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F-22 inaugural deployment to Europe

Four F-22 Raptors, one C-17 Globemaster III, and approximately 60 airmen arrived at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, to train with allied air forces and U.S. services through mid-September.

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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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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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NASA’s Fermi makes first gamma-ray study of a gravitational lens

Posted  January 6, 2014

An international team of astronomers, using NASA’s Fermi observatory, has made the first-ever gamma-ray measurements of a gravitational lens, a kind of natural telescope formed when a rare cosmic alignment allows the gravity of a massive object to bend and amplify light from a more distant source. This accomplishment opens new avenues for research, including…

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Army team to destroy Syrian chemical weapons afloat

Posted  January 6, 2014

Some 64 specialists from the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard the ship MV Cape Ray to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.

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Global Hawk aids in Philippine relief efforts

Posted  January 6, 2014

The inherent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of Northrop Grumman’s Global Hawk Block 30 Unmanned Aerial System were used to support massive international humanitarian assistance and relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Due to Global Hawk’s long endurance, persistence and range, the Block 30 was the only high altitude asset able to support…

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Headlines January 4, 2014

Posted  January 5, 2014

News: Issa bill would end Saturday mail to repeal military pension cut – A top House Republican has proposed legislation that would  replace the controversial new cut in pension benefits for working-age military retirees by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday mail delivery.   Business: Critical vote looms for Boeing machinists – Members of Boeing’s largest…

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NAVSEA Completes Waterjet Seal and Evaluation on USS Fort Worth

Posted  January 5, 2014

Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) divers recently completed the first full underwater waterjet seal and evaluation on a littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Fort Worth (LCS 3), the Navy announced, Jan. 2.

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News Briefs January 4, 2014

Posted  January 5, 2014

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,162 As of Dec. 31, 2013, at least 2,162 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 1,788 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to visit New Zealand in international debut

Posted  January 5, 2014

Boeing plans to bring the 787-9 Dreamliner to Auckland in early January to visit launch customer Air New Zealand. The trip, which is contingent on weather and other test factors, would mark the international debut of the 787-9, the second and newest member of the super-efficient 787 family. “Boeing is proud to bring the 787-9…

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Enlisted retention board to convene in June

Posted  January 5, 2014

An enlisted retention board will convene in June to consider eligible senior airmen through senior master sergeants for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The enlisted retention program is one of several expanded force management programs that have been or will be implemented this year, said Lt. Col. Rick Garcia, the AFPC Retirements and…

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Southwest Airlines orders APB Split Scimitar™ Winglets

Posted  January 5, 2014

Aviation Partners Boeing announced Jan. 2 that Southwest Airlines has ordered Split Scimitar Winglets for its Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft. APB’s newest program is the culmination of a five-year design effort using the latest computational fluid dynamic technology to redefine the aerodynamics of the Blended Winglet into an all-new Split Scimitar Winglet. The unique feature…

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Airlift operations complete in Central African Republic

Posted  January 5, 2014

Initial airlift operations are complete in the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Dec. 30.

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