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Sex Offender Sentenced for Stealing over $250,000 in Merchandise from Navy Exchange on Guam

The Navy Exchange on Guam is seen on July 8, 2020. (Kristine Sturkie/U.S. Navy) A former Guam Navy Exchange employee convicted of stealing over $250,000 worth of electronics was given two years in federal prison by a district court judge last week. Jesse Cruz Camacho, 57, of Harmon, Guam, pleaded guilty on April 6 to 16 counts of theft of government property, the Pacific Daily News reported at…
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Boeing’s KC-46 can now use its refueling boom for operational missions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has started conducting operational KC-46 missions using the aircraft’s refueling boom, marking another small step forward for fielding the troubled tanker. U.S. Transportation Command can now task the Boeing KC-46 tanker to refuel C-17 cargo planes, B-52 bombers and other KC-46s using its refueling boom. Previously, the KC-46 was only permitted to use its…
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Aerospace startup gets $60M from the US Air Force to build hypersonic passenger plane

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force and several venture capital firms are making a $60 million investment in Hermeus Corporation, a Georgia-based startup that wants to develop the world’s first reusable hypersonic aircraft. The end goal: a passenger aircraft that can fly in excess of five times the speed of sound, capable of traveling from New York to Paris in 90 minutes instead of the seven…
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Navy willing to pay more for more maintainable ships

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Navy is willing to pay more for new ships upfront if it means saving on maintenance and personnel costs throughout the life of the program, the head of amphibious, auxiliary and sealift programs told industry. Tom Rivers, whose programs fall under…
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Acting US Navy undersecretary James Geurts to retire this month

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Navy’s acting undersecretary will step down this month and retire from government service, with no replacement immediately announced. James Geurts, who served as the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition from December 2017 to January 2021 and has been performing the duties of undersecretary since February, announced on LinkedIn that…
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