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NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of the Oct. 31, 2014, Scaled Composites SpaceShipTwo flight test accident. The NTSB is finalizing the final recommendations and probable causes. At the time of the accident,…

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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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Pentagon delaying fighter jet sale to Egypt

Posted  July 24, 2013

The U.S. is delaying delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in light of the military overthrow of Mohammed Morsi as president, but it has not decided whether to suspend military aid more broadly, the Pentagon said July 24. Pentagon press secretary George Little said President Barack Obama made the decision to hold up…

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F-16s being regenerated into drones

Posted  July 24, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Christine Griffiths Robert Bliven and Andrew Bakios, 567th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron perform maintenance on the first QF-16 being regenerated at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 9, 2013. The conversion is slated to take approximately six months, or 180 calendar…

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Tenth parachute test for NASA’s Orion adds 10,000 feet of success

Posted  July 24, 2013

A complicated, high-altitude test July 24 demonstrated NASA’s new Orion spacecraft could land safely even if one of its parachutes failed. The 10th in a series of evaluations to check out the Orion multipurpose crew vehicle’s parachute system dropped the test capsule from a C-17 aircraft at its highest altitude yet, 35,000 feet above the…

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Anniversary marks milestone in U.S.-South Korea alliance

Posted  July 24, 2013

American and South Korean officials and veterans will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in the United States and South Korea this week.

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Congress threatens Afghanistan over U.S. exit taxes

Posted  July 24, 2013

Lawmakers threatened Afghanistan July 23 with severe cuts in foreign aid if President Hamid Karzai’s government institutes an exit tax on American military equipment, food supplies and other goods as the United States pulls most of its troops and much of its property out of the country over the next 18 months. I have seen…

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NASA’s Spitzer observes gas emission from comet ISON

Posted  July 24, 2013

Astronomers using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions from Comet ISON ahead of its anticipated pass through the inner solar system later this year. Images captured June 13 with Spitzer’s Infrared Array Camera indicate carbon dioxide is slowly and steadily “fizzing” away from the so-called “soda-pop comet,”…

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Agencies work to bolster vet, family education Outcomes

Posted  July 24, 2013

Several government agencies are working on initiatives to improve educational success rates for service members, veterans and their families, senior Department of Veterans Affairs and consumer protection officials told lawmakers July 23. Curtis L. Coy, deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity for VAís Veterans Benefits Administration, testified with several other witnesses before the Senate Homeland Security…

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Headlines July 22, 2013

Posted  July 22, 2013

News Joint Chiefs chairman seeks Afghan troops deal by October America’s top general July 22 said he would like to see a security agreement with Afghanistan signed by October to give NATO enough time to prepare for a post-2014 military presence instead of a total pullout.   Business EADS to consider adopting name of plane-making…

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News Briefs July 22, 2013

Posted  July 22, 2013

Air Force considers drilling for oil at Vandenberg U.S. Air Force officials said they will study the economic and environmental feasibility of a proposal to lease land on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to companies that want to drill for oil and natural gas on California’s central coast. Mark Meier, chief counsel for the State…

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Lockheed Martin delivers rirst HC-130J to Moody Air Force Base

Posted  July 22, 2013

Georgia On Its Mind The first  Lockheed Martin HC-130J Combat King II to be assigned to Air Combat Command’s 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was ferried July 19 from the company’s Aeronautics facility located in Marietta, Ga. Maj. Gen. H. D. Polumbo, Jr., commander, Ninth Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw…

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