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  • People's willingness to change impresses AFMC commander

    When then-Lieutenant Bruce Carlson was stationed in Thailand in the 1970s, every day he would walk from his hooch to the post office, pass an airman or sergeant and ask, "Don't you salute lieutenants?" Today, the commander of Air Force Materiel Command doesn't see any evidence that company-grade officers have to ask that question. "The quality of
  • F-16 receives special care at Hill

    Specialists at the Ogden Air Logistics Center, 649th Combat Logistics Support Squadron, used their unique equipment and skills to repair a damaged F-16. The squadron's role was pivotal since they were the only active-duty maintenance unit capable of making such repairs, said 1st Lt. Joshua Holmes, the squadron's maintenance flight officer in
  • Improved earpieces reaching Falcon pilots

    A new earpiece is set to be implemented among Hill's F-16 pilots affording them better hearing protection and an improved mission focus. The 4th Fighter Squadron's "Fighting Fuujins" will receive the new Attenuating Custom Communication Earpiece System this month. The earpiece was developed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by the Battle Space
  • New commander joins AFRL

    Maj. Gen. Ted F. Bowlds officially assumed command of the Air Force Research Laboratory Jan. 9 during an appointment of command ceremony at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's Modern Flight Hangar in Dayton, Ohio. Gen. Bruce Carlson, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, presided over the afternoon ceremony and handed over the AFRL flag to
  • Wright-Patterson heat plants among cleanest in world

    Two coal-fired heat plants that produce super-heated water for heating buildings in the winter and for supporting projects in the Air Force Research Laboratories at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, are among the cleanest in the world. Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency laws allow no more than one-tenth of a pound of particulates per one million
  • Troops to Teachers sergeant named teacher of the year

    A retired senior master sergeant who used the Troops to Teachers program was surprised in December when he was named the 2005 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Retired Senior Master Sgt. Eric Combs teaches ninth-graders at Fairborn High School and loves his work, but was surprised to find out just how much of an impression he’d made, he said. A teacher for
  • Injured Airman receives visit from the president

    An Airman who was seriously injured in Iraq was recently honored with a visit from U.S. President George W. Bush. While performing explosive ordnance disposal duties near Baghdad, Iraq, in early December, Senior Airman Daniel Acosta was caught in a blast that severely burned 18 percent of his body and caused him to lose his left arm at the
  • Unique mission focuses on exposing systems' vulnerabilities

    Three to four times a year a group of junior U.S. military officers and federal government employees use open source databases such as the Internet and libraries in an attempt to reveal potential weaknesses in the Department of Defense's current and future space systems. More often than not, participants in the Space Countermeasures Hands On
  • New Mexico Tech to build on Kirtland AFB

    The Air Force is set to convey more than eight acres of Kirtland Air Force Base land to New Mexico Tech's Institute of Mining and Technology during a ceremony Jan. 6 at 9 a.m.The deal resulted from a unique agreement designed to stimulate business efficiencies and technological advancement through the construction of new facilities. The land
  • Deployed Airman receives call from president

    An Airman here received a surprise when the commander-in-chief called her on Christmas Eve. Staff Sgt. Melina Russell, a security forces fire team leader, received that call at 4 p.m., when the White House switch board put President George W. Bush through to her. She had learned Dec. 21 the president would be calling Christmas Eve to thank her for