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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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NASA moves longest-serving Mars spacecraft for new observations

Posted  February 14, 2014

NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet. The maneuver took place Feb. 11. Odyssey team engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems of…

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Boeing delivers Kuwait Air Forceís first C-17 Globemaster III

Posted  February 14, 2014

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Boeing Feb. 13 delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. “The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait…

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VA launches online tool to calculate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits

Posted  February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Veterans Affairs Department Feb. 4 launched a new online tool to make it easier for veterans, service members and family members to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about VA’s approved colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country. “We are pleased that Post-9/11 veterans are…

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Maintainers counter cyber threats for first time at Red Flag 14-1

Posted  February 14, 2014

Maintainers learn how to counter cyber threats on the flightline for the first time though innovation and adaptability here during Red Flag 14-1.

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13th Bomb Squadron brings global strike capability to Red Flag

Posted  February 14, 2014

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler SrA. Airman Dustin Childs, 509th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., finishes cleaning the landing gear doors of a B-2 Spirit during Red Flag 14-1 Feb. 10 at Nellis AFB, Nev. The B-2 is a low-observable bomber aircraft capable of releasing conventional and…

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Headlines – February 12, 2014

Posted  February 12, 2014

News: House votes to cancel cuts to military benefits – Acting to appease furious veterans’ groups, the House passed a bill Feb. 11 to undo about $6 billion worth of cuts to military retirement benefits.   Business: Singapore air show to focus on F-16s, F-35s – F-16 upgrade programs and F-35 deals in the region are expected…

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News Briefs February 12, 2014

Posted  February 12, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,169 As of Feb. 11, 2014, at least 2,169 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 1,791 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Raytheon receives $31 million Maverick missile contract from South Korea

Posted  February 12, 2014

Raytheon has been awarded a $31 million contract from the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration for additional AGM-65G-2 Maverick missiles. Under the direct commercial sale, Raytheon will supply the missiles to the Republic of Korea Air Force. “These new Mavericks will provide the Republic of Korea Air Force with additional firepower and will add to…

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Malaysia Airlines awards Pratt & Whitney $550 million fleet management program

Posted  February 12, 2014

Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Corp. company, announced Feb. 12 that it has signed an exclusive, 10-year Fleet Management Program agreement with Malaysia Airlines to maintain the airline’s fleet of 43 PW4170 installed engines and spare engines. The agreement, which includes an option to extend the contract for up to five additional years, is…

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Northrop Grumman’s SABR brings advanced capabilities to global F-16 fleets

Posted  February 12, 2014

Northrop Grumman’s Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) will help bring advanced capabilities to existing global F-16 fleets, keeping them formidable beyond 2025, according to the head of the company’s Combat Avionics Systems business unit. Northrop Grumman Vice President Jeff Leavitt provided a detailed SABR update to reporters in a briefing at the Singapore Air Show….

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