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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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Readiness exercise sharpens skills

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

A simulation involving a disgruntled employee whose job was being cut was part of an active shooter scenario Oct. 30 during 88th Air Base Wing readiness exercises conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The exercise was held at Bldg. 676, Area B, site of the Air Force Research Laboratory DOD Supercomputing Resource Center.

Observers and exercise evaluators were on hand to assess the effi cacy of the training and to note both desired and undesirable actions.
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Career toolboxes get a boost from 5 days of classes, assessments

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Several hundred employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base chose to develop new skills for their career toolbox, enhance their knowledge of the base and learn ways to better care for themselves through nutrition and exercise during the final Focus Week of 2012.

Held the week of Oct. 15, the five-day span offered classes and events designed to help employees focus on needed job skills and personal development -- at little to no impact on base budgets. Coordinating the week's schedule was Marcia Baker, management and program analyst, Education and Training.
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Without "To the Colors", saluting not necessary during Reveille

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Recently Wright-Patterson AFB changed its morning routine of playing "To the Colors" immediately following Reveille. This change caused a little confusion and I'd like to clarify.

Reveille is a traditional bugle call song that was originally meant for roll call and a way to start the duty day. According to regulation, if there isn't a 24 hour flag on an installation, all personnel should stop while driving/walking during Reveille. If there is a 24/7 flag, like at Wright Patterson, reveille is just a traditional bugle call to signify the start of the official duty day.
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CCR honored as finalist with Security Leadership Award

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force Institute of Technology's Center for Cyberspace Research Advanced Cyber Education team was a finalist for the ISC2 2012 U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Award.

Several members of the ACE Team attended the ISC2 Inc. awards gala Oct. 16 in Washing-ton, D.C. The 17-member ACE team was highlighted for demonstrated leadership in advancing and improving the information security workforce.

The ACE team, led by Dr. Harold Arata III, CCR associate director, was honored as an ISC2 finalist for their role in developing Reserve Officer Training Corps students into robust cyber security workforce leaders.
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WPAFB to celebrate “Hire a Vet Month” with job fair

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The WPAFB Airman and Family Readiness Center will pay tribute to National "Hire a Vet Month" with a Veteran's Job Fair Nov. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wright State University Nutter Center.

The event is open to military veterans, active-duty military, reservist, guard and their families, Department of Defense civilian employees and the general public.

More than 80 potential employers will be attending and include: FedEx, MacAulay-Brown, Sumaria Systems, Lockheed Martin, Barco, NCR, Wright State University, Verizon Wireless, Miami University, Reynolds & Reynolds, GE Aviation-Vandalia, Time Warner, Cardinal Health, Primerica, CINTAS, Trotwood Police Department, AutoZone, Federal Air Marshals, Peerless Technologies, DP&L, City of Dayton and more.
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C-17 LAIRCM mods restarted

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Work on the C-17 LAIRCM, or Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures System, has been restarted at Robins.

For the first time in two years, the modification line has come to life with a new crew of sheet metal and aircraft mechanics, electricians and hydraulics technicians from the 562nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, working to complete the first aircraft by the end of this month.

Several sensors and lasers will be installed throughout the aircraft once modification has been completed.
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AFRL plays major role in historic near-space jump

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

For more than nine minutes Oct. 14, an international audience watched as Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner egressed from a capsule 128,000 feet above the earth and fell toward the planet reaching speeds of 834 miles per hour, to become the first person to break the sound barrier outside a vehicle.

When Baumgartner safely touched down 33 miles east of Roswell, N.M., shortly before noon, he had also achieved another milestone, topping Air Force Col. Joe Kittinger's 52-year-old record of the highest free fall by 25,200 feet.
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Forum spawns ‘big data’ collaboration

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Enhanced information sharing and partnership are among the benefits expected to stem from an early-October forum co-sponsored by Hanscom Air Force Base and the Department of Transportation's Volpe Transportation Center.

The forum held at the Volpe Center brought together a number of experts from various organizations. All were on hand to discuss a topic known as "big data analytics."

The term big data is used to describe the exponential growth, availability and use of information, both structured and unstructured, according to Dr. Tim Rudolph, chief technology officer for the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks program executive office here. Rudolph organized and co-sponsored the event with Robert John, director of The Volpe Center.
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PEO stresses importance of relationships

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November 2, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The program executive officer for C3I&N provided an update on his organization and emphasized working together during a presentation to an industry group at the Minuteman Commons here Oct. 25.

Speaking to approximately 100 attendees, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson told a personal story about working with personnel in Iraq and how the differing parties came to rely on one another.

"Trust-based relationships are the foundation of the work we do together," he said.

Olson emphasized how this is equally important between government and industry partners, saying that he has been blessed with many such relationships throughout his career.
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NASIC looks back 50 years at predecessor’s role in Cuban Missile Crisis

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October 31, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Fifty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy informed the American public that the Soviet Union was constructing missile installations on Cuba, and demanded the Soviets remove these missiles. The days surrounding the historic announcement became known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Long before the President's announcement, the men and women of the Foreign Technology Division, here, were playing a critical role in providing detailed intelligence assessments on the specific capabilities of these weapon systems to the nation's senior defense leaders.
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Mobile App to help ‘guide’ military members

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October 26, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Wouldn't it be great to receive a weather report, a listing of the day's activities and directions to important buildings as you travel from base to base?

All that and more is possible by accessing a new mobile application that brings the latest guidebook to the user's fingertips and contains editorial information (from each base's last printed guide), advertisements, weather updates and travel information. This new app by MARCOA Publishing is called mybaseguide and can be downloaded within the Apple Store, Google Play and Android Marketplace. The app went live a few weeks ago.
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AFMC Intelligence Squadron redesignated as 21st Intelligence Squadron

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October 26, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

One of the last key pieces of the new five-center construct of Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) fell in place Oct. 12.

As part of its move from HQ AFMC to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC), the AFMC Intelligence Squadron, based at Wright-Patter-son Air Force Base, was redesignated as the 21st Intelligence Squadron.

A ceremony presided over by Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II, commander, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, was held at Bane Auditorium, Air Force Institute of Technology. General Moore said he wanted to participate in the event because of his passion for intelligence's role in not only AFLCMC's mission but also the MAJCOM's mission of taking care of the warfighter.
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SR 444 Milestones report: Gate taking shape

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October 25, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The arrival of a new, prefabricated Gate 1A guard shack is one of the most recent highlights of the State Route 444 project at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The 1.5-mile-long federal portion of SR 444 that bisected Area A was closed Oct. 9 to improve base security.

The guard shack was delivered Oct. 24 and placed on its concrete pad on the former SR 444. Utility connections have been made, said Fred Tito, a design manager in the 88th Civil Engineer Directorate and manager of the project.
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Quarterly exercise may cause delays

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October 24, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Base officials will conduct quarterly exercises here Oct. 29 - Nov. 2. Several independent scenarios are planned ranging from a simulated robbery of a base facility to an active shooter in an office building.

Many base operations will continue as scheduled with minimal disruptions, however personnel should expect multiple emergency responses and periods of tightened security. Temporary gate traffic back-ups, road closures and re-routings are likely and access to some buildings may be briefly interrupted during peak exercise periods. Base residents and neighbors may overhear announcements over the installation "Giant Voice" emergency notification system. Expect visible response by firefighters, security forces, medical personnel and other agencies.
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2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics Supported by Air Force Office of Scientific Research

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October 24, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Physicist David Wineland of the National Institute for Standards and Technology, and a lecturer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, shared the Nobel Prize for Physics, October 9, with French physicist Serge Haroche, a research professor at the College de France, for inventing methods to peer into the world of individual quantum particles, work that could help in creating a new generation of super-fast computers.

Dr. Wineland was funded by AFOSR beginning in 1982 through the 1990s, and did pioneering work in storing small numbers of ions (as few as one) in a trap made up of shaped electric and magnetic fields. He used these stored ions to study fundamental, quantum interactions between atoms and light, verifying and demonstrating important physics, including, for example, the observation of single quantum jumps. In more recent years, with AFOSR support, Wineland's research group has been studying novel quantum techniques for spectroscopy of ions and molecules th
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