RV Patriot Searches for SSGT Cole Condiff USAF in the Gulf of Mexico

November 15, 2019 – Today the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) began continuous 24-hour operations to recover U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff who made an “unplanned plane departure” from a C-130 over the Gulf of Mexico November 5. “The death of Staff Sgt. Condiff is devastating and our thoughts and prayers are with his…

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Romania-U.S. Partnership Deters Russian Aggression

October 8, 2019 – The relationship between the United States and Romania has never been more important. The United States, Romania and 17 other countries recently conducted the 19th annual Sea Breeze, multinational maritime naval exercises held in Ukraine. More than 3,000 personnel, 32 warships, and 24 aircraft participated in the exercises, which were co-hosted by the U.S. and Romania.…

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Abraham Lincoln Participates in Joint Exercise with U.S. Air Force

June 3, 2019 – Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7, attached to the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group (ABECSG), and A U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress, part of a Bomber Task Force assigned to the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, conducted joint operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, June 1. The operations emphasize Joint Force integration and interoperability within…

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Space Fence Detects Debris From India Anti-Satellite Test

May 22, 2019 – The U.S. Air Force Space Fence system detected the breakup field from an anti-satellite test conducted by India during a scheduled endurance exercise of the new space surveillance radar. As MICROSAT-R was expected to pass through the un-cued surveillance fence, Space Fence automatically issued a “breakup alert” indicating there were multiple objects within close proximity. Space…

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BAE Systems Sensor Technology Guides Next-Generation Missile to Readiness

May 6, 2019 – BAE Systems worked closely with Lockheed Martin to deliver Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASM) to the U.S. Air Force, achieving Early Operational Capability (EOC) for the B1-B bomber ahead of schedule. The Air Force accepted delivery of production LRASM units following successful simulation, integration, and flight tests that demonstrated the missile’s mission readiness. “We’re quickly delivering critical capabilities…

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Air Force Announces Ellsworth AFB as First B-21 Base

March 27, 2019 – The Air Force announced Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, has been selected as the preferred location for the first operational B-21 Raider bomber and the formal training unit, March 27. Whiteman AFB, Missouri, and Dyess AFB, Texas, will receive B-21s as they become available. The Air Force used a deliberate process to minimize mission impact…

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U.S. Navy And Air Force Award Lockheed Martin Second Production Lot For Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles

January 15, 2019 – Lockheed Martin received a $172 million contract from the U.S. Navy and Air Force for Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) production. The contract continues the production for the air-launched variant of LRASM, including a full production run of missiles and engineering support. This is the second of several expected annual production lots that will deliver next-generation…

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USAF Accepts First Boeing KC-46A Pegasus Tanker Aircraft

January 10, 2019 – The U.S. Air Force has accepted the first Boeing [NYSE: BA] KC-46A Pegasus tanker aircraft, setting the stage for the aircraft’s delivery to McConnell Air Force Base, in Wichita, Kan., in the coming weeks. “The KC-46A is a proven, safe, multi-mission aircraft that will transform aerial refueling and mobility operations for decades to come. We look…

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Teaching Deterrence: This Nuclear Missile Bunker Takes Visitors

The rickety elevator atop former Air Force Missile Site 8 slowly teeters its way 35 feet underground, opening up to a nuclear missile bunker filled with Cold War-era technology, fixtures and decor. It makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an old sci-fi movie — or perhaps the hatch from the show “Lost.” Except the nuclear warhead on the other…

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U.S. Forces Ready for NATO Exercise Trident Juncture 18

October 22, 2018 – More than 14,000 U.S. service members from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps will take part in Exercise Trident Juncture 18, which begins Oct. 25, 2018. The month-long exercise will take place in Norway and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea, including Iceland and the airspace of Finland…

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US, JSDF & RCN Kick off Exercise Keen Sword

October 13, 2018 – Units from the U.S. military and Japan Self Defense Force (JSDF) will conduct exercise Keen Sword beginning Oct. 29, 2018. The biennial exercise is the latest in a series of joint/bilateral field training exercises since 1986 designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and the JSDF. Two Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) ships (HMCS…

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Boeing Awarded $2.9 Billion for Fourth KC-46A Tanker Production Lot

September 10, 2018 – The U.S. Air Force today awarded Boeing [NYSE: BA] a $2.9 billion contract for 18 KC-46A tanker aircraft, spares, support equipment, spare engines and wing air refueling pod kits. With this fourth production lot, Boeing now is on contract for 52 KC-46 tankers. Boeing received its first two production lots, for 7 and 12 aircraft, in…

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FRC East achieves another F-35 milestone

The first Air Force F-35A Lightning II, AF-10, inducted at Fleet Readiness Center East for modifications departed for the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on June 7, 2018. The departure of the jet represents another successful milestone, demonstrating FRC East depot capability to perform heavy maintenance at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. The Depot has…

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Lockheed Martin’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Marks Sixth Successful Flight Mission

Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber. During the test, a B-1B from the 337th Test Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, launched a LRASM over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., successfully impacting the maritime target and meeting test objectives. “LRASM has now proven itself in…

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