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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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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base News

Space Fence program moving forward

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January 4, 2013 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center here recently put out a request for proposal to move the Space Fence program forward.

Space Fence will be a system of up to two land-based radars, the first site located at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, to track objects entering Earth's orbit. According to program officials, it will form the foundation of improved space situational awareness by expanding the ability to detect, track, identify and characterize orbiting objects such as commercial and military satellites, smaller objects, maneuvering satellites, break-up events and lower inclination objects.
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New F-16 software platform to be tested by 40th, 85th

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January 4, 2013 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

For the first time ever, developmental testing for an F-16 operational flight program will occur at the 40th Flight Test Squadron here.

The testing for Block 40 and 50 model F-16s is scheduled to begin in 2014 and will also be the first time developmental testing and operational testing of the OFP will be conducted at the same base.

"This not only gives DT and OT pilots the unique opportunity for daily face-to-face contact to discuss potential test issues, but also allows OT pilots to participate in DT missions alongside their counterparts," said Beau Booth, the F-16 M7 OFP project specialist for the 40th Flight Test Squadron.
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AETC declares Eglin ready for F-35 training

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January 4, 2013 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Following an independent evaluation of Eglin's capability to conduct F-35A Lightning II pilot training, Air Education and Training Command announced today the 33rd Fighter Wing can do so, starting in January.

"The preliminary results provided by the Joint Operational Test Team show the F-35A aircraft and its pilot training and sustainment systems, are robust enough to conduct the planned pilot transition and instructor upgrade courses," said Air Education and Training Command commander, Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr.
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Air Force Marathon has record opening day registration

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January 3, 2013 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The Air Force Marathon filled a third of its 15,000 runner slots on the first day of registration, breaking last year's registration opening record.

More than 5,100 runners registered for the 2013 event on January 1, taking advantage of special New Year's Resolution discounts that were available only on that day. Last year, only 4,178 runners had registered on January 1.

"It's phenomenal," said Race Director Rob Aguiar, "It's great to see that our event is so popular with runners."
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Commentary: Holidays — a time to be thankful

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December 18, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

For many, gathering with friends and family for the holidays often leads to discussions of the things we are thankful for. As you think about the blessings you've enjoyed in the past year, I ask that you also remember the men and women who defend our freedom, one of the greatest gifts of all.

Today the Air Force has more than 32,000 Airmen -- military and civilian -- deployed to preserve the gifts of independence, freedom and democracy. Within Air Force Materiel Command, more than 1,000 members are deployed this holiday season. I am, as always, humbled by their service and sacrifice.
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Air Force Marathon Registration To Open With Special Discount

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December 17, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Registration for the 2013 Air Force Marathon will open January 1, 2013 with special New Year's Resolution discounts.

The full and half marathon will be discounted by $10 on January 1. The 10K and 5K will be discounted by $5.

"We encourage all participants to register as early as possible," said Race Director Robert Aguiar, "Not only are the prices lower the earlier you register, but we sell out very quickly."

The Air Force Marathon sold out in record time in 2012 and organizers anticipate selling out even faster this year. Officials will not be increasing the number of runners this year, capping the participants at 15,000.
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Iraqi Air Force receives three C130J aircraft

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December 17, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The Iraqi Air Force celebrated an important milestone when they received a third C-130J aircraft at a rollout ceremony held at Lockheed Martin's factory here Dec. 12, 2012.

The ceremony is a culmination of many activities to reinforce a long-term partnership between the United States and Iraq and highlights Iraq's commitment to enhance its military transportation capabilities.

The ceremony was attended by Ms. Heidi Grant, Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs and representatives from Lockheed-Martin, the U.S. Air Force and the IqAF commander, Staff Lt. Gen. Anwar Hamad Amen Ahmed.
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RAMs complete first solo flights as part of expanded aviation training

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December 11, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

Students attending the Residency in Aerospace Medicine (RAM) program at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) here completed a phase of their curriculum in December, providing those who were interested with the opportunity to step into the pilot's seat and fly an aircraft.

Students in this program, referred to as RAMs, undergo two to three years of post-graduate training while learning to be aerospace medicine specialists.

The flying opportunity is an optional end to the Aviation Competency Program (ACP), a syllabus-driven training program that includes ground school, flight instruction, and the potential for a solo flight upon program completion.
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Energy drinks: Who’s using them and why?

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

There is an ongoing study on the prevalence of energy drink consumption among all Air Force personnel, including civilians, stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The survey was initiated by investigators at Travis AFB, Calif., in September to understand how many Air Force personnel take energy drinks, the side effects that are experienced and the reasons people choose to consume them.

After gaining approval from the Air Force Survey Offi ce, 11 other sites have been invited to join the research efforts, with Wright-Patterson being one of the selected bases. The survey will run for four weeks at each site, with the study collection period concluding at the end of the year.
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Management of Bike Gate Program changes

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

The WPAFB Bike Gate Program is currently under new management and is now being handled by 88 Security Forces Squadron Pass and Registration Section, Bldg. 286, Area A (Pass and Registration Building).

Encoding hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All personnel are required to bring their issued form of government credentials when registering for bike gate access. Those without a Common Access Card (military/civilian dependents, retirees and contractors) will be issued a bike gate pass that allows access through the gates.
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December Retreat

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

The first few days of December saw warm temperatures fo rthe Dayton area and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, creating a fine evening for the flag retreat ceremony led by Lt. Col. Greg Cullison and the 88th MDSS
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Using less energy: The issue no one wants

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

Can I see a show of hands for those who want to use less energy? Of course no one wants to use less energy. That would be like asking if anyone would like to breathe less. Energy, like air, makes our life possible. Energy is like the central nervous system of our lives and the only time we really give it much thought is when we don't have it.

However, given the financial situation in which we find ourselves, we need to find creative ways to use less energy. The first step in using less energy is generating a discussion about it. Although we've been urged by the Air Force since 2009 to "make energy a consideration in everything we do," we've resisted talking about it; at least at the base and individual levels. Consequently, we have made little movement in addressing this national security issue. Our inaction has also cost us millions of dollars as we continue to use excessive amounts of energy with little or no thought about its impact.
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AFSAC director hears highlights of Hanscom’s foreign military sales

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

Foreign military sales are a critical part of Hanscom's mission and the director of the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate recently visited the base to discuss the role of the FMS Satellite Office here and meet with program personnel.

Current work in this area encompasses a multitude of projects, including air operations centers, aerospace management, mission planning, networks and data links with more than 40 different countries. FMS account for approximately $300-$400 million in annual business at Hanscom.
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711th Human Performance Wing wins big at I/ITSEC Conference

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December 6, 2012 in Ohio, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base by clevine

The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference, or I/ITSEC, is taking place in Orlando, Florida this week. The conference promotes cooperation between the Armed Services, industry, academia, and other government agencies to improve training and education programs for modeling and simulation (M&S). The 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW) has several members from across its mission units representing the Wing at I/ITSEC this week. And at the conference's Executive Dinner and Awards Ceremony on December 4th, the 711 HPW representatives brought home three of the seven awards.
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Air Force Base and Park Service to honor the anniversary of powered flight

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

A wreath will be laid at the Wright Brothers Memorial commemorating the 109th Anniversary of Powered Flight on Dec. 17 at 10:15 a.m., on Wright Memorial Hill near Area B.

Base officials will gather with representatives from the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park in the ceremony that has become a tradition in the Miami Valley. The 75th anniversary was celebrated in 1978 and has been carried on since.

The guest speaker this year will be Lieutenant Colonel Eric Piel, a C-5/C-17 pilot with the 89th Airlift Squadron. Colonel Piel has flown worldwide missions transporting high level dignitaries and flown priority missions delivering and resupplying troops into Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and other critical destinations supporting global contingency operations.
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