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  • Team JSTARS maintainers design tool saving Air Force estimated $500k yearly

    Eight Airmen from Team JSTARS at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, recently designed an innovative tool estimated to save the Air Force nearly $500k a year in cowling repairs for the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. The cowling fixture table, an approved tool intended for field-level repairs, was a response to a challenge set by leadership. “The supply system could not meet the demand requirements for these cowlings,” said Col. Robert Nash, commander of the 116th Maintenance Group, Georgia Air National Guard. “We needed a sufficient capacity to support the warfighter.”
  • Autonomous vehicles coming to PIRA

    Self-driving vehicles may not be commonplace on city streets yet, but they are headed to the Precision Impact Range Area on Edwards Air Force Base, California. Autonomous Solutions Inc. conducted a site survey to gather information needed to provide their autonomous services to the PIRA, April 16-17.
  • Corrosion shop Airmen pioneer Air Force maintenance method

    Water, accompanied by a thunderous roar, rips C-130J impact-resistant belly tape at 20,000 pounds per square inch on Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 27, 2019.
  • New avionics invention saves Gunfighters time, money

    Wasting time is annoying. For a company, it costs money. For the Air Force, it could cost lives. So what if you had an idea to make things better and save time? Could you make your idea a reality? The Air Force says yes.
  • David O. Cooke Award Won by 97 MDG Civilian

    Tiffany Gibbs, a service contract monitor assigned to the 97th Medical Support Squadron, is the recipient of the David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration Award for Air Education and Training Command.
  • 1 WXG’s virtual training brings real benefits

    Airmen assigned to the 1st Weather Group are rolling out virtual reality training tailored to the needs of the Air Force Weather community, allowing them to train faster and smarter. Delivered on March 14, 2019, 1st WXG’s NextGen Environmental Weather Training System simulates setting up and assembling a tactical meteorological observation system, known as a TMQ-53. The TMQ-53 is a portable, automated weather station that can take observations in up to one minute intervals, enabling flying missions around the world. The data it produces can be utilized by a weather observer in the field or by the Air Force Weather community using satellite communications. The TMQ-53 simulation complements other weather VR training products being developed in parallel by the 3rd Weather Squadron at Fort Hood, Texas; the 18th Weather Squadron at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and the 93rd Air-Ground Operations Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. Coordination on the development maximized the innovation while eliminating a duplication of efforts. “The realism of the VR was incredible,” said Capt. Matthew Perkins, 1st WXG science officer. “I could make out tiny labels and serial numbers on equipment, and aircraft even flew overhead during the simulation. Virtual reality brings unprecedented realism to our training ability when the physical equipment is unavailable. Our deployed Airmen will have greater familiarity with these tools than ever before.”
  • 552nd ACW Hosts First Spark Tank Competition

    TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – In the hopes of obtaining funds for innovative ideas, nine
  • ISR Group at Beale connects Airmen to commercial innovators at Collider Demo

    A new Air Force program is connecting Airmen with startup innovators to solve complex solutions, and Beale is at the forefront.
  • New Air Force Science & Technology Strategy puts focus on speed

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson unveiled a new and ambitious Science and Technology Strategy designed to better identify, develop and deploy breakthrough technologies, April 17.
  • 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.
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