Repurposed simulators provide new training opportunity

The 532nd Training Squadron has recently improved hands-on training for their students.

In February, the squadron received four Air Launched Cruise Missiles Simulators from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. After the simulators underwent operation test evaluations, students finally had the chance to use them March 27.

"We have needed new simulators for years," said Senior Master Sgt. Gregory Gallup, 532nd Squadron superintendent. "When I was first here as an instructor back in 1996 my first question was, when will they be replaced and changed? Our old simulators are worn-out and not realistic for training.'"
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6th CMSAF offers words of hope to Team Buckley

The sixth chief master sergeant of the Air Force paid a visit while he was in Colorado to Team Buckley members who gathered March 26 in the fitness center for an enlisted call.
Chief Master Sgt. William Ward, 460th Space Wing command chief, introduced retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James McCoy as a chief that "led in a time when there were challenges in our Air Force -- challenges in our military that kind of represent where we're at today."

McCoy currently resides outside Omaha, Neb. near Offutt Air Force Base, where he routinely gets involved with the base from time to time. McCoy said it's an honor to still be a part of today's Air Force and his opinions are still taken into account as the Air Force keeps their former senior enlisted leaders involved. He then compared current times to when he joined in 1951 during the Korean War era.
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AFNIC engineers play key role in CSAF’s Unified Engagement 2012 Wargame

For the Air Force Space Command's Air Force Network Integration Center Dynamic Network Analysis (DNA) team, the future is always now. That's because engineers Keith Jeffery, Sameep Sanghavi and Matt Schramm are experts in performing analysis and designing communications models and cyber simulations to support Air Force wargames that envision the world as it might be 12 years from today.

For the past eight years, the AFNIC DNA team has played a crucial role in Unified Engagement (UE), a series of wargames held in two-year cycles at the direction of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The purpose of the wargames is threefold: first, to educate, train and equip current and future leaders so they're better-prepared to develop strategies and make critical decisions in wartime; second, to test the effectiveness of new technologies and concepts, and third, to provide input to the CSAF based on findings from game play to support and validate AF programs.
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Watching over you


Like astronauts, heavy-equipment operators in remote mines can benefit from long-distance monitoring using space technology. An ESA spin-off company has raised safety for dozens of drivers at the El Brocal mine in Peru by predicting their fatigue.

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Expedition 35 Launch

The Soyuz TMA-08M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday, March 29, 2013 (Thursday, March 28, U.S. Eastern Time) carrying Expedition 35 Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov, NASA Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy and Russian Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi

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Graceful Eruption

A solar prominence began to bow out and the broke apart in a graceful, floating style in a little less than four hours (Mar. 16, 2013). The sequence was captured in extreme ultraviolet light. A large cloud of the particles appeared to hover further out above the surface before it faded away. Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory/NASA › View associated video

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Ceremony recognizes TacSat-3 operators for disaster relief efforts

Tech. Sgt. Rodney Hamilton recalls the afternoon of March 11, 2011, with perfect clarity. It was his birthday, but that's not the only reason it's clear to him. That afternoon he was driving home from work at Misawa Air Base, Japan, when he witnessed the awesome power of nature.

A magnitude 9.03 earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan with full force; the earthquake was the most powerful in Japan's recorded history. It killed more than 15,000 people, destroyed hundreds of thousands of buildings and left millions without power and water.
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