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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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News Briefs: May 1, 2013

Posted  May 1, 2013

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 2,077 As of April 30, 2013, at least 2,077 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. At least 1,719 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result…

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NASA spacecraft will visit asteroid with new name

Posted  May 1, 2013

An asteroid that will be explored by a NASA spacecraft has a new name, thanks to a third-grade student in North Carolina. NASA’s Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will visit the asteroid now called Bennu, named after an important ancient Egyptian avian deity. OSIRIS-Rex is scheduled to launch in 2016, rendezvous with Bennu in…

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AV Board of Trade heads to Washington, D.C.

Posted  May 1, 2013

The AV Board of Trade recently made its annual legislative trip to our nation’s capitol, the 57th annual trip to be exact, since their first visit as the AV Progress Association. As always, appointments are made around topics included in the white papers that are compiled throughout the year.  Committee chairs in transportation, environment, healthcare…

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First Lady unveils certification plan for veteran jobs

Posted  May 1, 2013

White House photograph by Chuck Kennedy First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, April 29, 2013. The First Lady announced the IT Training and Certification Partnership, a new public-private partnership that will enable thousands of service members…

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Business

SAIC awarded NASA Glenn support contract

Posted  May 1, 2013

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by NASA to provide safety, health, environmental and mission assurance services at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio. The single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract has a 19-month base period of performance, three 12-month options, one five-month option,…

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Hagel to make furlough decion soon, press secretary says

Posted  May 1, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a decision soon on the scope of civilian furloughs in response to sequestration spending cuts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said May 1. Hagel is reviewing analysis on the budget “and he’ll reach a decision in the near future,” Little told reporters. Little acknowledged news reports that some services…

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Budget cuts mean Army must consider where it will buy weapons

Posted  May 1, 2013

Army photograph by Sgt. Christopher Johnston The Lima Army Tank Plant, Lima, Ohio, which produced the M1A2 tank, will stay open and busy until at least 2018, producing tanks and other equipment for both the U.S. Army and for sale to foreign countries through the Army’s foreign military sales program. With sequestration firmly in place,…

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Space

Success continues as NASA’s Orion parachute tests get more difficult

Posted  May 1, 2013

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft safely landed during a simulation of two types of parachute failures May 1. In the test, conducted in Yuma, Ariz., the mock capsule was traveling about 250 mph when the parachutes were deployed. That is the highest speed the craft has experienced as part of the test series…

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Faith in captivity: Vietnam War POW inspires Airmen

Posted  May 1, 2013

With his hands bound in manacles, an imprisoned Air Force pilot watched from his bamboo holding cell as North Vietnamese soldiers moved a wounded American prisoner into the cell across from his.

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DRS Technologies to provide U.S. Army with target location, designation systems

Posted  May 1, 2013

DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced April 29 that it has been awarded a $15.5 million contract by the U.S. Army for an advanced targeting system. The cost-plus-fixed-fee, incrementally-funded contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen, Md., is for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of the Joint Effects Targeting System Target Location…

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