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Toward the Unknown: Edwards AFB meets Hollywood

Up late the other night and looking at late night viewing options on the small screen, I saw that the movie Toward the Unknown was on offer at midnight on TCM. “What the heck,” I thought — sleep is overrated and I needed a fix of good old American aviation movie making!

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‘Gunny and Me’: One story among many

The story that connected my life to R. Lee Ermey, the thunder-spitting volcano of drill field invective in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” began as a routine interview story. It is only one among thousands of stories about Ermey, but it is something like his Marine Corps ode to the rifle: “There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

NASA photograph by Kim Shiflett Space

NASA Planet Hunter on its way to orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Laiqa Hitt Defense

DOD must be more agile in technology development, official says

The Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers April 17.

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Stormy Mendez Defense

3-D printer-capable Marines print replacement part for F-35

Marines with Combat Logistic Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing.  This innovative technique is the process of replicating a digital 3-D model in the real world. 3-D printing software breaks the digital model down into layers which can be reproduced by the printer. The printer then builds the model from the ground up, layer by layer, creating a tangible object.


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Veterans

Korean War veterans establish Las Vegas fraternal organization

Posted  June 24, 2016

Photograph courtesy of John Diaz Korean War Veterans Association Tibor Rubin Medal of Honor Chapter #329. (From left) Hank Sawicki, 86, secretary; Chuck Johnson, 83, commander; Larry Bacon, 86, 1st vice commander; Fidel Diaz, 83, treasurer; Ed Katz, 86, 2nd vice commander, June 15, 2016. The National Korean War Veterans Association, Inc. recently announced the establishment of…

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Defense

U.S. airmen make history with highway landing

Posted  June 24, 2016

TALLINN, Estonia–An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 107th Fighter Squadron, takes off from a highway June 21, 2016, in Tallinn, Estonia. U.S. forces are in Europe participating in Saber Strike 16; a long-standing, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed, U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative-training exercise, which has been conducted annually since 2010. This year’s exercise will focus…

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Defense

Navy’s final satellite in MUOS constellation launches successfully

Posted  June 24, 2016

The Navy's fifth Mobile User Objective System satellite launched at 10:30 a.m., EDT, June 24, from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket in the 551 launch vehicle configuration.

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Business

U.S. Air Force awards Intelligent Software Solutions $12.2 million contract

Posted  June 24, 2016

Intelligent Software Solutions has been awarded a $12.2 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to provide continued software support for a number of military organizations around the world. This is the 18th task order from a contract ISS was awarded by the Air Force in 2012. Known as Air Space Precision Engagement Research and…

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Defense

CH-53K achieves 27,000 pound external lift

Posted  June 24, 2016

Sikorsky photograph The CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed an external lift of a 27,000 pound payload at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Test Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. June 17, 2016. The CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed an external lift of a 27,000 pound payload at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Test Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.,…

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