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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.

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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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Boeing completes deliveries of processing units for Armyís Air, Missile Defense Network

Posted  September 23, 2013

Boeing recently finished delivering more than 40 computer processing units that will support an integrated network of computer and communication equipment critical to U.S. Army air and missile defenses. Boeingís Plug and Fight Processing Units are the main computing assets that link together various Army weapons and sensor platforms with the Integrated Air and Missile…

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NASA announces advanced composite research partnership

Posted  September 23, 2013

NASA has selected six companies from five U.S. states to participate in a government-and-industry partnership to advance composite materials research and certification. The companies are: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. of Fort Worth, Texas GE Aviation of Cincinnati Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company of Palmdale, Calif. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems of Redondo Beach, Calif. Boeing Research &…

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Leaders honor missing, captured service members, families

Posted  September 23, 2013

The Defense Department will never stop working to bring captured and missing service members home, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pledged at a Pentagon ceremony Sept. 20.

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Northrop Grumman completes safety of flight testing on Common Infrared Countermeasure System

Posted  September 23, 2013

Northrop Grumman achieved another significant milestone on its Common Infrared Countermeasure program by completing safety of flight testing on prototype hardware. The Northrop Grumman CIRCM system is a lightweight, low-cost, high-reliability laser-based countermeasure system. It is designed to integrate and operate with legacy and emerging missile warning systems for rotary wing, tilt-rotor and small fixed-wing…

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NASA awards follow-on custodial services contract for Kennedy

Posted  September 23, 2013

NASA has awarded a contract to Brevard Achievement Center of Rockledge, Fla., to provide custodial services to the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The firm-fixed price contract begins Oct. 1. It has a maximum value of $30.4 million with a potential performance period of five years. Brevard Achievement Center will provide custodial services, including…

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Prison inmates learning aerospace work

Posted  September 23, 2013

Forget license plates. Some inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center are training for jobs in the state’s huge aerospace industry. About a dozen inmates are enrolled in a program that will make them certified aerospace composite technicians. Their goal is a post-prison chance to land jobs at companies like Boeing and its suppliers. ìThere…

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NASA selects operations, maintenance services for West Virginia site

Posted  September 23, 2013

NASA has selected West Virginia University Research Corporation of Morgantown, W.Va., to provide operations and maintenance services at the agencyís Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va. The total value of this cost-no-fee, indefinite-delivery, indefinite -quantity contract is $40 million. The five-year performance period begins Sept. 30 and ends Sept. 29, 2018. WVURC will…

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Headlines September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

News: Air Force general wants simpler weapons quicker – The three-star general who heads the secretive U.S. Special Operations Command is pressing arms makers to speed up the development of new weapons and move toward greater standardization of aircraft and sensors.   Business: Lockheed Martin girds for combat jet choices as Dutch back JSF – Lockheed Martin…

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News Briefs, September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

President Bush to host golf tournament for wounded veterans Former President George W. Bush will participate in the third Warrior Open golf tournament scheduled to be held next week in North Texas. The George W. Bush Presidential Center announced Sept. 18 that 24 wounded U.S. military members will play in the tournament in the Dallas…

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Defense

Oklahoma. gov. tells Guard to deny same-sex benefits

Posted  September 20, 2013

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has ordered the National Guard to stop processing requests for military benefits for same-sex couples, her office confirmed Sept. 17, despite a Pentagon directive to do so. Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said the governor was following the wish of Oklahoma voters, who approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 that prohibits giving…

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