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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
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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
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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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Military Sealift Command missile range instrumentation ship USNS Invincible makes way during sea trials following a regularly scheduled yard period.  The platform is designed to augment the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense sensor network by providing target discrimination information to U.S. Strategic Command.  (U.S. Navy photo by Tommy Chia) Tech Ops Squadron is heartbeat of nuke treaty monitoring from air, sea, space
When the Department of Defense needs bombs on target or fighters in the air, they reach out to any number of flying wings within the Air Force to task their squadrons to accomplish that mission. Yet when they need near-real time data of potential nuclear detonations, to include ballistic missile detection, radioactive plume debris collection, seismic activity or gamma ray emissions, there is only one wing within DoD that can meet that need.
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Senior Airman Tristan Marsh (left), briefs a group of visitors on the capabilities of the WC-135 Constant Phoenix Feb. 14, 2017.  The jet was on display at Patrick AFB, Fla., for members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center and the 45th Space Wing.  As people made their way through and around the aircraft, crewmembers discussed the features and capabilities of the atmospheric collection suite, which allows the mission crew to detect radioactive ‘clouds’ in real time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) WC-135 Constant Phoenix visits Patrick AFB
One of the Air Force’s most intriguing aircraft was on display here Feb. 14 to give members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center a chance to get a glimpse of its inner-workings.The WC-135 Constant Phoenix, AFTAC’s atmospheric sampling platform, flew from its home base, Offutt AFB, Neb., with its cockpit crew from the 45th Reconnaissance
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David Merker, Senior Executive Service Director of the U.S. National Data Center (center), points out the inner workings of a solar intensity measurement tool that’s used to gauge the intensity of the sun at any given time to Jorge Román-Nieves, a geophysicist from the Air Force Technical Applications Center Sept. 19, 2016, as AFTAC’s chief of International Affairs Robert McLaughlin listens in.  The trio traveled to Spain to meet with seismic experts from the Instituto Geográfico Nacional, a multi-faceted agency in Madrid responsible for many aspects of research and development.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) U.S. National Data Center team reopens channels with Spain
A group of scientists from the Air Force Technical Applications Center traveled to Spain to meet with seismic experts. Senior Executive Service Director of the U.S. National Data Center Dave Merker, met with members of the Instituto Geográfico Nacional to discuss the possibility of future information sharing on the 20th anniversary of AFTAC’s transfer of Detachment 313 Sonseca Seismic Station to the IGN.
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John Loftis and Mickey Ruehs, both members of the Air Force Technical Applications' contingency operations team, review checklists at AFTAC's alternate facility in Texas.  The duo was part of a group of Airmen who deployed to the center's 24/7 alternate location to transfer AFTAC's nuclear treaty monitoring mission from Patrick AFB, Fla., as the base prepared to evacuate for Hurricane Matthew that barreled up Florida's east coast Oct. 7, 2016.  (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
Despite storm threat, treaty monitoring mission continued, uninterrupted
AFTAC, the Department of Defense’s sole organization dedicated to nuclear treaty monitoring and nuclear event detection, marshaled its contingency operations team Oct. 4 to deploy to its alternate operating facility in Texas. Our national decision makers rely on us and our ability to provide uninterrupted 24/7 access to potential nuclear events around the world, and we go to great lengths to ensure we provide and deliver those capabilities to our senior leaders.
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Default Air Force Logo AFTAC contractor recognized for 30+ years of service
For more than three decades, Dr. Anne S. Henson has focused her attention on physics, geophysics and seismology, and that hard work paid off: her company recognized her with a token of appreciation for her continued dedication.
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