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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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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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First upgraded MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to U.S. Navy

Posted  July 22, 2013

Navy photograph by Vance Vasquez The first MQ-8C Fire Scout delivered to the Naval Air Systems Command. The U.S. Navy got its first look at the upgraded MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned system when Northrop Grumman delivered its first MQ-8C system this month. Northrop Grumman is the Navy’s prime contractor for the MQ-8 Fire Scout program…

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Lockheed Martin GPS III satellite prototype to help Cape Canaveral Air Force Station prep for launch

Posted  July 22, 2013

Lockheed Martin recently delivered a full-sized, functional prototype of the next-generation Global Positioning System satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to test facilities and pre-launch processes in advance of the arrival of the first GPS III flight satellite. The GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed arrived at the Cape July 19 to begin to dry…

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VA health care facilities named to 2013 ‘most wired’ hospitals list

Posted  July 22, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs, representing 152 VA medical centers, was recently named to the 2013 “Most Wired” hospitals list. The list, which is released by Hospitals & Health Networks, in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the American Hospital Association, is the result of a national survey aimed at…

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Future requires hard decisions, disciplined priorities

Posted  July 22, 2013

Disciplined priorities and tough choices will be needed to guide the Defense Departmentís historical transition aimed at maintaining strong, capable and ready forces in the stark post-conflict fiscal environment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said July 22. Speaking at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Louisville, Ky., Hagel said the changes underway, like those…

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines finalize order for five additional 777-300ERs

Posted  July 22, 2013

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have announced an order for five 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices The Turkish flag-carrier has exercised options on five 777-300ERs that were first announced in December 2012 as part of a previous firm order for 15 777-300ERs. Turkish Airlines now has 20 777-300ERs currently an…

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NASA to host Google+ Hangout on hurricane research flights

Posted  July 22, 2013

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout from several NASA centers at 2 p.m., EDT, July 23 as the agency prepares to fly two unmanned aircraft over Atlantic Ocean hurricanes this summer. NASA’s Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission is a five-year project that first took to the field in 2012 from NASA’s Wallops…

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U.S. drops unarmed bombs on Great Barrier Reef

Posted  July 22, 2013

Two American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert practice bomb and an unarmed laser-guided explosive bomb into the…

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Army adopts stronger, lighter composite materials

Posted  July 22, 2013

In the future, Army aircraft may be made of all composite materials, and the Prototype Integration Facility Advanced Composites Laboratory is ready.

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Boeing CST-100 spacecraft model passes water-recovery tests

Posted  July 22, 2013

Boeing recently demonstrated that astronauts in its Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 capsule will be able to safely exit the spacecraft during an emergency water landing. Although the CST-100 is designed to land on the ground, Boeing engineers worked with NASA and Department of Defense search-and-recovery personnel to test several emergency water-extraction scenarios. ìCrew safety is…

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