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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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Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted  October 14, 2013

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called ìminimum essential coverageî) by January 1, 2014,…

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Headlines October 14, 2013

Posted  October 14, 2013

News: U.S. nears agreement with Afghanistan on troops post 2014 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Secretary of Defense John Kerry said they were close to completing a security agreement that would allow some U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014.   Business: Boeing’s Pentagon charges questioned in audits four times – Four times in…

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Defense

CFC suspended as shutdown continues

Posted  October 14, 2013

As a result of the government shutdown, the Department of Defense has indefinitely suspended the Combined Federal Campaign. The campaign was slated to start its official solicitation period Sept. 1 and run through Dec. 15. According to a memorandum released Oct. 9, CFC campaign activities are not excepted from furlough, nor are they appropriate activities…

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Lockheed Martin to deliver communications, transmission services To U.S. Army

Posted  October 14, 2013

The U.S. Army will soon be using satellite and terrestrial communications capabilities delivered in part by Lockheed Martin to support battlefield operations around the globe. Lockheed Martin was awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to supply communications and transmissions systems to the U.S. Army’s Project Manager of Defense Communications and Army Transmissions Systems. Under this contract with…

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Civilian retiree identification card to be replaced

Posted  October 14, 2013

Retired Air Force civilians who use the Air Force Form 354, Civilian Identification Card, to access Air Force installations have until early 2014 – when the AF354 will be rescinded – to get a Department of Defense Civilian Retiree ID Card or other access credentials, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The AF354 was a…

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20th Air Force commander relieved of command

Posted  October 14, 2013

Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Carey from command of 20th Air Force Oct. 11 due to a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment. Kowalski made his decision based on information from an Inspector General investigation into Carey’s behavior during a temporary…

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Boeing to Build fourth Inmarsat-5 Global Xpress Satellite

Posted  October 14, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. ñ Boeing will further strengthen Inmarsatís Global Xpress satellite network under an exercised option to build a fourth Inmarsat-5 spacecraft. Global Xpress will provide Inmarsatís government and commercial customers with mobile broadband connectivity on land, at sea and in the air. ìReceiving this option to our initial three-satellite agreement with Inmarsat positions…

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Headlines October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

News Congress’ research service says Pentagon can pay death benefits during shutdown The non-partisan Congressional Research Service said Oct. 10 that a special military play bill signed by President Obama on Sept. 30 can be used to pay the death gratuity to families of fallen heroes. The Pentagon has argued otherwise. It has refused to…

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News Briefs October 11, 2013

Posted  October 11, 2013

U.S. cutting hundreds of millions in aid to Egypt The United States Oct. 9 cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its Mideast ally Egypt, responding to the military ouster last summer of the nation’s first democratically elected president and the crackdown on protesters that has sunk the country into violent turmoil. While…

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Reservists, National Guard members wait for training funds

Posted  October 11, 2013

The Army Reserve and the National Guard say they are on standby to see what happens in Congress, as they wait for the resumption of funding for inactive and active-duty training, or IDT and ADT. The cancellation of the IDT and ADT training is affecting readiness and hurting the soldiers, said Capt. Eric Connor, deputy…

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