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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

Wright-Patterson, NMUSAF pay tribute to Doolittle Raid 75th anniversary

Posted  April 21, 2017

Friends, family and fans from around the country came together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid April 17-18, 2017, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

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News

Headlines – April 19, 2017

Posted  April 19, 2017

News There’s a plan in Congress to start charging troops for their GI Bill benefits – A congressional proposal to make service members buy into their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits surprised veterans groups April 18, with advocates divided over whether it amounts to a long-term fix for the benefit or an unfair bill for veterans….

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News Briefs – April 19, 2017

Posted  April 19, 2017

Boeing to issue layoff notices to hundreds of employees Boeing will issue hundreds of layoff notices to engineers in Washington state this week. The Daily Herald reported April 17 that a memo from the company’s vice president of engineering for Boeing Commercial Airplanes John Hamilton says the cuts are necessary to stay competitive. Hamilton also…

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Defense

With no bullets, Mobile High-Energy Laser shoots drones from sky

Posted  April 19, 2017

A Stryker combat vehicle equipped with a 5kW laser and an array of sensors spent several minutes scanning the horizon for a wayward "enemy" drone.

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Army helicopter crashes into golf course; 1 dead, 2 injured

Posted  April 19, 2017

LEONARDTOWN, Md.–A Black Hawk helicopter crashed onto a golf course in Maryland during a routine training flight, killing one crew member and injuring the two others on board, the U.S. Army said. The cause of the April 17 crash is under investigation, the Army Military District of Washington said in a statement. One witness described…

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