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  • New software development system saves time, money and benefits warfighter

    Software engineers in the 517th Software Engineering Squadron have developed a new workflow system and software development methodology to significantly reduce the time it takes to deliver software to customers.
  • I-WEPTAC delivers third straight year of innovation

    Mission Area Working Groups delivered innovative solutions to the Air Force’s top Agile Combat Support challenges at the 3rd Annual Installation and Mission Support Weapons and Tactics Conference outbrief here April 10. One of those senior leaders in attendance was Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, who said the presentations were “impressive to watch.” His command, which runs the CAF WEPTAC, is partnering with Air Force Materiel Command and AFIMSC to test a combat support wing concept developed at a previous I-WEPTAC. The capstone exercise for the concept takes place at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, in May.
  • Using dynamite and TNT to enhance nuclear mission

    Ten sticks of medium-grade dynamite, 60 pounds of C4, two-and-a-half pounds of Semtex and six canisters of TNT made for an explosive day for members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center. Airmen from the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, AFTAC’s Systems Development Directorate personnel tested a new system to determine if their creative ingenuity could be operationally deployed in the field.
  • Robotic system advances minimally invasive surgery

    The 99th Surgical Operations Squadron (MSGS) performed their first robotic general surgery using the da Vinci Surgery System, April 3, at the Mike O’Callaghan Military Medical Center.
  • AF PEAT lead visits Joint Base Langley-Eustis

    The Air Force Physiological Episodes Action Team (AF PEAT) lead visited the NASA Langley Research Center here March 28, 2019, to discuss the importance of an ongoing pilot breathing assessment (PBA) with senior Air Combat Command health officials and NASA engineers. Brig. Gen. Edward Vaughan and his team met at the NASA Engineering and Safety Center to analyze F/A-18 and F-15 liquid-oxygen-configured NASA aircraft to better understand the causes of physiological episodes (PE) in the Navy and Air Force.
  • Medical Airmen work to improve efficiency in patient care in Afghanistan

    Medical professionals at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield are working to make positive impacts during their deployment so future patients and providers can benefit. The current trauma resuscitation documentation and data collection process in Afghanistan is very similar to the process stateside. A five-page paper form, a trauma resuscitation record, is used to document patient care and is hand-written by healthcare teams. The T6 Health System mobile device application is a high resolution, digital documentation system, that is a multi-dimensional data and point-of-care analytics system that opens up the possibility of precision and predictive trauma care to theater if CJTH staff can explore the feasibility of using this technology in routine care of trauma patients, mass casualty situations, point of injury and en-route care.
  • Firefighter training goes virtual

    Firefighters train weekly to maintain readiness, so when the call comes to put their lives at risk for the people they serve, they are prepared. Whether in training or on a live fire, they are susceptible to various carcinogenic toxins - until now. To help reduce the inhalation of toxins, more and more fire departments are purchasing virtual reality equipment to provide a safer way to train their members. The 55th Civil Engineering Squadron, fire department Offutt Air Force Base used innovation funds to purchase a simulator that provides real world scenarios to enhance their skills without being in an unsafe environment.
  • FEURY keeps TACPs in new theater safe

    Additional FEURY sites multiply the amount of ISR available to units and give combat Airmen the edge over their adversaries, according to the TACPs who use them. The office rolled out its capability to a new theater this February after securing funding, requirements, drafting a contract and deploying personnel and equipment to the Area of Responsibility. FEURY keeps Tactical Air Control Party Airmen safe behind the wire by increasing the availability of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sources while they conduct air support operations.
  • 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.
  • COMACC focuses on CSS re-establishment

    Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, has emphasized an initiative to utilize ACC’s A1, Manpower, Personnel and Services directorate, to re-establish commander support staffs in squadrons across the command.
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