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120th Fighter Wing F-15s in Snow

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Ballistic Missile Defense System Successfully Conducts Largest Missile Defense Flight Test in History

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully conducted the largest, most complex missile defense flight test ever attempted, Oct. 24.

MDA, Soldiers from the 94th and 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC); Sailors aboard USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62); and Airmen from the 613th Air and Space Operations Center conducted test, resulting in the simultaneous engagement of five ballistic missile and cruise missile targets.

An integrated air and ballistic missile defense architecture used multiple sensors and missile

81st Civil Affairs Battalion 50 Cal Range

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F-35A completes first in-flight JDAM release

An F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) aircraft completed the first in-flight weapons release of a 2,000 pound GBU-31 BLU-109 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) from a 5th Generation fighter, Oct. 16.

Elmendorf P38 Lightning

Flying through a January sky in 1945, U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Robert Nesmith was piloting a P-38G Lightning - one of the Air Force's best aircraft during World War II. The plane, equipped with two engines and relatively long wings, was a beautiful sight, and Nesmith worked hard to be in a position to fly it across the Pacific.

The U.S. Army Air Forces accepted the P-38G from the manufacturer, paying $98,441.00 for it. The plane arrived at Elmendorf Field, Alaska, and was assigned to the 54th Fighter Squadron.

Picatinny secures four of the Army's 2011 top ten inventions

Four more Picatinny Arsenal products have been added to the 2011 list of inventions chosen by Soldiers to be named "Army Greatest Inventions."

Announced by the U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command in a news release on Sept. 19, the recipients of the award are recognized for their inventiveness, contribution to Army capabilities and potential benefit outside the Army.


This article was in the May 2012 issue of SOF, and covered the inaugural Shooter's Cup. The Second Green Beret Shooters Cup is being held on 13 October, 2012. For more information, go to www.sfa78cup.com.

The First Green Beret Shooters Cup
Elite law enforcement officers from across Southern California quickly responded last year to an invitation to compete in a physically demanding pistol shoot that benefitted wounded-in-action Green Berets – the first Green Beret Shooters Cup.

Army refines airburst technology, XM25 'Punisher'

The U.S. Army is preparing to conduct a second Forward Operational Assessment of its XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement airburst weapon system.

Program managers are seeking to expedite development of the system, refine and improve the technology, and ultimately begin formal production by the fall of 2014, service officials said during a roundtable, Sept. 20, at Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga.

Deploying Soldiers test new female body armor prototype

Female Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., preparing for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan are getting a chance to weigh in on the latest innovation in personal protective equipment: body armor designed specifically to fit them.

Any woman who has deployed to the combat zone can tell you what's wrong with wearing the improved outer tactical vest, or IOTV -- military-speak for body armor -- it's designed for a man's body.