Sentinel of Space found in Alaskan wilderness

Among the bears, moose, wolves and wolverines of Alaska's interior is a silent sentinel of space - Clear Air Force Station. Its personnel keep an eye on things above for the sake of tactical warning of ballistic missile attacks against the U.S. and Canada and space situational awareness.

Clear AFS is an 11,500-acre installation about 80 miles southwest of Fairbanks. It is one of more than 20 geographically separated units within the 21st Space Wing, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Clear AFS is home to the Air Force's 13th Space Warning Squadron and is the oldest missile warning site in North America.
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21st Space Wing receives approval in first community partnership initiative

The 21st Space Wing has taken the next step in the ongoing Pikes Peak Community Partnership Program (PPCPP) by gaining Air Staff approval to bulk purchase de-icing chemicals in partnership with El Paso County.

Under a newly approved Intergovernmental Support Agreement, all Front Range Air Force installations can now utilize the El Paso County contract to purchase chemicals for use on base roadways to control or remove snow and ice at an estimated savings of more than $60,000 over a five-year period, said Dan Rodriguez, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron Installation Management Flight chief.
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21st LRS helps Raider Brigade conduct Deployment Readiness Exercise

-- Soldiers of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division conducted a Deployment Readiness Exercise Feb. 23 to prepare for what they can expect should they be activated.

The Raider Brigade is part of the U.S. Army's Quick Reaction Force capable of activating at a moments' notice and be ready to deploy anywhere in the world within hours.

This exercise involved Soldiers from across the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team and the 4th Sustainment Brigade as well as Airmen from the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base.
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Forrest L. Vosler NCOA rolls out new course

Forrest L. Vosler Noncommissioned Officer Academy rolled out its new Intermediate Learning Experience course with the first class starting March 9.

NCOA is an in-residence course NCOs can attend after completing Course 15 with a satisfactory grade. They must also have been in the Air Force for at least seven years but not more than 12 years. NCOA is not a mandatory program for Airmen since Course 15 meets the requirement for the rank of master sergeant; however it is an optional opportunity to further develop leadership skills.
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Airmen represent Schriever at Open Announcement

Fifteen of Schriever's fittest athletes took part in a tryout session last week competing for the honor of representing Schriever Air Force Base at the CrossFit Games 16.4 Open Announcement.

Mark Skinner and Greg Overton from the 2nd Space Operations Squadron and Jessica Trundy from the 4th Space Operations Squadron turned in the top three times at the tryouts and earned the opportunity to compete alongside two of the best CrossFit athletes in the world at the Open Announcement.

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UBSEDS14 balloon flying across Pacific

UBSEDS14 balloon flight track as at March 14, 2016

UBSEDS14 balloon flight track as at March 14, 2016

On Monday, March 14 the UBSEDS14 balloon, launched by University of Bristol students, passed over Japan and out towards the Pacific, having traveled over 15,497 km since launch.

The University of Bristol Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (UBSEDS) launched their balloon on Monday, March 8. Powered by a single AA Lithium Energiser Battery (LR91) the balloon has been transmitting about 5dBm of Contestia 16/1000 on 434.600 MHz USB at 4 minute intervals as well as APRS during its flight at an altitude of about 11,000m.

The balloon has a diameter of 1.5m and the payload weighs just 21.3 grams. Despite the weight constraints the team have managed to employ sophisticated Geofencing technology to prevent the balloon transmitting when over certain countries and also to select different APRS frequencies depending on the territory being overflown.

UBSEDS14 information is available at
http://www.bristol-seds.co.uk/hab/flight/2016/03/07/ubseds14.html

UBSEDS14 balloon launch
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2016/march/ubseds14_balloon_launches_today.htm

Useful High Altitude Balloon Links http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/balloons/

One of the students involved in the project is Richard Meadows M0SBU. He took the amateur radio courses run by the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) at Danbury in Essex. Further information on the courses is available from the CARS Training Manager
Email: training2016 at g0mwt.org.uk
Web: http://g0mwt.org.uk/training

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.essexham.co.uk/what-is-amateur-radio

Find an amateur radio training course near you https://thersgb.org/services/coursefinder/

A free booklet is available aimed at introducing newcomers to the hobby that can also be used as a handy reference while getting started, see
http://rsgb.org/main/get-started-in-amateur-radio/alex-discovers-amateur-radio-2/

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Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration closing celebration

Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado, served as a technical training base throughout its nearly 60-year history as an active-duty installation, specializing in aerial photography, intelligence and training for the B-52 Stratofortress. However, Lowry AFB closed its gates Sept. 30, 1994, largely due to encroachment. 

Since that time, Buckley AFB and The Trust for Public Land have worked together to design a buffer zone around the base, creating a protected corridor for parks, trails and wildlife habitats, known as the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program.
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NASA Television to Air Women’s History Month STEM Event at Goddard

In partnership with the White House Council on Women and Girls, NASA will host a Women’s History Month event Wednesday, March 16 that examines the role of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), featuring some of NASA’s top leaders – women in STEM. The event at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,

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Rare opportunity allows Master Sgt. to lead the way

"What are you doing here Air Force?" yelled an Army Ranger instructor to then Tech. Sgt. Michael Burke. "You don't belong here."

"I'm here to report for Ranger School," Burke explained. "I have a slot."

"Fall in!" the Ranger instructor screamed.

Burke proceeded to hustle back into formation, his blue physical fitness uniform sticking out like a sore thumb amongst the sea of grey black Army pt uniforms.

That was Master Sgt. Michael Burke's, 460th Security Forces Squadron, first introduction to Ranger School, one he will never forget.
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South Africa From the Space Station’s EarthKAM

The remotely controlled Sally Ride EarthKAM aboard the International Space Station snapped this striking photograph of South Africa on Feb. 9, 2016. The EarthKAM program allows students to request photographs of specific Earth features, which are taken by a special camera mounted on the space station when it passes over those features.

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