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Timothy Smith, an ordnance systems mechanic with the 309th Commodities Maintenance Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah, stows cannon plugs in a newly machined F-16 pylon.  The updated pylons, fitted with a more hi-tech harness, ensure the aircraft can make use of 21st century smart weapons. (Air Force photo by G. A. Volb)

F-16 pylons receive upgrade
Wiring for F-16 pylons are being upgraded by the 309th Commodities Maintenance Squadron, Ogden Air Logistics Center, enabling them to handle 21st century smart munitions. The cables that deliver the pilot's commands to the munitions must be more complex as weapon systems and munitions improve. "The current modifications consist of removing the
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Default Air Force Logo People's willingness to change impresses AFMC commander
When then-Lieutenant Bruce Carlson was stationed in Thailand in the 1970s, every day he would walk from his hooch to the post office, pass an airman or sergeant and ask, "Don't you salute lieutenants?" Today, the commander of Air Force Materiel Command doesn't see any evidence that company-grade officers have to ask that question. "The quality of
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Staff Sgt. Albert Zaletel, a depot aircraft structural maintenance craftsman, prepares the closure beam for fuel spool manifold installation.  (Air Force photo by G.A. Volb)
F-16 receives special care at Hill
Specialists at the Ogden Air Logistics Center, 649th Combat Logistics Support Squadron, used their unique equipment and skills to repair a damaged F-16. The squadron's role was pivotal since they were the only active-duty maintenance unit capable of making such repairs, said 1st Lt. Joshua Holmes, the squadron's maintenance flight officer in
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Master Sgt. Crystal Martin, 75th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, makes a mold of Capt. Dax Cornelius' inner ear. The mold will be used to make a new earplug system for the 4th Fighter Squadron Demo Team member.  (Air Force photo by Shad West)
Improved earpieces reaching Falcon pilots
A new earpiece is set to be implemented among Hill's F-16 pilots affording them better hearing protection and an improved mission focus. The 4th Fighter Squadron's "Fighting Fuujins" will receive the new Attenuating Custom Communication Earpiece System this month. The earpiece was developed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by the Battle Space
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Gen. Bruce Carlson, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, passes the flag to Maj. Gen. Ted Bowlds, during the Air Force Research Laboratory Appointment of Command ceremony Jan. 9 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Dayton, Ohio.    (Air Force photo by Marvin Baumgarter)

New commander joins AFRL
Maj. Gen. Ted F. Bowlds officially assumed command of the Air Force Research Laboratory Jan. 9 during an appointment of command ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's Modern Flight Hangar in Dayton, Ohio. Gen. Bruce Carlson, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, presided over the afternoon ceremony and handed over the AFRL flag to
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Default Air Force Logo Wright-Patterson heat plants among cleanest in world
Two coal-fired heat plants that produce super-heated water for heating buildings in the winter and for supporting projects in the Air Force Research Laboratories at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are among the cleanest in the world. Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency laws allow no more than one-tenth of a pound of particulates per one million
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Retired Senior Master Sgt. Eric Combs, a ninth-grade history teacher at Fairborn High School, was named the 2005 Ohio Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  Sergeant Combs entered the profession through Troops to Teachers.  (Courtesy photo) Troops to Teachers sergeant named teacher of the year
A retired senior master sergeant who used the Troops to Teachers program was surprised in December when he was named the 2005 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Retired Senior Master Sgt. Eric Combs teaches ninth-graders at Fairborn High School and loves his work, but was surprised to find out just how much of an impression he’d made, he said. A teacher for
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President George W. Bush visits with Airman Daniel Acosta and his wife, Sandy Jan. 1 at the Brooks Army Medical Center, Texas where he is being treated for injuries sustained while serving in Iraq. (Courtesy photo) Injured Airman receives visit from the president
An Airman who was seriously injured in Iraq was recently honored with a visit from U.S. President George W. Bush. While performing explosive ordnance disposal duties near Baghdad, Iraq, in early December, Senior Airman Daniel Acosta was caught in a blast that severely burned 18 percent of his body and caused him to lose his left arm at the
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A Space CHOP participant builds threat hardware. (Air Force photo)

Unique mission focuses on exposing systems' vulnerabilities
Three to four times a year a group of junior U.S. military officers and federal government employees use open source databases such as the Internet and libraries in an attempt to reveal potential weaknesses in the Department of Defense's current and future space systems. More often than not, participants in the Space Countermeasures Hands On
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Default Air Force Logo New Mexico Tech to build on Kirtland AFB
The Air Force is set to convey more than eight acres of Kirtland Air Force Base land to New Mexico Tech's Institute of Mining and Technology during a ceremony Jan. 6 at 9 a.m.The deal resulted from a unique agreement designed to stimulate business efficiencies and technological advancement through the construction of new facilities. The land
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