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Col. Michael Miller assumes the command of the 2nd Bomb Wing from Col. Ty Neuman at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., June 18, 2018. Miller previously served as director of the Joint-Global Strike Operations Center, Air

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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. , June 18, 2018 — Team Barksdale welcomed new leadership during a change of command ceremony at the Weapons Load Training Facility here, June 18, 2018.

More than 500 were in attendance as Col. Michael Miller assumed command from Col. Ty Neuman. Maj. Gen. Thomas A. Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, officiated the ceremony and led the time honored and symbolic change of leadership through the transfer of the 2nd BW flag from outgoing to incoming commander. “As the 2nd Bomb Wing continues down its path of demonstrated excellence, we must all remain aware of our responsibility to provide the United States with combat ready B-52 forces for Global Strike operations and nuclear deterrence,” Miller said. “We will do this by remaining focused on what’s important – the mission, our Airmen and our families.” Miller shared his vision of leading Barksdale’s historic B-52 operational legacy into the future while prioritizing the Airmen who make it happen. “To provide nuclear and conventional B-52 capabilities and combat-ready Airmen to combatant commanders is, and will always be, job one,” Miller said. “At the same time, we will remain committed to the empowerment, mentorship and development of our Airmen so they can continue to grow and perform as an elite and highly discipline team.”

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B-1B fleet resumes flight operations BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) -- Air Force Global Strike Command will resume B-1B flight operations this week, following the directed safety stand-down June 7th. The stand-down allowed the command time to thoroughly evaluate the egress components and determine potential risks before returning to flight. “We have high confidence that the fleet’s egress systems are capable and the fleet is ready to return to normal flight operations,” said Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, responsible for the Air Force bomber force. Gen. Robin Rand, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, previously ordered a safety stand-down of the B-1B fleet after a safety investigation showed an issue with egress system components. The investigation is still ongoing.

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SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- The 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management team responded to unknown chemicals in unmarked barrels, May 29 and 30, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. When the 19 unmarked barrels were found - 13 at one site and six at another across base - emergency management got to work on a plan to examine and identify their contents. “This didn’t differ very much from the exercises we conduct,” said Staff Sgt. Dallas Christian, 386th ECES emergency management plans NCO in charge, deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. “We practiced everything we were going to do and it was smooth and went the way it was supposed to.” Emergency management trains for these situations bi-annually and never know when a real-world scenario will happen, said Master Sgt. Terri Adams, 386th ECES emergency management flight chief. “We had to come out to the two sites and look at the barrels to try and determine what we thought was in them,” Christian said. “This was the first time I’ve built an operations type plan, as well as the first time in my eight and a half years in the Air Force that I actually had to really do my job, which is a good thing.” “Our detectors can break down chemicals and identify what they are based on their properties,” Adams said. “We found six barrels with chemical mixtures that we were unable to identify. We are going to work with a local laboratory to determine what those mixtures are.” The EM team sampled 19 barrels for potentially harmful chemicals. There is no potential hazard from these chemicals to the base populace. Of the 19 unmarked barrels, 15 were filled with corrosive rubber removal substances used to clean runways. The other four were sent off for testing. Airmen from the base fire department, medical group, safety office and bio-environmental office were there to support the EM team as they conducted their tests. “The team and all of the other units did excellent,” Adams said. “Nobody thought we would be able to go in and sample 19 barrels within a couple hours, but we did it and the results prove themselves. They got the job done and they rocked it.”

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Vehicle Management welds fuel tanks back to life

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) -- Without fuel, the world’s greatest Air Force doesn’t get aircraft in the air. When the trucks that deliver that fuel start to leak, a multi-team effort is needed to get them fixed and back to delivering fuel to the fight. The 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight has been hard at work keeping the refueling vehicle fleet mission ready over the past few months at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Recently, the team began to experience cracks in several of the over 10 year old trucks, which would have resulted in leaks if the trucks had stayed in service. With the help of nondestructive inspection, other units from the base and even a contractor from another base, the vehicle management flight began to plug the leaks. “Our relationship with the (386th Expeditionary) maintenance group via NDI and combat metals has been amazing,” said Master Sgt. John Futrell, 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight superintendent. “They have been more than willing to assist us with whatever we need to get this job done.” The process begins with draining the tanks and purging them of all fuel so when the welding begins there are no flammables present. The tank is removed from the rest of the truck so the leak, on the bottom of the tank, is easily accessible. Next, a welder was brought in from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. A welder with more than 10 years of experience in the area of responsibility was brought in because nobody here has experience with that type of welding, said Futrell. After the welding was completed, Staff Sgt. Brittany Long, 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron NDI craftsman, used different compounds to ensure there were no cracks in the new weld. First the penetrant is put on the weld, it seeps in after some time and then is wiped clean, said Long. Then developer is used to pull the penetrant back out to identify cracks. The NDI process on the fuel tank weld took about 45 minutes and they found no cracks in the weld. “Getting to examine aircraft parts and even tanks like this makes me feel like a big part of the mission,” Long said. When the refurbishments are completed, the fuels management flight will have 12,000 more gallons of fuel on hand to deliver to aircraft. “To me, the feeling of knowing that my refueling maintenance team has had my back since day one is a great feeling,” Futrell said. “They understand the difficulty fuels will run in to when they lose an asset so they will do whatever it takes to get them back so we can keep the mission going.”

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KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) -- A new module has been launched through the Air Force Safety

Automated System on May 17,2018, arming safety professionals Air Force-wide with a single method to document and track both spot and annual inspections, as well as safety assessments and evaluations at a local and enterprise level. Created in 2007 by the Air Force Safety Center, AFSAS is the unique safety reporting system used by the Air Force to collect and maintain safety-related data, record mishap investigations, and track mitigation and abatement of hazards for all safety disciplines. This new capability provides safety professionals and commanders with a single user-friendly tool to identify and track hazards across their installations and increase visibility of all hazards Air Force-wide. The inspection module incorporates the communication and tracking of identified Risk Assessment Code 1 through 5 hazards with the added ability to automatically transfer 1, 2 and 3 coded hazards to the formal Master Hazard Abatement Program. This capability expands Air Force visibility of more than 1,000 Risk Assessment Code 1, 2 and 3 hazards, as well as allowing for the management of $142 million in abatement costs. “This new module will eliminate the myriad of paper processes and shadow databases safety offices have used for decades,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jakob Kurtz, Air Force Occupational Safety Investigation, Reports, and Analysis Branch chief. “Everyone benefits when inspection processes are streamlined, consistent, and visible at the enterprise level.” The inspection module will help safety inspectors by synchronizing the access to and use of 30,000 general industry standards from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration Inspection System, ensuring inspection findings and references are consistent with federal law requirements. “Including general industry standards in the inspection module is a key element of the transition from Air Force instructions to OSHA federal laws and regulations,” said Bill Parsons, Air Force chief of occupational safety. “Safety professionals will now be able to search and reference federal standards during their inspections, assessments and evaluations, as well as while generating the related reports.” The module also provides standardized templates for communicating inspection, assessment, and evaluation

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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The 97th Maintenance Group (MXG) focuses on meeting the safety requirements set by the National Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for all aircraft at Altus AFB. However, these superior 688 individuals assigned to the MXG don’t stop at just meeting safety requirements; they are blowing them out of the water. On May 2, 2018, the 97th MXG all-civilian staff received the prestigious OSHA VPP “Super Star among Stars” Safety Award for their outstanding work in fiscal year 2017. The group was presented the award at the Regional VI Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. “The National Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) sets national averages for 2 main safety indicators,” explains Mr. Bryan Doyle, Safety Specialist assigned to the 97th Maintenance Group. “The first tracks ‘Total Case Injury Rates’ (TCIR) and the second, ‘Days away restricted time’ (DART).” Groups who stay at least 50 percent below the BLS national industry average are eligible to qualify for awards such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) “Super Star among Stars” safety award. Staying below the 50 percent averages is exceptional by any standard and the 97th MXG has had no trouble consistently meeting this goal. They reached this milestone requirement every year from 2011 to 2016. There is a reason they are called the “A-Team” after all. However, in 2017, the Group reached a new milestone in safety excellence. Doyle elaborates, “Based off the required 3 year average numbers, the 97th MXG recorded TCIR and DART rates that were an astonishing 75 percent or more below the BLS national industry average, thus reaching a new level in worksite safety and qualifying the 97th MXG for the prestigious ‘Super Star among Stars’ safety award.” The MXG will continue to be acknowledged at the Wing this summer. The MXG Director of Maintenance, Mr. Kelly Bailey, is hosting a free burger burn for all 97th MXG employees on all three shifts. Leadership will be cooking and serving the food to the employees to congratulate them on their recent award. The 97th MXG continues to work hard and put the safety of our Airmen above all else. The award suits the “A-Team” who is nothing short of a group of super stars.

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Environmentally Aware; Altus earns Platinum Star By A1C Jackson N Haddon, 97 Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs / Published June 08, 2018

The 97th Civil Engineer Environmental Management Flight receives the Oklahoma Star, Platinum Star, award by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, joined by U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Skipworth, a vice commander assigned to the 97th Air Mobility Wing, and Col. Paul Frantz, a squadron commander assigned to the 97th CES, May 2, 2018, at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. The Platinum Star is the highest level award in the program that could be received. (Courtesy Photo) 0

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Altus Air Force Base won an Oklahoma Platinum Star, May 2, 2018, from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. The Oklahoma Star Incentive Program recognizes facilities that maintain and go beyond regulations to protect the environment and promote employee safety. The program is voluntary and the base entered it back in 2008 and has won two consecutive times, making this the 3rd time that Altus has received this award. “Winning the award is not easy if you’re just a typical organization,” said Mike Reyes, an environmental management systems coordinator for the 97th Air Mobility Wing. “We’ve been very fortunate that our programs are designed and overseen well and our people believe in them, that they’ve become a continuous process.” A number of categories are examined when determining whether or not the Platinum Star is received. Topics ranging from how well the institution handles resources to hazardous spills should they occur. Luckily, Altus AFB is dedicated to mitigating damage when it occurs and ensuring it doesn’t happen again. “The program looks at the environmental aspects of the organization,” said Reyes. For us they look at air issues, water issues, hazardous waste issues and so on. We complied the numbers from all the different organizations on base for what they were doing and how they were staying environmentally aware; then we passed that information on to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. According to Reyes, the bases standards are not only meeting, but well exceeding the standards for winning the Platinum Star. However, standards are only as good as those who uphold them, which is what made Altus stand out from the other competition. “The culture here and the professionals we deal with are the reason we have this award,” said Mark Painter, a water quality and tanks program manager assigned to the 97th AMW. “Most Airmen are good Airmen and they want to do the right thing and that helps us to do our job.” While the environmental flight received the award, they see this as a base victory and achievement. “This award wasn’t something we received, this was something the base received,” said Lori Stevens, an air program manager assigned to the 97th AMW. “Everybody who played their part and did their job is a part of how we received this award. We tracked everything, but airmen doing their job to the best of their ability is what allowed us to win.”

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Oklahoma National Guard trains with Altus AFB loadmasters By Airman First Class Jeremy Wentworth, 97 AMW/PA / Published June 05, 2018

Members of the 158th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, load vehicles onto a C-17 Globemaster III on Altus Air Force Base, Okla, May 9, 2018. The the 158th Field Artillery Brigade came from Fort Sill to learn how to load and unload vehicles off of a C-17. ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Air Force base has a long history of working together with other branches and bases to both train and accomplish the mission. That training happened once again on an Altus AFB C-17 Globemaster III, May 9, 2018. The Oklahoma Army National Guard 158th Field Artillery Brigade, who train at Fort Sill came to Altus AFB to practice loading and unloading vehicles into a C-17. The training caught the eye of U.S Army Major General Michael Thompson, the adjutant general for the Oklahoma National Guard. Thompson came out to see the training being accomplished on Altus AFB. “This is a wonderful opportunity,” said Thompson. “The guard doesn’t frequently get a chance to work with the active component and having the ability to work with the Air Force is just a plus. Being able to load into actual aircraft with some of the best loadmasters the Air Force has to offer is invaluable.” For many of the soldiers, this is their first time on a military aircraft, working with the actual tools they would see in the field. “This helps us tremendously,” said Thompson. “There’s nothing that simulates how an aircraft looks, smells or feels. This is a great experience for us to get a head start when the time comes to do our job. The Soldiers worked with two Altus AFB loadmasters to learn the basics of loading vehicles and properly hooking them to the aircraft. One of the soldiers being instructed was Staff Sgt. Jack McComas, a launcher chief assigned to the 158th Field Artillery Brigade. “This is the first time we’ve been able to go through the whole process,” said McComas. “We get to check suspension, weigh the vehicles and go through inspections. We had a lot of questions answered, so when we go through this next time, we’ll be able to learn more advanced things.” Altus AFB also benefits from teamwork between bases, Altus Airmen go to the Fort Sill shooting range in order to train with heavier weaponry. With the teamwork, there is a mutual benefit. When Airmen and Soldiers deploy downrange, they can perform better when they have more hands on experience. Giving Soldiers the opportunity to learn how to do their job more efficiently is just another way Altus AFB accomplishes its mission of deploying warriors; regardless of their branch of service.

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Air Force appoints Dr. Fetterhoff to Senior Level career service By Bradley Hicks, AEDC/PA / Published June 18, 2018

Dr. Thomas Fetterhoff ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. -- Dr. Thomas Fetterhoff, whose career includes approximately two decades with AEDC, was recently promoted to serve as an Air Force senior leader. “I am honored and humbled,” Fetterhoff said. “I have been lucky to work with incredibly talented people at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, within the Air Force, and across the Department of Defense and aerospace industry. I hope that I can live up to the incredible accomplishments of the people who have held this position in the past.” On April 1, Fetterhoff began his new role of technical advisor for Aerodynamic, Propulsion and Ground Test Evaluation. He is stationed at the Air Force Test Center headquarters at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Fetterhoff is the senior technical advisor to the AFTC Commander and serves as the senior Air Force technical advisor and national/international authority regarding the Aerodynamic, Propulsion and Ground Test Evaluation of Air and Space Systems and the supporting infrastructure and modeling capability across AFTC test ranges and facilities. “My job is to help create a vision for the Air Force Test Center and ensure that our people, test capabilities and test techniques can support the development of the world’s most capable aerospace weapon systems,” Fetterhoff said. The AFTC workforce includes approximately 18,000 military, civilians and contractors, and its ranges and facilities are located across the country, including Edwards AFB, Arnold AFB, Eglin Air Force Base and Holloman Air Force Base. Fetterhoff has more than 30 years of technical aerospace experience within the Air Force, Navy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has held a variety of positions across the AEDC enterprise. He began his engineering career at the Navy’s Naval Aviation Depot in Alameda, California, in 1986. He held several roles with the Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division, in Trenton, New Jersey, from 1990 to 1994. Fetterhoff worked in several capacities at AEDC at Arnold AFB. He was turbine engine test project manager from May 1994 to July 1997. After a stint with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Fetterhoff returned to Arnold AFB in 2004, serving as chief of the Strategic Planning Division until early 2006. He served as deputy director of the Space and Missile Test Squadron through September 2006, moving to chief/technical director of the Technology Development Branch. He served in that role through mid-2010.

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BASE NEWS July 2018 Department of Defense Base Procurement Guide

Real-Time Test Data System modified to further meet AEDC customers’ needs By Deidre Ortiz, AEDC/PA / Published June 18, 2018

Jeff Mann and Chad Dotson, software engineers for the Real-Time Test Display System team at AEDC, use the RealTDS software, which enables the test engineers and test customers to view data in real time. It’s anticipated that RealTDS will provide a lower total cost to the owner for AEDC systems because capabilities developed or maintenance actions performed can be shared across all mission areas. The RealTDS software is also device independent, so it is not limited to Windows but is also executable on Linux, Apple and Android devices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Goodfriend)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. -- AEDC software engineers at Arnold Air Force Base have continued to modify

the Real-Time Test Display System to better meet test customers’ needs and make the system even more user-friendly. RealTDS is a software that enables the project team and test customers to view data in real time. It has been in a side-by-side evaluation with the legacy system for a couple of years but officially went into production this year. Cameron Liner, chief of Test Information Systems Section for the Test and Communications Branch at Arnold, highly commended the work that’s been done by the developers. “RealTDS represents the best of AEDC's ability to innovate using a blend of commercial-off-the-shelf and locally-developed solutions,” he said.Liner also stated that data acquisition is a critical component of what makes AEDC of such great value to the U.S. Air Force and other customers. “Being able to view data in real time is key to ensuring data quality, maintaining safe operations and increasing our agility to make course corrections during test,” he said. Chad Dotson, software engineer and part of the RealTDS development team, said major benefits have been gained from the program’s implementation. "It's available in any test unit on base; from the wind tunnels to engine test cells,” Dotson said. “We're now able to share ideas between mission areas that have not traditionally done so.” One of these improvements has been to the RealTDS Every Sample Server. RealTDS web-clients require Enterprise Data Acquisition and Processing System (EDAPS) or eSTARR Every Sample data, which is high-throughput data system. “What RealTDS does is pull data from eSTARR and feed it directly out to clients,” Dotson said. “It’s able to handle huge amounts of data, up to 100,000 samples a second, so it’s rendering at 40 million data points per second.” new capabilities, which enhance online validation and situational awareness, and has greatly simplified the setup of online displays,” said Joel Nalin, Aeropropulsion test analyst.

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B-52H Mission Planning Environment Team leads the way with solid software code By Kevan Goff-Parker 72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Boeing B-52H, 60-0005, parked in front of Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex Bldg. 3001 following major overhaul on May 1, 2017, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. OC-ALC is responsible for depot level maintenance of the B-52 fleet with a large portion of the work taking place in the building shown behind. (U.S. Air Force photo/Greg L. Davis) TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Oklahoma, June 20, 2018 — One of Team Tinker’s specialized software groups, the B-52H Mission Planning Environment team, is leading the way in developing new, solid software code and guidance for upgrades to the 1950s-era “workhorse,” the B-52H Stratofortress bomber. The B-52H MPE team is made up of 35 computer scientists and engineers who are responsible for the software lifecycle of the B-52s for the U.S. Air Force. The team falls under the leadership of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex’s 76th Software Maintenance Group and its 557th Software Maintenance Squadron. David Renfroe, 557 SMXS mission planning flight chief, said 76 SMXG's B-52H MPE Version 7.1 went through a combined development and operational testing event at Barksdale AFB in northwest Louisiana. Crewmembers and testers from the 45th Test Squadron and 28th Test Squadron verified that all nuclear mission planning software requirements were met with no issues or deficiencies. The MPE hosted on the Joint Mission Planning Software will replace the existing Air Force Mission Support System-UNIX (a multitasking software operating) system fielded in 2004. Renfroe says his team has plenty invested in the B-52s’ software maintenance success, as well as upgrading software on other platforms, including the B-1, B-2, E-3 and E-8 platforms. “For our very first release, we actually had cybersecurity red and blue teams come in and test the cyber quality of our code,” Renfroe said. In military terms, “red team” is used traditionally to identify organized and highly skilled groups pretending to be fictitious enemies or rivals against the regular forces, which are identified as the “blue team.” The red team tests the force readiness of the blue team through simulated cyber-attacks. (continued )

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BASE NEWS July 2018 Department of Defense Base Procurement Guide “We had the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center come in and test and they found absolutely no deficiencies in anything we were doing,” Renfroe said “I think that attests to the character, the capabilities and the dedication of our personnel. Anything that we put into the software we want to ensure it works right the first time, that it is going to put the right weapon on the right target and that it is getting the aircrews what they need to complete their missions worldwide.” He said demands of the B-52 continue to increase, whether it is for global or theater presence, to influence policy or for actual combat missions. The B-52H MPE team understands the B-52 is used every day by aircrews around the world. “The B-52H MPE is a key component required to implement the U.S. Strategic Command and the Nuclear Warfare Center’s strategic nuclear plan because it provides B-52 pilots and navigators with the tools and information needed to execute their mission as a primary component of the Department of Defense’s nuclear triad,” Renfroe said. “We take great pride in knowing that what we’re putting out for the warfighter is going to meet their needs, that it is going to meet their capabilities and it is going to get them what they need to accomplish their mission,” Renfroe said. Clint Hladik, the director of 557 SMXS, said he believes that the organic support provided by 76 SMXG’s 557 SMXS and its B-52H MPE team means that each group that works on the B-52 is considered to have “a part in the mission, much like an everyday active-duty person.” “Everyone works extremely hard and to have zero finds by an independent investigation, that’s pretty huge,” Hladik said. He said the B-52H MPE team’s FY 2017-18 revision cost approximately $6 million. Renfroe said B-52 bombers, flying since the 1950s, are still considered a “workhorse” in the USAF. Overall, that means constant modernization in its weapons, engines and all the technical upgrades that are needed as it is being updated, yet again, during its long mission life. “Everything is changing on the B-52s now that they’ve extended its service life,” Renfroe said. “We are one of the very few entities that do mission planning software organically. Most mission planning software is contracted out to Northrop, Boeing or one of the other major contractors out of Hanscom AFB. “About 10 years ago, we were doing software sustainment work on the legacy system in integration testing, when we were approached in 2010 to organically transition to a brand-new mission planning software called ‘Joint Mission Planning System.’ We were not asked to re-host, but to rewrite the software for the B-52. We took on that project and released our first organic release in 2014, integrating all the conventional weapons systems on the B-52. “Our next major task working with Global Strike Command and USSTRATCOM was to integrate all of the nuclear capabilities for the B-52 into the JMPS platform.” He said the MPE team writes the software that allows aircrews to plan fuel loads, routes to get to their target areas, weapon loads, release points, target points and “anything you can think of to get the plane from point A to point B,” and drop their weapons on the correct target. “We write the software that integrates all that for the B-52 and manage the B-52’s software requirements, including the management and design through integration and test,” Renfroe said. “The team’s Avionics Integration Support Facility provides a full set of testing tools that allows the team to integrate the planning products with the B-52 avionics and cruise missile hardware before being used on the jet. Everything we do has to be very, very precise. “Fortunately, we have an incredible group of personnel of both computer scientists and engineers, who are very dedicated to making sure that what they write into the software is actually working and is of an incredible code quality."

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U.S. and French aviators remember WWI By 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs

BARKSDALE AFB, LA. , June 13, 2018 — A 96th Bomb Squadron B-52 from Barksdale Air Force Base joined French fighters over Nancy-Ochey Air Base, France, June 12, 2018 to commemorate the entrance of U.S.

aviators into WWI 100 years ago.

The combined formation flew over Étain, France, where the first U.S. combat aerial bombing took place during WWI on June 12, 1918. This first U.S. sortie was launched from Amanty Aerodrome, France.

In 1918, the 96th Bomb Squadron was known as the 96th Aero Squadron. Today, the 96th Airmen maintain the heritage of the “first to bomb,” a slogan emblazoned on their unit’s 100-year anniversary patch.

The commemoration flight also served as an international training opportunity with the Armee de l’Air and demonstrated the close resolve and cooperation of the U.S. and its steadfast ally France.

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Beale NDI team’s unique, time-saving RQ-4 inspection process By Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs / Published June 21, 2018


9th Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection (NDI) Airmen are in the process of performing an inspection of the RQ-4 Global Hawk’s exterior and wings. Since the RQ-4 is made from composite material as opposed to metal the NDI requires ultrasonic inspection equipment. The Airmen use both handheld inspection equipment and a mobile automated scanner system (MAUS). The MAUS allows them to do a scan which would take a week in a couple of days. The both types of ultrasonic inspection equipment provide a detail image of scanned areas to map and identify flaws.

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12th AMU keeps Global Hawks flying

By Airman 1st Class Tristan D. Viglianco, 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs / Published June 06, 2018

PHOTO DETAILS / DOWNLOAD HI-RES 1 of 8 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit RQ-4 Global Hawk maintainers prepare an RQ-4 for a flight June 5, 2018, at Beale Air Force Base, California. The RQ-4 platform has amassed more than 200,000 flight hours and is currently used to support Operation BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 12th Aircraft Maintenance Unit is responsible for keeping the RQ-4

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Team Buckley bolsters it’s emergency preparedness

By Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs / Published June 21, 2018

The 460th Force Support Squadron simulates a plane crash event June 20, 2018, at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Search and Recovery units are mandatory on all military installations and require annual training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews) Airman 1st Class Victor Manzano, 103rd Special Operations Force Support Squadron services, adjusts his facemask June 20, 2018, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. During the simulation real meat was used to simulate the smell of flesh. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael D. Mathews) BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo --

On Jun. 21, 2018, the 460 Force Support Squadron partnered with the 130 Special Operations FSS on Buckley Air Force Base to conduct Search and Recovery Training in order to bolster emergency preparedness. “This training is going to prepare the team as best it can mentally,” said William House, 460 FSS readiness chief. “We have to be prepared for an emergency response no matter what.” Airmen undergoing SAR training are required to complete at least six hours of classroom and field instruction combined. During instruction, Airmen learned SAR basics, including how to find, tag and transport bodies, remains and other objects to their respective places. During the field training, Airmen swept a large perimeter that simulated an airplane crash site. The simulated area consisted of life-sized dummies, real meat and other objects and Airmen were tasked to tag, bag and GPS nearly 270 different remains. “We are expected to go to war but we never know what to expect,” said Senior Airman Cindey Zeldedon-Sanchez, 460 FSS mortuary technician. “Our job is to prepare our Airmen as best as possible so they know how to react.” SAR Airmen were briefed by various base organizations to ensure they understand all the possibilities that could be seen in the field and how to handle them. Buckley AFB’s SAR unit can be activated at places much farther than the local area and at any time. “Our area of search and recovery at Buckley is vast, our jurisdiction is huge, stretching into many states such as parts of Wyoming and even Nebraska,” said Araceli Searles, 460 FSS installation mortuary officer. A SAR team is a required capability at every military installation, so it’s need to function effectively is very important, especially at Buckley AFB. “The most important part of search and recovery is making our Airmen physically, mentally and spiritually prepared to carry out their duty, that’s the key to a successful mission,” added Searles. th





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45th Launch Group commander assumes command of 45th Operations Group By Airman 1st Class Dalton Williams, 45th Space Wing Public Affairs / Published June 01, 2018

Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing presents Col. Steven Lang, commander of the 45th Launch Group and the 45th Operations Group with the 45th OG guidon, June 1, 2018 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Lang assumed command from Col. Burton Catledge, and took on the role of the 45th LCG and the 45th OG commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Phil Sunkel) 1

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- Col. Steven Lang, commander of the 45th Launch Group assumes command of the 45th Operations Group, June 1, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. accepting the command from Col. Burton Catledge. The change of command ceremony was presided over by Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, commander of the 45th Space Wing. Lang will be in command of both the 45th LCG and the 45th OG. “To the men and women of the 45th OG, you are phenomenal at what you do,” said Lang. “I promise you that we will keep our laser focus on mission success, as we always have. We will wade through challenges with integrity, service, and excellence, like we always have at the 45th Space Wing. We can never forget that American space power begins right here at Cape Canaveral. ” Monteith thanked Catledge for his outstanding leadership of the Airmen in the 45th Operations Group. “This is an exceptionally diverse group of individuals and it takes an exceptional leader to make this work, and Col. Catledge has done exactly that,” said Monteith. “We can’t thank you enough for your leadership, dedication and tireless efforts to make a difference.” With Lang now having a dual-role as both the 45th LCG and 45th OG commander, both groups will work together, becoming more streamlined and with a more unified effort than ever before. “Col. Lang is the right officer and the right leader to continue taking this organization forward,” said Monteith. “There is no place in our Air Force, and no place in our nation that you should want to be than right here because you will get no better leadership going forward than Col. Steven Lang.”

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Mobility Forces deliver U.S., UK paratroopers to Europe for Swift Response 18 By 1st Lt. Allison Egan | 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | June 14, 2018 UNITY DROP ZONE, Latvia --

U.S. paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., and British Paratroopers from the 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, Colchester, England, arrived in Latvia with the assistance of various mobility aircraft in support of Exercise Swift Response 2018 (SR18) June 9, 2018. In the eighth iteration of the exercise, nine C-17 Globemaster IIIs, refueled in air by two KC-135 Stratotankers and one KC-10 Extender, transported about 700 paratroopers nonstop from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, to Latvia. Exercises like SR18 rely on joint and intraservice capabilities to ensure that Mobility Air Forces respond rapidly, enhance coalition partnerships and ensure global reach. “The primary mission of SR18 is to demonstrate the ability to move a global response force anywhere in the world, and in this case, it could be in a contested environment,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Anthony Angello, SR18’s airlift mission commander. “This is an opportunity that allows us to work with our coalition partners and allies in Europe and creates a space where we can work together, learn from each other, and build the trust and confidence we need to succeed on the battlefield.” SR18 is co-led by the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force and includes seven partner nations in an exercise designed to train the U.S. global response force’s ability to operate with allies across Europe. When combining ground forces with airpower, units can move thousands of miles in a matter of hours. SR18 is part of Saber Strike, a two-week exercise in Europe involving 19 partner nations and more than 12,000 troops. “Mobility airlift is what enables the Joint Forcible Entry (JFE) capability. Without mobility airlift, paratroopers cannot get to where they need to go,” said Senior Airman Ryan Stefanowicz, C-17 loadmaster, 7th Airlift Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. “We provide the ride and we give them the unlimited global reach to get anywhere in the world.” U.S. and U.K. Army paratroopers boarded mobility aircraft June 8 beginning the Swift Response portion of Saber Strike 18. Over the 10-hour flight from the U.S. to Europe, each C-17 received aerial refueling by tankers hailing from MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Each of the Globemasters mid-air refueled once each in the non-stop flight from the east coast to Europe. The tankers offloaded more than 190,000 pounds of fuel in the process. Refueling on the fly allows Air Force aircraft to reach any place on earth in 18 hours or less to support joint and coalition partners. “Being a flexible force enables global operations by the nature of the business we are in,” said Angello. “As an air mobility force, we maintain strategic assets like the C-17 and the KC-135 and KC-10s that provide the air refueling, creating a flexible space that a combatant commander needs to succeed on the battlefield.”

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Military and family members can vote absentee from anywhere By | Airman and Family Readiness Center | June 12, 2018 The Federal Voting Assistance Program is supported by the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. The Federal Post Card Application allows you to apply for voter registration, request an absentee ballot and update contact information with individuals’ local election offices

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- No matter where they are at the time, even if only recently deployed or overseas, service members and their families want their vote to count when election time rolls around. If a member of the military hasn’t established residency in their new location, but is still a registered voter at their previous posting -- or if they are deployed and won’t be able to make it to the polls at home -- an absentee ballot gives every eligible voter the opportunity to participate in the most basic right U.S. citizens have. The Federal Voting Assistance Program is a Department of Defense organization that works to ensure service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so - from anywhere in the world. As we are approaching another election cycle, including primaries currently underway in some states, FVAP has released a list of upcoming primaries or elections dates for all states within the next 90 days. June – Complete, ongoing or imminent 5 - Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota 12 - Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia 19 - Arkansas, District of Columbia 26 - Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah July - 30 Day Notice 17 – Alabama, North Carolina 24 – Georgia August - 60 Day Notice 2 – Tennessee 4 – Virgin Islands 7 – Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington 11 – Hawaii 14 – Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin 21 – Alaska, Wyoming 25 – Guam 28 – Arizona, Florida September - 90 Day Notice 4 - Massachusetts 6 – Delaware 11 – New Hampshire 12 – Rhode Island FVAP recommends that all military members and their eligible family members away from their voting jurisdiction, as well as U.S. citizens overseas, send in a Federal Post Card Application every year to ensure receipt of absentee ballots for all federal elections. Now is the time to update your mailing address and absentee ballot request information to reflect any changes since the last general election. Find the form at To find your state's election website for specific information on candidates, elections, contact information, and links to your local election offices, visit FVAP's contact page -- FVAP has also released a new direct-to-voter training video which aims to increase overall awareness for active duty personnel on how to leverage its voting assistance resources for the 2018 primary and general election season. The video serves as a step-by-step tutorial for absentee voting in the military, providing an overview of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) absentee voting process. Sections of the video include how to use a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register and request an absentee ballot, what to anticipate with arrival of state ballots, and completing a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if a requested ballot doesn't arrive.

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Pacer Classic III mods give T-38 new life By Alex R. Lloyd, Ogden Air Logistics Complex / Published June 18, 2018

T-38C Talon Instructor Pilot (front), Lt. Col Edward Stapanon III, and Combat Systems Officer (rear), Maj. Brion Nielsen, begin their take-off roll for a training mission April 18, 2018, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The aircraft recently completed the Pacer Classic III modification package and still shows its distinctive tiger stripes that will be removed when the aircraft receives its next scheduled complete paint job. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alex R. Lloyd)

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Total force is vital part of pilot training at Columbus AFB

PHOTO DETAILS / DOWNLOAD HI-RES 4 of 5 Maj. Thomas Collins, 43rd Flying Training Squadron T-38C Talon instructor pilot, performs a preflight check on a T-38C June 12, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The 43rd IPs are embedded with each flying training squadron at Columbus AFB to help their active-duty counterparts produce more pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert) COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

The total force concept has been a big part of the Air Force’s mission to fly, fight and win. The 43rd Flying Training Squadron, an Air Force Reserve squadron, has been helping produce pilots here for 28 years. The 43rd’s mission is to build the world’s best warriors, leaders and professional military pilots. They administer and execute the Air Education and Training Command/Air Force Reserve Center’s Associate Instructor Pilot Program and provides Active Guard Reserve and Traditional Reserve to augment the cadre of active-duty pilots conducting pilot training. “Our mission is to augment the active-duty mission of training these pilots, and give them more manpower to help pilot production,” said Lt. Col Tom McElhinney III, 43rd Flying Training Squadron commander. The 43rd has embedded flights of Reserve IPs into each flying training squadron here. Each flight size varies from squadron to squadron, but are usually responsible for 12-20 percent of all pilots produced. Like most traditional reservists, most Airmen who works in the 43rd FTS work in the civilian sector as well. For example, most IPs are commercial aircraft pilots, but when they step back onto this base they return to being professional military aviators. Some reservists are full time, which is very similar to active-duty. On top of flying and teaching the same as their active-duty counterparts, their main job is to prepare all the paperwork and requirements for the part-time reservists. “Part-time reservists work a minimum of six days a month and their number one goal is to fly as many student sorties as they can,” McElhinney said. “They arrive, gear up and train students.”

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MQ-9 Reaper makes 2018 debut at Columbus Air and Space Expo By Senior Airman James Thompson 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Maintenance Airmen assigned to the 432nd Aircraft Squadron prepare the Air Force’s only MQ9 Reaper model static display for the 2018 Air and Space Expo season April 20, 2018 at Columbus Air Force, Mississippi. Aircrew, crew chiefs, intelligence and public affairs Airmen informed community leaders and military supporters of the contributions of Remotely Piloted Aircraft at the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Expo April 21, kicking off the 2018 season. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Annabel The MQ-9 Reaper display made its debut for the 2018 season at the Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Expo April 21, at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Aircrew, intelligence and maintenance Airmen from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing briefed attendees in the MQ-9 display area and communicated the capabilities of the aircraft, explained the 432nd’s mission and addressed any misinformation regarding the Remotely Piloted Aircraft enterprise. “I think it’s very important to attend events like these. It’s a great opportunity to engage the public and inform them about what we do in the RPA community,” said 1st Lt. Jake, MQ-9 pilot with the 22nd Attack Squadron. “This face to face interactions help people understand what we do.” The MQ-9 model is the only one of its kind in the Air Force inventory, and offered airshow visitors a life-size visual of the Reaper. With Airmen on standby, visitors were able to ask general questions about what goes into supporting MQ-9 operations, and who all is involved at any given time. (continued)

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For most visitors, it was obvious that this was their first time seeing the Reaper, and they were able to learn about the actual mission set versus inaccurate assumptions, Jake said. Aircrew seized the opportunity to speak about the Wing’s 24/7/365 operations tempo, and emphasized why the MQ-9 is such a key platform in the fight downrange. Jake said the expertise of 432nd WG/AEW Airmen operating and supporting the MQ-9 mission are demanded every single day, and it is important for the American public to know that. Throughout the airshow, thousands of visitors stopped by the display to gaze at the hollowed Reaper and hundreds spoke with MQ-9 personnel to clarify any RPA misconceptions. Static displays are traditionally included in airshows and demonstrations as a way for the public to interact with the men and women who operate the aircraft in the military’s arsenal. The Wings Over Columbus Air and Space Expo was no different as it featured more than 20 statics such as the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, C-5 Galaxy, and A-10 Thunderbolt II to offer an in-depth look at each aircraft. Unlike the other aircraft that are flown in for the show, the MQ-9 has to be transported via airlift or ground transport to its destination. Once in place, it is unpacked, built, and towed into place by 432nd WG/432nd AEW maintenance Airmen. The assembly process takes around three to six hours and requires at least eight to ten personnel and the appropriate equipment to complete. “Making sure the MQ-9 was built and ready in time for the show was truly a team effort,” said Staff Sgt. John, 432nd Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew team chief. “It took collaborating with all of our expertise in the maintenance field and executing to the best of our abilities.” This marked the first time the MQ-9 model made an appearance in Mississippi and was its first stop in the 2018 campaign to further knowledge of MQ-9 operations and the men and women of the 432nd WG who deliver justice around the clock.

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$866M contract sustains 6 missile warning radars By Capt. Duane Lankford, Acting Program Manager, SMORS / Published June 22, 2018

CAVALIER AIR FORCE STATION, N.D. – A close up view of the face of the Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System. This view shows transmitters that send and receive space and missile data. The PARCS is a ground-based Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment Sensor, an important component of the national military command system. (Courtesy photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. –The Air Force awarded a contract to Northrop Grumman Corp. June 1, 2018, to provide sustainment and maintenance for six radars throughout the northern hemisphere. The contract, awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, directly supports the continued operations of the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS), PAVE Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS) and Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System radars. The radars are responsible for ballistic missile warning and defense for the continental United States, among other missions. The $866 million, singleaward, indefinite delivery indefinite quantity sustainment and modification of radar sensors, or SMORS, contract period is five years, costing an estimated $150 million per year. “This new contract will focus on long-term missile warning, missile defense and space situational awareness, ensuring mission availability through improved depot-level sustainment services and upgrade projects to modernize the systems,” said Col. Todd Wiest, senior materiel leader for AFLCMC’s Strategic Warning and Surveillance Systems Division. “The U.S. and its allies are relying on these improvements to continue safeguarding them from nuclear and space threats around the world.” The interconnected systems are located at Thule Air Base, Greenland; Clear Air Force Station, Alaska; Royal Air Force Fylingdales, United Kingdom; Beale Air Force Base, California; Cape Cod Air Force Station, Massachusetts and Cavalier Air Force Station, North Dakota. The centralized, depot-level sustainment services and modification projects include upgrades. To accomplish this, the division has a dedicated team of Airmen, government civilians and contractors working with personnel at each site, the 21 Space Wing, Air Force Space Command and Missile Defense Agency. The program office built approximately $100 million into the contract to take care of immediate modification requirements. The st

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BASE NEWS July 2018 Department of Defense Base Procurement Guide remaining $750 million will be used at the program office's discretion over five years in $150 million per-year increments. The Air Force designed these sites and installed them during the Cold War primarily to detect and track intercontinental ballistic missiles and sea-launched ballistic missiles while also conducting general space surveillance and satellite tracking. The systems work together to provide missile warning and attack characterization to the United States’ Missile Warning and Space Control Centers, the Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment system and the U.S. National Military Command Center and U.S. Strategic Command. The systems send satellite tracking data to the Joint Space Operations Center in support of the space surveillance mission. The radars are also undergoing upgrades separate from this sustainment award. Upgraded BMEWS and PAVE PAWS radars provide data to the nation’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. Beale, Fylingdales, and Thule have already been upgraded and Clear and Cape Cod are in works. “Our team has worked tirelessly to reach this major milestone and announce the award of the SMORS contract,” said Wiest. “We’re very pleased to work with the contractor over the next five years to maintain the readiness and operational capability of these mission-critical radars.”

Weather Airmen given education opportunity

The program is fully online and offers flexibility for shift workers as well as permanent change of station considerations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Members from University of Arizona visited the 25th Operational Weather Squadron to highlight a new online degree program geared for active duty Airmen in the weather career field. The atmospheric science bachelor degree program is tailored specifically for active duty Airmen interested in pursuing an advanced degree in meteorology because it is fully online and offers flexibility for shift workers as well as PCS considerations. Additionally, the degree program accepts transfer credits from the community college of the Air Force meteorology degree. While is an intense two and a half year degree program that can be difficult to complete, active duty Airmen possess a special skillset that makes it possible. "Leadership, maturity, responsibility and organizational skills; it comes through very obviously in our students that are members of the military,” said Brittany Ciancarelli, department program manager. According to professors and administrative staff, active duty students and veterans have a higher success rate in the degree program. "The discipline associated with being in the military translates really well into higher education,’ said Dr Martha Whitaker, Professor of Hydrology. Past graduates of the degree program have gone on to great success; from commissioning into the Air Force as a weather officer, to working for the national weather service and even being accepted into prestigious graduate degree programs to take their education to an even higher level. "I have over a 100 young Airmen that are looking to further their education career,” said Lt. Col. Stephen Maile, 25th OWS commander. “And it applies directly to what they do every day.”

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The transition to an environmentally responsible firefighting foam at King Salmon Air Force Station, Alaska, June 14, 2018, marked the completion of the Air Force’s move to replace legacy foam in fire vehicles and stockpiles across the service. Replacing the legacy Aqueous Film Forming Foam is an important milestone for the Air Force as the service takes aggressive measures to reduce the risk of mission-related contamination to drinking water sources. The new foam is perfluorooctane sulfonate free, only contains trace amounts of perfluorooctanoic acid, and meets the military specifications for firefighting, according to Air Force Fire Chief Jeff Wagner. “The health and welfare of our Airmen and our on- and off-base communities are top priorities for our Air Force Civil Engineer Center team. Completing the transition to a new AFFF formula reduces the potential risk of drinking water contamination from PFOS and PFOA, as the Air Force effort to identify and respond to past AFFF releases continue,” Wagner said. Widely used in the past – both commercially and by the Department of Defense – the legacy AFFF contained PFOS and PFOA, two perfluorinated compounds that persist in the environment and may be a potential health concern. On May 19, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency established lifetime health advisory levels of 70 parts per trillion for PFOS and PFOA in drinking water. The Air Force awarded ICL Performance Products a $6.2 million contract for 418,000 gallons of Phos-Chek 3 percent in August 2016. In total, 176 bases transitioned to the new firefighting foam. “The new AFFF protects our Airmen, our aircraft and our infrastructure. The foam provides essential burn-back resistance, protection against vapor release and rapid extinguishment,” said Kevin Matlock, fire emergency services program manager with AFCEC’s Readiness Directorate. To further protect the environment, the Air Force limits the use of AFFF to emergency responses, treats all releases as hazardous spills and takes immediate action to ensure containment and removal. The service began retrofitting fire vehicles with an Eco-logic system which enable fire protection testing without AFFF discharges earlier this year. The initiative – which includes retrofitting approximately 850 fire trucks – should be finished by December 2018, Matlock said. Additionally, the Air Force will replace AFFF contained in aircraft hangar fire protection systems in conjunction with hangar renovations. Unlike mobile fire trucks, AFFF in hangars are contained in a stationary location — a more controlled environment. The projects are expected to be finished by the end of 2018, according to Jack Arthur, fire protection engineer with AFCEC’s Operations Directorate. For more information about the Air Force response to PFOS/PFOA, visit

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