Category Archives: First

Here’s when the first two littoral combat ships will be mothballed

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Just more than a decade after they entered naval service to great fanfare as the future face of the U.S. Navy, the first two littoral combat ships will be mothballed later this year, according to the Navy’s inactivation schedule for 2021. The first LCS, Freedom, will head into inactive reserve status Sept. 30, less than […]

The Air Force’s first Skyborg autonomous drone prototype made its first flight

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WASHINGTON — The Air Force carried out the first flight test of a “Skyborg” drone last month with an Kratos UTAP-22 Mako equipped with a bespoke autonomy system, moving the service one step closer to fielding an uncrewed “loyal wingman” for human pilots. During a two-hour and 10 minute flight test held April 29 at […]

First male Marine Corps recruits graduate from previously all-female boot camp battalion

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The previously all-female 4th Recruit Training Battalion has graduated four of its first-ever male platoons alongside two female platoons and included the first male drill instructors assigned within the battalion. On March 26, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, completed training and graduated with the coed mix at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South […]

First enlisted woman qualifies for formal combat controller training

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A female airman will soon begin formal training to become an Air Force combat controller, the closest any enlisted woman has gotten to breaking that glass ceiling so far. The unnamed woman recently finished the four-week assessment and selection course needed to progress to specialized instruction in combat control, Air Education and Training Command spokeswoman […]

First lady to focus on military spouse employment, child care, children’s education

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First lady Jill Biden laid out her plan in broad terms Wednesday for helping improve the lives of military families over the next few years. The Joining Forces focus will be on some decades-old challenges for military families, such as military spouse employment and entrepreneurship and access to quality child care; and making sure military […]

First flight test for US Air Force’s hypersonic booster didn’t go as planned

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WASHINGTON — The first rocket booster test of the U.S. Air Force’s hypersonic AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon failed when the vehicle did not launch during an April 5 flight. During tests over Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of California, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber attempted to launch the ARRW booster vehicle. However, “the […]

First Air Force takes on new role supporting US Space Command

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The Air Force has tapped Florida-based First Air Force as the new air component to U.S. Space Command, providing air support to the military’s daily space operations. It’s the latest step as part of the Pentagon’s sweeping slate of space reforms that have breathed new life into SPACECOM and revamped how the military wields satellites […]

First lady Jill Biden tours Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

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NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — First lady Jill Biden arrived at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island late Tuesday morning, part of her tour of military bases to meet with service families. She got a close look at a US Navy EA-18G “Growler” electronic warfare attack warcraft, talking with Naval personnel. The jet tail […]

First lady Jill Biden tours Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

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NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — First lady Jill Biden arrived at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island late Tuesday morning, part of her tour of military bases to meet with service families. She got a close look at a US Navy EA-18G “Growler” electronic warfare attack warcraft, talking with Naval personnel. The jet tail […]