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While the helicopter was on its way, district officials informed that one of the women had already delivered twins and needed to be airlifted immediately.

The Indian Air Force, on Sunday, safely evacuated a woman and her new-born twins along with another pregnant woman from Nana Matra village in Vinchia tehsil of Rajkot district of Gujarat which was flooded due to heavy rains

The village had been cut off from rest of the district due to the floods.

As soon as a message about need to evacaute two women who were in critical condition and ‘about to deliver’ was received at 4.30 pm, a Chetak helicopter was sent from Jamnagar, said Defence spokesperson Abhishek Matiman in a release.



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Scott Air Force Base has a new commander.

In a ceremony Monday morning at the base, Colonel Laura Lenderman turned over command to Colonel John Howard.

Howard now oversees more than 2,900 personnel at the base and assets totaling more than $4 billion.

He has a daughter in college and will live on the base with his wife and young son.

Lenderman said for her the command was a dream come true.

“As a ten-year-old girl I remember watching the change of command ceremonies and this parade field,” she said. “I remember it being very hot but more importantly, remember filled with such pride but even at that young age I knew that I wanted to serve in our Air Force one day.”



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One of the aircraft now preparing for a live-fly experiment to be the Air Forces’ new Light Attack aircraft may soon be sent to perform missions in a live combat scenario as part of the evaluation process, senior service leaders said.

The emerging OA-X Light Attack aircraft is envisioned as a low-cost, commercially-built, combat-capable plane able to perform a wide range of missions in a less challenging or more permissive environment where the US Air Force already has air supremacy.

The idea is to save mission time for more expensive and capable fighter jets, such as an F-15 or F-22, when an alternative can perform needed air-ground attack missions – such as the current attacks on ISIS.

The Air Force is poised to begin a competitive live-fly experiment later this summer of four different industry Light Attack offerings.



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BAE Systems has secured a contract modification to provide new electronic warfare (EW) systems for the US Special Operations Command’s (SOCOM) fleet of AC/MC-130J aircraft.

Under the terms of the latest $67m deal, the company will upgrade the aircraft’s survivability equipment with the capability to detect, identify, locate, deny, degrade, disrupt, and defeat various threats that aircrews encounter in hostile and challenging environments.

The deal is a modification of a competitively awarded contract, whose total value is expected to exceed $300m.

BAE Systems Electronic Combat Solutions vice-president and general manager Brian Walters said: “With our all-digital system, we’re leveraging the latest, most advanced EW technology to create a highly mission-customised solution so that SOCOM’s fleet remains capable and protected in the harshest of environments.



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INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS) — The darkness of a desert night surrounds his aircraft. The wind rushes past his cockpit.

As the target approaches, nervousness builds deep within his core and his heart races at extraordinary speeds.

Locking in on the tasks at hand, the pilot’s eyes glow as he focuses through night vision goggles to locate targets below. Muscle memory from years of training takes over with subconscious adjustments on the controls.

Then with the target in his sights, he deploys the carefully selected weapon system onto an enemy position.

This is how Lt. Col. Ben Rudolphi, the 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron commander, describes flying combat missions in the A-10 Thunderbolt II.

“You’re constantly locating the target, checking, rechecking and adjusting for your pass,” Rudolphi said. “The Joint Terminal Attack Controller is communicating with me; I’m responding back and relaying information to my wingman. My heart is beating out of my chest at this point as I’m waiting for the JTAC to say, ‘cleared hot.’ Once I hear those words my nerves go away. I roll in, make my pass and then we are on to the next target.”

Even as an experienced A-10 pilot, Rudolphi still feels his nerves standing on edge each time he goes out on a mission.

“My mind is going a hundred miles per hour before I make my first pass on a mission,” Rudolphi said. “All I’m thinking about is ‘Don’t mess this up!’ At the same time, I‘m pushing buttons, twisting knobs, speeding up or slowing down, and continually checking where my target is without even thinking about it. All I know is that I need to make a direct hit to help our troops on the ground.”

Originally tasked to deploy as an A-10 pilot in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Rudolphi saw his mission change before even leaving the U.S.




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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has established two new commands and a branch as part of its restructuring efforts to enhance effective and efficient projection of Air Power.

A statement on Tuesday by the spokesman of NAF, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya said the two new Commands established are the Air Training Command (ATC) with Headquarters in Kaduna and Ground Training Command (GTC) with Headquarters in Enugu.

He said these new commands were excised from the now defunct Training Command (TC) thereby bringing the total number of Commands in the NAF to six.

He added that the ATC will be responsible for the implementation of policies on flying and air operations while the GTC will be responsible for the implementation of local ground training.



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Teal Wicks and Jenn Gambatese will help showcase the score of Sweetwater at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

The score of Sweetwater, a new musical about “the unsung female pilots of World War II” will be sung indeed in a 9:30 PM July 17 showcase at Feinstein’s/54 Below cabaret in New York City.

The 9:30 PM show will tell the story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (known as WASPs), more than a thousand women who flew missions for the U.S. Air Force during WWII.

The show has music by Sean Mahoney, and book and lyrics by Patricia Noonan. Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland) will play Jackie Cochran, the pilot who founded the WASPs and fought for their military status. Also performing the score will be Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan, School of Rock), Ally Bonino, Hannah Elless, Alexandra Ferrara, Jessica Fontana, Tamika Lawrence, Alyse Alan Louis, Jillian Louis, Eric William Morris, Christopher Nolan, Patricia Noonan, Allie Scherich, Nathan Scherich, and Pearl Sun under the direction of Gina Rattan and musical direction of Vadim Feichtner.



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The Sokoto State government has allocated land in Sokoto town to the Nigerian Air Force to build a new secondary school.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal disclosed this on Tuesday during an inspection of the Army Children School under construction in Shagari Local Government Area of the state.

“Our doors are always open to liaise with all relevant stakeholders to improve the standard of education in Sokoto State,” a statement by his spokesman, Imam Imam, quoted the governor.

The statement added that the government has so far constructed 35 new junior secondary schools and 19 new senior secondary schools.

“The locations of the schools are JSS Jamali, Binji LGA, Kurdulla and Akwalkiti (Gudu LGA), Bankanu and Maruda in Kware LGA and JSS Ciroman Bello and Tudun Yola in Sokoto North LGA.



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BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — As the use of unmanned aircraft systems rises across the world, researchers from around the Defense Department are testing new ways to counter the new threats they could present.

The 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron teamed up with a researcher from the Air Force Research Laboratory to teach Airmen how to pilot drones and use them to train coalition forces on how to react to them on the battlefield.

“This is a brand new program for the 455th AEW, where we are able to test our counter-UAS systems coming into BAF, in addition to running base-wide exercises,” said 1st. Lt. Ryan Wilkerson, a researcher attached to the 455th ESFS.

Wilkerson, who is not a defender by trade, is deployed out of the AFRL, Rome Research Site, New York, and came to test the program at Bagram Airfield, where the challenge is present in real-world scenarios.

A few defenders assisted Wilkerson, serving as drone pilots and using their own down time to practice piloting and learn tactics the enemy may use.

“It’s exciting to be able to pilot these aircraft for a program no one has ever been a part of before,” said Senior Airman Christopher Gallman, with the 455th ESFS joint defense operations center. “I can’t wait to see where it is going and to be able to help out the total force.”

The drone pilots wear aviator sunglasses and have an aura of swagger around them, as they take pride in being at the forefront of tactical development.




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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — While it has been more than 75 years since the birth of Civil Air Patrol  — created during a time of world conflict to protect America’s shores  — it has been 50 years since CAP’s headquarters was moved to Maxwell Air Force Base.

After a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in front of Maxwell’s old base hospital on July 6, 1967, CAP National Headquarters moved into its new home, building 714 and welcomed 128 new officers, airmen and civilians.

That home still stands in the same spot today with an active team of CAP leaders that coordinate with CAP wings across the country.

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