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  • 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. Exercise Adaptive Lightning’s Task Force Bat Phone is designed to provide data capabilities for on-the-move and first-in situations – the first 72 hours after establishing a new operating location. “Even in the best scenario, such as setting up for a field exercise, there's always a lag between the start of the setup and the establishment of a secure data link,” said Tech. Sgt. Matt Mattern, 16th Weather Squadron NCO in charge of model operations. The Bat Phone leverages existing military radio communication and computer equipment to transmit information without using a formal communications link. Custom-built software retrieves data from Air Force Weather Web Services – known as AFW-WEBS – and packages it for delivery to deployed users in the field using a laptop.
  • 552nd ACW Fuel Systems Creates New Tool in 12 Hours

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – “What’s the game plan,” said the Accessories Flight Chief. “Well sir
  • Fraud training focuses on prevention and remediation

    HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Fraud counsel here and at Air Force Materiel Command invite all
  • Fuel Tank: Airman-powered innovation

    To award Air Force’s Squadron Innovation Fund dollars, leadership from the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, hosted the second annual Fuel Tank competition March 15, 2019, where Airmen pitched their innovative ideas to improve processes, training, and equipment, and thus, effectiveness and readiness.
  • Air University Press releases Autonomous Horizons: The Way Forward

    Air University Press announces the release of Autonomous Horizons: The Way Forward, by Dr. Greg Zacharias, former chief scientist of the Air Force. Zacharias, who served as chief scientist from 2015 to 2018, explores the next steps in autonomous systems development, fielding and training. Rapid advances in AS development and artificial intelligence research will change how people think about machines, whether they are individual vehicle platforms or networked enterprises.
  • Institute celebrates 100 years of defense-focused education

    The Air Force Institute of Technology kicked off its centennial anniversary celebration March 5 at the Sinclair Ponitz Conference Center in Dayton, highlighting the institute’s rich journey since its beginning Nov. 10, 1919. Chief Scientist of the United States Air Force Dr. Richard J. Joseph was the keynote speaker for the celebration, which had as its theme: “A Century of Education Excellence: Inspiration to Innovation.” Joseph spoke about AFIT’s longevity and how the future depends on an educated Air Force.
  • 86th AES wins big with innovation

    Airmen assigned to the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron received two checks totaling $71,200 dollars from the 86th Airlift Wing Innovation Office on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 11, 2019.
  • "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" explores Pilot Training Next 2.0

    The fifth episode of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's podcast series, was released March 18. In the episode, Lt. Col. Paul Vicars, the director of Pilot Training Next, sits down to discuss the second iteration of AETC’s innovative and experimental approach to learning, based at the Armed Forces Reserve Center near the Austin-Bergstrom (Texas) International Airport.
  • AFRL, university partners make a push in printable composites

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Air Force Research Laboratory hosts a diverse group of
  • International environment, innovation to headline 21st-century pilot training

    The 77th meeting of the ENJJPT Steering Committee, which is the governing body of the world’s only internationally manned and operated pilot training program, was held at Sheppard AFB March 11-15 to give representatives from partner nations an opportunity to discuss the physical and financial health of the 55-week long program.
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