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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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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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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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Mission control center upgrades increase capability

Posted  July 31, 2013

Performing major renovations to the gold and blue rooms may sound like it's leading to the grand re-opening of a popular night club, but at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, it means an increased capability in flight operations and testing.

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More SpaceShipTwo glide tests completed

Posted  July 31, 2013

Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic have conducted two successful glide tests of SpaceShipTwo at Mojave Air and Space Port in the last weeks. There were tests in the early morning hours of July 19 and July 25. Both were announced on the Virgin Galactic Facebook page only, rather than via the Virgin Galactic or Scaled…

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Northrop Grumman establishes small business mentor-protege agreement with Roane’s Rigging and Transfer

Posted  July 31, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Kimberlee Roane, president and owner of Roane’s Rigging and Transfer Company, Inc., hands the credit mentor-protege agreement to Jay Shiba, vice president of supply chain management at Northrop Grumman, to sign during the recent signing ceremony. Northrop Grumman and Roane’s Rigging and Transfer Company, Inc. have been approved by the Defense Contracts…

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Boeing, ANA announce order for three 777-300ERs

Posted  July 31, 2013

Boeing and All Nippon Airways has announced that ANA has ordered three additional 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes.

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted  July 31, 2013

Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said July 30. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days are…

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Civ-Mil celebrates 24th annual barbecue

Posted  July 31, 2013

Photographs by Linda KC Reynolds On behalf of Civ-Mil, Dr. George ìBudî Reams and Civ-Mil founder Aida OíConnor, present a gift to Frances Lane (center) for generously donating her ranch to Civ-Mil for the past 24 years. The Edward Air Force Base Civilian-Military ìCiv-Milî Support Group celebrated their 24th annual barbecue at the beautiful Hacienda…

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveals forces controlling Saturn moon jets

Posted  July 31, 2013

The intensity of jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Saturn’s moon Enceladus depends on the moon’s proximity to the ringed planet, according to data obtained by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The finding adds to evidence that a liquid water reservoir or ocean lurks under the icy surface of the moon. This…

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Reunions and events for August 2013

Posted  July 31, 2013

555th Civil Eng Squadron Heavy Repair “Red Horse” (Vietnam) San Antonio, Texas Aug. 5-8 For more information, call Audra Ainsworth at (936) 675-4560 or email audraains@yahoo.com.   Retired Fire Chiefs Wilmington, N.C. Aug. 6-8 For more information, call Charles Richardson at (386) 760-6286 or email clardb@att.net.   Vietnam Guntruckers and all trans units Indianapolis, Ind….

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X-56A technology demonstrator achieves first flight

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA photograph by Kenneth E. Ulbrich The X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed takes off on its inaugural flight July 26 at Edwards AFB, Calif. The unmanned aircraft is designed to study active aeroelastic control technologies such as active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation. The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA,…

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NASA’s Marshall Center honors hundreds of team members for contributions

Posted  July 31, 2013

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., July 30 honored more than 200 individual scientists, engineers and professional and administrative support personnel, plus 73 teams comprised of hundreds more, all of whom made significant, sustained contributions in 2012-13 to NASA’s mission and the work of the center. Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann welcomed award…

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