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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jedidiah Pearson, 82nd Expeditionary Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, prepares for a Joint Air Attack Team live-fire exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 18, 2013. The Hanscom AFB-based program office responsible for equipping JTAC vehicles with communication tools needed to call in close-air support issued a delivery order for a new Mobile Communication System to be placed on M1145 Humvees, Jan. 29, 2016. The order is leveraging a new PEITSS contract vehicle for expedited delivery of the system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephany Richards)  New contract vehicle opens doors for Battle Management programs
Battle Management programs are now able to take an expedited approach to acquisition by tapping into a select pool of small and large businesses courtesy of a new contract vehicle called PEITSS.On Jan. 27, 2016, the Air Force awarded a $538 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity PEITSS -- short for Platform Engineering and Integration for
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Kerianne Gross and Dr. Dan Berrigan (left), architects of AFRL Inspire, served as the event’s emcees.  Also pictured are four presenters from the inaugural AFRL Inspire event. From left: Dr. Moriba Jah, Dr. Jeff Calcaterra, Dr. Robert Fugate, and Dr. Nandini Iyer. (U.S. Air Force photo / Mikee Huber) Event inspires AFRL workforce, future scientists and engineers
"No matter what you do, the Air Force is counting on you to make a difference. You are all Department of Defense research scientists -- you're comic book characters ... you make the stuff that supports heroes."These words from Air Force Research Laboratory materials engineer Dr. Jeff Calcaterra, were one of many inspirational messages shared with
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Default Air Force Logo LCMC: Powerful C-17 engine program managed at Robins
The turbofan engines that power every C-17 Globemaster III in the Air Force fleet have now transitioned into a sustainment phase.The final F117-PW-100 engine, produced by Pratt & Whitney, is scheduled to be delivered to the Air Force this month. It will be the 1,313th engine the company has produced for the military and through foreign military
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(Courtesy photo by Chad Bellay/Lockheed Martin) F-35 fires first AIM-9X missile
An F-35 from the 461st Flight Test Squadron launched an AIM-9X missile for the first time over the Pacific Sea Test Range Jan. 12, 2016. The Flight Sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, was piloted by David Nelson, Lockheed Martin chief F-35 test pilot at Edwards AFB.The AIM-9X is an advanced infrared missile
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded by the secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. (Air Force courtesy photo) Two WPAFB units earn AFOUA
The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award has been awarded to the 88th Air Base Wing and to the 21st Intelligence Squadron here for exceptionally meritorious service for the period Aug. 1, 2013 to July 31, 2015. The award is presented to numbered units for exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement that clearly sets the
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Default Air Force Logo AFOSR awards grants to 56 scientists and engineers through Young Investigator Research Program
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today Jan. 14, 2016, that it will award approximately $20.6 million in grants to 56 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses who submitted winning research proposals through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program (YIP).The YIP is open to scientists and
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. George Steele, left, a program systems engineer, speaks with Col. David Learned, right, JSTARS Recapitalization senior materiel leader, about on-going communication system risk reduction efforts at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Jan. 13, 2016. The communication system is one of four major components undergoing a recapitalization. The program officially reached a Milestone A decision in December and is currently in the Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction phase. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy) Recapitalizing JSTARS: the communication system
Communication is key.And for the Air Force's Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft, its communication component is one of four major areas undergoing a combined multi-billion dollar recapitalization.Since JSTARS's introduction in 1991, Air Force command posts, Army mobile ground stations and many airborne platforms have come to
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An Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter fires its GAU-21 .50 caliber machine gun at Edwards AFB's Gun Harmonizing Range Jan. 13. The testing is part of the Air Combat Command's HH-60 Defensive Weapons System Upgrade modification proposal. The modification proposal requires the new weapon to be an open bolt system, have a longer barrel life, a higher cyclic rate of fire, be lighter weight and have reduced recoil. The selected weapon must also be used currently by other Department of Defense services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Brad White)

Test team aims at new machine gun for Pave Hawk
Arriving in the rain, an Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter landed at Edwards Jan. 5, 2016, to begin testing the ballistic dispersion of a GAU-21 .50 caliber machine gun.The Pave Hawk will be here until Jan. 22 with the 412th Test Wing and 418th Flight Test Squadron providing the facilities, range safety, photographic documentation and
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President Barack Obama speaks to a group of Utah elected officials, base leadership, and news media April 3 at Hill AFB to announce Solar Ready Vets, a program that seeks to train veterans for jobs in solar energy. (U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw) Solar Ready Vets program readies first class at Hill AFB
The Solar Ready Vets program announced by President Barack Obama during a visit to Hill Air Force Base in April 2015 will begin training the first class of 24 veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce.The training, which begins Feb. 1, is being provided by Salt Lake Community College in partnership with the Department of Energy, which
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Default Air Force Logo Wingman Toolkit supports Comprehensive Airman Fitness
Comprehensive Airman Fitness is built on the four domains of fitness -- physical, mental, social and spiritual. CAF is a top-level priority in the Air Force, and it is essential for individuals to be fit across all four domains.Gen. Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, has said, "Comprehensive Airman Fitness is so important ... our
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