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Airmen from Hawk Aircraft Maintenance Unit welcome RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft 2019 after its 10,000 flying hour milestone flight at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 8, 2015. Block 20s were initially fielded with imagery intelligence (IMINT)-only capabilities. Three Block 20s have been converted to an EQ-4 communication relay configuration, carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communication Node (BACN) payload. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Marie Brown) BACN continues to sizzle for 6 more months
The Hanscom-based Battlefield Airborne Communications Node program, commonly referred to as BACN, recently awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a contract extension valued at more than $120 million, securing the system's future for months to come.The payload operations and sustainment extension will allow four BACN-equipped E-11As and three unmanned
0 12/08
2015
A welder with the Rapid Development Integration Facility grinds down some metal while working on a project inside their 20,000 square-foot manufacturing and modification facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Dec. 2, 2015. Since their start, the RDIF has has been able to successfully return more than $150 million to their customers who could then use that money on additional projects. Additionally, they have been able to help their customers realize more than 70 percent cost savings and schedule time. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth.) Wright-Patterson facility saves DOD time, millions
With budgets shrinking and the Department of Defense forced to do more with less, every penny counts when it comes to purchasing new equipment. Personnel at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Rapid Development Integration Facility understand that demand and are here to help.The RDIF began operations in 2010 when the Air Force needed a way
0 12/07
2015
An Air Force Test Center C-17 manned by an Edwards crew, launches a second target, an extended Medium Range Ballistic Missile (eMRBM) into a debris field created by the THAAD weapon system, which intercepted and destroyed a Short Range Air Launch Target. One important aspect of the test event was to demonstrate that Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense was able to detect a target inside of a debris field. (Missile Defense Agency image) Team Edwards air-launches target missile to space and back for Missile Defense Agency test
Over the summer, the Air Force Test Center sent a C-17 with air and maintenance crews from Edwards to Hawaii, but it was no vacation. The crews worked 24-hour shifts for several months to support a Missile Defense Agency test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System over the western Pacific Ocean.Edward's role in the test was to launch a ballistic
0 12/07
2015
Air Force Materiel Command is promoting sober driving during the holiday season. AFMC promotes sober driving during the holiday season
The holiday season is a time of year when people gather with friends, colleagues and family to enjoy time together and celebrate. Often these social events include alcohol. A driver's license mixed with a few alcoholic beverages can be dangerous. No one intends for alcohol-impaired driving accidents to happen, but they do."Every single injury and
0 12/04
2015
Air Force Sustainment Center Commander Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II told about 200 financial professionals at the Tinker Club Tuesday that their work is not just about money, but also winning wars. “So as you think about how you raise your game and how you understand all the different little parts and pockets of our financial management universe, think of yourselves as force multipliers — force multipliers that get us to winning, that keep us winning.”  (Air Force photo by John Parker/Released) General Levy: Financial pros essential to AFSC success
The head of the Air Force Sustainment Center urged Air Force financial professionals Tuesday to "knock down barriers" and "get to the word 'yes'" to help keep the nation's global air combat power the best in the world.AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II spoke to about 200 financial managers at a professional development seminar at the Tinker
0 12/03
2015
Co-workers in the 551st Commodities Maintenance Squadron showed their support of a colleague and friend by shaving their heads when they found out he had cancer and had to go through chemotherapy. Pictured are, back row, from left, Billy Wiens, Scott Allen, Ralph Odonnell, Paul Sechrist, Eddy Roundtree, Jason Kramer and Alonzo Harris. Front, from left, are Joshua Alexander and Klein Nguyen. Not pictured is their other co-worker LaDean Allen. (Air Force photo by Kelly White/Released) Mechanics shave their heads in support of co-worker
If you look around the 551st Commodities Maintenance Squadron Sheet Metal Shop here, you will discover that everyone is sporting the same look.The group of sheet metal mechanics shaved their heads in support of their co-worker Ralph Odonnell after learning he has cancer and is going through chemotherapy.It was Eddy Roundtree's idea. Though, Billy
0 11/25
2015
Members of the E-6 Service Life Extension Program recently achieved an Art of the Possible goal by returning their number 12 plane to the customer, the Navy’s Strategic Communications Wing One, in 132 flow days, which was a 10-day improvement from their previous record. (Air Force photo by Kelly White/Released) Team delivers Navy plane in record time
The E-6 Service Life Extension Program recently delivered a structurally restored communications and strategic command aircraft to the Navy in a record 132 flow days.The Service Life Extension Program began in 2009 to enable the Navy's 16 Mercury aircraft to fly missions for another 20 years. The program's customer, Navy Strategic Communications
0 11/19
2015
Ammu Irivinti, MITRE senior systems engineer, standing, speaks with, from left to right, Capt. Devon Messecar, System Engineering Integration Contract II program manager, Steve Harrison, MITRE Advanced Development lead, and Dave Parker, deputy PM, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Nov. 13, regarding the use of Hanscom MilCloud to improve mission planning. A virtual MP knowledge system integration lab is now available on the MilCloud to allow potential offerors the ability to increase their understanding of mission planning products, processes and production efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt) Improving mission planning via the Hanscom MilCloud
A mission planning team here is using the Hanscom MilCloud as a virtual environment in order to improve their acquisition process, including reducing costs, for an upcoming contract award.The System Engineering Integration Contract II, or SEIC II, will have four main goals: minimize costs for developing, implementing and operating mission planning
0 11/18
2015
Default Air Force Logo STEMming interest: Starbase program fosters young minds
With more dependence on technology, today's young people need a solid foundation of science, technology, engineering and math.In efforts to increase STEM interest, the Department of Defense funds the Starbase program for fifth grade elementary children.One of the requirements to receive the funding is that the program must be held on a military
0 11/13
2015
Default Air Force Logo Australia receives final C-17
Team Robins' reach is worldwide. And, the Royal Australian Air Force welcoming its eighth and final C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 4 at its base in Amberley is further proof of that.According to the RAAF, the acquisition of two additional aircraft this year -- along with associated equipment and facilities -- is a $1 billion investment in the country's
0 11/13
2015
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