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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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SAIC awarded DOD Nunn-Perry Award

Posted  March 20, 2012

Science Applications International Corporation has received the Department of Defense Nunn-Perry Award for mentor-protege excellence. Named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn and former Secretary of Defense William Perry, the award recognizes outstanding mentor-protege teams formed under the auspices of the DOD Mentor-Protege program. SAIC received the award in recognition for its exemplary efforts…

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Northrop Grumman awarded LITENING post production support contract

Posted  March 20, 2012

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a post-production support contract by the U.S. Air Force. Under the terms of this five-year-delivery, indefinite quantity contract Northrop Grumman will provide the LITENING targeting pod program with G4 upgrade kits, updated Operational Flight Programs, integration and flight tests with the F-16 Block 30, F-16 Block 40/50, A-10C, F-15E, B-52…

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Navy issues Lockheed Martin contract mod to construct two Littoral Combat Ships

Posted  March 20, 2012

The U.S. Navy has issued a Lockheed Martin-led industry team a $715 million contract modification to add funding for construction of two Littoral Combat Ships – the third and fourth in a 10-ship contract awarded in December 2010. The contract modification is for construction of Little Rock and Sioux City. Construction on the first and…

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NASA, CSA robotic operations advance satellite servicing

Posted  March 20, 2012

NASA’s Robotic Refueling Mission experiment aboard the International Space Station has demonstrated remotely controlled robots and specialized tools can perform precise satellite-servicing tasks in space. The project marks a milestone in the use of the space station as a technology test bed. “We and our partners are making important technological breakthroughs,” NASA Administrator Charles Bolden…

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News Briefs March 19, 2012

Posted  March 20, 2012

Air Force disciplining two mortuary supervisors The Air Force is disciplining two supervisors after an investigation into retaliation against workers who blew the whistle on the mishandling of remains at the Dover Air Force Base, Del., mortuary. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel released a report March 16 that says three officials retaliated against four…

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Northrop Grumman signs teaming agreement with Quest Aircraft Company

Posted  March 20, 2012

Northrop Grumman has signed an exclusive teaming agreement with Quest Aircraft Company to be the U.S. federal dealer of the Quest KODIAK, a single-engine short takeoff and landing aircraft, as well as their preferred special mission aircraft integrator. Under the terms of the agreement, Northrop Grumman and Quest are investing in integrating the Air Clawâ„¢…

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U.S., Turkish air forces complete Anatolian Falcon 2012

Posted  March 20, 2012

Anatolian Falcon 2012, a bilateral training exercise between the Turkish and U.S. air forces, ended at Konya, Turkey, March 16. The exercise was designed to strengthen military interoperability between the two nations and test the air forces’ abilities to conduct a variety of air missions to include interdiction…

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I need a home…

Posted  March 20, 2012

Theresa is a 2-year old Diluted Tortoiseshell Calico. She is a beautiful cat with her gray and peach coloring. She gets along well with other cats but does not like dogs as she had to fight off a dog to protect her kittens. Theresa is such a brave girl. The incident did not affect her…

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NASA astronaut to name global winners in YouTube space lab contest

Posted  March 21, 2012

NASA astronaut Suni Williams will announce March 22 the two winners of the YouTube Space Lab contest, a global science competition that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment for the International Space Station. The awards ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., EDT, in the Newseum’s Knight Room at 555 Pennsylvania Ave….

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DOD, VA partnership key in treating brain trauma

Posted  March 21, 2012

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are using their partnered programs to identify and treat traumatic brain injury, representatives of both departments said March 19 during a roundtable discussion on new advances in the field. Kathy Helmick, deputy director for traumatic brain injury, or TBI, at the Defense Centers of Excellence, emphasized the importance of…

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