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  • F-16 downs target drone with laser guided rocket in unprecedented test

    The 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron shot down a subscale drone using an AGR-20A Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rocket on December 19, 2019, providing a proof of concept for using rockets queued from an F-16 targeting pod as viable munitions to perform cruise missile defense.
  • AFCENT hosts Weapons and Tactics Conference

    U.S. Air Forces Central Command held their fall Weapons and Tactics Conference Sept. 23-27, 2019, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Tactical experts from across the region discussed current issues and provided solutions for challenges facing the U.S. Air Force, joint services, and coalition partners.
  • Local ’16 valedictorian recruited by AFTAC as nuclear data analyst

    Through the Palace Acquire Program, the Air Force Technical Applications Center here recruited a recent University of South Florida undergraduate to work as a nuclear data analyst in the center’s Ciambrone Radiochemistry Laboratory. Victoria Scira joined the AFTAC team in June 2019 after graduating magna cum laude from USF in May with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
  • Team Robins “sparks” innovation: Spark Cell hosts inaugural Pitch Day

    The Robins Spark Cell hosted its Inaugural Pitch Day Sept. 20 at the Advanced Technology and Training Center in Warner Robins, alongside Air Force Sustainment Center Contracting located at Robins Air Force Base. The pitch day is a first of its kind for AFSC, cutting a process that can take, on average, 100 days, down to just six.
  • 548th ISRG, 9th SFS partner with Hivemapper program to utilize drone capabilities

    Saving time and money, reducing manpower, increasing security, improving mission effectiveness, and innovating are all priorities articulated by senior leaders regarding the Air Force we need. Here, these priorities are coming to fruition from a partnership between intelligence and security agencies.
  • 9th AF/CC flies with 41st RQS

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, Ninth Air Force commander, dons a helmet in an HH-60G Pave Hawk before a flight at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Aug. 8, 2019. It was Franks’ initial flight in the Ninth Air Force commander’s flagship aircraft, an HH-60G Pave Hawk assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron. Franks, who on separate occasions served as
  • Air Force gathers innovators for Tyndall rebuild

    Air Force leaders are leaving no stone unturned in their search for the best industry practices and innovations to consider in rebuilding Tyndall AFB, Florida, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
  • Mountain Home AFB: First to use Portable Doppler Radar for CONUS Ops

    Weather can be an unrelenting force and infamously fickle. Severe weather can adversely affect the safety of aircrew and Airmen working in the elements. Fortunately, advanced radars with weather forecasting capabilities can mitigate the associated risks. Keeping constant surveillance on weather patterns and their potential hazards is an important step in enhancing readiness and safety of Airmen. Until recently, this often proved to be a challenge when local radars needed to undergo routine maintenance or upgrades. Mountain Home Air Force Base is the first to show how Portable Doppler Radars (PDRs) can be used to support continental United States (CONUS) operations to fix this problem.
  • Ophthalmology teams give Guyanese the gift of sight

    The ophthalmology center at the Port Mourant Hospital was established to provide aid to the Guyanese population by screening and selecting patients to receive cataract and pterygium surgery in support of New Horizons 2019. This exercise provides U.S. military members an opportunity to train for an overseas deployment. It promotes bilateral cooperation by providing opportunities for U.S. and partner nation military engineers, medical personnel and support staff to work and train side by side. Many of the Guyanese patients have been waiting years to receive either cataract or pterygium surgery to regain their vision.
  • 2nd WXG innovations: Task Force Bat Phone delivers data Airmen need

    This is the second part of a series highlighting innovations by the 557th Weather Wing’s 2nd Weather Group. Using off-the-shelf components, new processes and a little inspiration from Batman, a group of innovative Airmen from the 557th Weather Wing’s 2nd Weather Group are changing how information is transmitted in the field.
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