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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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Senate passes Vietnam Veterans Donor Recognition Act of 2013

Posted  July 15, 2013

The U.S. Senate July 10 passed H.R. 588, the Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgement Act of 2013.

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News Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

Afghanistan: NATO helicopter makes ‘hard landing’ KABUL, AFGHANISTAN ó The NATO-led coalition says one of its helicopters made a ìhard landingî in northern Afghanistan but that there were no injuries. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed militants had fired on an American Chinook transport helicopter in Baghlan province overnight. But coalition spokesman Capt. Luca Carniel said…

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Headlines July 12, 2013

Posted  July 12, 2013

News Lawmaker proposes bill to exempt Defense civilians from furloughs A Democratic congressman has introduced legislation to prohibit furloughs for civilian Defense employees, who face one of the heaviest burdens among federal workers under the government-wide spending cuts known as the sequester. Business Lockheed, Italy cancel ceremony at Italian F-35 plant Lockheed Martin and the…

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Air Force presents award to Global Hawk team

Posted  July 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Col. Carlin Heimann (third from left), U.S. Air Force Global Hawk program director, accepts the 2012 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award alongside George Guerra (fourth from left), Global Hawk vice president and other Global Hawk program representatives, including (from left) Terry Williamson, Rod Berlin, Avis Anderson, Desiree Goble, Dave Yackel…

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Fanning makes first visit to Nellis, Creech AFBs

Posted  July 12, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Matthew Lancaster Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning speaks to Airmen about Air Force concerns during an all call July 8, 2013, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Fanning came to visit with Airmen at Nellis and Creech AFBs and answer questions they may have. Acting Secretary of…

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Northrop Grumman sponsors second year of collaborative engineering project by Cal State students

Posted  July 12, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Cal Poly, Pomona students (from left) Luis Andrade, Mathew Gan, Ajay Bettadapura, Jordan Quintana and Ramon Navarro discuss flight plans for their unmanned aerial vehicle, whose mission was to drop a bottle of water on a target mid-flight. Team members ensured that the aircraft’s communications link was functioning and that the payload…

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U.S. Army aids France with RPG-defense test data

Posted  July 12, 2013

Courtesy photograph French soldiers patrol in a VBCI infantry fighting vehicle equipped with a legacy rocket-propelled grenade defense system. Fighting in Mali spurred the need for increased capabilities to protect French soldiers, and the U.S. Army has transferred technical test data on a new rocket-propelled grenade defense system, Q-Nets II, through an international agreement. The…

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Lockheed Martin delivers 100th targeting system for F-35

Posted  July 12, 2013

Martin recently delivered the 100th Electro-Optical Targeting System for the F-35 Lightning II. EOTS provides affordable, high performance multifunction targeting to the F-35ís full spectrum of military operations. EOTS is the first sensor that combines forward-looking infrared and infrared search and track functionality to provide F-35 pilots with situational awareness and air-to-air and air-to-surface targeting…

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SecDef details ‘Plan B’ should sequestration continue

Posted  July 12, 2013

If sequestration continues into fiscal year 2014, the Defense Department will be forced to consider involuntary reductions-in-force for the civilian workforce, draconian cuts to military personnel accounts and a virtual halt to military modernization, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter to Senate leaders July 11. The senators had requested detailed information on how…

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F-35 pilot cadre grows to 100 as training ramps up at Eglin Air Force Base

Posted  July 12, 2013

Maj. Robert Miller became the 100th pilot to fly the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II when he took to the skies above Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for a training flight July 9. Millerís 90-minute familiarization flight included normal operations for aircraft handling and landings in an F-35A fighter. The flight followed academic and simulator…

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