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  • Deforestation on Tyndall leads to ecosystem restoration

    Beginning Jan. 15, 2020, Tyndall Air Force Base Airmen, the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resources section, and contracted partners will begin planting longleaf pine trees along Highway 98 near Fire Station 4 at Silver Flag Road. This is a partnership between U.S. Air Force service members, Department of Defense contracted employees, and representatives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Offutt Fire Station updates, renovates

    Offutt Air Force Base Fire Station 2, originally built in May 1972 and located off-base near Rising View, is currently undergoing a $1.3 million renovation that began earlier this year. This facility upgrade that will provide firefighters adequate living quarters while on call and the space they need for readiness and training. Additionally, while the renovations are occurring, they are co-habituating a local fire station and partnering with our local community.
  • ACC recognizes innovation, announces Spark Tank finalists

    Air Combat Command announced their two 2020 Spark Tank finalists moving on to compete in the finals in Washington D.C. at the Creech Conference Center here, Oct. 17.
  • Tyndall holds third industry day to plan rebuild of base

    Resilient. Sustainable. Adaptable. This was the mantra of Air Force planners, community leaders and industry representatives collaborating on the rebuild of Tyndall Air Force Base during an industry day held near the base Sept. 12. Nearly a year after Hurricane Michael caused massive destruction to Tyndall and Bay County on Oct. 10, 2018, the Air Force and local community are rebuilding and looking to the future.
  • Offutt runway closure delayed 10 months

    The 55th Wing’s runway replacement at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, has been pushed back from December 2019 to October 2020. The ten-month delay of the runway closure allows for demolition and earthwork to begin before winter and sets up the program to be in the asphalt and concrete work phase by spring 2021.
  • DRAGON heads south for summer

    Pilots flew an upgraded E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft across the international date line and into the southern hemisphere in late July. The flights prove a $1.05 aircraft billion upgrade, called DRAGON, is worthy of long-haul, international flights and ensures the 40-year-old airframes can continue to operate globally.
  • Overnight radar replacements for NEXRAD

    The NEXT RADAR, or NEXTRAD replacement, completed at Cannon in February in one night, is part of an ongoing effort there and at 24 other Air Force installations worldwide. The Air Force’s 25-site replacement program is part of a three-agency U.S. government effort to standardize the 180 radars that build national weather and flight data for the National Weather Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. military. A team of Airmen, civilians and contractors at Hanscom and a 557th Weather Wing, unit in Norman, Oklahoma, keep the 25 NEXRAD units the Air Force owns maintained and upgraded on schedule.
  • The Air Force is becoming more Agile – one project at a time

    The term ‘Agile’ has been on the lips of Department of Defense senior leaders with increasing frequency recently – often citing its importance for developing functional, innovative software that better equips the warfighter to respond to uncertain and ever-changing environments. While the private sector adopted Agile a long time ago, the DoD is just beginning to embed Agile methodology in acquisitions programs and other projects.
  • Clearing the zone to save birds

    The 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron began construction to install new drainage systems to more efficiently rid the airfield of water at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, March 2019. The Clear Zone Drainage Project is a collaborative effort involving multiple JBLE squadrons that aims to sustain and modernize JBLE while continuing to protect the local wildlife.
  • Friction testing running smoother

    After inclement winter weather, Airfield Management is responsible for testing the friction of the runways, taxiways and aprons - cleared aircraft movement is based on their results. The 55th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management office has successfully installed a new system - the RT3 continuous friction measuring equipment, which tests the friction of the runway. The new equipment is making the process more streamlined.
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