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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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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…

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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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President accepts Shinseki’s resignation as VA secretary

Posted  May 30, 2014

President Barack Obama said May 30 that “with considerable regret” he has accepted the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs. Sloan Gibson, who has served as deputy VA secretary for the last three months, will head the department in an acting capacity until a permanent successor takes office. “Ric Shinseki has…

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Eglin AFB F-35s surpass 5,000 combined sorties

Posted  May 30, 2014

The 33rd Fighter Wing here etched another mark on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program by logging its 5,000th combined sortie, May 28.

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Dempsey: Decision on troop levels in Afghanistan matches objectives with resources

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued the following statement today following President Barack Obama’s announcement of the post-2014 U.S. troop commitment to Afghanistan: “Looking ahead to 2015, it’s clear that Afghanistan will be challenged with the multiple tasks of seating a new government, confronting persistent threats from those…

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Airmen help their Norwegian partners train

Posted  May 30, 2014

Airmen from the 426th Air Base Squadron recently participated in training alongside rescue crews from the Royal Norwegian air force's 330th Rescue Squadron, May 13.

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Operating Location AF Plant 42 welcomed into 412th Test Wing family

Posted  May 30, 2014

Air Force photograph Operating Location Air Force Plant 42 has begun its transition from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to the 412th Test Wing. The initial operational capability plan took effect May 1 and the full operational capability date is scheduled for Oct. 1, to avoid making financial changes mid-fiscal year. The 412th TW Operating…

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UTC Aerospace Systems contributes to Collier Award Winner X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System

Posted  May 30, 2014

The U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman and its supplier team – including UTC Aerospace Systems – have been honored with the 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy for the development of the X-47B, the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier. The National Aeronautic Association presented the award May 29 in Washington, D.C. UTC…

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Combat Hammer 2014: Boosting RPA strike proficiency

Posted  May 30, 2014

The role of modern aerial warfare has drastically changed since it was first used on a large scale in World War I.

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Three new vice presidents take the reins at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Posted  May 30, 2014

Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business has created two new vice president positions at its Orlando, Fla., facility, and filled a third vice president post at the company’s Grand Prairie, Texas, headquarters. Rita C. Flaherty, a resident of Winter Garden, Fla., has been named vice president – Strategy and Business Development for the Fire…

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NASA Airborne Research focuses on Andean volcanoes

Posted  May 30, 2014

Volcanoes in Central and South America were the primary focus of a four-week Earth science study in late April and early May 2014 using a NASA-developed airborne synthetic aperture imaging radar.

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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year – a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested – and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S. military mission…

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