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Scientists, engineers evaluate Orion radiation protection plan

When astronauts in Orion venture far beyond Earth into deep space, they will expand humanity’s frontier and push the boundaries of exploration.

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Ninety-nine year old vet recalls epic MacArthur battle in Pacific

It is less remembered as the invasion of Leyte in present times than the historic moment during World War II when Gen. Douglas MacArthur waded ashore in the surf of the Philippine Islands to announce “I have returned.”

Photograph by Linda KC Reynolds Local

City of Palmdale remembers POWs, MIAs

Setting the “Table of Honor” and promising to “Never Forget” is more than a tradition for the Antelope Valley Service Organization Association and the City of Palmdale.

Air Force photograph by Christopher Ball Local

Experimental bomber returns home after six decades

An historic aircraft with close ties to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., returned to its roots after more than six decades the morning of Sept. 19, 2016.

DOD photograph by EJ Hersom Veterans

Paralyzed vet goes from wheelchair to mountain bike

Despite being partially paralyzed after a mortar hit his team during a road-clearing mission in Iraq, Carlos Labarca helped his badly injured captain move out of the kill zone. The Army staff sergeant had to be forced by his base commander to board the helicopter home. He didn't want to leave his troops behind.


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News

Air Force grounds 15 F-35A aircraft

Posted  September 19, 2016

The U.S. Air Force has grounded 15 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters and paused production on 42 more blaming “improper manufacturing processes.” The Air Force declared the F-35A ready for combat on Aug. 2, 2016. Following the grounding, however, there is no timeline for the aircraft to return to combat readiness. Navy and Marine Corps variations…

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Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash
Defense

State of the Air Force: Active-duty force on the rise, space will be more prominent

Posted  September 19, 2016

Nearly three years into her tenure as the Air Force’s top leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James reaffirmed that people continue to be her top priority during her State of the Air Force address at the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, in National Harbor, Md.

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Veterans

VA awards $6.8 billion for medical disability examinations

Posted  September 19, 2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Sept. 19 the awarding of 12 contracts between five firms totaling $6.8 billion to improve the Medical Disability Examination process (Compensation and Pension or Comp and Pen Examinations) for veterans. The awards are intended to reduce Veterans’ wait times for examinations for service-connected benefits, thereby providing faster claims decisions…

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Defense

The B-21 has a name: Raider

Posted  September 19, 2016

The Air Force’s long-range strike bomber has officially been named the B-21 Raider. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the results of the Air Force Global Strike Command led naming contest alongside selected members during her remarks at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016….

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Business

UTC Aerospace Systems’ MS-177 sensor is soaring to new heights

Posted  September 19, 2016

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., continues to move its MS-177 multi-spectral and long-range imaging sensor system to new heights. Recently the sensor completed  a successful series of flight demonstrations from a High Altitude Long Endurance unmanned aerial system, and the sensor system’s program received a U.S. Air Force design contract award…

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