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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!

Photograph by Dennis Anderson Local

‘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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Air Force releases new Intercontinental Ballistic Missile solicitation

Posted  August 3, 2016

The U.S. Air Force released July 29 a request for proposals for its Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, or GBSD, intercontinental ballistic missile weapon system program. Up to two contract awards are expected in 4th quarter fiscal year 2017. GBSD is the follow-on to the aging LGM-30 Minuteman III ICBM. The launch systems and weapon system C2 physical infrastructure being…

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Edwards gets new top cop

Posted  August 3, 2016

Air Force photograph by Christopher Okula Col. George Tromba (left), 412th Mission Support Group commander, hands the guidon and reins of the 412th Security Forces Squadron, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Lt. Col. David Watts July 29, 2016. Watts will lead the force that protects the base populace, aircraft and other assets, along with…

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Lockheed Martin’s mini-missile successfully completes second flight test

Posted  August 3, 2016

Lockheed Martin’s Miniature Hit-to-Kill interceptor was successfully launched in an engineering demonstration at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The demonstration on Friday, July 29, was part of the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center’s Extended Area Protection and Survivability program. The flight demonstrated the agility and aerodynamic capability of the MHTK…

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Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit
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Exercise Desert Wind 16-05 tests response to active shooter

Posted  August 3, 2016

On Aug. 1, defenders from the 412th Security Forces Squadron responded to Bldg. 2850 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after a report of shots fired, what they arrived to were people screaming and a mass shooting situation leaving carnage everywhere.  

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Air Force photograph by A1C Kevin Tanenbuam
Defense

Triple Nickle participates in Green Flag 16-8

Posted  August 3, 2016

Air Force photograph by A1C Kevin Tanenbuam SrA. Manuel Jimenez, 555th Fighter Squadron crew chief, Aviano Air Base, Italy, prepares the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon for take-off at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 2, 2016. The 555th FS flew to Fort Irwin, Calif. to participate in Green Flag 16-8. F-16s assigned to…

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