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Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Initial operating capability of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations.

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MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, similar to the one in this photo, to support training capabilities for its new MH-60R Seahawk fleet. NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ñ…

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Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events.

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Austal launches Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Brunswick

Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., May 19. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS…


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Air Force reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted  April 1, 2013

TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting period between retiring…

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News Briefs March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

US Army veteran charged with fighting with al Qaeda in Syria, using weapon of mass destruction A U.S. Army veteran is charged with conspiring with an al Qaeda group to wage war against the Syrian regime. Eric Harroun of Phoenix, Ariz., was charged March 28 in federal court in northern Virginia with conspiring to use…

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Headlines March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

News North Korea readies rockets after U.S. flies stealth bombers over South North Korea put its rocket units on standby March 29 to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/29/korea-north-idUSL3N0CK9IK20130329 Business Boeing…

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Marine CorpsCapt. Staci Reidinger first operational F-35B conducts initial vertical landing

Posted  March 29, 2013

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Ken Kalemkarian Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121, the Corpsí first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron, prepares for flight operations aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. March 21, 2013. VMFA-121 conducted the Marine Corpsí first Short Take Off, Vertical Landing operations outside of a testing environment on the same day….

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Navy designs mechanized rear-door assist for Mine Resistant Vehicles

Posted  March 29, 2013

The U.S. Marine Corps’ Mine Resistant Ambush Protection Buffalo vehicles were designed to protect Marines from Improvised Explosive Devices, and the Navy is improving MRAPs this March by upgrading them with a new Rear-Door Assist mechanism. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Buffalo Systems Deputy Project Engineer Steven Tate Carow said the Buffalo MRAP…

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SecDef says furlough days reduced for civilians

Posted  March 29, 2013

The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of thousands of civilian employees could be furloughed this year because of the budget sequester, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced March 29. In addition, a senior Defense Department official speaking on background told reporters the start of the furloughs will be…

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F-35B successfully completes AIM-120 separation

Posted  March 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph On March 26, the F-35B Lightning II became the first F-35 variant to complete airborne weapons separations on three different munitions, the most of any model. Navy test pilot Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burks released an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile from BF-3 over water in the Atlantic Test Ranges. The F-35B is…

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DOD looks at funding’s effect on personnel, programs

Posted  March 29, 2013

Defense Department officials are looking at the recently signed continuing resolution that funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year to discern how the legislation affects personnel and programs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said March 27. The legislation may mean fewer furlough days for defense civilian employees. “The full range of options…

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Lockheed Martin launches technology hub to connect Silicon Valley innovators with federal government needs

Posted  March 29, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph The entrance to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Companyís facility in Sunnyvale, Calif. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company March 28 announced an initiative aimed at expanding its collaboration with Silicon Valley companies to meet the diverse technology needs of the federal government. Called the Lockheed Martin Silicon Valley Alliance, this technology hub will…

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Super Guppy swallows T-38s; heads for El Paso

Posted  March 29, 2013

NASA photograph by Jim Ross Two retired NASA T-38 trainers mounted on a transport pallet atop a mobile transporter are positioned for loading aboard NASA’s Super Guppy prior to ferrying them to El Paso, Texas, for disassembly. A NASA Super Guppy transport plane “swallowed” two NASA T-38 aircraft whole March 18, right out on NASA…

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