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  • AFMC commander presented with aviation service award

    Though his Air Force Academy background makes him a flying falcon, Gen. Donald Hoffman, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, recently joined the ranks of a new flock when he was presented with the Gray Eagle Award here on Dec. 20, 2010.The award, originally presented to General Hoffman by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz earlier
  • AFOSR-supported scientist leads heat-resistant ceramic coatings research

    Air Force Office of Scientific Research-supported research at the University of Arizona is investigating high temperature resistant ceramic coatings that will provide thermal protection for Air Force hypersonic flight vehicles.The research team led by Dr. Erica Corral of the University of Arizona is using advanced chemical synthesis and ceramic
  • AFMC analysts earn Air Force-level awards

    Four Air Force Materiel Command personnel earned Analysts of the Year and Analyst Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Air Force Analysis, Assessments and Lessons Learned conference Dec. 8, 2010 at Scott AFB, Ill.The award program recognizes scientific and operations research analysts, lessons learned professionals and airmen from around the Air
  • AFMC colonels among nominees for first star

    The Air Force announced Dec. 14, 2010, that three Air Force Materiel Command colonels have been nominated by the President to the Senate for appointment to the grade of brigadier general.The colonels are as follows: Col. David A. Harris, Vice Commander, Air Armament Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Daryl J. Hauck, Director and Air Force
  • Air Force releases results of Class A mishap ground accident investigation

    The Air Force has completed its investigation into an accident in which an Airman died at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. The report, released Dec. 13, 2010, discusses factors which may have played a role in the accident.Senior Airman Richard A. Gallelli Jr. was killed during a training accident on April 29, 2010, when a dummy air launched cruise
  • Computers to replace paper technical orders on Robins flightline

    Within the next four years, laptop computers will be as important to aircraft mechanics here as wrenches and screwdrivers. Many Robins mechanics are leading the way in the first test of "e-tools." That's the term used for the 300 laptops deployed on the flightline in the last 12 months to help replace paper technical orders, or TOs. TOs and other
  • Robins officials examine green waste disposal technology

    Base officials and engineers here are currently conducting a feasibility study of plasma arc technology to analyze the offerings of environmentally safe measures for waste disposal. "The process can take nearly any material and convert it to energy," said Judith Middlebrooks, an engineer in the base energy office. "It uses extremely high
  • Kirtland solar thermal system goes operational

    Col. Robert Maness, 377th Air Base Wing commander, and other officials here cut the ribbon Dec. 3, 2010, on a new solar thermal system at the aquatic training facility.Made up of 72-solar collectors, the array is Kirtland's first active solar thermal system, which uses sunlight to capture and distribute heat energy.The collected heat transfers to a
  • Identifying friendly forces to become easier for AWACS

    The Electronic Systems Center has achieved the next step in bringing an improved Identification Friend or Foe, or IFF, system capability to Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.Currently AWACS provides situational awareness of friendly, neutral and hostile activity, along with early warning of enemy actions during joint, allied and
  • Senior DOD leaders share perspectives on future warfighting

    A panel of senior Department of Defense and service component leaders acknowledged Nov. 30, 2010, that an uncertain, fluid international security environment demands new thinking and approaches to meeting training and simulation requirements for future joint warfighters. While each service has its own unique training and education requirements,