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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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Carter announces manufacturing initiative to aid war fighters

The Defense Department is partnering with a large-scale consortium in the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Aug. 28 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

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U.S. Navy, Lockheed Martin ready to launch MUOS-4 Aug. 31

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin are ready to launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System secure communications satellite, MUOS-4, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Aug. 31 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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Arming the RPAs

Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.

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Local efforts help keep Dragon Lady flying at 60

In 1955, Disneyland opened its doors for the first time, Elvis made his first TV appearance, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger, and the Vietnam War began with fighting between the South and North Vietnam Armies.


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News Briefs August 17, 2015

Posted  August 17, 2015

U.S. to withdraw Patriot missile system from Turkey The United States is withdrawing its Patriot missile system deployed near Turkey’s border with Syria when its mandate expires in October. A joint Turkish and U.S. announcement said Aug. 16 that the air-defense units could be returned to Turkey within a week if the need arises. It…

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MQ-4C Triton begins testing inside anechoic chamber

Posted  August 17, 2015

Navy photograph An MQ-4C Triton is lifted inside†Patuxent River’s†anechoic chamber†Aug.12† for electromagnetic compatibility testing. This event marked the first time†that an unmanned aircraft inside the chamber was controlled from an external ground control station. Triton’s EMC testing will continue for the next eight weeks to verify the aircraft’s subsystems can operate without interfering with each…

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DOD, National Guard support efforts to fight western wildfires

Posted  August 17, 2015

More than 440 California National Guard soldiers and airmen have been activated to help the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, fight fires throughout the state, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said Aug. 17.

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U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard receive additional C-130J Super Hercules

Posted  August 17, 2015

Lockheed Martin photograph by Andrew McMurtrie A C-130J-30 assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, was ferried from Lockheed Martin’s facility in Marietta, Ga., by a U.S. Air Force crew in July 2015. Crews from the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard recently ferried two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft from the Lockheed…

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VA announces new rules regarding service animals in VA facilities

Posted  August 17, 2015

Aug. 17, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility…

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Missile Defense Agency awards Raytheon study contract for Multi-Object Kill Vehicle concept

Posted  August 17, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz.–The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon Company a $9,775,608 competitive cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Multi-Object Kill Vehicle concept that can destroy several objects within a threat complex by considering advanced sensor, divert and attitude control and communication concepts. “We fully support the Missile Defense Agency’s goal of increasing the effectiveness and reliability of…

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Headlines August 14, 2015

Posted  August 14, 2015

News: Two sailors injured after Hornet catches fire on USS Harry S. Truman flight deck – Two sailors suffered injuries late Tuesday night following a fire that broke out on the flight deck of carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75), Navy officials told USNI News Aug. 12. McCain wants answers on VA delays in healthcare for…

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News Briefs August 14, 2015

Posted  August 14, 2015

Testing expanded at drone test site in North Dakota The Federal Aviation Administration has approved an expansion of unmanned aircraft system testing in North Dakota. North Dakota is home to one of six drone test sites in the U.S. and also is building the nation’s first unmanned aircraft systems business park, at Grand Forks Air…

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Three-time spaceflight astronaut Steven Swanson retires from NASA

Posted  August 14, 2015

With nearly 200 days of spaceflight experience, astronaut Steven Swanson has retired from NASA to share his experience and expertise in an academic setting. Swanson will join Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, as a distinguished educator in residence. His last day with NASA is August 30.

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Secretary of the Air Force, SMC commander visit Northrop Grumman facility

Posted  August 14, 2015

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.–Northrop Grumman recently hosted the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, and commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, on an in-depth tour of the company’s Space Park manufacturing capabilities and research and development facilities. The secretary and Lt. Gen. Greaves were also briefed…

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