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  • Bringing defense planning into the 21st century through modern software

    For much of the defense community, the ease and functionality of modern technology is not translated to military planning systems. While cumbersome acquisitions processes, funding issues, and security concerns are often valid causes, many Department of Defense processes (and any software associated with them) cannot compete with the technology many Americans use regularly. In one corner the U.S. Air Force flies the most advanced aircraft in the world, yet in the other corner, Airmen use clunky spreadsheets and paper documents to analyze operations and mission plan.
  • JBLE hosts medical equipment summit

    The Air Combat Command Surgeon General Office hosted the Manpower and Equipment Force Packaging Summit at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 4, 2019. Members from various U.S. Air Force major commands attended the summit to view demonstrations and capabilities that may boost efficiency in the Expeditionary Medical Systems field. Summit attendees, including members from the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces and the Air Force Medical Operations Agency, examined modern medical shelter options in an effort to revitalize patient care in challenging environments.
  • Divisional wins lead to state competition for AFTAC mentors

    The teams of two Air Force Technical Applications Center mentors will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind state competition April 6 at the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando.
  • PTN innovations move to undergraduate pilot training

    Beginning May 31, 2019, flying training wings across Air Education and Training Command will formally begin integrating innovations from Pilot Training Next into the undergraduate pilot training curriculum, 19th Air Force officials announced at the PTN Technology Expo held March 12-13.
  • AFTAC continues cooperative R&D agreement with FIT

    The Air Force Technical Applications Center here renewed its cooperative research and development agreement with Florida Institute of Technology March 1 at a symbolic signing held at the university’s Melbourne, Florida, campus.
  • Students hired for cyber security

    The Curtis E. LeMay Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron, established in 1956, may be the oldest continuously operational squadron on the base, but their programs are geared toward the future. The squadron recently participated in the National CyberPatriot Competition for the fourth time, tapping into the minds of their high school and middle school cadets. The event falls under the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire kindergarten through 12th grade students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines critical to our nation's future. ​
  • Grand Forks mothers, daughters learn about STEM

    Teams of mothers and daughters flowed into an upstairs room of the Grand Forks Public Library on a Saturday morning, January 26, 2019. The women and girls seated themselves in anticipation of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics workshop they came for, hosted by the base Airman and Family Readiness Center. The mother-daughter STEM workshop was led by local volunteers with the University of North Dakota Society of Women Engineers who served as role models to show attendees STEM careers are for girls and boys. The workshop is one of several the A&FRC has hosted within the last year.
  • First metallic 3D printed part installed on F-22

    The use of 3D printing is not new to the Air Force. The service has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out of production due to manufacturing obsolescence. 3D printing is becoming more common place in the Air Force’s supply chain when it comes to its fifth-generation aircraft. In December, a metallic 3D printed part was installed by 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers on an operational F-22 Raptor during depot maintenance.
  • Youth Center wins “Climate Superstars” at Grand Forks Air Force Base

    The Boys and Girls Club of America Torch Club thought they were receiving a safety briefing, but instead were surprised with news they won “Climate Superstars”, an environmental awareness challenge, December 12, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. This environmental contest is designed to ignite science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) interest among kids and teens while raising awareness about the importance of environmentalism and sustainability. Torch Club members competed nationwide against 200 teams by completing tasks focused on themes such as improving energy, conserving water and reducing waste.
  • Secretary of the Air Force urges innovation in software acquisition model

    The process used by the Air Force to acquire software is archaic and needs to modernize now if the service is to win in a peer-to-peer conflict, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. The secretary made those observations and gave a glimpse into the future of software acquisition during her keynote presentation Aug. 27 at the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference in Montgomery, Alabama.
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