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Boeing-upgraded French AWACS take flight

Initial operating capability of the modernized French Airborne Warning and Control System fleet has been achieved with Boeing’s delivery of the second of four upgraded aircraft and completion of the operational tests and evaluations.

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MH-60R FMS team supports Royal Australian Navy

CAE photograph A military representative ìfliesî the MH-60R Seahawk tactical operational flight trainer over Sydney, Australia, during a recent simulation event. In February, the Royal Australian Navy procured a trainer, similar to the one in this photo, to support training capabilities for its new MH-60R Seahawk fleet. NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ñ…

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Boeing returns Air Force E-4B aircraft to service ahead of schedule

Boeing recently completed maintenance on a U.S. Air Force E-4B advanced airborne command post earlier than planned, enabling the Air Force to quickly return the vital aircraft to operational service.

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Olympic Athletes make it special for everyone

Athletes from the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and the greater Tri Valley areas participated in the Special Olympics May 2 at the Palmdale High School where they competed in basketball, track-and-field, swimming and other events.

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Austal launches Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Brunswick

Austal launched the recently christened USNS Brunswick (JHSV 6) at its state-of-the-art ship manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala., May 19. With the 338-foot Joint High Speed Vessel entering the water for the first time, the ship will undergo final outfitting and testing before sea trials and delivery to the U.S. Navy later this year. USNS…


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F-35A completes first in-flight weapons release

Posted  October 17, 2012

An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000-pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition from a 5th generation fighter, Oct. 16. The flight was conducted by U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric “Doc” Schultz. The aircraft, known as AF-1, jettisoned an instrumented GBU-31 over the China Lake test…

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Spirit AeroSystems names general counsel

Posted  October 17, 2012

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. announced Oct. 16 that Jon Lammers has joined the company as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, reporting to Jeff Turner, president and CEO. Lammers brings more than 20 years of legal experience, including the last 15 years with Cargill, Incorporated. He served as Cargill’s Asia Pacific general counsel in Singapore…

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Airmen missing from Vietnam War identified

Posted  October 17, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Oct. 17 that the remains of two airmen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried, as a group, with full military honors. Col. Wendell Keller, of Fargo, N.D., and Capt. Virgil K. Meroney III, of Fayetteville, Ark., will be buried…

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Lockheed Martin receives contract for paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits

Posted  October 17, 2012

Lockheed Martin has received a $34.1 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb GBU-10, GBU-12 and GBU-16 guidance kits. With this contract, Lockheed Martin received the majority share of a $56 million paveway II Plus LGB procurement. Production is expected to begin in early 2014….

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Air Force Association’s Los Angeles conference to offer insight to global role of U.S. Air Force

Posted  October 17, 2012

What is the foundational role space and cyber play in the nation’s defense? How can our capabilities help counter anti-access threats in peace, crisis and war? Amid a changing strategic environment and continually emerging operational requirements, what should the Air Force be focusing on in the global arena? Join the Air Force Association’s 2012 Global…

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Community college scholars selected to design rovers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Posted  October 17, 2012

Forty community college students from across the United States have been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to participate in the 2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars project. The three-day event Oct. 23-25 will feature a rover-building experience. The students, representing 18 states, will form fictional companies pursuing Mars…

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Northrop Grumman to supply machinery control system for LHA-7 amphibious assault ship

Posted  October 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a $50.6 million contract by prime contractor Huntington Ingalls Industries to supply the Machinery Control System for the U.S. Navy’s LHA-7 amphibious assault ship. The MCS controls the major shipboard systems including the highly automated propulsion, electric plant and fuel fill systems. The equipment being supplied includes 56 data acquisition…

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Shuttle Endeavour arrives at CSC after two-day trip through Los Angeles

Posted  October 17, 2012

The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop an overland transporter, arrived at the California Science Center near downtown Los Angeles Oct. 14

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Northrop Grumman names Electronic Systems Sector counsel

Posted  October 17, 2012

Northrop Grumman has named James W. Stephenson, vice president, associate general counsel and sector counsel for its Electronic Systems sector, effective Dec. 1. Stephenson will report to Sheila C. Cheston, corporate vice president and general counsel. He will succeed Dennis Cameron, who is retiring from the company. “Jim Stephenson brings a wealth of experience, judgment…

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2012 Veterans Conference

Posted  October 17, 2012

Saturday October 20, 2012 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 1545 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 SEIU Local 721 Veterans Caucus is inviting all Veterans, Active Duty and Reservists from all branches of the Armed Forces to come out and receive information on benefits, services, legal entities, discounts, training, business resources and more. So come…

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