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Upgrades ‘new normal’ for armor in uncertain budget environment

If any journalists at the recent AUSAAME press conference expected to hear revelations of a major ground combat system acquisition on the near-term horizon, that notion was quickly dispelled.

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Boeing celebrates groundbreaking for 777X composite wing center

Boeing Oct. 21 celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett, Wash., campus.

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First F-35A operational weapons load crew qualified

Three airmen with the 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit became the first qualified operational weapons load crew for the F-35A Lightning II during a qualification load at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 10.

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Boeing-built X-37B successfully completes third flight

The Boeing-built X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle successfully de-orbited and landed today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., at 9:24 a.m., PDT, concluding a 674-day experimental test mission for the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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Dassault Falcon Jet establishes new pilot operational support team

Dassault Falcon Jet recently established a new Pilot Operational Support Team in Teterboro, N.J., to support operators in the Western Hemisphere.


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Pearl Harbor survivor honored during ash scattering at USS Utah Memorial

Posted  December 24, 2013

The ashes of Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Benzion “Barney” Packman, Pearl Harbor survivor, along with ashes of his wife Florence, were scattered in the waters near the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam during a ceremony, Dec. 20. Among those in attendance were Barney and Florence’s daughter, Marissa Batt, and…

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Northrop Grumman’s Azusa Campus brightens holiday season for Children in Need

Posted  December 24, 2013

Northrop Grumman photograph Left to right: Feed The Children representatives Amber Lara, Jose Pozos and Jenifer Gonzales gather with Northrop Grumman Azusa Operations Vice President Anne Ostroff and colleagues Ruth Phillipson, Joanne Maldonado, Sue Phelps and Larry Tiller to proudly display certificate of recognition presented to the company for its long-time support of the Feed…

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Three U.S. military aircraft hit in S. Sudan, 4 wounded

Posted  December 24, 2013

Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that Dec. 21 became a battle ground between the country’s military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day…

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Newest Army recovery vehicle wields claws, can handle most anything

Posted  December 24, 2013

The Ordnance School is continuing to fulfill the training requirements of soldiers deployed in combat environments. Providing training on the Army’s newest recovery vehicle – the Modular Catastrophic Recovery System – is its latest effort to prepare soldiers for tasks and missions they are likely to encounter in the field. The Modular Catastrophic Recovery System,…

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Korean War soldier, recently identified, buried

Posted  December 24, 2013

Sixty-three years after he was killed fighting in Korea, the remains of Army Pfc. Jerry Pat Craig have been buried at the Central Louisiana Military Cemetery in Leesville. “It’s the most joyous occasion I’ve had in a long, long time,” Craig’s niece, Anita Fields-Gold of Lake Charles, said to KPLC TV. “To know he’s home,…

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Final B-52G eliminated under new START

Posted  December 24, 2013

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Angel Ruiz Personnel with the 578th Storage and Disposal Squadron lift a B-52G’s tail section onto a custom-made cradle Dec, 19, 2013, at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The cradle is purposely placed 30 degrees off center and a minimum of six feet…

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Air Force recruits in Texas to get more training

Posted  December 24, 2013

Air Force recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, would get more training on life skills ranging from managing money to protecting themselves against sexual assault in a program expected to begin in 2014. Recruits will spend up to a week after graduating from basic training to take an expanded skills course, the San Antonio…

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Lockheed Martin supports Japanese F-2 restoration program

Posted  December 24, 2013

In cooperation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Lockheed Martin has delivered the first F-2 aft and leading edge flaps as part of a restoration plan to replenish Japan’s F-2 fleet.

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Bagram runway reopens, first F-16s arrive

Posted  December 24, 2013

Air Force photograph by SrA. Kayla Newman The first F-16 Fighting Falcon arrives Dec. 15, 2013, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The F-16s transitioned from Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Bagram once the main runway was renovated and extended to meet the demand of the different aircraft. The first of several F-16 Fighting Falcons arrived at Bagram Airfield,…

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A look at the current $632.8 billion defense bill

Posted  December 24, 2013

The comprehensive, $632.8 billion defense bill heading to President Barack Obama for his signature would crack down on sexual assault in the military, authorize combat pay for the troops and cover the cost of new ships, aircraft and weapons. A look at the legislation: * Authorizes $552.1 billion for the core budget, including $17.6 billion…

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