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Environmental impact study

A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II with the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., drops a AGM-65 Maverick missile during a close air support training mission Sept. 23, 2011, over the Nevada Test and Training Range.  U.S. Air Force Weapons School students participate in many combat training missions over  the NTTR during the six-month, graduate-level instructor course held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman/Released)
A U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II with the U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., drops a AGM-65 Maverick missile during a close air support training mission Sept. 23, 2011, over the Nevada Test and Training Range. U.S. Air Force Weapons School students participate in many combat training missions over the NTTR during the six-month, graduate-level instructor course held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brett Clashman/Released)
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Boneyard Stratojet

Boeing JQB-47E-45-BW Stratojet at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in September of 1968 (Photo use with permission of Neil Aird)

Check out more of Neil’s great photos of the “Boneyard” over 40 years ago.

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Alaska Falcons

U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters from the 18th Aggressor Squadron prepare for a simulated air war during exercise Red Flag-Alaska June 16, 2010, over Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster/Released)
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B-1B Lancers over New Mexico

A two ship of B-1B Lancers assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, release chaff and flares while maneuvering over New Mexico during a training mission on Feb. 24, 2010. Dyess will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first B-1B bomber arriving at the base with the Dyess Big Country Airfest and Open House on May 1, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)
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Thunderbirds perform the Calypso Pass

Air Force Thunderbirds lead solo pilot, Maj. Rick Goodman, and Capt. Aaron Jelinek, opposing solo, perform the Calypso Pass during the Dyess Big Country Air Fest May 1, 2010, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephen Reyes)
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Photo of the Day: “Double ugly”

Moscow subway attack: Suicide bombers detonate two bombs in Moscow subway – at least 38 killed, 102 wounded. London Times: “Police in Moscow have identified CCTV footage of the two women suicide bombers who blew themselves up on packed underground trains this morning and said that they had been accompanied by other women.” (H/T United States Action)

South Korea’s government asks for help – U.S. ships respond to assist in search, recovery, and salvage efforts. The Cheonan lies in two pieces on the sea floor. 58 sailors – including the ship’s captain – have been rescued.

The Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 79) has joined the fleet. The New Mexico is the second so-named ship: the first New Mexico (BB-40) was a battleship that earned six battle stars during World War II.

96 percent of Afghans oppose the Taliban

Troops kill, capture militants, seize weapons / 27 Mar USAF Airpower Summary

President Obama pays surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan

USAF builds hospital in Chile large enough to serve 110,000 – in just three and a half days. After treating hundreds of patients and performing dozens of surgeries, the U.S. donated the hospital to Chile.

The Obama administration is laying out legal justification for drone attacks.

Albert Chestone – retired FBI special agent, World War II veteran, and author of What America Means To Me – discusses “current security concerns, how the FBI has changed in the last 30 years, what was J. Edgar Hoover like to work under, and why Americans need to realign their ‘compasses of life’ with the pillar of freedom in order to pass on a vital America to the next generation” on Sharon Hughes’ radio program, Changing Worldviews. Listen to the show. Buy the book.

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Double ugly

Two A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft fly a flight training mission March 16, 2010, over Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10C is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close-air support of ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Wiseman)
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Military Milestones from Shay’s Rebellion to Looking Glass

From W. Thomas Smith, Jr.‘s “This Week in American Military History”:

Jan. 31, 1974:  The first of three U.S. Army Ranger battalions since World War II is activated.

Yes, there were post-war Rangers and Ranger units of varying sizes, but the modern battalion-organization is launched in 1974 by Gen. Creighton Abrams, who proclaims: “The Ranger battalion is to be an elite, light and [the] most proficient infantry battalion in the world; a battalion that can do things with its hands and weapons better than anyone. The battalion will contain no hoodlums or brigands, and if the battalion is formed of such persons it will be disbanded. Wherever the battalion goes it will be apparent that it is the best.”

Feb. 1, 1800:  The frigate USS Constellation (the first of four so-named American warships) under the command of Capt. Thomas Truxtun defeats the French frigate La Vengeance under Capt. F.M. Pitot in a night battle lasting several hours. The engagement, fought during America’s Quasi War with France, is — according to Truxtun — “as sharp an action as ever was fought between two frigates.”

Feb. 1, 1862:  Julia Ward Howe’s poem “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” which begins “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,” is published in the Atlantic Monthly. It will become a Union Army ballad. Today, the ballad is a martial hymn sung in American military chapels worldwide and by descendents of Union and Confederate soldiers alike.

Feb. 1, 1961:  The Minuteman I intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) — the first three-staged, solid-fueled ICBM — is launched for the first time in a successful “all systems” test.

Minuteman I is the first missile in the still-operational Minuteman family. Minuteman IIIs are still deployed. The name “Minuteman” comes from the famous “minutemen” of America’s colonial militia.

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