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Navy’s first F-35C squadron surpasses 1,000 flight hours

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. An F-35C Lightning II aircraft piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert, assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, flies the squadron’s first local sortie. The F-35C is the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. VFA 101, based at Eglin Air Force Base, serves as the F-35C Fleet…

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Boeing South Carolina begins final assembly of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program. The North Charleston, S.C., site joins Boeing’s Everett, Wash., final…

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Ball Aerospace equips Orion mission with key avionics, antenna hardware

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. is providing the phased array antennas and flight test cameras to prime contractor Lockheed Martin for Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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President announces Hagel’s resignation as defense secretary

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 24. The president announced that Hagel would resign his position as defense secretary. Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s class and integrity, President Barack Obama announced Nov. 24 at the White House that Hagel will leave his post. The president said…

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SEWIP block upgrade program evaluated for LCS

The Navy is evaluating a scaled-down version of the Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program system for potential incorporation on future Littoral Combat Ships


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CFC suspended as shutdown continues

Posted  October 14, 2013

As a result of the government shutdown, the Department of Defense has indefinitely suspended the Combined Federal Campaign. The campaign was slated to start its official solicitation period Sept. 1 and run through Dec. 15. According to a memorandum released Oct. 9, CFC campaign activities are not excepted from furlough, nor are they appropriate activities…

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Lockheed Martin to deliver communications, transmission services To U.S. Army

Posted  October 14, 2013

The U.S. Army will soon be using satellite and terrestrial communications capabilities delivered in part by Lockheed Martin to support battlefield operations around the globe. Lockheed Martin was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to supply communications and transmissions systems to the U.S. Army’s Project Manager of Defense Communications and Army Transmissions Systems. Under this contract with…

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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted  October 14, 2013

Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 – when the AF354 will be rescinded – to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The AF354 was a…

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20th Air Force commander relieved of command

Posted  October 14, 2013

Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of 20th Air Force Oct. 11 due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment. Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation into Carey’s behavior during a temporary…

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Boeing to Build fourth Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress Satellite

Posted  October 14, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ Boeing will further strengthen Inmarsatís Global Xpress satellite network under an exercised option to build a fourth Inmarsat-5 spacecraft. Global Xpress will provide Inmarsatís government and commercial customers with mobile broadband connectivity on land, at sea and in the air. ìReceiving this option to our initial three-satellite agreement with Inmarsat positions…

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Headlines October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

News Congress’ research service says Pentagon can pay death benefits during shutdown The non-partisan Congressional Research Service said Oct. 10 that a special military play bill signed by President Obama on Sept. 30 can be used to pay the death gratuity to families of fallen heroes. The Pentagon has argued otherwise. It has refused to…

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News Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

U.S. cutting hundreds of millions in aid to Egypt The United States Oct. 9 cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its Mideast ally Egypt, responding to the military ouster last summer of the nation’s first democratically elected president and the crackdown on protesters that has sunk the country into violent turmoil. While…

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Reservists, National Guard members wait for training funds

Posted  October 11, 2013

The Army Reserve and the National Guard say they are on standby to see what happens in Congress, as they wait for the resumption of funding for inactive and active-duty training, or IDT and ADT. The cancellation of the IDT and ADT training is affecting readiness and hurting the soldiers, said Capt. Eric Connor, deputy…

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Boeing, South African Airways launch sustainable aviation biofuel effort

Posted  October 11, 2013

Boeing and South African Airways announced Oct. 10 they will work together to develop and implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding for sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain development at The Corporate Council on Africa’s 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business, attended…

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National Guard faces the shutdown

Posted  October 11, 2013

National Guard personnel are feeling the effects of the government shutdown and leaders are worried about the readiness of the component, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau said Oct. 11. The Pay Our Military Act has mitigated some of the effects of the partial government shutdown for the…

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