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Record-breaking NASA astronaut sets new milestone for time in space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson flew through the standing record for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut at 1:27 a.m., EDT, April 24, and with the recent extension of her stay at the International Space Station, she has five months to rack up a new one.

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Protecting the soldier: U.S. Army orders more Q-53 counterfire radars from Lockheed

Lockheed Martin will manufacture additional AN/TPQ-53 counterfire radar systems for the U.S. Army under a $1.6 billion order-dependent contract. The Q-53 radar system supports troops in combat by detecting, classifying, tracking and identifying the location of enemy indirect fire in either 360- or 90-degree modes.

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb Defense

McConnell tankers enable first F-35 European deployment

When the F-35A Lightning II deployed to Europe for the first time April 15, it was made possible by the backbone of the aerial refueling fleet, the KC-135 Stratotanker.

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy Defense

Goldfein presents two Air Force Crosses

Two Air Force Crosses were simultaneously presented to Airmen at the special tactics memorial as a result of a service-wide review of medals at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 20, 2017.

Navy photograph by Brandy Plucker Defense

Navy scientists use WWII test tunnel to develop high-energy laser weapons for fleet

The Navy's top laser experts transformed a tunnel crucial to gun range operations during World War II into a vital new capability for testing laser technologies, Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) announced April 21.

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President signs bill to extend Veterans Choice health care law

Posted  April 24, 2017

President Donald J. Trump signed the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act on April 18, ensuring military veterans can continue receiving health care in the civilian sector when care is not easily accessible from a Veterans Affairs Department provider. “The veterans have poured out their sweat and blood and tears for this country for…

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Navy reviews physiological episodes

Posted  April 24, 2017

Navy photograph The Navy announced April 24 it is conducting a comprehensive review of the facts, circumstances and processes surrounding the recent physiological episodes involving T-45 and F/A-18 aircrew, to include how these issues have been addressed. On April 21, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran directed Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Scott…

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Contract Briefs

Posted  April 24, 2017

Navy   Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $95,550,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-13-C-2128) for the manufacturing of 17 tactical missile tubes in support of the Columbia Class Submarine (formerly known as the Ohio Class Replacement).  This is a joint U.S./United Kingdom Common Missile Compartment program and this modification…

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Headlines – April 21, 2017

Posted  April 21, 2017

News As Korea tensions deepen, Carl Vinson Strike Group deployment extended – The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group’s deployment has been extended by 30 days to patrol the waters off the Korean Peninsula as tensions deepen on with the rogue North Korean regime.   Iraqi unit with U.S., Australian advisers hit by ISIS chemical weapon…

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News Briefs – April 21, 2017

Posted  April 21, 2017

U.S. Navy redesigning its submarines to accommodate women Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled. That’s going to change. With women now serving aboard submarines, defense contractor Electric Boat is designing what…

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