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A team of experts from the Air Force Technical Applications Center, headquartered at Patrick AFB, Fla., look over blueprints of the operations facility where AFTAC, the Department of Defense's sole nuclear treaty monitoring center, will house its contingency operations facility at Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn.  Pictured from left to right:  Bill Leslie, Randy Pomeroy and Lt. Col. Christopher Hall.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Gaskill) 24/7 treaty monitoring center ready for contingency ops
Recently, the nuclear treaty monitoring center here transferred its Contingency of Operations (COOP) and the Alternate U.S. National Data Center location from San Antonio, Texas to Millington, Tenn. For the past five years, AFTAC’s alternate site was located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in close proximity to 25th Air Force, AFTAC’s Numbered Air Force.
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2018
Lt. Col. Christopher Hall, 709th Support Squadron commander, renders a salute to Col. Richard Mendez, 709th Support Group commander, after taking command of the newly-formed squadron within the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.  Also pictured (left) is Senior Master Sgt. Shannon S. Harris, 709th SPTS superintendent.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew S. Jurgens) Reorganization brings structure, leadership to treaty monitoring center
The Air Force Technical Applications Center here successfully completed its reorganization April 9-13 after more than five years of planning “Historically, AFTAC has been structured around mission areas – techniques to gather information with mission area managers who were experts in their respective disciplines,” said Col. Steven M. Gorski, AFTAC commander. “While this type of organizational structure works well in a resource-rich environment, it has inherent mission-effectiveness flaws. Our new organizational flow establishes clear responsibilities with common skills that allow us to develop our workforce more effectively.”
0 5/09
2018
Photo of the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., headquarters of the Department of Defense’s sole nuclear treaty monitoring center.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) DoD’s sole nuclear surveillance unit undergoes organizational change
The Air Force Technical Applications Center, the sole agency in the Department of Defense that conducts global nuclear surveillance, underwent a full-scale organizational change April 1 to better align the center’s vital capabilities to improve mission effectiveness.The reorganization, which was approved by the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Feb.
0 4/25
2018
Luke Pendergrast, a Boy Scout from Troop 330 in Ormond Beach, Fla., carefully molds black felt in a petri dish to create a cloud chamber to visualize condensation trails left by ionizing radiation.  Pendergrast attended the Nuclear Science Merit Badge event hosted by the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla,. March 31, 2018.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) With help from Airmen, Boy Scouts earn prestigious merit badge
Nearly 100 Boy Scouts from 25 troops across Central Florida traveled to Patrick AFB March 31 to earn the much-sought-after Nuclear Science Merit Badge with the help of Airmen from the Air Force Technical Applications Center here.AFTAC, the Department of Defense’s sole nuclear treaty monitoring center, is filled with highly skilled and educated
0 4/10
2018
Dr. Bob Kemerait, senior scientist and Defense Intelligence Senior Level executive at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., poses for a picture prior to the start of the Plenary Session of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization’s  Preparatory Commission at its headquarters in Vienna March 19, 2018.  Kemerait was recognized by CTBTO Executive Secretary Dr. Lassina Zerbo as the only person from any nation in the world to attend every Working Group B meeting since its inception in 1997.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) Grass does not grow under this octogenarian’s feet
With 82-plus years under his belt, a long and storied career with the federal government, and elbows that have rubbed with the likes of astronauts, diplomats, presidential appointees and renowned international scientists alike, one would think he’d have slowed down by now.One would think. But that’s not the case for Dr. Bob Kemerait, a senior
0 3/30
2018
Chief Master Sgt. Michael Joseph, command chief for the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., shares a hearty laugh with Mae Krier, an original member of “Rosie the Riveters” during the 2018 Women in Science and Engineering Symposium Feb. 8, 2018.  AFTAC hosted the event and invited Krier and many other high-profile women in government, education and industry to relay their success stories to young minds interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Phillip C. Sunkel IV) AFTAC hosts annual WiSE Symposium
For the fourth time in as many years, the Air Force Technical Applications Center hosted its annual Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Symposium Feb. 7-8, with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson as the featured keynote speaker.The symposium was established in 2013 to bring attention to and highlight the value that gender diversity
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2018
Senior Airman Dylan B. Melone (right), a clean room technician with the Air Force Technical Applications Center, shows Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, a transmission electron microscope grid he uses to accomplish AFTAC's trace particle analysis mission.  Holmes visited the nuclear treaty monitoring center, Patrick AFB, Fla., Jan. 24, 2018.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) Holmes, Batten pay first visit to nuclear treaty monitoring center
The commander of Air Combat Command paid his first visit to the Department of Defense’s sole nuclear treaty monitoring center recently to meet the Airmen responsible for providing forensic-level scientific data to support ACC and national decision makers.Gen. Mike Holmes, accompanied by his command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Frank Batten, flew in to
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2018
Claudette Wells, an acquisition program manager for the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., stands near the dock at Frederiksted, St. Croix as she prepares to head out to work as a Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster relief volunteer.  Wells was part of FEMA's Surge Capacity Force that helped those affected by Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that barreled through the Caribbean in September 2017.  (Courtesy photo) AFTAC civilian returns to duty after Hurricane Maria relief efforts
“They have no power, no running water, limited transportation, little food, and the damage is unimaginable.”Those are the words of Claudette Wells, an acquisition program manager for the Air Force Technical Applications Center here, speaking about the citizens of St. Croix, a U.S. territory. Wells recently returned from the island nation after
0 11/30
2017
Col. Steven M. Gorski (right), commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center, and Chief Master Sgt. Michael Joseph, AFTAC’s command chief, pose next to the plaque that officially dedicates the center’s research laboratory after former AFTAC senior scientist, Michael Harkins, at a ceremony at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colo.  Harkins’ official portrait is on the right.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) AFTAC names lab after ‘giant’ of nuclear forensics
The Air Force Technical Applications Center dedicated its research laboratory in Colorado after a pioneer of gas analysis techniques at a ceremony held Oct. 24, 2017.Formerly known as Operating Location GT, the Harkins Laboratory Complex was officially named after Michael Harkins, a nuclear engineer who served as the senior scientist of AFTAC’s
0 11/17
2017
AFTAC Cyberspace Capabilities Squadron Cyberspace domain critical to Nuclear Treaty Monitoring
The Air Force Technical Applications Center here is charged with ensuring each and every nation across the globe complies with the ban on nuclear weapons testing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members of AFTAC answer that call without fail – monitoring nuclear treaty compliance is their business.To accomplish this herculean task, the center
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2017
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