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Airman swims into university’s hall of fame

AF News - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 12:56pm
For one 96th Test Wing Airman, the wild blue yonder isn't overhead but below and in front of his gaze as he stands on the starting block waiting for his signal. Upon the alert, he blasts off and pierces his calm blue horizon to begin a competitive swim. Senior Airman Francisco Perez Castillo, a 96th Maintenance Group administrator, has been swimming since age 4. He joined his first swim team a year after that.

BRIGADIER GENERAL JEANNIE M. LEAVITT

AF Bios - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:30am
Brigadier General Jeannie M. Leavitt is the 57th Wing Commander, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

GENERAL JEANNIE M. LEAVITT

AF Bios - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 10:30am
General Jeannie M. Leavitt is the 57th Wing Commander, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

MR. RICHARD T. ALDRIDGE

AF Bios - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 9:30am
Richard T. Aldridge, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Program Executive Officer for Business and Enterprise Systems and Director of the Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Alabama.

Contracts For April 22, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 2:00pm
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY ExxonMobil Fuels Lubricants and Specialties Marketing Co., Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a maximum $236,457,850 fixed-price with economic price adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for fuel. This was a competitive acquisition with 37 responses received. This is a one-year contract

PACAF A-10s, HH-60s fly first air contingent missions in Philippines

AF News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 7:51am
A U.S. Pacific Command air contingent began flying operations at Clark Air Base on April 19 with the successful launch of four A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and two HH-60G Pave Hawks.

Top 5 facts about AF energy conservation

AF News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 7:47am
<iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/2puOu44BSy0?rel=0" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>WASHINGTON (AFNS) </strong>-- Earth Day, which takes place annually on April 22, serves as a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The Air Force's overarching Earth Day theme continues to be "Conserve Today. Secure Tomorrow." <br /> <br /> For Earth Day 2016, the Air Force is highlighting its commitment to "cleaner, greener installations" with an emphasis on energy and water conservation.<br />

KC-46 team wins DOD environmental award

AF News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 7:33am
The KC-46A Pegasus program’s Environment, Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) team was named the Defense Department’s top large program in environmental excellence in weapon system acquisition April 22.<br /><br />The award, which is part of the 2016 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, recognized the cross-functional team's integration of cost-effective environment, safety and occupational health measures into the KC-46's system design.<br /><br />"Our men and women work hard to keep environmental stewardship a priority while simultaneously advancing our national defense mission," said Frank Kendall, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. These efforts "foster a special type of innovation worthy of national recognition.”<br /><br />The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices across nine categories.<br /><br />"It's a tremendous honor to be recognized for this prestigious award, and I'm extremely proud of Col. John Newberry, our KC-46 program manager, and his KC-46 ESOH team,” said Brig. Gen. Duke Z. Richardson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers. “The KC-46 will be a revolutionary capability in the hands of the warfighter and this award recognizes the level of ingenuity and dedication within all the personnel that work the KC-46 program.”<br /><br />The KC-46 ESOH team includes Nick Shouse, Maj. Matt Obenchain, Senior Master Sgt. Brian Cantrell, Bill Hunt, Don Jackson, Dr. Kevin Kendig, John Stallings, Darren Veneman, and Luis Diaz-Rodriguez.<br /><br />The team was cited for a number of innovations, including the use of an advance performance coating topcoat that reduces the number of times the aircraft will need to be repainted during its service life. The use of APC polyurethane topcoats increases by two times the cycle between repaints compared with the standard polyurethane topcoat and reduces the discharge of volatile organic compounds. This mitigation is estimated to save $44 million over the life cycle of the initial fleet of aircraft.<br /><br />The award also recognized the KC-46 will be the first commercial airline and transport-based aircraft in the world to be delivered with a Federal Aviation Administration-certified non-halon fire suppression system. Production of halon has been prohibited by the Clean Air Act since 1993, but is still used in all commercial airline and transport aircraft. The precedent-setting KC-46 halon replacement initiative gives industry and FAA valuable testing and certification experience that will support the gradual transition to non-halon systems for commercial aircraft in coming years.<br /><br />In fiscal year 2015, the DOD invested $3.8 billion for its environmental programs: $1.8 billion to clean up contamination from past DOD activities; $1.3 billion to comply with environmental laws; $377 million to protect natural and cultural resources; and $184 million for research and development to reduce environmental impacts of DOD activities and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of environmental solutions. These investments help DOD to continue ensuring the protection of human health and the environment, and to sustain the resources required to support the readiness of the nation's armed forces.<br /><br />The other Air Force entities to earn awards include:<br /><br />- Environmental quality, individual/team: Eglin Air Force Base Environmental Quality team, based in Florida -- Demonstrated a holistic environmental management approach to exceed waste diversion and renewable energy goals, maintain compliance, and minimize impacts to the mission.<br /><br />- Environmental restoration, installation: Beale AFB, California -- Used an objective-focused restoration approach and collaborative partnerships to protect human health and the environment, and make significant progress in cleaning up contamination from past defense activities.

AF Week in Photos

AF News - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 4:43am
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.

US military delivers 30 tons of supplies for Japan earthquake relief

AF News - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 2:05pm
The U.S. military has delivered more than 30 tons of supplies to help the people of Japan following two powerful, deadly earthquakes there, a Pentagon spokesman said April 21.

Contracts For April 21, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 2:00pm
AIR FORCE HP Enterprise Services, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $443,220,679 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-reimbursement contract for U.S. Strategic Command Information Technology Capabilities Contract II. Contractor will provide performance-based information technology services, capabilities, and functions to include IT

LOS ANGELES CHAPTER: The Changing Nature of the Space Business

Chapter News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:00pm
The chapter welcomed Col. Michael A. Guetlein, USAF, director of the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate assigned to the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California as its luncheon speaker in April. He is responsible for a $48 billion space systems portfolio and leads a program team of more than 14,000 government and contractor personnel. He leads the development, deployment and sustainment of the nation's space based infrared detection, targeting and tracking systems, as well as the sustaining and fielding of affordable space and terrestrial weather systems. He presented an overall status of the remote sensing programs he is leading and emphasized the changing nature of the space business. He discussed the impacts to our systems based on other countries access to space and how the Chinese anti-satellite program changed opinions on space being considered a benign environment. He noted that now our systems must be resilient to these new challenges.

Contracts For April 20, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 2:00pm
CONTRACTS DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY AT&T Corp., Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a non-competitive, firm-fixed-price contract for the Northstar Long-Haul Telecommunications Network and associated transmission circuits for an ultra-high frequency/line-of-sight communications system network. Proposals were solicited via the FedBizOpps website

Hill depot facility becomes first to work on all F-35 variants

AF News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:34am
The Ogden Air Logistics Complex on Hill Air Force Base, Utah, became the first depot facility to perform modifications on all three F-35 Lightning II variants after it inducted a Navy F-35C carrier version April 15.

New AF development planning effort key to third offset

AF News - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:03am
To help the Air Force define and develop future capabilities, Air Force Materiel Command is standing up a multi-disciplinary Air Force team at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Contracts For April 19, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 2:03pm
CONTRACTS ARMY AECOM Technical Services, Los Angeles, California (W911SR-16-D-0022); Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia (W911SR-16-D-0023); National Defense Energy & Environmental Alliance LLC, Aberdeen, Maryland (W911SR-16-D-0024); and Noblis Inc., Falls Church, Virginia (W911SR-16-D-0025), were awarded a $122,500,000 cost-plus-fixed-fee,

CHIEFchat: Cody discusses WAPS

AF News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 1:06pm
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody discussed the implementation of the Weighted Airman Promotion System changes during his most recent CHIEFchat at Defense Media Activity on Fort George G. Meade. During his chat, he discussed the role of education in promotion, the continued relevance of testing at all enlisted levels, and the feedback he and other senior leaders have received about the changes to the system.

Yesterday’s Air Force: Cheyenne Mountain

AF News - Tue, 04/19/2016 - 7:31am
Since April 20, 1966, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado has been protecting the skies over North America. The Cheyenne Mountain Complex is near Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and falls under Air Force Space Command.

Contracts For April 18, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 2:00pm
 ARMY BAE Systems Land & Armament LP, York, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $109,715,382 modification (P00009) to contract W56HZV-14-C-0298 for 36 M88A2 Heavy Equipment Recovery Combat Utility Lift Evacuation System (Hercules) vehicles, and authorized stockage list spares.  Work will be performed in York, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date

BRIGADIER GENERAL J. STEVEN CHISOLM

AF Bios - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:57am
Chaplain, Brigadier General J. Steven Chisolm is the Air National Guard Assistant to the United States Air Force Chief of Chaplains.

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