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Gorenc discusses European Reassurance Initiative, air police mission

AF News - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 1:12pm
The commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa said April 5 that the increase in European Reassurance Initiative funds next year will allow his command to improve its presence and facilities on the eastern side of NATO and to deter Russia. Gen. Frank Gorenc also told the Defense Writers’ Group that his command is working on transferring the air policing mission over the Baltic States into an air defense mission.


AF Bios - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 9:29am
Brig. Gen. John P. Healy is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Passion vs. priorities

AF News - Tue, 04/05/2016 - 8:18am
Physical fitness doesn’t come easy for everyone -- sometimes the drive to finish one more repetition or set a new personal best just doesn’t cut it. For 1st Lt. Christian Torres, having the spirit to stay mentally and physically strong when going through adversity is not just found in the gym, it’s a way of life.

Contracts For April 4, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:00pm
CONTRACTS NAVY Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded $170,173,188 for modification P00047 to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of nine AH-1Z aircraft, and nine auxiliary fuel kits for the government of Pakistan under the Foreign Military Sales program. 

April issue of Airman magazine now available

AF News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:07pm
The April issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and is viewable through a Web browser. Featured on our cover, “The perfect storm” gives a birds-eye view of the F-35 Lightning II as it goes through rigorous testing and evaluation in order to be declared initial operation capability within the projected deadline later this year.

Eielson selected to receive operational F-35A aircraft

AF News - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:15pm
Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, was selected as the new home for the Air Force’s first operational overseas F-35A Lightning IIs. Air Force officials chose Eielson AFB after a lengthy analysis of the location’s operational considerations, installation attributes, environmental factors and cost.


AF Bios - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:00pm
Mr. Daniel S. Goddard, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Director, Information Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, New York.

Kendall cites progress on F-35 performance, schedule, cost

Space and Technology - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 2:39pm
The F-35 Lightning II program (also known as the Joint Strike Fighter program) is making progress on performance, schedule and cost, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told U.S. reporters last week during a teleconference from Norway.

SMC Awards Combined Orbital Operations Logistics Sustainment contract

Space and Technology - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:55am
The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) recently awarded the Combined Orbital Operations Logistics Sustainment (COOLS) contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Sunnyvale, California.

Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center Certifies SpaceX for National Security Space Missions

Space and Technology - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:11pm
Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves, Commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and Air Force Program Executive Officer for Space, has announced the certification of Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 Launch System for national security space missions.

AF successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission

Space and Technology - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:45am
The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the AFSPC-5 mission aboard the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) procured United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, May 20, at 11:05 a.m. EST. There were no issues reported with the launch.

AF successfully launches the AFSPC-5 mission

Space and Technology - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:36am
The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the AFSPC-5 mission aboard the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) procured United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, May 20, at 11:05 a.m. EST. There were no issues reported with the launch.

$2M Air Force Prize for development of a small, efficient turboshaft engine

Space and Technology - Wed, 05/06/2015 - 8:41am
Registration is now open for the $2 million Air Force Prize that will be awarded to the first entrant to successfully develop a small, lightweight, fuel-efficient turbine engine.

Nellis breaks ground on DOD’s largest solar array

Space and Technology - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 5:00am
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony March 24 for the newest Air Force solar array, a photovoltaic farm named Nellis II. The system, upon completion, will provide 19 megawatts of direct current capacity to the base, making it the largest photovoltaic system in the Department of Defense.

DARPA uses open systems to boost airpower

Space and Technology - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:47am
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to seamlessly integrate plug-and-fly modules into any kind of platform.

9th-generation GPS satellite blasts off from 'The Cape'

Space and Technology - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:27am
The 45th Space Wing supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket carrying the Air Force's ninth Block IIF-9 navigation satellite for the GPS March 25, 2015, from Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

F. E. Warren conducts Minuteman III missile test launch from Vandenberg

Space and Technology - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 11:40am
A team Airmen from Air Force Global Strike Command, launched an unarmed LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle March 23, from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Air Force funds research for remotely piloted aircraft

Space and Technology - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 10:25am
Although the development of remotely piloted aircraft began in the 1950s, they are increasingly used by both military and commercial customers and provide a promising new chapter in the history of aviation.

AF research will improve camera for targeting munitions

Space and Technology - Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:00pm
In order for an imaging munition to find and make its mark, a variety of information is required, including high-resolution video imagery. Future Air Force munitions will likely feature wide field-of-view (WFOV) imaging seekers that provide Air Force warfighters several advantages over using traditional imaging seekers, including improved capability and lower cost.

SBIRS constellation forms under one roof

Space and Technology - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:44am
Airmen from the 460th Operations Group have made history by successfully completing the first series of Space Based Infrared System satellite and antenna communication on Jan. 28-30 from Block 10, the new operations floor, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.

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