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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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U.S. Navy deploys Standard Missile-6 for first time

Posted  December 2, 2013

The U.S. Navy is deploying Raytheon’s Standard Missile-6 for the first time, marking the initial operational capability milestone for the U.S. Navy’s newest, most advanced extended range area defense weapon. “We’re very pleased to achieve initial operational capability on schedule,” said Capt. Mike Ladner, Surface Ship Weapons major program manager. “The SM-6, with its ability…

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Last ‘new’ Phantom returns to service

Posted  December 2, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christopher Reel The final, of 314 QF-4s produced since 1998, landed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 19. It will be used as an unmanned-full-scale-aerial target during training exercises. The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the “new” QF-4 aerial targets†as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed at Tyndall…

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World’s largest military aviation museum ready to build new addition

Posted  December 2, 2013

The world's largest military aviation museum is about to get bigger.

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U.S. Navy accepts MUOS-2 satellite, ground stations after Lockheed Martinís successful testing

Posted  December 2, 2013

ULA photograph A United Launch Alliance Atlas V launches with MUOS-2 satellite July 19, 2013. Lockheed Martin has completed on-orbit testing of the second Mobile User Objective System satellite and handed over spacecraft operations to the U.S. Navy. †The handover also includes acceptance of three MUOS ground stations that will relay voice and high-speed data…

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NASA taps student teams to simulate human exploration of other worlds

Posted  December 2, 2013

NASA is debuting a new engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge is a more complex follow-on to the successful NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition is open to high school and college students and challenges them to create a vehicle…

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News Briefs November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

Groups press EPA on Kirtland fuel spill cleanup Two New Mexico citizen groups are repeating demands for the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an independent review of the Kirtland Air Force Base groundwater contamination. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Albuquerque-based Citizen Action and the environmental group Amigos Bravos sent a letter last week…

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Headlines November 27, 2013

Posted  November 27, 2013

News: Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops, drones in Afghanistan – The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say. NASA under fire for bonus payments to contractors – The internal watchdog for NASA…

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DOD wraps climate change response into master plans

Posted  November 27, 2013

The effects of climate change are already evident at Defense Department installations in the United States and overseas, and DOD expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future, according to the first DOD Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap. John Conger, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment…

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Northrop Grumman’s IBCS completes successful air, missile defense demonstration

Posted  November 27, 2013

Army photograph Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System engagement operations centers and fire control network relays participate in a major U.S. Army demonstration to highlight a warfighter-focused, any sensor-any shooter net-centric capability. The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman have successfully demonstrated a war fighter-focused, net-centric battle command system for integrated air and missile…

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Senior leaders review Unified Quest ‘deep future’

Posted  November 27, 2013

How long should a unit be self-sufficient after hitting the ground, and why can’t the Army get immediate communications capability using local, established, commercial networks after arriving at a forward location? These were questions discussed by senior Army leaders who met Nov. 20, at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., to discuss lessons learned…

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