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NROL-45 launched from Vandenberg

A pillar of orange fire rose into star-spangled, velvet-black skies over Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in the predawn hours of Feb. 10, heralding the deployment of a new National Reconnaissance Office satellite.

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Arabian Gulf Shield improves interoperability

Training concluded Feb. 3 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, with a scenario designed to test Gulf Cooperation Council Liaison Officer procedures and connectivity to host nation air operations centers.

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F-35 airframe begins third phase of structural testing

A third phase of durability testing on an F-35 Lightning II airframe will begin soon at the BAE Sysetsm Military Air & Information site in Brough, East Yorkshire.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Christopher Ruano Defense

KC-135 integral to F-16 training in Greece

The first time the Air Force attempted to refuel an aircraft in flight, aircrews successfully stayed aloft for 151 hours. That was over 85 years ago, and the Air Force today has made quite a few innovations since then.

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From World War II to Afghanistan: USO Marks 75th Anniversary

Talk about the United Service Organizations and people think it is some holding company. But mention USO, and all Americans know it is a way for them to connect with service members.

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Thunderbirds shift to two-year schedule for 2016, 2017

Posted  December 23, 2015

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American airmen.

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USN selects Northrop Grumman to design, produce laser weapon system demonstrator

Posted  December 23, 2015

The U.S. Navy will get a peek at a future where high energy laser weapons could defend its ships against attack under a contract awarded Oct. 22 to Northrop Grumman by the Office of Naval Research.

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SpaceX launches rocket 6 months after accident, then lands

Posted  December 23, 2015

SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring toward orbit Dec. 21 with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer. Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-story leftover booster back on Earth safely.

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Air Force cancels 2016 season of Tops in Blue

Posted  December 23, 2015

Air Force officials announced Dec. 21 that Tops in Blue, the service-unique entertainment program, will cancel its 2016 season, allowing an extended review of the program. Over the last year, submissions to the Air Force’s Airmen Powered by Innovation program reflected recommendations to cancel Tops in Blue because of the required manpower and associated cost….

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Headlines – December 21, 2015

Posted  December 21, 2015

News Boeing, Lockheed to press on with bomber protest – Boeing and Lockheed Martin Dec. 18 vowed to press ahead with their effort to overturn the Pentagon’s award of twin contracts to Northrop Grumman to develop and build a fleet of new long-range bombers costing around $80 billion, a process they described as “irreparably flawed.”…

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