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Rick Lord, a fire apparatus maintainer in the 66th Logistics Squadron, opens the first work order using the Expeditionary Combat Support System at Hanscom Aug. 2, as Fritz Cooper of CSC looks on.  Hanscom is the pilot base for implementing ECSS, which will ultimately be used by over 40,000 people at approximately 180 installations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Wyatt) Logistics system release transforms combat support
A new age for Air Force logistics began July 31 when a pilot version of the Expeditionary Combat Support System went live at Hanscom AFB, Mass. Air Force logisticians whose work has been encumbered by extensive paper documentation with a short shelf life will in time enjoy benefits far beyond new information technology. The Expeditionary Combat
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Master Sgt. James Mogren, 72nd Security Forces Squadron director of logistics, pictured on a deployment to Afghanistan, was named one of Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. (Courtesy photo) Tinker sergeant named one of Air Force's best Airmen
A four-star general doesn't often call an Airman in the field, but on July 27 Master Sgt. James Mogren picked up the phone and heard the voice of Air Force Materiel Command Commander Gen. Donald Hoffman on the other end of the line. What came next was good news as Sergeant Mogren, 72nd Security Forces Squadron superintendent of logistics, learned
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Staff Sgt. Adam Elerson (right) and Airman 1st Class Brian Beauchamp, 96th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, pull boom out of a trailer at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  600 feet of boom was taken to protect the shoreline July 14.  Boom is an oil containment device used to trap oil in the water so it can be collected before reaching the shore.   Approximately 2,000 feet of booms have been installed around Eglin waterways.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) Boom containment critical to Eglin's waterways
Eglin Air Force Base is using reverse psychology to protect its waterways from possible contamination.Bruce Stippich, 96th Civil Engineer Group's environmental compliance expert, has been busier than usual since an oil well ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico April 20. The Deepwater Horizon disaster has Mr. Stippich and a crew of volunteers working to
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A Saudi Arabian Airborne Warning and Control System E-3 aircraft takes off from Seattle, Wash. The Electronic Systems Center recently awarded a contract to enhance and improve the capabilities of the Saudi aircraft. (Courtesy photo) ESC awards contract to upgrade Saudi AWACS aircraft
The Airborne Early Warning and Control International Branch of the Electronic Systems Center here recently awarded a $73 million contract to Boeing Integrated Defense Systems in Seattle to enhance and improve capabilities for the Royal Saudi Air Force's fleet of E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft."This foreign military sales contract
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The Air Force Research Laboratory conducted a 15 pound BATES test.  BATES stands for Ballistic Test and Evaluation System, which is a small scale apparatus to test rocket propellant and designs in a standardized rocket motor casing. The AFRL is working on developing its own propellant development and testing.  (Air Force photo) AFRL test marks return to 'in-house' rocket fuel development
The Air Force Research Laboratory here returned to its roots with its latest rocket test June 17. AFRL has tested rockets of all sizes and fuels of all make-ups for years. What makes this test unique is that all components of the test were developed at the laboratory by AFRL employees.The research lab conducted a 15-pound BATES test. BATES stands
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A Bulgarian aircraft approaches the runway at Dolna Mitropolia Airbase in June.  There, an Electronic Systems Center and contractor team completed a Foreign Military Sales case that provided a Tactical Air Navigation System to the NATO-member nation.  (Courtesy Photo) ESC team completes Bulgarian TACAN effort, enhances NATO compatibility
An Electronic Systems Center team has completed a Foreign Military Sales effort in Bulgaria, adding new capabilities for this NATO-member nation and enhancing U.S. security interests in the region.The ESC and contractor team completed the site acceptance test and flight certification for the AN/TRN-26 Tactical Air Navigation System and its tactical
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Default Air Force Logo AFMC civilians set for Sept. 12 transition from NSPS
The majority of Air Force Materiel Command employees covered under the National Security Personnel System will transition to the General Schedule beginning Sept. 12, the final of four phases within the Air Force that began on July 4. This conversion out of NSPS was mandated by the Fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act."An estimated 80
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Gen. Ann Dunwoody, commanding general of United States Army Materiel Command, discusses weapon-systems acquisition with Gen. Donald Hoffman, Air Force Materiel Command commander, during a visit to Headquarters AFMC July 1. The meeting gave the generals and their staffs the opportunity to discuss an acquisition review directed by the Secretary of the Army and the lessons learned by the Air Force in executing its ongoing acquisition improvement plan. AFMC senior staff emphasized the importance of establishing clear lines of authority and accountability within acquisition organizations. General Dunwoody and her staff also were especially interested in how AFMC handles the complexities of translating the needs of warfighters into acquisition requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Eviston) 
Army materiel commander seeks lessons learned

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Default Air Force Logo AFMC, union leadership reaffirm partnership
Leaders of the Air Force's largest civilian employer and the military's largest employee union reaffirmed a strong partnership at their annual meeting as they sat down to discuss workforce issues here June 22. Gen. Donald Hoffman, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, and John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government
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Air Force Materiel Command's sixth annual Tattoo attracted more than 75,000 people from neighboring communities to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio on June 25 for an evening of music, military ceremony, aircraft flyovers and fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ben Strasser) AFMC Tattoo shares Air Force traditions with neighboring communities

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