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  • Looking for responsive, low-cost space lift

    An office comprised of two personnel seeks to save the Air Force millions of dollars in liftoff costs by demonstrating innovative launch vehicle concepts to perform the critical, initial portion of spaceflight. Located at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate's Launch Vehicle Technology
  • Cooperative relationships key to Small Business Office success

    Ogden Air Logistic Center's Small Business Office broke records last year, helping earn its director a special achievement award along the way. The office, which searches for small businesses to work with, exceeded goals by more than 150 percent - providing training and counseling that heightened awareness and interest within the community. "I like
  • Personnel initiative set to make transactions more convenient

    A new initiative, the Personnel Services Delivery Transformation, will soon change the way the Air Force does military personnel business. PSD will use technology to put routine personnel transactions into the hands of Airmen using Web base, fax, phone, Contact Centers and even regular mail. "We have historically provided personnel services through
  • Headquarters AFMC restructures A-staff directorates

    Effective Feb. 13, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command realigned its A-staff directorates to more closely resemble the Air Staff’s A-staff structure. Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff, agreed to AFMC’s proposed A-staff alignment in a Jan. 11 memorandum. Notable changes include: > A8, formerly the Directorate of Financial
  • Speckled Trout: AF bids farewell to unique plane with unique mission

    After flying senior military leaders and undergoing rigorous testing for more than 31 years as a part of Edwards' 412th Flight Test Squadron, the Speckled Trout tail number 61-2669, officially retired Feb. 10 in a ceremony here, led by Gen. Bruce Carlson, Air Force Materiel Command commander. "Speckled Trout was the primary transport aircraft for
  • C-5 team pushes planes to warfighters faster

    The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center made Air Force history Feb. 3 when a C-5B Galaxy aircraft left programmed depot maintenance after a record-low 159 days. Aircraft 87040 left for Travis Air Force Base, Calif., breaking the previous maintenance record of 171 days here. Last year, the same process took 200-plus days. The C-5 arrived at Robins
  • In Person: Command Chaplain (Col.) Joseph Kuan

    U.S. Air Force Materiel Command Chaplain (Col.) Joseph Kuan and AFMC Command Chaplain Assistant (Chief Master Sgt.) Mark Hogue visited the U.S. Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center for the first time in January to promote the importance of spiritual wellness. "As Command Chaplain, it was a privilege for me to visit this place-to know
  • Giving a 'whoopin' to Father Time

    Achieving a goal he set out to accomplish two years ago, Lt. Col. Gary Hopper, 88th Mission Support Group deputy commander, scored a 100 percent on his Air Force fitness test. What made the achievement more impressive was what his scores were for the under-25 age group. Colonel Hopper will turn 51 this month. But, with hard work and the
  • 653rd CLSS lends expertise to help protect Columbian air force mission

    As the Columbian air force continues to use the C-130B and C-130H aircraft to combat drug smuggling, Airmen from the 653rd Combat Logistics Support Squadron here were recently called in to make the mission bullet proof. Tech. Sgt. Darryl Rios-Maldonado, a 653rd aircraft structural maintenance craftsman, and Tech. Sgt. Ricky Hill, a 653rd crew
  • Dining facility operator serves up Golden Plate

    The owner of Vick’s Vittles, the contract company that operates the Thunderbird Inn Dining Facility here, is well known for the operation that has brought home two Hennessy foodservice awards for the best dining facility in the Air Force. In order to win the Hennessy, a dining facility must first compete and win at the major command level. In the
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