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Feb. 17, 2017

Public Affairs, Volume 64, Number 7

Emerging Technologies CTF conducts its first test By Kenji Thuloweit 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

The newly-formed Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force completed its first test high above Edwards Feb. 13. The test was conducted for the 412th Range Squadron, which wanted to see if it was possible to use a small unmanned aerial system to calibrate the range squadron’s telemetry antennas located on a hill east of Lancaster Blvd. The antennas are an important part of Edwards AFB’s flight test operations and are needed to transmit and streamline data from aircraft to testers on the ground. The antennas have to be calibrated at least once a month. The overall test objective was to validate the use of an sUAS as a flying radio frequency boresight. A quadcopter was affixed with an antenna and transmitter, and was flown on three test sorties up to an altitude of 500 feet above ground level and 3,000 feet away from the antennas. “The specific test objective that we were trying to meet was to determine whether the test aircraft has enough hover precision and signal strength for telemetry antenna calibration,” said Capt. Justin Merrick, ET CTF, lead engineer. “The sorties were to test short- and long-range calibration utility in the L, S and C frequency bands. The short-range data will be used to compare to the boresight tower calibrations that the 412th RANS currently performs. The long-range data will be used to compare to the sun calibrations that RANS also performs.”

Pilots from the Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force prepare to land a quadcopter after a test sortie Feb. 13. The quadcopter was tested to see if it can perform as a flying radio frequency boresight to calibrate Edwards AFB’s telemetry antennas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

Test data collected included stability data from the quadcopter when hovering, calibration data, signal strength and time data to determine how long the calibrations took as well as flight time and transit times, added Merrick. “Our biggest challenge is pacing. Due to the short battery life (of the quadcopter), we have to try and accomplish the test points, especially the transitions between points, as quickly as possible. On the flip side of that, we have to make sure that we are not going so fast as to compromise the safety and efficiency See Quadcopter page 4

April’s Capstone marks end of two-year inspection cycle

By Christopher Ball 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

MICT may sound like something you buy at a fast-food chain, and terms like TIGIRS, IGEMS and Capstone may lead some people to think of an action adventure video game or movie. The acronyms, in reality, are some of the tools used to evaluate wing-level effectiveness across the Air Force. They stand for Management Internal Control Toolset, The Inspector General’s Inspection Reporting System and the IG Evaluation Management System, respectively. Capstone is the visit from the Air Force Materiel Command Inspector General Team that closes out the two-year Unit Effectiveness Inspection cycle. April 25 through 28, the AFMC IG office will send a team to Edwards Air Force Base to conduct the 412th Test Wing’s Capstone inspection visit. Kimberley Strong, 412th Test Wing

Inspector General director of inspections, explained that the Capstone is an incarnation of what was formerly known as the Unit Compliance Inspection, but the inspection system has evolved. Under the old system, she explained, a big group of inspectors came from AFMC. “We spent three to six months prepping – cleaning, painting, even hiding things – and once the inspectors left we were good for two years,” she said. With the newer method, the UEI is a “continual evaluation of performance throughout the inspection period – a photo album versus a snapshot. The inspection period begins immediately after the close-out of the previous UEI report,” according to Air Force Instruction 90201, the Air Force Inspection System. Strong said for this Capstone there will be fewer inspectors, and more of the self-assessment will be done virtually. “This time we’re looking at about

100 inspectors, compared to the 170 that came the last time. Eventually, they want to reduce by about 25 percent for each inspection,” she said. “They will be looking at our self-assessment programs when they come down: How well do we inspect ourselves?” Strong said the 412th TW is already doing a great job of its self-assessments. “We shouldn’t be doing any prep for this inspection,” she said. “We should be going on just like we do every day and we should always be inspection-ready.” The inspection-ready concept should cut out the preparation – that spin-up for the inspection – and should reduce stress on 412th TW personnel, she said. The key to getting through the Capstone inspection, according to Strong, is honesty. “Identify the things you know you’re not compliant in. It’s OK to be non-compliant as long as we know we’re non-comSee Capstone page 3


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412th TW recognizes 4th quarter, yearly award winners

4P USAF Pharmacy Tech NCO Staff Sgt. Rhonda M. Russell, 412th MDG USAF Dental Civilian Natalie M. Ellis, 412th MDG 2016 Outstanding Aviation Resource Management Awards

Sergeant Dee Campbell ARM Large Team 412th TW Aviation Resource Managers, 412th OG Senior NCO Master Sgt. Olivia R. Luque, 412th OG 2016 AFMC Public Affairs Media Awards Multimedia Story Dawn Waldman, 412th Test Wing Public Affairs Video Series Dawn Waldman, 412th TW/PA Mike Sears, 412th Logistics and Readiness Squadron director, attempts to score a bucket at the Base Theater during the 412th Test Wing 4th Quarter Awards Ceremony Feb. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner)

By Kenji Thuloweit 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

Football season is over and it’s time for sports fans to focus on the basketball season and that was the theme of the 412th Test Wing 4th Quarter Awards Ceremony at the Base Theater Feb. 13. Quarterly award winners were announced along with several major command and functional area awardees who were recognized during the ceremony. Each quarterly award winner or representative got the opportunity to shoot a basketball. 412th TW 4th Quarter (Oct.-Dec. 2016) Awardees Airman of the Quarter Senior Airman David Corley 412th Civil Engineering Group NCO of the Quarter Staff Sgt. Ryan Miller 412th Maintenance Group Senior NCO of the Quarter MSgt Lindsay Moon 412th Operations Group Company Grade Officer of the Quarter Capt. Christophe Bangerezako 412th Medical Group Field Grade Officer of the Quarter Maj. Alan Burwell 412th OG Dorm of the Quarter Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morse 412th Mission Support Group Honor Guard of the Quarter Staff Sgt. Ryan Bielli 412th OG Supervision/Management of the Quarter William D. Gamboa 412th MSG

Secretarial/Clerical of the Quarter Keira Newman 412th MXG Staff/Specialist/Analyst of the Quarter David Townsend 412th Electronic Warfare Group Program Manager of the Quarter Ryan Stofferahn 412th EWG Team of the Quarter Weapons Standardization Section 412th MXG Volunteer of the Quarter Robert Mejia 412th MSG Innovation Team of the Quarter Trans Verse Team 412th OG Other Award Winners

Funded News Publication Desert Wings, 412th TW/PA 2017 Air Force Association Aerospace Awards Citation of Honor F-22 Modernization Flight Test Team 2017 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year Civilian Wage Employee Kalen Deering, 412th MXG Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Safety Awards Air Force Chief of Safety Outstanding Achievement Award for Weapons Safety Tech. Sgt. Ryan McKellips, 412th Test Wing Safety Office FY16 Gen. Jumper Award and Information Dominance Professional of the Year Awards Gen. Jumper, Enlisted Master Sgt. Jesse Erlenbush 412th MXG National Defense Industrial Association 2016 Tester of the Year Awards Military Tester Maj. Alan Burnwell, 412th OG

2016 AFMC Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Awards Civilian, Aircraft Maintenance Julie A. McAndrew, 412th MXG Civilian, Munitions and Missile Maintenance Robert L. Ostrander, 412th MXG Civilian Technician, Munitions and Missile Maintenance Candace L. Akima, 412th MXG NCO, Aircraft Maintenance Tech. Sgt. Bruce V. Santos, 412th MXG Col. Frederick J. Riemer Award - Readiness and Emergency Management Flight 812th Civil Engineering Squadron 2016 Clements McMullen Memorial Daedalian Weapon System Maintenance Trophy 412th MXG 2016 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award Christeen Greenwell, 412th MXG 2016 Maintenance Effectiveness Award Category II – 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron USAF Clinical Excellence in Nursing Award Field Grade Officer Maj. Marion L. Foreman Jr., 412th MDG

Scientific/Engineering of the Quarter William Quinn 412th OG

USAF Surgeon General Award for Best Clinic 412th MDG

Technician of the Quarter Richard Mathuren 412th MDG

USAF Biomedical Clinician Category II Officer Field Grade Officer Maj. Kevin R. Hooker, 412th MDG

Trades & Labor of the Quarter William Halverstadt 412th OG

USAF Chief of Medicine Staff Commitment to Excellence Lt. Col. Matthew R. Keysor, 412th MDG

A Veterans Administration representative will be available Tuesdays from 7:30-10 a.m. at the 412th Medical Group’s Main Clinic. Visitors can find out about VA benefits and services that may affect them. The representative has knowledge on topics such as general benefits information, VA healthcare benefits, Benefits Delivery at Discharge submissions, disability compensation, GI Bill information, life insurance, home loans and more. Please call to book an appointment at 275-2830.


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412th Force Support Squadron upcoming events Netflix Ultimate Beastmaster Screening is Feb. 24, time TBD. USO and Netflix are excited to bring a screening of “The Ultimate Beastmaster” to Edwards AFB! “The Ultimate Beastmaster” is a competition reality show featuring candidates from six different countries who compete on a rigorous, action-packed obstacle course called The Beast. The show is hosted by Sylvester Stallone and has a similar viewing experience to that of a live sporting event, so the audience will be able to connect emotionally and feel inspired by the extreme discipline of these athletes, many of whom are veterans of the Armed Forces.

Airman and Family Readiness

277-0723 Ten Steps to Federal Employment is Feb. 21, 10-11:45 a.m. This course teaches the easy-tofollow, step-by-step process for analyzing your qualifications through tracking and following up with your USAJOBS applications. Pre-Separation Counseling is Feb. 22, 8:3011:30 a.m. Pre-separation counseling is a prerequisite for the 5-day Transition Assistance Program. Spouses are highly encouraged to attend. Plan My Move is Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2-3 p.m. Edwards’ “Plan My Move” seminar will assist you in ensuring you select the proper path for a successful PCS, whether it be planning for an OCONUS or CONUS move. Women’s, Infants’ & Children’s Clinic is Monday, Feb. 27, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Open for both walk-ins and appointments. Closed for lunch noon-1 p.m. For an appointment or voucher information, call toll free 866-327-3074. Military Saves Week is Feb. 27-March 3. Take advantage of the classes available to help you successfully reach your financial goals: Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Family Financial Planning. Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The Steps to Easy Home Buying. Feb. 28, 2-3 p.m.: Car Buying 101. March 1, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Building a Financial Plan. March 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Fundamentals of Investing and TSP. March 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: How to Survive the Holidays Financially. All classes will be held in the A&FRC, Bldg. 5620. For more information and to register, call 277-0723.

Arts and Crafts Center/Auto Hobby

275-ARTS/AUTO Engraving Shop Email Change - The Engraving Shop’s email address is now servicesengraving412@gmail.com. Instructors Needed! Attention all artists and crafters! If you’re creative, we need you! The Arts & Crafts Center is seeking out instructors of all types. Come and share your creative knowledge with a diverse group of students looking for painting, photography, drawing, scrapbooking and other craft/art related instruction. No prior instructor experience necessary. If you are

knowledgeable then we are looking for you! Smog Checks - Auto Hobby has a certified Smog Technician available Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. No appointment is required! Basic vehicle maintenance class is Saturdays at 10 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of good vehicle maintenance. Learn how to operate a lift, change your oil and check and balance your tires. Call the Auto Hobby Shop at 275AUTO (2887) for more information. Automotive detailer wanted - The Edwards Car Wash is looking for an automotive detailer. Call Auto Hobby for more information. Towing service available through Auto Hobby Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Towing is available on-base and off-base. Call Auto Hobby for more information or prices. Oil changes and alignments are offered at very competitive prices as well as services in mounting and balancing. Wood Shop is available Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. For the woodworking hobbyist, the Arts and Crafts Center provides a variety of equipment that includes band saws, table saws, a drill press and much more. A safety course is required to use the Wood Shop.

For more information about 412th FSS offerings, visit www.edwardsfss.com/wordpress trip. Sign up at the Oasis Community Center by March 10.

Muroc Lake Golf Course 275-PUTT

Annual Membership - Are you a frequent visitor to the Muroc Lake Golf Course? Save money by purchasing an annual membership! Our memberships run from April 1 through March 31 but you can join now with pro-rated rates. Sandbagger Grill is open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. We offer a wide variety of food selection for every palate from breakfast to lunch. Our lunch daily specials include choice of French fries or small side salad and a 16 oz soft drink.You can make a reservation for parties or other events.

Club Muroc

275-CLUB Win a Designer Handbag Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. 9 Cards, 9 Games, 9 Prizes! Pre-Registration required. Tipsee Artist Paint Night is Feb. 28, 6-8 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., painting starts at 6 p.m. Come test your artistic talents! 18 & up to paint, 21 to drink.

Information, Tickets and Travel

275-TRIP ITT Pricelist & Other Events: To see the current ITT price list for events, parks, hotels and discount information, visit www.edwardsfss. com/wordpress/travel/itt. Auto Club Speedway 2017 is March 24-26. Contact ITT to get your tickets and pre-race pit passes for Qualifying Day, XFINITY Series NXS 300 and Auto Club 400!

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275-CNTR Discover Black History Month Feb. 1-28. Celebrate 28 days of Black History with littleknown facts, movies and a free activity book! Battlefield 4 Tournament (PS4) is Feb. 24, 5-7 p.m. Fees go to overall winner. Zumba is 11 a.m.-noon and 5-6 p.m. on Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 11 a.m.noon on Wednesdays. Discount for advance purchase of 10 classes. St. Patrick’s Day City Walk Trip is Friday, March 17, 4:30 p.m.-4 a.m. Ages 18 and up only. Want to visit LA but don’t want to drive in the traffic? Let us drive for you. We are chartering a bus to take you to the Universal City Walk on St. Patrick’s Day! We will even make a reservation for dinner at the Wolfgang Puck Bistro. Dinner is not included in the price of the

Adopt me! Anubis is a friendly outgoing kitty who loves other cats and does well with dogs. He is a loving boy who likes to give kitty headbutts and kisses once he knows you well. Anubis is completely vetted and waiting on a home to call his own! Call APET at 258-9525 for more information.


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AAFES holiday hours Feb. 20 Exchange..................10 a.m.-4 p.m. Express.......................9 a.m.-8 p.m. Burger King................8 a.m.-6 p.m. Starbucks..............................Closed Arby’s....................................Closed Charley’s...............................Closed Taco Bell..............10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Popeye’s..............10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. NASA food court..................Closed Mary’s Place.........................Closed Domino’s (Bldg 7210).10 a.m.-8 p.m. The Cleaners........................Closed Stripes Alterations...............Closed Enterprise.............................Closed Beauty Shop.........................Closed Barber Shop.........................Closed GNC...........................10 a.m.-3 p.m. Petals & Blooms...................Closed Lock & Leave Storage.........Closed Firestone.....................9 a.m.-6 p.m. NAPA Auto Parts......10 a.m.-3 p.m. King Photography................Closed Mobile Kiosk..............10 a.m.-3 p.m Jack’s Jewery.......................Closed Optical Center......................Closed

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FSS holiday hours Feb. 20

Aero Club.................................. Flying from sunrise to sunset. Office closed. Joshua Tree Dining Facility Breakfast........................................................................................ 6-8 a.m. Lunch.....................................................................................11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner........................................................................................ 4-6:30 p.m. Midnight Meal........................................................................11 p.m.-1 a.m. High Desert Inn........................................................................... Always open Club Muroc .......................................................................................... Closed Muroc Lake Golf Course.................................................... 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sandbagger Grill....................................................................... 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Rosburg Fitness Center............................................................ 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

All other FSS facilities will be closed. Normal hours will resume Feb. 21, 2017. Rosburg Fitness Center

275-GYM1 Bench Press and Powerlifting Competition is Thursday, March 2. Sign up to compete in the bench press, squat and/or deadlift at the Fitness Center front counter or call 5-4961! Boxing Training with a Golden Gloves Champion is March 13. Come get trained by Australian and Golden Gloves Champion and Boxmaster Combat Inventor Rai Fazio. Appointments will be available every 20 minutes beginning at 10 a.m. Sign up by yourself or with a partner. This incredible training is FREE! Call or stop by the fitness center front counter to sign up TODAY! Run with History Half Marathon, 10K & 5K The new date for the Run with History Half Marathon/10K/5K is Oct. 14. Registration is now

available at www.active.com. For more information, please contact the Rosburg Fitness Center. Equipment Orientation Classes are Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.; Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. Not sure how to use equipment or what it does for you? Stop by the front desk and sign up for this one-hour class. We are here to help you get the most out of your fitness routine.

Rod & Gun

275-CAMP “Big 50” Thursdays - The “Big 50” is an ATA Registered shoot in which all participants shoot 50 single targets, 50 double targets and 50 targets from their handicapped position.

Outdoor Recreation

275-CAMP Mammoth Ski Shuttle is Saturday, Feb. 25, from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. Ski rental equipment included with cost. Lift tickets not included, but can be purchased on base at Information, Tickets & Travel. For lift tickets or more information call 275-TRIP. Minimum age requirement is 6 years. Anyone under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Fitting required NLT two days prior to trip. Tubing available at the slope for a fee. Alcoholic beverages not permitted. Land Sailing Program program operates by private bookings only. Must be cleared with flightline one week prior to scheduled event. If you have any questions, call ODR. Need Ski or Snowboard Gear? Outdoor Rec has all of the equipment you need. Check out the Equipment Rental pricelist on ODR’s page at www.edwardsfss.com or stop by Outdoor Recreation today! Paintball Field Now Open! The paintball field is open by reservation only. If you have any questions, call ODR at 275-2267. Adult Swim Lessons are Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 10 sessions, ages 15 and older. Focused on people terrified of water and extreme beginners. For more information and prices, call ODR.

412th Security Forces Squadron issues speeding citations

The 412th Security Forces Squadron issued 17 speeding citations and processed zero driving suspensions from Feb. 6 through Feb. 12.

Citations issued

1 to 10 mph.................................................8 11 to 15 mph................................................6 16 to 20 mph...............................................2 21 to 24 mph...............................................1 25+ mph......................................................0

Driving privilege suspensions (current)

15 days........................................................0 30 days........................................................0 60 days........................................................1 90 days........................................................2 180 days (six months).................................0 365 days (one year)....................................3 730 days (two years)...................................0 1,095 days (three years).............................0

Per AFI 31-218 and EAFBI 31-218, a DD Form 1408 Armed Forces traffic tickets (no-fine) are issued to military members. Military members receiving 1408s are subject to Uniform Code of Military Justice action. A U.S. District Court Violation Notice (USDCVN) (a fine) is issued to all civilians, dependents and retirees. If issued a USDCVN, violators may be required to be present at Magistrate Court in Bakersfield, California, receive traffic violation points against their state-issued driver’s license and potentially receive suspension of on-base driving privileges.


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Commander talks past, present, future at AV civic event By Christopher Ball 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

Military and civilian leaders gathered in the J.P. Eliopulos Hellenic Center in Lancaster, California, for the Antelope Valley Board of Trade January business briefing luncheon Jan. 31. In keeping with the theme of the luncheon, “Aiming High, Celebrating 70 Years of the Air Force,” the keynote speaker was Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing commander. Following the opening ceremony – with the commander leading the Pledge of Allegiance – was a short presentation about the upcoming L.A. County Air Show. Then Schaefer took the stage, starting his presentation with a number of historical milestones of Edwards AFB history, some predating the United States Air Force, and then working his way up to the programs of today. His main topic was Team Edwards’ plans for the upcoming Air Force 70th Birthday, which will be observed locally in conjunction with the 70th Anniversary of the first supersonic flight here. He then transitioned to some of the overarching strategic goals for the Air Force, touching on topics such as manning levels and modernization of the fleet. Following the presentation, Schaefer spent a few extra minutes for questions. The one question that stood out was “What can we do as a community to support Edwards Air Force Base?” The general suggested that the local community’s relationship with the Edwards community was already close and productive, and that we should continue to maintain it so. “I love all the support you give the men and women who work day in and day out at Edwards Air Force Base,” he said.

Not so quiet on the set

Chief Master Sgt. Todd Simmons (left), 412th Test Wing command chief, uses social media to be sure his voice is heard far and wide Feb. 8 during a Facebook Live broadcast titled “From the Top” from the Higher Grounds internet café in the dormitory complex. Edwards top enlisted leader was joined by a panel of experts. From left: Damion Hart, 412th Force Support Squadron food service officer; Chaplain (Maj.) John Von Almen, 412th TW Chaplain’s Office; Quintin Pollard,

From Capstone, page 1 pliant,” she said. “The only time we really get a ‘ding’ is if there is non-detected non-compliance that they found and we didn’t.” The change in the inspection system is reflected in the attitude of the team toward the new methods, according to the director. “One of the things we’re most proud of is the growth of the

Debbie Lovrich, executive director of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, presented Brig. Gen. Carl Schaefer, 412th Test Wing comander, with an award to thank him for speaking at an AVBOT luncheon Jan. 31. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Ball)

As the commander was leaving the stage, he was stopped by Debbie Lovrich, executive director of the Antelope Valley Board of Trade, who presented him with an award to thank him for speaking at the luncheon, and to express sincere appreciation for his influence on the economic growth and prosperity in the Northern Los Angeles and Kern County Region. The Antelope Valley Board of Trade is a non-profit group of individuals and representatives from various business, industry, academic and government organizations. According to its mission statement, the organization’s goal is “to engage in maintaining and promoting diverse business and industry, quality infrastructures and a strong legislative voice for the benefit of its members and the Greater Antelope Valley.”

personal finance manager with the 412th FSS; and Robin Nobriga, chief of Quality Assurance with the 412th Comptroller Squadron. They shared their knowledge with Edwards Airmen to help mitigate the effects of the closure of Edwards’ Dining Facility. The facility is scheduled to close for approximately three months for renovation. According to the chief, there will be more Facebook Live events in the future, as this is a very effective and far-reaching way to communicate. Edwards is one of the few Air Force bases to use Facebook Live as part of its communication strategy. This was the first time Edwards has used Facebook Live as a town hall style format. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Ball)

program since the last inspection, and the culture change – the willingness to self-identify rather than the old, ‘We’re going to hide from the IG when they come in,’” Strong said. “We’re accepted in the units with open arms when we come in. It would be amazing to see AFMC (IG) accepted the same way.”


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This Week in Edwards Flight Test History On Feb. 15, 1958, the first Convair B-58 Hustler (55-665) arrived at the Flight Test Center for Phase IV testing, concluding a combined delivery and test flight. The four-engine delta-winged aircraft was the world’s first bomber designed to sustain supersonic speeds during its mission profile. This aircraft is part of the Air Force Flight Test Museum’s collection and is currently in storage. (Edwards History Office file photo)

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According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, one in 10 females and one in 11 males have admitted to experiencing physical violence in a dating relationship during the past year. February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month. The purpose of TDVPM is to raise awareness and prevent teen dating violence through a public awareness and education campaign. The organization Love is Respect reports that violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications, including higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and future domestic violence. Bullying, insults, threats, intimidation, isolation and unexplained bruises or cuts are all possible signs of dating violence. While studies show 82 percent of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs of dating violence, only 40 percent could correctly identify the warning signs of abuse, according to Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. One of the goals of the Edwards AFB Family Advocacy program is to educate the base community on dating violence and facilitate conversations about healthy relationships. Healthy relationships are built and maintained on mutual trust and respect for each other. For more information on dating violence or other relationship concerns, please contact 412th Medical Group Family Advocacy at 277-5291.

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From Quadcopter page 1 of the test by making mistakes,” Merrick said. Three flight test sorties were conducted, each one with a new battery plugged into the quadcopter. “The quad is quite easy to pilot. It is GPS stabilized so the effort is much lower than a racing-type quadcopter that you might see on TV,” Merrick said. “The mission was successful. We met the success criteria in the test plan of obtaining one calibration in each band at both the short- and long-range distances. In some cases, largely depending on battery life and how long the calibrations took, we exceeded this criteria.” The Emerging Technologies CTF was officially activated last July, and its mission is to develop innovative flight test capabilities for emerging technologies and to explore the Air Force warfighting capabilities of tomorrow. Current focuses are on the use of small unmanned aerial systems and on autonomous systems’ development and use.

Maj. William Niblack, Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force, operations officer (left), pilots a quadcopter on the second test sortie Feb. 13. Maj. Danny Riley, ET CTF director (right), piloted the third and final sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

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