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Scientists, engineers evaluate Orion radiation protection plan

When astronauts in Orion venture far beyond Earth into deep space, they will expand humanity’s frontier and push the boundaries of exploration.

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Ninety-nine year old vet recalls epic MacArthur battle in Pacific

It is less remembered as the invasion of Leyte in present times than the historic moment during World War II when Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore in the surf of the Philippine Islands to announce “I have returned.”

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City of Palmdale remembers POWs, MIAs

Setting the “Table of Honor” and promising to “Never Forget” is more than a tradition for the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association and the City of Palmdale.

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Experimental bomber returns home after six decades

An historic aircraft with close ties to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., returned to its roots after more than six decades the morning of Sept. 19, 2016.

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Paralyzed vet goes from wheelchair to mountain bike

Despite being partially paralyzed after a mortar hit his team during a road-clearing mission in Iraq, Carlos Labarca helped his badly injured captain move out of the kill zone. The Army staff sergeant had to be forced by his base commander to board the helicopter home. He didn't want to leave his troops behind.

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U-2s flight routine before crash, killing pilot

Posted  September 21, 2016

A U-2 spy plane’s flight path was routine before something went wrong and the high-flying aircraft slammed into a mountain range in Northern California, the military said. The two pilots ejected, leaving one dead and another injured. The U.S. Air Force is investigating what caused the plane, assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, to go…

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Carter hosts worldwide ‘Troop Talk’

Posted  September 21, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds a worldwide troop talk to highlight and explain how key Defense Department initiatives such as the Force of the Future and building bridges between DoD and the tech community will benefit service members, Sept. 21, 2016.

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Navy names ship in honor of Robert F. Kennedy

Posted  September 21, 2016

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced Sept. 20 that the next ship of the next generation of fleet replenishment oilers will be named USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208). A ceremony marking the announcement was held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. T-AO 208 is part of the John Lewis-class…

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Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod completes first F-15C flight test

Posted  September 21, 2016

Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod® completed its first flight test on an F-15C aircraft, successfully demonstrating its ability to provide long-range detection and tracking of airborne threats for the U.S. Air Force.             The flight test began at Jacksonville Air National Guard Base in Florida. Using its common interface, Legion Pod was rapidly integrated onto the…

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B-21: Modernizing the bomber fleet

Posted  September 21, 2016

Following the Air Force secretary’s announcement that the new long-range strike bomber would be called the B-21 Raider, Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander, said the name brought the past and present Air Force full circle.

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