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  • Housing privatization embraces Smart Operations 21

    The Air Force housing privatization process is taking a leaner, more efficient approach to getting the job done by developing one central management center, Air Force officials said recently. “The secretary of the Air Force challenged us to find a better way to manage and broker deals and successful projects,” said Col. Michael Smietana, chief of
  • AFSO21 initiative leads to safer flying at Lakenheath

    As Air Force Smart Operations 21 went Air Force-wide this year, the 48th Fighter Wing here jump-started its program with weekly AFSO21 initiatives briefed at wing stand-up. “I want every Airman, civilian and (Ministry of Defense) employee on this base to understand, first of all, what AFSO21 is, but then to see it in action on the job,” said Brig.
  • Leaders hold key to AFSO21 success

    A cornerstone of the secretary of the Air Force’s tenure is Air Force Smart Operations 21. He recently said that Air Force leaders hold the key to success for the initiative. "I have told our leaders that we cannot allow AFSO21 to escape the wing leadership, whether that is the wing commander, group or squadron commanders or command chief," said
  • AFMC employee to attend MIT

    An employee from Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Air, Space and Information Operations, Fielding and Testing Division here received a Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership scholarship to study business, innovation and leadership at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Leo Marple is the only Air Force selectee for
  • Small, flexible computer chip produces big results

    About the size of a U.S. quarter coin, the field programmable gate array computer chip consists of 400 to 500 million transistors and two to three miles of wiring, but its flexible capacity significantly contributed to the Air Force’s decision to employ the small component in its next generation of satellite systems. Managed by the Air Force
  • New additions on tap for AFMC Wellness and Safety Campaign

    For Air Force Materiel Command’s Wellness and Safety Campaign, June 1 proved the old adage that things come in threes – confirming the campaign’s slogan, “Wellness is an Attitude,” is well on its way to incorporating itself into the command’s vernacular. First, the online AFMC Wellness Support Center, which debuted April 17 but was accessible only
  • Edwards, Air National Guard combine efforts to upgrade F-16

    While many Airmen were dem­onstrating their ability to survive and operate in a hostile environ­ment at Camp Corum during the recent Operational Readiness Exercise, a group of testers here were busy demonstrating another facet of the Air Force Flight Test Center’s wartime mission. Members of the 416th Flight Test Squadron worked closely with the
  • New cruise missile successful in first flight test

    The Air Force’s newest cruise missile was successfully launched for the first time May 18. The Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile — Extended Range was released from a B-1B Lancer and cruised more than 400 nautical miles to its target at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. “This was the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people within the
  • Weather squadron volunteers continue Hurricane Katrina cleanup

    After visiting the Bay St. Louis, Miss., area, the commander of the 46th Weather Squadron helped organize a team of volunteers to assist with the on-going Hurricane Katrina cleanup effort. Lt. Col. Julie Noto and Senior Master Sgt. Peter Buzynski of the 46th WS organized eight volunteers, rented a couple of camping trailers from outdoor recreation
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force adds missile to gallery

    One of the most successful U.S. satellite launch vehicles of the Cold War era, the Thor Agena A, recently was added in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s Missile and Space Gallery. It is the fifth of 10 vehicles to be added to the gallery. The U.S. Air Force launched the world’s first space photo reconnaissance satellites using rockets
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