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  • Air Force Materiel Command civilian receives Spirit of Hope Award

    Air Force leaders presented a civilian employee with a Spirit of Hope Award Oct. 27 for enhancing the quality of life of injured service members and their families. The award is named in honor of Bob Hope, the first honorary veteran of the U.S. Army for his 50-plus years of entertaining troops, both in peacetime and in combat zones. Each year, the
  • Air Force family's 'Extreme Makeover' to air on Nov. 8

    During this Year of the Air Force Family, one ultimate act of Airmen helping their own will get national attention Nov. 8 when ABC-TV's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' features a civilian Airman and his new custom-built house. "We are having lots of fun in the new house and life has been so much better," said James Terpenning, an Aeronautical
  • Engineers perfect software for Special Ops aircraft

    A C-130 gunship can lay down fearsome firepower in close support of ground operations, firing sensor-targeted ammo from 105mm and 40mm cannons while circling thousands of feet above combat area's. The gunship crews, however, saw a way to improve their capability through dual targeting. Previously, the crews had only been able to target one gun at a
  • AEDC engineers play critical role in NASA Ares I-X first flight

    Workers at the U.S. Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) here contributed to the successful unmanned, flight test of the NASA Ares 1-X flight vehicle today, which was launched for the first time. The Ares will replace the shuttle and is slated for completion in 2017. AEDC testing to date includes transonic (below the speed of
  • Kirkuk ceremony marks transfer of navigational aids to Iraqi air force

    A ceremony held at Kirkuk Air Base in Iraq Oct. 26 demonstrated the emerging independence of the Iraqi Air Force. The ceremony marked the official turnover of a suite of navigational aids provided by the Electronic Systems Center, headquartered here, through a first-of-its-kind foreign military sales effort, said Khalid Musameh, 853d Electronic
  • General Bowlds discusses innovative comm ideas, calls for more

    Rapid technology evolution, asymmetric threats, constrained defense budgets and a host of other dynamics pose vexing communication challenges, Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds told more than 1,200 conference attendees at a luncheon here Oct. 19. But "ideas for meeting those challenges abound," the Air Force Electronic Systems Center commander told the audience
  • Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft gets X-plane designation

    Air Force officials have approved X-55A as the new designation for the Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft. The X-55A is a technology demonstrator for the design and manufacture of future aircraft using advanced composite materials. The X-55A is a modified Dornier 328J aircraft with the fuselage aft of the crew station and the vertical tail removed
  • First Lady visits Eglin, speaks on AF family

    First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Air Force's largest U.S. base Oct. 15 to meet with local leadership and talk to Eglin's Airmen about the importance of family. Her focus was to acknowledge the new initiative of 'Year of the Air Force Family,' a year-long project to celebrate all Airmen and the families supporting them. The initiative will have
  • ESC team efforts bring new CAOC to life

    When the new, state-of-the-art combined air and space operations center, or CAOC, in Southwest Asia came on line Sept. 1, it marked a milestone for joint and coalition combat forces and for the Electronic Systems Center team working to make it happen. "We're constantly striving to bring enhanced AOC capabilities to the warfighters, and I'm
  • Fleece wear policy released

    The 98th Air Force Virtual Uniform Board has just released a policy message for wearing the new Air Force sage green fleece as an outer garment for the Airmen Battle Uniform. According to the message, the sage green fleece may only be worn over the ABU top, and is not authorized to be worn solely over a T-shirt, thermal underwear and similar