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U.S., Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria train together at Rapid Trident 2015

Under the hot Ukrainian sun, soldiers from the United States, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria rehearsed reacting to contact as part of their situational training during the multi-national Exercise Rapid Trident 2015 at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, here, July 21.

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Astronaut Stephen Frick retires from NASA

Astronaut Stephen Frick has retired from NASA to accept a position in the private sector. Frick, who flew as both a shuttle pilot and commander, left the Agency July 13. Steve has been a great asset to the astronaut office and NASA, and we are sad to see him leave, said Chris Cassidy, chief of…

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Estonian, US forces receive new jump wings

Despite ominous clouds, which lingered from the day before, Estonian and U.S. Army paratroopers, began the day early to conduct the joint airborne operations exercise they had been planning two days before a drop zone near Nurmsi.

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Red Flag offers B-52 crews training that ‘can’t be beat’

As the sun blazes through the cloudless sky, a suffocating heat touches down on the Nellis AFB flightline. A B-52 Stratosphere from the 69th Bomb Squadron sits, awaiting pre-flight checks for its upcoming Red Flag mission.

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Final West Coast frigate, USS Gary, decommissioned

Past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell to USS Gary (FFG 51), the last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast after 31 years of service.


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Journey home: Final C-17 leaves Boeing for Charleston

Posted  September 16, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Dennis Sloan The sun rises above the final U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, P-223, as crew members arrive at the Boeing plant Sept. 12, 2013, in Long Beach, Calif. The C-17 was flown from California to Joint Base Charleston, S.C. As the sun rose above Long Beach, Calif., the…

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In U.S. arsenal, lessons for Syria chemical weapons

Posted  September 16, 2013

Three decades after the United States started destroying its own chemical weapons, the nation’s stockpile stands at more than 3,000 tons – about three times what the U.S. now says Syrian President Bashar Assad controls. Taken together, the remaining U.S. arsenal weighs about as much as three dozen Boeing 737s loaded for takeoff. And while…

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Guardsmen mobilize to assist in Colorado flooding

Posted  September 16, 2013

Army National Guard photograph by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida Colorado National Guardsmen respond to floods in Boulder County, Colo., Sept.12, 2013. The guardsmen are working with local agencies to help citizens in the area affected by the flooding by evacuating people using high-clearance vehicles.   Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with…

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Northrop Grumman unveils new B-2 book at AFA conference

Posted  September 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman has released a new book about the people and innovation that helped create the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bomber, one of most powerful and survivable aircraft ever produced. Entitled “B-2: The Spirit of Innovation,” the book was written by political analyst Rebecca Grant, president of IRIS Independent Research, and the author of…

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AFA Air & Space Conference comes to AF.mil

Posted  September 16, 2013

A new iteration of the Air Force Association’s annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition is set to take place Sept. 16-18 at National Harbor, Md.

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NASA partner Boeing completes mission control center interface test

Posted  September 16, 2013

For the first time, the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston has tested communications with a commercial, crew-capable spacecraft, as The Boeing Company conducted an interface test between the MCC and software planned for the company’s CST-100 spacecraft. Boeing has partnered with NASA to develop a fully integrated crew transportation system,…

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Navy secretary says he’s committed to ship program

Posted  September 16, 2013

MARINETTE, Wisc. – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said he is committed to plans to buy more than 50 littoral combat ships despite budgetary concerns and questions about their cost. Mabus spoke Sept. 12 at Marinette Marine Corp., where four of the ships designed to operate in shallow waters are under construction, according to Press-Gazette Media….

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Orbital rolls out Antares rocket to Wallops launch pad for COTS demo mission to ISS

Posted  September 16, 2013

Sept. 13, Orbital Sciences Corporation rolled out its Antares™ rocket that will launch the company’s first Cygnus™ spacecraft to the International Space Station for its demonstration mission under the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services joint development program with NASA.

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Headlines September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

News: Four destroyers, aircraft carrier to remain near Syria – The Navy will keep four destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean and an aircraft carrier strike group in the Red Sea to maintain a “strong military posture” for a potential strike on Syria, the Pentagon said Sept. 12. “We have no plans at this time to change…

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News Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Virginia senators: DOD should reconsider moving AFRICOM Virginia’s U.S. senators hope a recent Government Accountability Report will reopen the possibility of moving the military’s Africa Command from Germany to Virginia. Africa Command’s area of responsibility covers the African continent minus Egypt. When the Defense Department created AFRICOM in 2007, it temporarily located its headquarters in…

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