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USAFE switchboard operators connect, assist globally

AF News - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 7:32am
"USAFE switchboard operator, how may I help you?" is a short phrase that many U.S. Air Forces in Europe consolidated switchboard users may be familiar with. The 40 members of the Telephone Operations Facility, located on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, work 24/7, 365 days a year to service not only Ramstein AB and USAFE, but Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and U.S. State Department personnel all over the world.


AF Bios - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 2:20am
Maj. Gen. Michael D. Rothstein is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Plans, Programs and Operations, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.   He is responsible for providing executive leadership and guidance for U.S. government global security assistance programs and policies, such as the Global Peace


AF Bios - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:00am
Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Bart O. Iddins is Commander of the 59th Medical Wing, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, whose mission is to provide deployed and home station health care, graduate medical education, and clinical research, all designed to enhance Air Force readiness. He leads the Air Force's largest


AF Bios - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 11:08pm
Brig. Gen. James Jacobson is the Inspector General, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. He leads a selectively manned unit inspecting the command's readiness by validating and verifying Commanders’ Inspection Programs; oversees unit effectiveness inspections, nuclear surety inspections, and nuclear operational

Mobility Airmen assist first responders after Kabul airport attack

AF News - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 11:05am
Four Airmen deployed with the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron at Bagram Airfield sprang into action following a Jan. 4 terrorist attack on a compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Airman keeps serving after overcoming rare cancer

AF News - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:00am
"Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back." -- Maximus. This quote from the movie “Gladiator” rings powerful and true to Tech. Sgt. LaPaul Williams, who said, "I don't believe death is to be feared." Williams, a 5th Air Support Operations Squadron fighter duty technician stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.

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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