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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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Army lays out Network path ahead at industry day

Posted  January 16, 2013

Facing both new missions and fiscal constraints, the Army will use the Network Integration Evaluations to respond to emerging requirements, make smarter acquisition decisions and keep pace with technological change, Army senior leaders told industry partners this week. Attended by approximately 200 industry representatives, with at least 45 percent of participants representing small businesses, the…

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DOD health official updates status of PTSD, TBI care

Posted  January 16, 2013

A top Defense Department health official told a Pentagon task force Jan. 15 that determining the impact of mental health programs across the military will be a key project this year for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. DCoE’s director, Navy Capt. Paul S. Hammer, listed accomplishments over the…

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Boeing offers new Electronic Flight Bag software for any EFB hardware

Posted  January 16, 2013

Boeing announced Jan. 15 that Air France will deploy Boeing EFB system software on their 747-400 fleet in the second quarter of 2013. This is the first Boeing software solution designed to work on third-party Class 2 hardware, already used extensively at Air France. The ability to have a common EFB look and feel across…

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In Europe remarks, Panetta stresses NATO commitment

Posted  January 16, 2013

NATO is an alliance that must remain strong and capable to meet 21st century challenges, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta emphasized in two European capitals Jan. 15. In a joint news conference here with Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes Eulate, and in an earlier event today with Portuguese Defense Minister Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco, the secretary…

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Lockheed Martin awarded $100 million contract to sustain ground station For Global Positioning System

Posted  January 16, 2013

Continuing a legacy of more than 30 years supporting the Global Positioning System, Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to sustain the ground control segment for the GPS satellite constellation. The U.S. Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded Lockheed Martin a $100 million contract to…

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Lockheed Martin awarded $100 million contract to sustain ground station For Global Positioning System

Posted  January 16, 2013

Continuing a legacy of more than 30 years supporting the Global Positioning System, Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract to sustain the ground control segment for the GPS satellite constellation. The U.S. Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., awarded Lockheed Martin a $100 million contract to…

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Northrop Grumman appoints VP of Quality, Safety,Mission Assurance for Technical Services

Posted  January 16, 2013

Northrop Grumman has named Ruth Bishop sector vice president of quality, safety and mission assurance for its Technical Services sector effective Jan. 26. In her new position, Bishop will have overall responsibility for sectorwide mission assurance and Six Sigma functions to enhance quality and measure productivity while predicting future program performance for Technical Services. “With…

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Typhoon Meteor first firing trial a success

Posted  January 16, 2013

The Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile has been successfully launched from a Eurofighter Typhoon as part of the Future Enhancements Flight Test Programme. The missile was eject launched from a rear fuselage missile station, which on Eurofighter Typhoon is semi-conformal for aircraft drag and radar signature reduction. The missile motor was fired, providing data…

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NMCB 133 conducts first mission in Tajikistan

Posted  January 16, 2013

U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133 deployed to Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in November as part of a Global Peace Operations Initiative, the first Seabee mission in Tajikistan. In support of the Office of Military Cooperation and Tajikistan Ministry of Defense, the Seabee crew began construction alongside the MOD’s construction force, the Stroibat,…

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More Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System rockets headed to U.S. Marines in theater

Posted  January 16, 2013

As a result of its continued success in theater, the U.S. Navy is buying more BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon SystemÆ rockets. The company recently signed a $28 million full-rate production contract with options to produce more APKWS rockets for the Navy. The latest award increases the total full-rate production contract value to $69…

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