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2014-04-15 16:21:07

Bipartisan Letter Asks Secretary Of The Air Force To Revise Religious Freedom Regulations WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, bipartisan members of the House of Representatives submitted a letter to U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, urging a revision to Air Force regulations to allow greater religious freedom in the Air Force. To read the letter online, please follow this link: http://libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=148...

2014-04-04 23:26:19

Construction is complete for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) replacement facility located at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Replacing the aging 1950s facility, the new command and control headquarters facility and radiochemistry lab will house approximately 1,000 personnel. Patrick Air Force Base, Florida (PRWEB) April 04, 2014 Construction is complete for the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) replacement facility located at Patrick Air Force Base,...

2014-04-03 16:20:27

Demonstration at Beale Air Force Base proves system can send data independent of command and control BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed a series of ground and air demonstrations at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., expanding the adaptability of the Global Hawk system to use an additional Satellite Communications (SATCOM) link to improve the transfer of mission data....

2014-04-03 16:20:16

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Spacecraft Entering Polar Orbit VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] was successfully launched today at 7:46 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., atop an Atlas V rocket. Lockheed Martin confirmed signal acquisition shortly after launch. [High-resolution images of the launch and satellite are available here:...

2014-04-03 12:21:48

SAN DIEGO, April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has completed a series of flight tests demonstrating the first production Smart Node Pod for the U.S. Air Force. Smart Node Pod is an aircraft-mounted airborne communications system that allows real-time information to be exchanged among many disparate military and commercial radios and different datalinks, extends the network to the forward edge of the battlefield and relays full-motion video....

2014-04-03 12:21:47

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket successfully launched the Air Force's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP-19) payload at 7:46 a.m. PDT today from Space Launch Complex-3. This is the third mission of 15 scheduled for 2014 and the 80(th) mission since ULA was formed in December 2006. "Congratulations to the Air Force and all of our mission partners on this morning's successful launch of DMSP-19!...

2014-04-03 12:21:42

ARLINGTON, Va., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association's upcoming session of the Air Force Breakfast Series will now have Maj. Gen. Wendy M. Masiello, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting for the Office of the Assistance Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, as the guest speaker. Originally Dr. William A. LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, was scheduled to speak. The event will still be held on April 16, 2014, from 7:00...

2014-04-02 12:21:24

DMSP Satellite Inserts New Capability in Constellation Significantly Outliving Design Life VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The next Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellite built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] is ready for liftoff April 3 from Space Launch Complex 3 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The launch window will open at 7:46 a.m. PDT. DMSP satellites collect data that enables military forecasters to find, track and...

2014-04-01 12:22:48

DENVER, April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] more than $245 million in contract options to complete production of its seventh and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. GPS III space vehicles seven and eight (SV 07-08) received initial funding under a February 2013 long lead material contract for the Air Force's second set of four satellites, GPS III SV 05-08. Similar to this current award, the...

2014-03-25 16:20:37

ARLINGTON, Va., March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Air Force Association is proud to announce that Dr. William A. LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, will be the guest speaker for April's breakfast series session. The event will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on April 16, 2014, at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. LaPlante is the Air Force's service acquisition executive, responsible for all Air Force research, development, and...


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General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper
2013-10-03 13:25:05

The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper, once known as the Predator B, is an unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV that was created by the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) for the United States Air Force. Air Force members refer to the MQ-9 and other UAVs, also known as drones, as Remotely Piloted Vehicles/Aircraft (RPV/RPA) because humans can control them, but they are capable of autonomous flight as well. This hunter-killer drone is the first of its kind that can be used for long-endurance...

Rex Walheim
2012-10-27 13:23:11

Rex Walheim is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He was born Rex Joseph Walheim on October 10, 1962 in Redwood City, California. He graduated from San Carlos High School in 1980 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. The following April, he was assigned to work as a missile warning operations crew...

Mark Lee
2012-10-25 11:41:36

Mark Lee is a former NASA astronaut and USAF Colonel. He was born Mark Charles Lee on August 14, 1952 in Viroqua, Wisconsin. He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate from the Class of 1970 at Viroqua High School. He attended the United States Air Force Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1974. He then trained at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas and at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona in preparation for his assignment at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, where he...

Thomas Jones
2012-10-22 11:32:31

Thomas Jones is a former United States astronaut. He was born Thomas David Jones on January 22, 1955 in Baltimore, Maryland and participated in Eagle Scouts as a child. He graduated from Kenwood High School in 1973 and went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in basic sciences in 1977. After completing as a Distinguished Graduate of the Academy, Jones served as an Air Force officer on active duty for 6 years. He then flew strategic...

Gregory Johnson
2012-10-22 11:08:31

Gregory Johnson is a NASA astronaut and a former colonel in the United States Air Force. He was born Gregory Harold "Box" Johnson on May 12, 1962 in South Ruislip, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Throughout his childhood, he became an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.. He graduated from Park Hills High School in Fairborn, Ohio in 1980 and went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1984. He was...

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