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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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Commentary – Energy dependence and climate change continue to be leadership challenges

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October 5, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

As a clinical neuropsychologist who has studied the intricacies of how the human brain operates for the last 20 years, I still find it fascinating to observe the difficult process of change, even when negative consequences and facts are within clear view. For example, the negative effects of driving under the influence of alcohol, smoking and obesity are abundantly clear; unfortunately, many people continue to engage in these behaviors.

America's enormous energy appetite and the insidious encroachment of climate change are two issues that are also impacting all of us and calling upon us to make significant changes in order to adapt, but this change too is coming very hard. March 2012 will be known as the hottest March on record since record keeping began in 1895. In the first three months of 2012, more than 15,000 warm records were broken, which was a surprise even to those who study climate trends.
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Today we fly …tomorrow we soar

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October 1, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Today is a great day to fly ... as we look ahead to soaring tomorrow!

Each and every member of the Air Force Sustainment Center should take tremendous pride in what we accomplished this past fiscal year.

Working in unprecedented partnerships, we constructed a leaner, more responsive sustainment organization; and we did it while never losing focus on our first priority - delivering airpower to the warfighter.

Time and again you demonstrated your ability to meet expectations by delivering critical capabilities using the tenets of speed, quality, and safety. From passing Air Force Material Command's first Consolidated Unit Inspection and garnering the Department of Defense's highest award for depot
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Super Saturday Kickoff planned for Oct. 6

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September 28, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

"Have 2 Ways Out" is this year's theme of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 to 13.

Celebrate with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base on Oct. 6 at the Super Saturday Kickoff at the Community & Airmen Center at Bldg. 1222 in the Kittyhawk Area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be games for children, a fire safety house, lots of fire trucks and plenty of information on how you can prevent a fire.

During National Fire Prevention Week, attention is focused on promoting fire safety and prevention; however, it is important that we practice fire safety all year long. Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply do not take steps to fireproof their home.
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AFMC to declare 5-Center IOC Oct. 1, track results of reorg

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September 27, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

After some 18 months of planning and careful transition, Air Force Materiel Command officials are ready to declare initial operational capability of AFMC's 5-Center reorganization Oct. 1 and continue the process of improving its support to the warfighter.

In early July, the command began activating its new centers and consolidating others as it transitioned from operating with 12 centers to five.

"We have spent many months working through very deliberate phases of planning, implementation and transition with an ever-present goal of providing more efficient and effective support to the warfighter," said Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, AFMC commander. She said AFMC will be just as deliberate as it works toward reaching full operational capability by late 2013.
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AFLCMC commander encourages working together

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September 21, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

During a town hall meeting here Sept. 11, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander emphasized to the workforce that we are all part of the larger LCMC organization.

"The neat thing is we are all one team now," Lt. Gen. C.D. Moore II said, while talking about working with counterparts at other center locations. "There are no barriers to how we operate together."

During the presentation, Moore provided an update on the status of the center transition, and also spoke about some of the objectives, initiatives and challenges of the new organization.
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Collaboration key to net-centric success, speakers say

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September 21, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The tenth annual Net-Centric Operations conference held here Sept. 10 featured a diverse array of speakers who extolled the value of collaboration in acquiring, supporting and operating intelligence-gathering systems and cyber tools.

The conference was sponsored by the Patriots' Roost Chapter of the Association of Old Crows.

Lt. Gen C.D. Moore II, commander of the newly stood-up Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, noted that optimal system development and support cannot be done in a vacuum.
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5th Generation formation

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September 21, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

An F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and an F-22A Raptor from the 325th Fighter Wing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., soar over the Emerald Coast Sept. 19. This was the first time the two fifth generation fighters have flown together for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeremy T. Lock)
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KC-46 enters critical design review phase

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September 21, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force KC-46A program director described the critical development phases of the next-generation refueling aircraft during the 2012 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18.

Maj. Gen. John F. Thompson, program executive officer for Tanker Programs, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, said that while KC-46's preliminary aircraft design review is complete, additional steps must be taken to develop a final aircraft design that meets system requirements.
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Air Force Marathon breaks another attendance record

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September 15, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The 2012 running of the Air Force Marathon was the largest ever and sold out in record time.

The race has grown to a field of over 15,000 runners, doubling in size since 2008, representing all 50 states, 15 countries, all military services, and a diversity that included world-class marathoners, spirited amateurs and those running their first marathon ever.

Participants had the choice of competing in the full marathon, a half-marathon, 5K and 10K runs, as well as a wheeled division.
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Wright-Patterson Medical Center tops in patient satisfaction

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September 12, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The Wright-Patterson Medical Center has been named No. 1 in patient satisfaction in the entire Air Force.

Col. Stephen Higgins, commander, Wright-Patterson Medical Center, said he was informed of the top rating during the week of Aug. 13.

"It's something that we constantly monitor, and we were informed by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency that we had reached No. 1 in the Air Force on a variety of things when you wrap together the inpatient and the outpatient measurements," he said. "We're pretty excited about that and shared that with the wing commander."
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F-35A reaches ‘huge milestone’ in program development

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September 7, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force officials begin their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation Sept. 10, an instrumental step in beginning joint strike fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots here; along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65 days.

"The start of the OUE is another huge milestone for the Air Force and the program as a whole," said Col. Andrew Toth, 33rd Fighter Wing commander. "We've been preparing for this event since the arrival of our first aircraft in July last year. So far, the men and women of the 33rd Fighter Wing have proven we can successfully execute safe and effective flying operations in addition to academic training."
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PEO sees things moving in the right direction

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September 7, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Addressing a local industry group here Aug. 29, Battle Management Program Executive Officer Steve Wert said he's confident recent Air Force Materiel Command restructuring moves things in the right direction.

"I'm very optimistic about where this is all going," he said during the monthly meeting of the Hanscom Representatives Association. "One of the best things is that it validates the value of PEOs operating in the field."

He noted that the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is basically structured around PEO-led directorates rather than around local centers, which offers PEOs added authority.
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New PEO for C3I&N pleased to be taking on role

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September 7, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The new program executive officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks believes he's very fortunate to lead and serve in this position.

Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, who formerly was PEO for Business and Enterprise Systems, feels that taking on this new portfolio is extremely important, as the work that is done with regard to cyber, networks and information technology is relevant to every Airman.

"It's a privilege and a blessing to do something that matters to everyone," he said.
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F-35B completes first airborne engine start tests

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September 4, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter successfully completed a major prerequisite test for in-flight performance Aug. 15.

BF-2 completed the first air starts, which test the ability of the F-35's propulsion system to restart during flight. Verifying the restart capability of the propulsion system is part of the initial flight test program for the F-35 and a prerequisite for high angle-of-attack testing, scheduled to start next year.
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AFMC promotes ‘Colorful Choices’ in September

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September 1, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

During the month of September, Air Force Materiel Command will be promoting its 'Colorful Choices: Fruit and Veggie Initiative.'

September is National Fruit and Vegetables Month, an excellent time to revisit these bright and colorful powerhouses of a healthy nutrition plan. Eating the recommended servings of fruit and vegetables can help protect you from heart disease, bone loss, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients. For example, red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, watermelon, and apples contain lycopene and anthocyanins, which help reduce the risk of some cancers and keep your heart healthy. Orange fruits and vegetables help to improve the immune system, strengthen your vision and protect against infections.
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