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Firefighters pay respect with 9/11 tower climb

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September 15, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Wing vice director says goodbye after 30 years

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September 14, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

At the end of this month, the 96th Test Wing's vice director calls it a career with his official retirement after 30 years of service to the Air Force.

Dennis Mattson, who joined Eglin's senior leadership in 2009, said he was glad he could complete his career here with Eglin's strong tie to his educational roots of aeronautical engineering.

Mattson began his career as an engineer for the Air Force in 1984. He spent the next 20 years within civil engineer squadrons at Nellis AFB, Nevada and Elemendorf AFB, Alaska.
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AFTAC hosts Women in Science & Engineering Symposium

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September 12, 2014 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force Technical Applications Center hosted a two-day: Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Symposium Sept. 10-11, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The central theme was to support and foster a diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce.

Nearly 230 were in attendance and it was open to the public, despite being held on a military installation. Attendees from all walks of life - education, industry, federal service, defense department, and aerospace - registered to be a part of the inaugural event.
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NASCAR driver experiences live fire exercise, serves as crew chief at HARB

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September 12, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Aric Almirola, currently 10th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, visited Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, Sept. 10, to participate in a live fire exercise, work alongside a crew chief, and have a lunch with select Airman.

Almirola drives the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford and is one of 16 drivers in the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" that concludes at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16.

Almirola is one of 16 drivers in the series. He has strong ties to Florida and the Air Force community. He was born at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, while his dad served in the military.
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Homestead honors Air Force birthday

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September 12, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Members of Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida., gathered to celebrate the Air Force's 67th birthday at the Community Activity Center here 7 Sept.

On Sept. 18, 1947 the United States Air Force was established. In order to continue a strong Heritage and to celebrate the Air Force's 67th birthday, the Wing tracked down the youngest Airman available on Homestead ARB to cut and receive the first slice of birthday cake.

Airman first class Jordan Pare, 19 years old, works in the 70th Aerial Port Squadron and was participating in his first unit training assembly here. Pare said he was honored to cut the first slice of cake.
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Maintainers hold Luau themed Sharkfest 2014

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September 12, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Members of the 482nd Fighter Wing, 482nd Maintenance Group, and Det 2, 20th Operations Group at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, gathered for a Luau themed Sharkfest 2014 at the Community Activity Center here 6 Sept.

Sharkfest is an awards banquet where maintenance personnel from the base are recognized and honored for exceptional and outstanding performance throughout the previous year, as well as a chance for everyone in the squadron to relax at an evening social.
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Team Eglin joins community 9/11 dedication to heroes

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September 12, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Patrick-Cape remembers 9/11

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September 11, 2014 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

Members of Team Patrick-Cape attended a remembrance ceremony honoring those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack, held Sept. 11, 2014, at the Memorial Plaza Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.

The Patriot Day ceremony opened with a prayer for the Nation given by Father Michael DiRenzo, 45th Space Wing Catholic Priest.

"On this observance of Patriot Day, we remember and honor those who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001," said DiRenzo. "We will not forget the events of that terrible morning nor will we forget how Americans responded in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania -- with heroism and selflessness; with compassion and courage; and with prayer and hope."
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Post Office parking lot redone to increase safety, ease use

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September 11, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Post Office patrons will notice a change in the flow of traffic when they go to mail their packages and letters.

The 325th Civil Engineer Squadron made the Suwannee Ave entrance to the post office a one way street to allow customers ease of access to the outside mail drop box Sept. 10.

"Our top goal is always safety for our Team Tyndall family," said Col. Christopher D. Holmes, 325th Mission Support Group commander. "The one
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Team Target hits QF-16 mark

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September 11, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The Air Force's newest aerial target took a major step toward preparing warfighters downrange with a realistic 4th generation replication of what they may face on the battlefield.

The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5 was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron here at Tyndall.

"This test was the culmination of years of planning and aircrew training specifically tailored to stand up the next generation of full-scale aerial targets," said Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, 82nd ATRS commander. "The teamwork between members of Boeing, the Systems Program Office at Eglin, the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group and the 82nd ATRS enabled a nearly flawless test."
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Team Target hits QF-16 mark

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September 10, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force's newest aerial  target took a major step toward preparing warfighters downrange with a realistic 4th generation replication of what they may face on the battlefield.

The first unmanned QF-16 Viper struck down over the Gulf of Mexico Sept. 5 was part of a joint effort between the Test and Training Division at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron here at Tyndall.

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Tyndall graduates largest intel class in three years

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September 10, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The 325th Operations Support Squadron F-22 Raptor Intelligence Formal Training Unit graduated its largest class in more than three years Aug. 8.

The class of eight Airmen learned the F-22 systems, intelligence disciplines and theories, adversary threats and mission planning skills during the F-22 Intelligence Initial Qualification Course.

"Overall, this is a very intense course for all of the students that attend," said Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Allen, 325th OSS F-22 IFTU instructor. "Upon graduation, they will be equipped with the basic capabilities needed to support pilots flying the F-22. The instructors here at the IFTU consistently monitor the currency of our academics and keep them as up-to-date as possible with all of the changes that happen in the Raptor community."
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Wolfenbarger notified of Order of the Sword induction

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September 10, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

In an emotional ceremony Sep. 3, Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, learned she has been selected for induction into the AFMC Order of the Sword.

The surprise notification was made in front of hundreds of Airmen from Wright-Patterson as well as senior leaders from across the command -- gathered at the base for a senior leader conference -- at the close of the day's conference sessions.

Chief Master Sgt. Michael Warner, AFMC's command chief and senior enlisted leader, announced the induction and explained the significance of the honor.
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Air Force revamps AEF

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September 10, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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NASCAR driver visits base

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September 9, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

For those of you NASCAR fans, Sprint Cup Series Driver Aric Almirola will visit the base tomorrow and sign autographs at the Base Community Activity Center at 12:30 p.m.

The autograph signing is open to all Team Homestead personnel and their families.

Amirola drives the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford and is one of 16 drivers in the "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" that concludes at Miami-Homestead Speedway on Nov. 16.

The U.S. Air Force is a long-standing sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In 2010, the Air Force partnered with Richard Petty Motorsports for the No. 19 car driven by Elliot Sadler. For 37 races, Sadler's No. 19 featured the Air Force's dark blue paint scheme.
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