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S&K awarded $18.6M for Air Force data collection system on aircraft

S&K awarded $18.6M for Air Force data collection system on aircraft

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March 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force awarded S&K Engineering & Research an $ 18.6 million contract for a system that provides maintenance and inventory data for aircraft. The work is for the pods and integration for the Reliability, Availability and Maintainability Logistics Engineering Support System, or RAMPOD. A pod is a device externally mounted on a fixed-wing or rotary-winged aircraft that provides maintenance data collection. RAPOD, which was developed in 1982, is being used by the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine units, as well as foreign customers, according to S&K. RAMPOD became an official Air Force system of record for pods in 2000. S&K Global Solutions is primarily responsible for the logistical and help desk support. And partner Air Logistics and Engineering provides the software...
Pentagon sends Space Force proposal to Congress

Pentagon sends Space Force proposal to Congress

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March 1 (UPI) -- Proposed legislation to form a Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, was sent to Congress, the Defense Department announced on Friday. The legislation follows a directive in February from President Donald Trump. If approved, it would make a Space Force equal in status to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, and the first new service branch since the Air Force was established in 1947. The proposal calls for $ 50 million to establish the branch, with headquarters in the Pentagon, and an eventual budget of about $ 500 million. That figure amounts to 0.07 percent of the annual Defense Department budget. It also calls for establishment of the Space Force within the Air Force, with a four-star Chief of Staff in charge, who would have a seat ...
Japan's 1st amphibious assault force certified during exercise with U.S. Marines

Japan's 1st amphibious assault force certified during exercise with U.S. Marines

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Feb. 14 (UPI) -- The Iron Fist 2019 multilateral training event concluded earlier this month, which included the certification of Japan's first amphibious assault force. The 14th installment of Iron First also marked the first time Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers brought their own amphibious assault vehicles, the U.S. Marine Corps said in a release this week. Iron Fist, held in Southern California, was one of two training exercises between the U.S. Marine Corps and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force this month. The other, Forest Light 19.2, will conclude Friday in Japan's Aibano Maneuver Area and has included roughly 400 U.S. Marines based in Okinawa, the Marine Corps said in a separate release. "Separated by nearly 10,000 miles of the Pacific Ocean, these exercises are takin...
Holloman Air Force Base receives notice for groundwater contamination

Holloman Air Force Base receives notice for groundwater contamination

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Feb. 8 (UPI) -- New Mexico's Environment Department served Holloman Air Force Base with a notice of violation after monitoring wells tested at twice the acceptable levels for suspected carcinogenic contaminants. Violations of the discharge permit trigger corrective action requirements for the Air Force, according to a state environment agency news release this week. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, were found in groundwater on the base at levels nearly twice the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water health advisory in monitoring wells covered by Holloman's groundwater discharge permit. Maddy Hayden, public information officer for New Mexico's Environment Department, told UPI that a notice of violation is the first step toward urging an entity toward compliance...
Air Force names first female flight commander for F-16 Viper team

Air Force names first female flight commander for F-16 Viper team

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Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Capt. Zoe "SiS" Kotnik has been named the first female commander of a single-aircraft demonstration team, the F-16 Viper Demo Team. She will lead a team of 17 airmen flying F-16V Vipers, the latest variant of the Fighting Falcon, at 20 airshows this year performing precision aerial maneuvers. That includes overseeing maintenance actions performed on three $ 43 million Lockheed Martin aircraft. Kotnik, 30, has logged more than 1,000 flying hours in her eight years of military service, and was certified last Tuesday by Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. "What I'm looking forward to most is the potential to have an influence on younger generations," Kotnik said in a news release. "I know firsthand how impactful airshows can be...