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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. Dorothy Roth’s husband and John’s…

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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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Fermi improves its vision for thunderstorm gamma-ray flashes

Posted  December 7, 2012

Thanks to improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode, the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor aboard NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is now 10 times better at catching the brief outbursts of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms. The outbursts, known as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, last only a few thousandths of a second, but their…

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SAIC to provide Blue Devil operations, maintenance support services to AFRL

Posted  December 7, 2012

Science Applications International Corporation has been awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to provide Blue Devil Block 1 (Blue Devil) Outside the Continental United States operations and maintenance support services to the AFRL Sensors Directorate. The single-award cost-plus fixed-fee contract has a one-year period of performance and a total contract…

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Senators seek answers on $1 billion system cancellation

Posted  December 7, 2012

Two senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee have written to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta looking for answers regarding the Air Force’s recent decision to cancel its Expeditionary Combat Support System. The ECSS was touted as the largest change in Air Force logistics history, and was supposed to establish the service’s first capability to globally…

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Two local boy scouts earn the high rank of Eagle Scout

Posted  December 7, 2012

Two local youths transitioned from boys to young men when they achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America organization. Dylan Swenson and Ben Wright, both 17, shared the achievements that won them their hard-earned Eagle Scout rank Nov. 28, when they previewed their service projects at…

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Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 MSE missile successfully intercepts tactical ballistic missile target during test

Posted  December 7, 2012

Lockheed Martin’s PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement successfully engaged, intercepted and destroyed a tactical ballistic missile target Dec. 6 at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The first interceptor destroyed the target and the second PAC-3 MSE Missile self-destructed as planned. “Today’s flight test provided another example of how the PAC-3 MSE Missile has significantly expanded the…

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CalVet hiring for West Los Angeles home

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles has at least 20 full-time positions available now – and more positions are anticipated. The stunning, new state-of-the-art facility has the capability to care for 396 Veterans in two levels of care: a skilled nursing neighborhood with Memory Care; and an assisted living neighborhood. “The California…

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NASA offers high school girls a chance to jump-start their future

Posted  December 7, 2012

NASA is offering high school junior girls from across the United States an opportunity to jump-start their future by participating in the Women In STEM High School Aerospace Scholars program for 2013. WISH participants will participate in online forums focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics, and complete online activities to qualify for a…

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New program executive for F-35 office

Posted  December 7, 2012

With a commitment to building on his predecessor’s foundation, a new leader took charge of the F-35 Lightning II program office at a Pentagon ceremony Dec. 6. A veteran of another complex defense acquisition program, the Air Force’s KC-46 tanker, Lt Gen. Christopher Bogdan assumed the watch from Vice Adm. David Venlet as the Program…

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Pentagon begins planning for massive budget cuts

Posted  December 7, 2012

The Defense Department has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts over a decade that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach a deal that would avoid the double hit of tax hikes and automatic spending reductions dubbed the “fiscal cliff.” Department spokesman George Little…

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ATK awarded production contract for the U.S. Navy’s multi-option fuze

Posted  December 7, 2012

ATK has received a five-year, Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command for the production of the MK 437 Multi-Option Fuze, Navy. The contract has a maximum total value of $84.1 million. ATK has received the first order on this contract, for approximately $13 million. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in…

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