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U.S. Air Force Capt. Greg Carter, a deputy missile combat crew commander-airborne from the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, launches a simulated Minuteman III missile aboard a U.S. Navy E-6B Mercury during Glory Trip 220 above the Pacific Ocean, April 25, 2017. Glory Trip is an operational test launch which continues a long history of launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., used to verify, validate and improve the capability of the nation’s ICBM force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes) Air Force awards contracts for next-generation ICBM airborne launch control system
The Air Force awarded two contracts Oct. 3, 2017, for upgrading the system that enables an aircraft to control an intercontinental ballistic missile’s launch from a silo in the ground.
0 10/03
2017
AFMC commander holds call at Kirtland Pawlikowski holds Commander's Call at Kirtland AFB
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, recently visited and provided an update on the 2017 AFMC Strategic Plan during a Commander’s Call held for Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory personnel.“Thank you for what you do,” Pawlikowski said. “It makes me
0 8/23
2017
AFA awards Welch award to AFNWC expert AFNWC expert wins AFA Welch award
The Air Force Association recently honored an Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center colonel with the 2017 General Larry D. Welch Officer Award.
0 8/17
2017
DAYTON, Ohio – Erin Nichols, a program manager on Team Wright-Patt, writes down project assumptions on a team whiteboard during a brainstorming session Aug. 2 as part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Commander’s Challenge 2017. The challenge this year is to remotely move 50 pounds of supplies to a location 30 miles away, delivering them to an area smaller than 400 square feet. (U.S. Air Force photo/John Harrington) AFRL kicks off Commander’s Challenge 2017
DAYTON, Ohio – The 2017 Air Force Research Laboratory Commander’s Challenge kicked off with teams and leaders from around Air Force Materiel Command coming together for a three-day conference at the Wright Brothers Institute Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center here Aug. 2, 2017.  AFRL Commander Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley opened the 10th
0 8/04
2017
A Minuteman launch facility under construction, circa 1962. (Photo courtesy Library of Congress) Programmed Depot Maintenance: A major milestone in Minuteman III sustainment
Since the first Minuteman I came on alert during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles have been the cornerstone of America’s nuclear deterrent force. Designed for a 10-year life, the Minuteman III is still going strong after more than 45 years as the ground-based leg of the U.S. Strategic Triad, one of the two legs the Air Force supports.
0 6/22
2017
Maj. Gen. Scott W. Jansson, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center commander and its most senior member, and Senior Airman Mychavia T. Harris, the center’s most junior member in 2015, affix the third oak leaf cluster to the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award ribbon on the AFNWC headquarters’ sign at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.  The center was recognized for its 2015 achievements and accomplishments in nuclear materiel management in support of the nuclear deterrence mission. AFNWC receives Air Force Organizational Excellence award
The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center received the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award for the fourth time since the center stood up in 2006. The four awards span seven consecutive years, from 2009 through 2015.Ensuring U.S. nuclear weapons are “never doubted and always feared,” AFNWC synchronizes all aspects of nuclear materiel management on
0 5/23
2017
Six individuals were inducted into the Order of the Nucleus at a ceremony at The Canyon Club in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 4. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center established the Order of the Nucleus in 2011 to recognize and honor individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to the nuclear enterprise of the United States. From left are Maj. Gen. Scott W. Jansson, AFNWC commander; Dr. Donald L. Cook; Col. George R. Farfour; Eric N. Single; Eileen Ball and Katrina Benjamin, who accepted on behalf of their father Benjamin C. Benjamin; Jeffrey W. Bean; and James A. Moyers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Todd Berenger) New members inducted into Order of the Nucleus
The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center inducted six new members into its prestigious Order of the Nucleus on Nov. 4.
0 11/10
2016
Default Air Force Logo AF approves request to realign separate Test Center assets under Arnold AFB
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force has approved an Organizational Change Request to realign selected Air Force Test Center operations and facilities from several separate locations under one commander at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Tennessee. This change consolidates the current capabilities of the AEDC at Arnold AFB,
0 11/09
2016
Air Force Research Laboratory scientist Oscar Martinez works on a turbomolecular pump in the Space Vehicles Directorate’s Plasma Lab. Martinez recently took part in a unique 10-day event called AFRL 2016 TECH Warrior. The purpose of the course is to give AFRL scientists and engineers an immersive experience in a full operational field exercise. AFRL scientist completes TECH Warrior course
Air Force Research Laboratory scientist Oscar Martinez became a scientist because he had always been fascinated with figuring out how things work.“Eventually it dawned on me that I didn’t have to limit my curiosities to museums, media or just tinkering around, but that I could actually do this sort of stuff for a living — mind blowing!” he
0 11/02
2016
Sue Atwood, Air Force Research Laboratory senior development planner for Space Vehicles and Directed Energy directorates, is heading up a program to help teach scientists and engineers how to better communicate and smooth out administrative procedures. (Photo by Bud Cordova) AFRL program aims to improve efficiency in processes, teach communication skills
A program to change the culture, teach scientists and engineers how to better communicate and smooth out administrative procedures is underway at the Air Force Research Laboratory here.“We have the tactical skill and knowledge to develop our products — the advanced technologies for our space and directed energy missions,” said Sue Atwood, AFRL
0 9/16
2016
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