, Veterans Health Administration, testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee alongside…

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Headlines June 25, 2014

Posted  June 25, 2014

News: $50 billion price tag proves a stumbling block in VA bill – House and Senate negotiators met June 24 to try to hammer out a compromise bill to gain a handle on the reports of problems piling up at the VA, but they immediately began stumbling over the potential $50 billion-a-year price tag. Poor care…

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News Briefs June 25, 2014

Posted  June 25, 2014

Putin withdraws request to use force in Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament June 24 to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, a move his Ukrainian counterpart heralded as a practical stepî toward bringing peace to a region roiled by a separatist insurgency. Putin’s announcement came after pro-Russia rebels…

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