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NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover arrives at Martian mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox Defense

Aerial target QF-16 takes to the sky

Air Force photograph by MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5, 2014, was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The test was an…

NASA photograph by Dan Casper Space

NASA’s Orion spacecraft nears completion, ready for fueling

NASA is making steady progress on its Orion spacecraft, completing several milestones this week at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for the capsule's first trip to space in December.

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard Defense

DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Annie Edwards, Utah Air National Guard A NATO E-3A AWACS aircraft approaches a Utah Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker for air refueling during a training exercise over Germany in May 2014. The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort – known as the DRAGON program –…

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Defense

C-17 treads into new territory

As important as ailerons, rudders and elevators are to the fundamental movement of any aircraft in flight, its tires are equally important while moving on the ground.


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Boeing, Cargolux Airlines finalize order for additional 747-8 freighter

Posted  February 14, 2014

Boeing and Cargolux Airlines announced Feb. 14 an order for an additional 747-8 Freighter. The order, valued at $357.5 million at list prices, is the 14th 747-8 Freighter the Luxembourg-based cargo carrier has ordered from Boeing. “The Cargolux Board of Directors approved the order of our 14th 747-8 Freighter almost 35 years to the day…

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P-8A Poseidon showcased at Singapore Air Show

Posted  February 14, 2014

Sailors assigned to the "War Eagles" of Patrol Squadron (VP) 16 showcased the P-8A Poseidon aircraft during the Singapore Air Show 2014.

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Exercise Cobra Gold kicks off in Thailand

Posted  February 14, 2014

Exercise Cobra Gold 2014 kicked off with an opening ceremony in Phitsanulok, Thailand, Feb 11. Sailors from the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) and the staff of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet are participating in the exercise. Cobra Gold is a Thai-U.S. co-sponsored multinational joint exercise conducted annually that includes forces from…

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‘Backbone’ of Real Thaw 14 pushes through final week of exercise

Posted  February 14, 2014

Air Force photograph by 2nd Lt. Allie Delury In preparation for a Feb. 9, 2014, Atlantic storm, 14 F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 31st Fighter Wing were lined up on the Monte Real Air Base flight line to protect them from overhanging foliage and debris. Whether loading training munitions by day or turning wrenches at…

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General Dynamics Bath Iron Works awarded contract for Coast Guard offshore patrol cutter program

Posted  February 14, 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded General Dynamics Bath Iron Works a $21.4 million contract for the Offshore Patrol Cutter program. Bath Iron Works is one of three shipyards chosen from a field of eight competitors to proceed to Phase I design work on this next-generation cutter program. The Bath Iron Works team includes L-3…

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Northrop Grumman awarded U.S. military contract for navigation systems

Posted  February 14, 2014

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force for purchase and sustainment of its embedded global positioning/inertial navigation systems.

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SSgt promotion test rescheduled for April 1-May 16

Posted  February 14, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas To ensure senior airmen selected for promotion to staff sergeant do not meet the enlisted retention board, the Air Force will move the testing window up earlier this calendar year, from May 1-June 15 to April 1-May 16, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Feb. 7. We have assured Airmen…

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News Briefs February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

Suspicious packages sent to U.K. army centers Bomb-disposal teams have been dispatched and streets cordoned off after suspicious packages were sent to several British Army recruitment offices in southern England. Counter terrorism police said packages were found Feb. 13 in the towns of Oxford, Slough and Brighton, while similar packages were found earlier this week…

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Headlines – February 14, 2014

Posted  February 14, 2014

News: Two U.S. troops killed, 4 wounded in Afghan attack - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four wounded in an attack Feb. 12 by gunmen wearing Afghan security force uniforms in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. defense officials said.  Hagel to preview Pentagon’s budget for 2015 on Feb. 24 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to preview…

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Veteran Reunions

Posted  February 19, 2014

Feb. 21-23 Vietnam Heli Pilots Assn Ohio River LZ Chapter Louisville, Ky. For more information, contact Bob Hamilton at (502) 845-2914 or email captbob757@aol.com. Feb. 21-23 East Coast All-Seabee Reunion Hampton, Va. For more information, contact Bruce MacDougall at (804) 921-4753 or email seabeemacd40@verizon.net . Feb. 23-25 11th Abn Div Assn Mid-Atlantic Chapter – 11th…

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