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U.S. Forces display military might at Farnborough

Air Force photograph by A1C Erin O’Shea Capt. Tom Meyers discusses the F-15E Strike Eagle’s capabilities with spectators July 17, 2014, at the Farnborough International Airshow in England. Public access was granted for spectators to ask questions and observe the aircraft up-close with pilots and aircrew members. Meyers is a 494th Fighter Squadron F-15E instructor…

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Lockheed Martin’s unmanned cargo helicopter team returns from deployment

After lifting more than 4.5 million pounds of cargo and conducting thousands of delivery missions for the U.S. Marine Corps, the Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace Corporation K-MAX cargo unmanned aircraft system has returned to the United States following a nearly three-year deployment in Afghanistan. In 2011, K-MAX became the first unmanned helicopter to deliver…

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Sun sets on Red Flag 14-3

Air Force photograph by A1C Thomas Spangler The sun sets behind a row of F-16 Fighting Falcons during Red Flag 14-3, July 16, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Red Flag provides a series of intense air-to-air combat scenarios for aircrew and ground personnel, which will in turn increase their combat readiness and effectiveness…

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Satellite study reveals parched U.S. West using up underground water

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources.

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AOC integral to Red Flag 14-3 operations

Air Force photograph by SSgt. Siuta B. Ika Members of the Air and Space Operations Center work during Red Flag 14-3 operations July 22, 2014, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Armed with personnel from intelligence and communications backgrounds, AOC members, who each have a specific task to fill in distinct cells ranging from combat…


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Soldier missing in action from Korean War identified

Posted  April 19, 2012

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced April 19 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Pfc. Richard E. Clapp, 19, of Seattle, Wash., will be buried April 25, at…

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Fuels testing laboratory dedicated at Plant 42

Posted  April 19, 2012

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held April 13 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., to commemorate the official dedication of the Petroleum Oil and Lubricants facility. Timothy Hughes, Aeronautical Systems Center Detachment 1 acting director of Air Force Plant 42, welcomed Lt. Col. Tam Gaffney, Defense…

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Events

NASA marks Earth Day with public events, online activities

Posted  April 19, 2012

NASA will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day this week with several live and online activities to engage the public about the agency’s mission to use space to explore and better understand our planet. NASA will host three days of displays and presentations open to the public on the National Mall in Washington from…

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Space

SpaceX plans its own launch site in Texas

Posted  April 19, 2012

SpaceX announced last November that it was considering sites in Alaska, California, Florida, Texas and Virginia to build its own launch site. April 10, the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation announced it will prepare an environmental impact statement for a SpaceX commercial launch complex…

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Defense

U.S. missile defense counters growing threat

Posted  April 19, 2012

Six days after North Korea’s failed long-range rocket launch, the head of the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency testified on Capitol Hill about bolstering U.S. defenses against a growing ballistic missile threat. Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Patrick J. O’Reilly appeared April 18 before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee to discuss the administration’s fiscal…

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Antelope Valley residents join in support of AV veterans

Posted  April 19, 2012

Southern California’s High Desert residents did it again. They came out in large numbers to help support a cause that’s always been close to the hearts of Antelope Valley citizens; they came out to show their support for American veterans. Friends of the Lancaster Cemetery hosted a…

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World

Australian troops to exit earlier from Afghanistan

Posted  April 19, 2012

Australia expects to pull most of its troops out of Afghanistan nearly a year earlier than planned, the prime minister announced April 17, saying Australian soldiers have nearly completed their mission to transfer security responsibilities to Afghan forces in the decade-long war. Prime Minister Julia Gillard cited security improvements and the death of Osama bin…

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Top Army scientist: Army shouldn’t trim science, tech work force due to budget cuts

Posted  April 19, 2012

With budget problems weighing heavily on the minds of many, a senior Army official warned that a general shortage of skilled scientists and engineers should make the Army wary of cutting labs and the brightest of its researchers. The Army’s science…

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News Briefs April 19, 2012

Posted  April 19, 2012

U.S. helo crashes in Afghanistan A U.S. Army helicopter crashed on a nighttime mission in southwestern Afghanistan April 19, and the initial reports from the scene indicate that as many as four soldiers may have bene killed, a U.S. defense official said. In a brief official announcement, the American military command in Kabul said there…

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360-Degree MEADS radar begins integration testing

Posted  April 19, 2012

In preparation for an intercept flight test later this year, the first Medium Extended Air Defense System Multifunction Fire Control Radar has begun system-level testing at Pratica di Mare Air Force Base near Rome, Italy. The advanced 360-degree rotating X-band MFCR recently completed initial performance…

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