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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.

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U.S. Navy awards production contract for additional P-8A aircraft, first RAAF planes

The U.S. Navy awarded a nearly $1.5 billion contract Aug. 27 to Boeing Defense, Space & Security for the procurement of 13 Full-Rate Production Lot 2 P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

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A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

Courtesy photograph by Frank Crebas Pictured from top down is an F-35 Lightning II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon and an A-4 Skyhawk. In support of an operational test exercise for their F-35s, the Royal Netherlands Air Force contingent at Edwards brought in six A-4s from Draken International, six F-16s from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona…


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Hagel issues message to workforce as potential shutdown looms

Posted  September 30, 2013

With a government shutdown possible in the absence of federal funding beyond fiscal 2013, which ends at midnight tonight, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Sept. 30 issued a message to the Defense Department workforce. Here is the text of the secretary’s message: As you know, the government’s annual funding could expire at midnight tonight. I have…

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Astronauts Chamitoff, Garan depart NASA

Posted  September 30, 2013

NASA astronauts Gregory Chamitoff and Ronald Garan are leaving the agency. Chamitoff is joining the faculty of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and the University of Sydney in Australia. Garan will work on a range of new entrepreneurial and humanitarian efforts. “Greg and Ron will certainly be missed by the Astronaut Office,” said…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds ingredient of household plastic in space

Posted  September 30, 2013

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn’s moon Titan. This is the first definitive detection of the plastic ingredient on any moon or planet, other than Earth. A small amount of propylene was identified in Titan’s lower atmosphere by Cassini’s Composite…

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Headlines September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

News: Airplanes fly as mail delivered even if government shuts – Planes will still fly and land safely with the aid of federal air traffic controllers even if Congress can’t reach a deal to fund the federal government. FBI agents will investigate crimes, mail will be delivered, Social Security checks and Medicare payments will go out…

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News Briefs September 27, 2013

Posted  September 27, 2013

Minuteman missile test-launched from California The U.S. Air Force has test-launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from California. The missile lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 3:33 a.m., PDT, Sept. 26 It was the second Minuteman launch from Vandenberg this week. The first was launched early Sunday. No details of the…

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Bold Quest testing coalition capabilities for future

Posted  September 27, 2013

More than 1,000 coalition forces from 12 allied nations gathered at five training centers across Indiana to participate in Bold Quest 13.2, Sept. 8-21.

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AFSOC receives additional MC-130J Commando II

Posted  September 27, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by John Rossino   A U.S. Air Force crew ferried an MC-130J Commando II Special Operations Forces tanker from the Lockheed Martin facilities in Marietta, Ga., Sept. 25. The Super Hercules aircraft is assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command and will be based at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. The Commando…

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Raytheon’s GriffinÆ missile demonstrates maritime protection capabilities

Posted  September 27, 2013

Raytheon and the U.S. Navy demonstrated the GriffinÆ missile’s combat proven capabilities in a maritime environment by successfully engaging fast-moving small boats from various platforms throughout a series of at-sea tests. During one of the tests, the MK-60 Patrol Coastal Griffin Missile System was integrated on a Cyclone-class Patrol Coastal-class ship, where the missile was…

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Boeing, WestJet announce order for 65 737 MAX airplanes

Posted  September 27, 2013

Boeing and WestJet announced Sept. 26 that they have completed an order for 65 737 MAX airplanes, fulfilling the carrier’s letter of intent to purchase the airplanes announced on Aug 29. The order, valued at $6.3 billion at list prices, consists of 40 737 MAX 8s and 25 737 MAX 7s. The airplanes are a…

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DOD taking prudent steps in face of government shutdown

Posted  September 27, 2013

The Defense Department is taking prudent steps to plan for a possible government shutdown Oct. 1, Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a memo signed Sept. 26. The deputy secretary believes there is still time for Congress to enact legislation to avoid a shutdown. The administration is willing to work with Congress to…

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