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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.

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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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U.S. Preparing Small Arms, Ammunition Support for Iraq

Posted  January 17, 2014

The Defense Department is preparing small arms and ammunition for shipment to Iraq in response to a request from that countryís prime minister, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Jan. 17. Nouri al-Maliki asked for the help as extremists have launched devastating attacks throughout the country. In accordance with the security framework established when…

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Dempsey disappointed by setbacks in Iraq

Posted  January 17, 2014

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is disappointed the Iraqis have not done more with the chance they have been given by the men and women of the U.S military. The young men and women who went to Iraq won their fight they did exactly what we asked them to do., Army Gen….

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Headlines – January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

News: One killed in Army helicopter ‘hard landing’ in Georgia – A member of an elite Army helicopter unit was killed and two crew members suffered injuries when their aircraft slammed into the ground as they tried to land at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, a military spokesman said Jan. 16.   Business: Lockheed makes progress…

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News Briefs January 17, 2014

Posted  January 17, 2014

Navy: Pilot rescued after his jet crashes off Virginia A Navy fighter jet crashed Jan. 15 in Atlantic waters off Virginia and the lone pilot was in critical condition after he ejected and was rescued, the Navy said. The crash comes a week after a Navy helicopter plunged into the ocean in the region, leaving…

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Astronics to acquire EADS North America test, services division

Posted  January 22, 2014

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced Jan. 21 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets and liabilities of EADS North America’s Test and Services division for approximately $53 million in cash plus a net working capital adjustment….

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Air Force releases findings on HH-60G accident near Kadena AB

Posted  January 22, 2014

Pacific Air Forces officials released the results Jan. 21, of its investigation into an HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft mishap which occurred Aug. 5, 2013, northeast of Kadena Air Base, Japan. Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Pacific Air Forces commander, directed an investigation into the incident which resulted in the death of one Airman, injuries to three…

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STEM Academy

Posted  January 22, 2014

Discovery School, a K-8 public school in the Lancaster School District, will be accepting applications for their 6th-8th grade STEM Academy for the 2014/2015 school year Jan. 28-March 7.†All students take two electives. In PLTW Gateway, students study engineering, fly rockets, study robotics and programming, build small solar cars, create Rube Goldberg machines, and draw…

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Conferences and Events – February 2014

Posted  January 22, 2014

Feb. 2-6 – 94th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Ga. http://annual.ametsoc.org/2014/ Feb. 2-7 – Aspen Winter Conference 2014: Unveiling the Formation of Massive Galaxies – Theoretical and Observational Challenges, Ann Arbor, Mich. https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/massive-galaxies-aspen-2014/ Feb. 3-5 – Conference: Vesta in the Light of Dawn, Houston, Texas www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/vesta2014/ Feb. 3-6 – Workshop: Exoplanet Observations with the…

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Aerojet Rocketdyne welcomes Tyler Evans as VP of Defense Advanced Programs

Posted  January 22, 2014

Aerojet Rocketdyne, a GenCorp company, announced Jan. 20 that Tyler Evans will join the company as vice president of its “Rocket Shop” Defense Advanced Programs unit. In this role, Evans primarily will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and leadership, and driving the process improvements needed to execute a diverse portfolio of defense-related new product…

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX tests Dragon parachute system

Posted  January 22, 2014

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company’s Dragon spacecraft’s parachute system would function in the event of an emergency on the launch pad or during ascent. The test was part of an optional milestone under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated…

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