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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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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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VA official outlines progress in reducing claims backlog

Posted  December 11, 2013

A senior Veterans Affairs Department official Dec. 11 outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March, attributing the success to the combined impact of transformation initiatives and increased employee productivity. Allison A. Hickey, undersecretary of veterans affairs for benefits,…

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Headlines December 9, 2013

Posted  December 9, 2013

Business: EADs breaks redundancy taboo in plan to cut 5,800 jobs – Airbus parent EADS risked a collision with unions and European politicians by unveiling plans to cut 5,800 mainly defense and space jobs that for a first time include significant forced redundancies, driven by weak European budgets. Small steps to Mars are a big leap…

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News Briefs December 9, 2013

Posted  December 9, 2013

Army seeks Fort Irwin ties to Afghan murder Army investigators are asking for the public’s help in Southern California to solve the 2009 murder of a soldier in Afghanistan. The Victorville Daily Press reports Dec. 6 that authorities believe someone in the Fort Irwin area may have details about the murder of 31-year-old Sgt. Anton…

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Astrium, Raytheon team to compete for NATO ballistic missile defense work

Posted  December 9, 2013

Astrium, the world’s second largest space company, and Raytheon signed a teaming agreement that formalizes the companies’ plans to compete for the role as lead system engineers and integrators for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Ballistic Missile Defense Program. NATO’s BMD Program oversees the development and execution of ballistic missile defense capabilities, which expanded in…

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Brunei accepts four Sikorsky S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters for regional security missions

Posted  December 9, 2013

The Ministry of Defence this week at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition accepted two Sikorsky S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters into the Royal Brunei Air Force following an unveiling attended by His Majesty the Sultan.

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VA warns of marketing scam

Posted  December 9, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VAs national call center and the GI Bill call center. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will be offered…

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First Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 Global XpressÆ satellite sends initial on-orbit signals

Posted  December 9, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The first Boeing Inmarsat-5 satellite has launched and sent signals from orbit, the initial step to establishing Global Xpress, the worlds first globally available high-speed mobile broadband service for government and commercial users. This launch is noteworthy for two reasons: It is the first in the Boeing-built Inmarsat-5 series of four high-power…

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Boeing 777X wind tunnel testing under way

Posted  December 9, 2013

Boeing announced Dec. 9 that low-speed wind tunnel tests have begun for the Boeing 777X, a major milestone in airplane development.

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Q&A: Airbus Chairman discusses suppliers for plant

Posted  December 9, 2013

Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor is high on Alabama, and his opinion of its Capital City is on the rise. McArtor toured Montgomery, Ala., during a recent visit before being applauded by local leaders for his role in bringing a new airplane assembly plant to Mobile. But that $600 million plant and its expected 1,000…

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Boeing names four to satellite business leadership positions

Posted  December 9, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Boeing is continuing to ensure effective leadership across its Space & Intelligence Systems business with four executives being appointed to new assignments. “At S&IS we believe that our customer’s mission is our mission. For this reason we have selected proven leaders with solid technical and industry experience,” said Craig Cooning, vice…

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