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Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Initial operating capability of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations.

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MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, similar to the one in this photo, to support training capabilities for its new MH-60R Seahawk fleet. NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ñ…

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Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events.

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Austal launches Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Brunswick

Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., May 19. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS…


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Coastal Riverine Force admits women to combat billets

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Department of the Navy announced March 7 that women can now be assigned to previously closed positions in the Coastal Riverine Force, continuing in the Department of Defense's rescission of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule.

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Raptor crews preserve mission through adversity

Posted  March 7, 2014

Four F-22 Raptors in transient from Savannah, Ga., to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, were diverted to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 1.

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Navy budget request involved tough choices, official says

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Navy Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request reflects tough, but responsible choices, a senior Navy official said at a Pentagon news conference March 4.  The budget request is part of the $495.6 billion defense budget proposal President Barack Obama submitted to Congress. Rear Adm. William Lescher, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget,…

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Boeing announces future retirement plan changes for nonunion employees

Posted  March 7, 2014

Boeing March 6 provided advance notice to nonunion employees participating in the company’s defined benefit pension plans that they will transition in 2016 to a company-funded defined contribution retirement savings plan. Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, Boeing will make cash contributions each pay period to employees’ retirement savings through a new defined contribution component of the…

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NASA’s WISE survey finds thousands of new stars, but no ‘Planet X’

Posted  March 7, 2014

After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed “Planet X.” Researchers previously had theorized about the existence of this large, but unseen celestial body, suspected to lie somewhere beyond the orbit of…

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Headlines – March 5, 2014

Posted  March 5, 2014

News: Pentagon suspends U.S.-Russian military exercises – The United States has suspended all military exercises with Russia in response to the invasion of the eastern region of Crimea as the standoff in Ukraine continues.   Business: U.S. Air Force to fund rescue helicopter in last-minute reversal – The U.S. Air Force decided March 4 to start work…

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News Briefs March 5, 2014

Posted  March 5, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,176 As of March 3, 2014, at least 2,176 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,796 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing Maritime surveillance aircraft demonstrator completes first flight

Posted  March 5, 2014

Boeing’s Maritime Surveillance Aircraft demonstrator recently completed its first flight to verify airworthiness, an important milestone toward providing a low-risk and cost-effective maritime surveillance solution designed for search and rescue, anti-piracy patrols and coastal and border security.

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General Dynamics awarded $36 million for submarine development work

Posted  March 5, 2014

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded two contract modifications from the U.S. Navy worth a total value of $35.8 million. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. Under the first contract, valued at $19.8 million, Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support of a wide range…

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NASA honors Astronaut Neil Armstrong with center renaming

Posted  March 5, 2014

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center along the northwest edge of Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base has been renamed in honor of former research test pilot and NASA astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to step onto the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission…

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