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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Edwards Research Site helped static-fire the third Aerojet Block B Solid Rocket Booster for the Atlas V system. (Air Force photo)


Atlas V solid rocket booster modifications validated
As radios crackled with the countdown “five, four, three, two, one … ignition,” members of the Air Force Research Lab at Edwards witnessed the third validation-static firing of Aerojet’s Block B Solid Rocket Booster. This 90-second static firing occurred Jan. 27 at the lab’s Edwards Research Site, and produced 250,000 pounds of thrust while being
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Default Air Force Logo AFSO 21: A mindset for achieving process improvements
In December, a decision was made to rename the Air Force’s continuous process improvement initiatives Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, or AFSO 21. The details are still being defined regarding AFSO 21. But Air Force Materiel Command – and particularly the three air logistics centers – is ahead of the learning curve. AFSO 21 is the
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EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — After supporting the Global War on Terror for three years, Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle number three (UAV-3) received its official homecoming Monday when its wheels touched down at 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Air Force photo by Chad Bellay)

Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-3 comes home
The first deployed Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to return home (UAV-3) landed Monday at Edwards AFB, Calif., after logging more than 4,800 flight hours in a four-year period, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Task Force—Horn of Africa. On hand to give remarks at the press conference hosted by
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Default Air Force Logo AWARD: Sewing volunteer helps troops, wins award
The spouse of a lieutenant colonel working at Headquarters Development and Fielding Systems Group here won an award for her volunteer efforts in helping injured troops returning from combat overseas. Ginger Dosedel, founder of the charitable organization "Sew Much Comfort," won the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Volunteer Excellence Award Feb. 15.
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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Sallie Wilson, left, gets the stuffing ready while Sandra Bonner puts the finishing touches on a plate of pasta at a Wingman Day event Feb. 10 at the Dayton House of Bread. Ms. Wilson and Ms. Bonner, of the 88th Civil Engineering Directorate Military Family Housing Division, spent the afternoon providing meals to the homeless. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shaun Emery)


Family housing employees serves homeless
Eleven employees of the Civil Engineering Military Family Housing Division came together Feb. 10 for their wingman activity at the House of Bread in Dayton. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the team members prepared sandwiches and salads, served, washed dishes and cleaned up lunch for 150-300 people who are homeless. "I took a poll in the office, and
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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah - Staff Sgt. Daniel Short, a public affairs noncommissioned officer with the 368th Recruiting Squadron here, poses and reflects on how his life has changed since his experience as a homeless teenager. (Air Force photo by Jennifer Moore)

Sergeant finds home in Air Force
When his mother pushed him out of a car traveling 35 mph, the high school junior dusted himself off and immediately started learning the rules of the streets. He began recycling soda cans for income, eating stale doughnuts, dumpster diving for blankets and sleeping on shredded cardboard boxes. Today, 15 years later, he considers himself the
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Default Air Force Logo Staff to tech in one STEP
Staff Sgt. Lee Feldhausen, a defense paralegal in the Hanscom Area Defense Counsel office, got the shock of his Air Force career at the 66th Air Base Wing annual awards banquet Feb. 10 when Electronic Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. Chuck Johnson surprised him with an instant promotion to technical sergeant. The promotion, awarded under the
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WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - (left) A Heli-Basket(r) is suspended beneath an HH-60 rescue helicopter. The Air Force Research Laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate provided guidance on flight tests and did data analysis for evaluating the basket's safety as a human rescue tool. The Heli-Basket would enable rescuers to quickly extract up to 15 people trapped in areas unsuitable for helicopter landings. Originally a cargo carrier, it was adapted and tested to meet a Homeland Defense requirement for short-range human rescue in disaster situations. (Precision Lift, Inc. courtesy photo)



AFRL tests advanced rescue basket
Like eggs nestled in a vintage wire egg basket, evacuees huddle against the periphery of the Heli-Basket, an open-air metal container that hangs beneath a helicopter to ferry disaster victims out of harm's way. "With this basket, you put it on the roof, load 15 people up in a matter of minutes and get them out of there," said John Plaga, a research
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Default Air Force Logo Turn a negative situation into a positive one
I knew it would happen, but I didn't think it would be so soon. My son was called the "n" word when he was just four. We were stationed in Alaska and lived on base; I was about to go to my part-time teaching job. My son, Mikey, was looking out of the window talking to a few other kids outside when I overheard one of them say to my son, "Shut up you
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Default Air Force Logo Knowledge Management center recognized for outstanding practices
The Air Force Center of Excellence for Knowledge Management here was recently named one of five best-practice partners for outstanding practices in knowledge management by the American Productivity and Quality Center, a nonprofit organization and leader in benchmarking, knowledge management, measurement, and quality programs. "To be named by APQC
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