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  • 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.
  • Building to boost the 366th Fighter Wing capabilities

    Since the base was built in 1942, the Air Force has relied on infrastructure to facilitate key operations that make the Air Force’s mission possible. In Mountain Home AFB history, the 366th Civil Engineer Squadron processes have stayed consistent while improvements and renovations keep base buildings and the flight line to code and boost the 366th Fighter Wing’s capabilities.
  • Weather data pilot includes Hurricane Michael

    The prototyping project is the first stage in an effort to bring more startups, small businesses and other non-traditional defense contractors into the field. The $8.1 million, one-year prototyping initiative asks an independent data processing company to study the utility of commercial data for the Air Force’s Global Air-Land Weather Exploitation Model. U.S. Air Force and Army combatant commanders use GALWEM to inform daily operations, combat missions and exercises. Data in the report will include information gathered when Category 4 Hurricane Michael made landfall near Tyndall Air Force Base recently.
  • Innovative solar panel project first in South Carolina

    The 20th Fighter Wing celebrated the completion of Shaw Military Housing’s solar power installation project with a ribbon cutting ceremony, Oct. 22. The project included the installation of 5,865 solar panels in 284 homes, accumulating an approximate 40 percent offset of total annual electrical consumption. A first for military housing in the state of South Carolina, the project solidifies the state as eighth in the nation for installed solar power capacity.
  • Hanscom begins Network-as-a-Service experiments

    The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded two Network-as-a-Service agreements for a total of $121 million, freeing Airmen currently assigned to support base network operations to transition into core Air Force mission cyber operations. The team used an Other Transaction Agreement for this effort, which allowed flexibility and agility to award their effort in four months, an expedited timeframe. The base information technology service delivery support agreements with AT&T Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are for risk reduction experiments spanning three years. Risk reduction is a phase of an overall effort to provide Enterprise Information Technology as-a-Service.
  • Nellis first base to use Tele-ICU

    The Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center here partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Tele-Intensive Care Unit (ICU) staff to work collaboratively with the bedside team to allow continuous monitoring of the ICU patients’ vitals when medical center providers are out of the room assisting other critical patients. The VA Tele-ICU center, located in the Veterans Integrated Services Network 23 (VISN 23) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is now linked to the medical center ICU where patients’ bedside clinical data will be made available to ICU intensivists, nurses and medical technicians through non-recording cameras, video display, microphones and speakers. It has taken years of hard work to finally get this program to Nellis. They were selected as the first base to house this program in our ICU due to the size, skills, services and willingness of Team Nellis.
  • Oldest flying F-22 Raptor takes to sky again

    Base leadership joined the 411th Flight Test Squadron and F-22 Combined Test Force, along with Lockheed Martin and Boeing representatives, to welcome back to life Raptor #91-4006, which has been on the ground for almost six years. The fifth-generation fighter was one of the first F-22 Raptors to have avionics installed for testing and has been at the 411th FLTS since it arrived in May 2001. After eventually getting approval and funding from the Air Force to overhaul the Raptor, a “purple” team of Air Force, Lockheed and Boeing personnel worked for 27 months here at Edwards to restore the jet back to flying status.
  • Technicians to test tactical weather systems at new engineering facility

    A Weather Engineering Facility will give engineers the ability to test and improve nine weather systems used on military installations throughout the world. The WEF, resembling rows of increasingly complex antennae and radar domes, gives Hanscom’s weather engineers a chance to examine multiple types of weather sensing and forecasting systems. The systems are capable of detecting lightning strikes, winds, storms, incoming pressure systems and other meteorological phenomena.
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