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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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Defense

Wilson sets sights on readiness, modernization at Air Force Association breakfast

Posted  June 5, 2017

Air Force photograph by Wayne A. Clark Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks about the fiscal year 2018 budget, the Aviation Bonus Program, and an upcoming Air Force fighter jet deployment to Europe during an Air Force Association breakfast event, June 5, 2017. Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson addressed the Air…

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Business

Sikorsky recognizes top suppliers

Posted  June 5, 2017

Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky honored top suppliers at a ceremony held recently in West Palm Beach, Fla. Twenty-two suppliers were recognized, including 15 receiving honors as Sikorsky Gold Suppliers for best-in-class performance in achieving on-time delivery, cost and quality standards during 2016. Receiving Sikorsky Program Supplier of the Year awards were: * Black Hawk Program:  TFAB…

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Business

First Japanese-built F-35A officially unveiled at Nagoya facility

Posted  June 5, 2017

The first Japanese-assembled F-35A was unveiled at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Komaki South F-35 Final Assembly and Check Out facility in Nagoya, Japan, June 5.

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Veterans

Veterans can visit VetVerify.org for Exchange online shopping authentication

Posted  June 5, 2017

As the Department of Defense’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged Veterans back to their military families this coming Veteran’s Day, VetVerify.org has launched to confirm eligibility to receive a lifelong military exchange online shopping. Veterans may log onto VetVerify.org, which will use information from DOD’s Defense Manpower Data Center’s…

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Defense

Air Force announces significant changes to Aviation Bonus Program

Posted  June 5, 2017

As part of its retention efforts, the Air Force released details on the fiscal year 2017 Aviation Bonus Program June 5, 2017. This year’s program implements an increase in maximum bonus amounts authorized in the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act in addition to more flexibility in contract lengths. The program, combined with additional non-monetary…

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