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RAAF pilot paves future with first F-35 flight

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

March 26, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

A Royal Australian Air Force pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, made history here, March 18, after completing his first training flight in the F-35A Lightning II.

"It's quite humbling when stepping into a new jet," said Jackson. "I just tried to take my time, remember the things I've been taught and go through them in order before taking off."

Flying beside Jackson was his wingman and instructor pilot, Lt. Col. Matthew Renbarger, 58th Fighter Squadron commander, who guided him through the flight.
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9th-generation GPS satellite blasts off from ‘The Cape’

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

March 25, 2015 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force and the 45th Space Wing supported the successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket that roared to life from Launch Complex 37, March 25, 2015, carrying the Air Force's ninth Block IIF-09 navigation satellite for the Global Positioning System at 2:36 p.m. EDT.

This launch is the fourth ULA launch this year and the 95th launch since the company was formed in December 2006.

GPS IIF-09 launched aboard a Delta IV Medium-plus (4,2) Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, using a single ULA common booster core powered by an Aerojet Rocketdyne RS-68 main engine, along with two ATK GEM 60 solid rocket motors.
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Tinker students to endure one less transition

This post was originally published by MacDill Air Force Base - MacDill Headlines

March 25, 2015 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

New buildings, along with the middle school curriculum, are scheduled to be developed for Tinker Elementary School K-8 to prepare for the 2015-2016 school year at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

"This is a collaborative effort between Hillsborough County Public School district and MacDill AFB," announced Col. Andre Briere, 6th Air Mobility Wing vice commander, during the Council for Education Excellence meeting on March 19, 2015. "We fully anticipate it opening this summer."

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Avoid online dangers, unfriendly users on social media

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

March 24, 2015 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The internet instantaneously allows you to reach out across the internet superhighway to share information or connect with loved ones.  Despite how innocuous this may seem, without taking the proper precautions, your personal information can inadvertently fall into the wrong hands.

"You have to assume that everyone is looking at it," said Col. Mary Hanson, the senior information security officer of the Air Force Office of Information Dominance and chief information officer. "Think: would my mom be proud if I put this out there?"
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Contractor breaks ground on new base housing

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

March 23, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

Corvias Military Living, held a groundbreaking ceremony here March 20 to mark the start of construction of 747 new homes and a 12,000-square-foot state-of-the-art community center.

"The new homes coming to Eglin will provide residents with dramatically increased connectivity to their community," said Stan Morehead, business director for Corvias Military Living. "In addition to the improved accessibility, is the fact that many of the existing housing at Eglin are over 50 years old and new homes will provide modern comforts to create a more enjoyable living experience overall. We also want to bring more to that higher quality of life with the community center, which will bring residents together for relaxation that takes advantage of Florida's beautiful climate."  
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Eglin Riding Club teaches Soldiers to ride horses

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March 23, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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AMC seeks competitive team for 2015 Air Force Marathon

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March 23, 2015 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

Air Mobility Command is sponsoring a competitive active-duty team to participate in the 19th annual United States Air Force Marathon held Sept. 19, 2015, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

The AMC team, comprised of male and female runners and representing various age groups, will compete in either the full or half marathon. Interested Airmen should submit an Air Force Form 303 through myPers by May 1.

Those selected will compete in the MAJCOM challenge and be placed on permissive temporary duty status as authorized by AFI 36-3003, Military Leave Program. Individual travel, registration fee and lodging will be reimbursed.
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E-9A Widget, one of a kind

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

March 23, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The mission of the Air Force is like a highly complex machine. Each piece of the machine is vital to it operating successfully. The E-9A Widget is a very small, yet highly important piece to that machine.

"It is the U.S. Air Force's only dedicated sea-surveillance, telemetry relay and UHF radio relay platform," said Maj. Anthony Carson, 82nd Aerial Target Squadron E-9A Widget director of operations. "It's assignment to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, and the support it provides the Weapon System Evaluation Program Combat ARCHER air-to-air mission, is essential for live-fire weapons testing in the airspace over the Gulf of Mexico.  It provides a cost-effective solution to enhancing safety associated with live-fire weapons testing."
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AF mourns loss of 9th Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

March 21, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The ninth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James C. Binnicker passed away March 21 in Calhoun, Ga.

Chief Binnicker was born in Orangeburg, S.C., on July 23, 1938. He was a leader and an Airman from the day he first joined the Civil Air Patrol as a high school freshman. His childhood dream was to become a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, but in August 1957, after doctors discovered high-frequency hearing loss in his right ear, he decided to enlist in the personal equipment - later called life support - career field. As a young Airman he found himself on the flight line with B-52s, KC-135s and fellow Airmen who became mentors and role models and put him on the path that would lead to his selection as the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force in 1986.
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Air Force COOL program kicks off

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

March 20, 2015 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The Community College of the Air Force officially launched the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program March 16.

Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Airmen to earn industry recognized professional certifications and licenses to enhance their active-duty work and to prepare them as they transition to the civilian job market after they leave the service.

CCAF manages the program, which is similar to the Army and Navy's programs.

Found on the Air Force Portal, Air Force COOL has a credential mapping of 642 professional certifications and licenses for 190 enlisted Air Force specialty codes. The credentials are at the national and state levels and from industry.
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First production QF-16 arrives at Tyndall

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

March 20, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The first Air Force Lot 1 production QF-16 touched down here March 11. 

The aircraft fulfills the first of 13 deliveries to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron.  This is the first production QF-16 aircraft to be delivered off of the Drone Peculiar Equipment production line.

"Today culminates five years of hard work and dedication beginning with a development program, completing a rigorous test and evaluation phase that has ultimately led to the first operational delivery of the QF-16," said Michele Hafers, director, test and training division at Eglin AFB.  "We take great pride in this significant team achievement and are honored to provide the warfighter with this enhanced capability." 
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Gulf Coast Salute Air Show acts and displays

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

March 19, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Tyndall's Gulf Coast Salute Open House and Air Show is less than a month, and the list of acts and static displays is growing.

On April 11 and 12 Tyndall will host the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird's Demo Team, U.S. Army Golden Knights Jump Team, F-22 Raptor Demo Team and U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight. Civilian acts include: Quick Silver P-51, Trojan Horseman, Raiders Team, Jelly Belly, Lucas Oil and many more.

Gates will open from 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

"The performers are top notch and they practice year-round to amaze spectators," said Capt. Chris Stewart, air show vice chairman. "Additionally, we are bringing in static aircraft from all aspects of the Department of Defense to showcase how we operate.  We will also have several civilian statics that will help to promote aviation in general."
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Jr. Raptor brings deployment to children

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

March 18, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The Airman and Family Readiness Center hosted its 9th annual Operation Jr. Raptor program at Tyndall, March 14, 2015.

The program allows children of military members to experience a deployment while incorporating different elements such as a commander's brief and orientation from the Youth Center.

"Our role during the event was to be the flight leaders for a group of children," said Master Sgt. Simon De Oleo, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron customer support section chief. "Our job was to guide a flight of over 20 kids through the deployment process, a sequence of activities at the deployed location and redeployment back to home station."
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Tyndall hosts spouses town hall

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

March 18, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Tyndall held two spouses town halls geared toward providing spouses of Airmen essential information about helpful programs and offices around the base Mar. 16 and 17 at the Heritage Club.

Commanders and subject matter experts from the 325th Medical Group, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron, 325th Force Support Squadron, Tyndall Integrated Delivery System, Airmen and Family Readiness Center TRICARE and Balfour Beatty were in attendance to provide information, answer questions and help with any issues attendees might have.
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Patrick AFB becomes National Weather Service StormReady site

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

March 18, 2015 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

Brig. Gen. Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, and members of the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron Readiness and Emergency Management Flight, accept a StormReady certification certificate from members of the National Weather Service, March 11, 2015, at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. National Weather Service officials recognized Patrick AFB as a StormReady site.

The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady sites have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.
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