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First operational F-35As arrive at Hill AFB

The Air Force ushered in a new era of combat air power Sept. 2 as Hill Air Force Base, Utah, received the service’s first two operational F-35As. Hill’s active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing will be the first combat-coded units to fly and maintain the Air Force’s newest fifth-generation fighter aircraft….

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Mach 1: the story has been told thousands of times of Chuck Yeager and that special day over Muroc, when the first sonic booms rattled windows. But sitting in church this morning, I looked over to a lady and her son who have a different take on that historical achievement. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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U-2 celebrating 60 years

Lockheed Martin is celebrating 60 years of the U-2 program with festivities planned throughout the company. “It’s not a 60-year old aircraft, it is a 60-year old program that is still going strong,” said Melani Austin, U-2 Program Director at Skunk Works, Palmdale, Calif., during a recent press tour. “We have people that have started…

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United Launch Alliance successfully launches U.S. Navy’s MUOS-4

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 6:18 a.m., EDT, Sept. 2 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The MUOS-4 spacecraft will bring advanced, new, global communications capabilities to mobile military forces, as well as ensure…

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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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Headlines May 6, 2013

Posted  May 6, 2013

News Benghazi witness: US military response could have ‘scared’ off attackers, prevented mortar strike The U.S. military could have prevented one wave of the deadly attack on American personnel in Benghazi if fighter jets had been promptly deployed, a top diplomatic official who was in Benghazi during the Sept. 11 assault told congressional investigators.  …

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News Briefs May 6, 2013

Posted  May 6, 2013

One German soldier killed, one wounded in Afghanistan The German military says one of its soldiers has been killed and another one wounded in fighting with insurgents in northern Afghanistan. It said May 5 the soldiers were accompanying an Afghan-led military operation in Baghlan province when they came under fire Saturday. It says the troops called…

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Better information improving Army readiness decisions

Posted  May 6, 2013

Army leaders face challenging decisions regarding manpower, readiness and modernization as budget restrictions and uncertainties continue.

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Ohio air base to slash budget, start furloughs

Posted  May 6, 2013

Federal cuts will force a 40 percent reduction in the budget of Ohio’s largest military base, and furloughs will begin next month for its 13,000 civilian employees, base officials say. But no more job cuts are expected. Civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton can expect to receive 14-day furlough notices beginning early…

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Australia plans to buy 12 EA-18G Growler aircraft

Posted  May 6, 2013

Australia said May 3 it would buy 12 Boeing EA-18G Growler advanced electronic warfare technology aircraft because it can’t risk delivery delays in their replacement, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. The government announced last year that its air force will equip 12 of Australia’s F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters with Growler radar-jamming equipment…

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Field artillery training integrates women into combat specialties

Posted  May 6, 2013

The loud booms from the fields of Fort Sill will sound the same, but for the first time women may be responsible for launching the artillery.

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California ANG battles raging wildfires

Posted  May 6, 2013

The California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing is providing two specialized firefighting C-130J aircraft and crews to assist with wildfires raging across the state.

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X-47B completes key milestone as it prepares for carrier tests at sea

Posted  May 6, 2013

The Navy’s X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator completed its first-ever arrested landing Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., May 4, another key step to mature the system for its historic carrier-based tests later this month.

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Eglin AFB munitions unit creates ammo linker for AFSOC

Posted  May 6, 2013

A new, lighter, mobile 30 mm ammo linker system is set for delivery to Air Force Special Operations Command units at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., in May.

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NATO secretary general warns Europe on defense cuts

Posted  May 6, 2013

– NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen warned May 6 that further cuts in defense spending by European nations risk reducing the continent’s defense and security to “hot air,” turning the alliance into what he called a “global spectator” rather than a real force on the world stage. “The only way to avoid this is…

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