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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is one of the U.S. Air Force’s largest and most important installations. It is the birthplace, home and future of aerospace. Huffman Prairie Flying Field, located adjacent to the base’s main runway is the site of the world’s first operational airfield and where the Wright-Brothers, in their own words, “really learned to fly.”

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AFRL and ION sponsor Annual Mini-Urban Challenge

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April 20, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Navigating the sprawling metropolis, your vehicle makes a right at the intersection, travels down the road (mindful of the speed limit) and pulls into the second parking spot on the left. You look at your watch and realize you only have 30 minutes to travel to the city's tallest skyscraper on the opposite end of town. You don't worry, because your vehicle is completing this trip without a driver.

This past weekend, 78 high school students comprising 13 teams from around Ohio and one from Minnesota, came together at Wright State University to compete in the Ohio Regional Mini-Urban Challenge - attempting to navigate their robotic cars through a miniature city and claim top honors.
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Air Force officials focus on efficiency improvements

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April 19, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force acquisition and finance officials briefed the Wright-Patterson acquisition community on ways they can be more efficient at the 2011 Spring Program Review town hall meeting here at the Air Force Institute of Technology's Kenney Hall on April 5.

Lt. Gen. Tom Owen, Aeronautical Systems Center commander, opened the meeting with a statement that rang true to Air Force budget realities.

"Dollars are tight. I've never seen budget issues as challenging as they are now, and now you have the opportunity to literally hear the full story from the top," General Owen said.
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AFMC surveys workforce to gauge interest in early retirement, separation

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April 15, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force Materiel Command will survey its civilian workforce beginning May 1, 2011, to determine how many individuals would be interested in applying for a fiscal year 2011/12 VERA/VSIP incentive program.  Officials said base employees at Wright-Patterson will likely be invited to take the survey beginning on or about May 16.

VERA/VSIP stands for Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Program. The survey, which will be publicized to the entire workforce, will be used to analyze how effective such an incentive might be in reducing manpower to meet current and upcoming budget constraints. Deadline for responding to the survey will be determined by each AFMC Center.
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Budget Deal Avoids Government Shutdown

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April 9, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Less than an hour before the federal government would have been forced to shut down, President Barack Obama announced that leaders in both parties had reached a budget agreement.

"Tomorrow, I'm pleased to announce, that the Washington Monument, as well as the entire federal government, will be open for business," Obama said at 11:04 p.m. EDT. "And that's because today Americans of different beliefs came together again."

The agreement calls for "the largest annual spending cut in our history," Obama noted. "Like any worthwhile compromise, both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them. And I certainly did that."
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Information on potential furlough for WPAFB federal employees

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April 8, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

In the absence of either a Fiscal Year 2011appropriation, or continuing resolution, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is suspending all non-excepted operations. Unless specifically excepted, all base civil service employees are being placed in a furlough status effective April 9, 2011.

All employees regularly scheduled to report to work on Monday, should report even if there is a shutdown. Non-excepted, i.e. furloughed, employees will be provided furlough notices at that time.

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AFRL Commander Keynote Speaker at EUCOM i3T Conference in Berlin

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April 6, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

 Major General Ellen Pawlikowski, Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), was an invited keynote speaker at the recent US European Command's i3T (Information, Innovation, Integration and Technology) conference in Berlin, Germany.

The event brought together military and civilian professionals, directorates, service components, academia and private industry to build relationships, discuss future competencies and focus on global security, stability and teamwork for such events as disaster response.
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Air Force Issues Guidelines for Green Fleece

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April 6, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Additional new guidance has just been released from the office of Manpower, Personnel and Services (AF/A1), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, regarding wear of the authorized Sage Green Fleece outer-garment.

According to a message issued by AF/A1, "The Sage Green Fleece Jacket, commonly known as Generation III or Gen III, was the original version authorized for wear. Due to limited availability at Army Air Force Exchange Service Military Clothing Stores and through the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP), some units purchased and issued other versions."
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Altitude chamber training begins at the new 711th Human Performance Wing complex

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April 6, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Altitude chamber training for future flight surgeons began Monday, April 4, 2011 at the new 711th Human Performance Wing complex at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. It is the latest United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine class to transition to WPAFB from Brooks City-Base, Texas as part of the Base Realignment and Closure.

The altitude chamber simulates the effects of high altitude on the human body.

"This is a piece of training that all aviators must complete," explained Lieutenant Colonel Tony Wurmstein, chief of USAFSAM's Aerospace and Operational Physiology Branch. "It is essential to demonstrate for them what reduced pressure does to the body."
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AFMC bases implement single source staffing process

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April 5, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Beginning April 25, all Air Force Materiel Command bases and Hurlburt Field, Fla., will implement the USAJobs single source job application process currently used to fill civilian positions at all Air Force bases except Luke AFB Ariz. Officials will inform Air Force employees when Luke AFB transitions to the new process.

Under the single source system civilian vacancy announcements for appropriated fund positions are posted on the Air Force civilian careers website www.afciviliancareers.com and at www.usajobs.gov.
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Command seeks members for AFMC marathon team

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April 4, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force Materiel Command is currently seeking members for its command Air Force Marathon team.

A total of 10 active-duty members will be selected to participate. Three male and two female runners will be selected for both the full-marathon and half-marathon races.

Individuals interested in participating should submit an Air Force Form 303 to their local installation's fitness center director no later than April 30, 2011.

Team members selected will receive reimbursement from AFMC Services. Each member will be granted permissive temporary duty status in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-3003, Military Leave Program.
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2011 AFIT Graduation

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

More than 1,200 family members and friends gathered March 24 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force to watch 230 Air Force Institute of Technology engineering and management students receive their degrees.

Maj. Gen. Walter D. Givhan, AFIT commandant, began the ceremony with a verbal salute the graduates.

"As you graduate we recognize each and every one of you as champions, we count on you, the graduates of today, to be both the technical and military leaders of tomorrow's science and technology," said General Givhan.
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AFMC Freedom’s Call Tattoo set for June 24

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

With less than three months to go, let the countdown to one of southwest Ohio's largest summer celebrations begin.

Air Force Materiel Command Freedom's Call Tattoo will be Friday, June 24. Now in its seventh year, the free show highlights Air Force people and capabilities and is designed to show appreciation to the people of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, as well as neighboring communities for their support of the Air Force.

This year's theme for Tattoo is "Defending Liberty ... Home and Abroad." The event will honor the men and women who served their country during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as those who continue to serve in today's operations. The night will also include a special tribute recognizing the 10th year since the Sept. 11 attack.
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World Trade Center steel arrives to southwest Ohio

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March 30, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Officials held a ceremony in Fairborn, Ohio March 25 to mark the arrival of a 12-foot-long steel beam from the World Trade Center in New York City, which is destined to become a memorial to first responders and victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

U.S. Representative Steve Austria of Ohio's 7th Congressional District joined officials from the city of Fairborn, Wright State University and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Fairborn Fire Station 2, which will be the temporary home of the artifact.
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Jobs Fair April 13 at Hope Hotel

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March 30, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Job seekers may want to spruce up their resumes to ready for the semi-annual Job Fair Wednesday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hope Hotel here.

This event is open to active duty and reserve members from all military services, veterans, retirees, civil service employees and their family members looking for a job, said Daniel Hullinger, community readiness technician with the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Airman & Family Readiness Center.

About 80 private sector, federal contractor and government employers are currently expected to participate in an effort to fill skilled and semi-skilled positions.
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Early registration has advantages

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March 29, 2011 in Air Force, Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Anyone registering for the Air Force Marathon before April 30 will be automatically entered to win an All Access Prize Package.

"We did this contest last year in July and it was a huge hit, but this year the races are filling up so fast that we didn't dare wait until then," said Molly Louden, Air Force Marathon Director.

Currently, the half and full marathons are at 50 percent of capacity. "We are well ahead of last year's pace and we sold out a month early then. We are advising everyone to register now rather than miss out," Ms. Louden said.
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