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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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First ever DoD Security Professional Education Development Certification awarded at WPAFB

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April 27, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Mr. William Davidson, Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Senior Security Official conferred the first ever DoD Security Professional Education Development (SPeD) certification to 46 Security Professionals here April 19.

"I am very pleased to be here," said Mr. Davidson, who was present as the ceremony's distinguished guest speaker "This ground breaking ceremony certifies these individuals as having completed the required skill standards approved by the Department of Defense Security Training Council. They have proven themselves to be the cream-of-the-crop."
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WPAFB controlled detonation planned Thursday

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April 27, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Base Explosive Ordnance Officials plan to detonate a small charge of explosives Thursday, April 28, at approximately 6 p.m.

Depending on wind, humidity and cloud cover, residents of base housing and those traveling or living near Area A of the base may hear the very brief 1-second explosion.

No one should be alarmed if the explosion is audible. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists with the 88th Air Base Wing Civil Engineer Directorate are required to conduct periodic training with live explosives to retain currency in their career field.
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Air Force Marathon seeks 2,000 volunteers

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April 26, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

You don't have to be a runner to participate in the Air Force Marathon on September 17. More than 2,000 volunteers are needed to host this 15th annual event, and volunteer registration opens May 1.

"We're very excited about the changes we've made to the volunteer website this year," said Jeanette Monaghan, volunteer coordinator. "We think it is going to make the registration process easier for the volunteers. We've added more details to the job descriptions, as well as given the volunteers the ability to go back in and double check their assignment at any time."
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Air Force Marathon to offer training clinics in Dayton region

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April 22, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

If you're thinking about running in the Air Force Marathon this year but not sure what kind of training you need, now you can ask the expert. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, the Chief Medical Consultant for the Air Force Marathon, will conduct free training clinics the week of April 25 - April 29.

"Mark is not only a doctor, he's also the captain of the Air Force Running Team" said Molly Louden, Air Force Marathon Director. "He's an experienced marathon runner with a vast amount of knowledge that he shares with our participants every year. We are lucky to have him."
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WPAFB holds ribbon cutting for Fisher House II

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April 21, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine


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AFRL experiments to fly on last Endeavour space shuttle mission

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April 21, 2011 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

When the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla., as scheduled on Friday, April 29, at 3:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, two experiments administered by the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate here will be housed in its cargo bay awaiting transfer to the International Space Station.

Three days after launch, Endeavour's robotic arm will move the AFRL payloads and another two experiments, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Digital Imaging Star Camera and the U.S. Air Force Academy's Canary, to their new home during a two-to four-hour in-length process.
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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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