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Mr. Thomas Wells, Director, 711th Human Performance Wing, presents the Bronze Star Medal to Capt. Derek Williamson during a Director’s Call meeting at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (Photo by Chris Gulliford, 711 HPW) Wright-Patt Captain Awarded The Bronze Star
United States Air Force Capt. Derek Williamson modestly says he was just doing his job but the United States Army says otherwise. For exceptionally meritorious service while deployed to a combat zone in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM last year, Captain Williamson has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal.Captain Williamson is stationed at
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Staff Sgt. Cesar Valverde, Health Physics Technician, USAFSAM, Radiation Health Consulting (OEHH), hangs upside down on a rappelling tower, supported by rescue knots he tied himself. Staff Sgt. Valverde participated in the U.S. Marine Corps’ Chemical Biological Incident Response Force Basic Operations Course. Air Force Collaborates With Marines For More Effective Disaster Response
If a major disaster such as a terrorist Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Explosive, or CBRNE, event occurs in a community, or a massive accident occurs at a hospital or industrial facility, specialized military teams are ready to deploy to assist overwhelmed civilian first responders.Two of those specialized military teams are the
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The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program site, Gakona, Alaska, is pictured with Mount Wrangell in the background.

U.S. Air Force photograph
Military scientists study Ionosphere
At a facility in a remote part of south-central Alaska, the largest radio transmitter on Earth sends high-frequency signals into the ionosphere to help scientists better understand the influence of charged particles on radio communications and satellite surveillance systems. Surprisingly, it also is able to create a mini-ionosphere. "The High
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With thousands of specimens arriving daily for processing, USAFSAM’s clinical and research labs are taking steps now to ensure their mission can continue uninterrupted during the transition to Wright Patterson. (Air Force Photo) USAFSAM Rising to Challenges of Upcoming BRAC Move
As anyone who's ever relocated knows, moving involves a lot of planning and hard work! With its BRAC-initiated move to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio beginning later this year, the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks City-Base continues to address a range of challenges as it readies for this shift. Some have been
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A prototype of a miniature electrospray thruster with four rows of ion emitters is shown here. The thruster is contained within two black plates each measuring about one square inch. (Credit: Dr. Paulo Lozano, MIT) Air Force Eyes Mini-Thrusters for Use in Satellite Propulsion
Mini- thrusters or miniature, electric propulsion systems are being developed, which could make it easier for the Air Force's small satellites, including the latest CubeSats, to perform space maneuvers and undertake formidable tasks like searching for planets beyond our solar system.With Air Force Office of Scientific Research funding, researchers
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Default Air Force Logo Developing Web Technologies to Share Secure Information
Dr. Lalana Kagal and fellow researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing a standard policy language to achieve flexible and dynamic Web security when information is shared between agencies, countries and organizations.The research, funded under the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program,
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Default Air Force Logo AFOSR Trailblazer Award Honoree Opens Doors for Others
Air Force Office of Scientific Research's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program Manager, Ed Lee recently received a Trailblazer Award at the 23rd Annual Black Engineer of the Year Award's (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. "I am pleased that AFOSR and my work with
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Mr. Thomas Wells (left), director of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW), presents the Harry G. Armstrong Award to 2009 winner Mr. Brian Simpson, engineering research psychologist with the Human Effectiveness Directorate’s Warfighter Interface Division, Battlespace Acoustics Branch,  January 22 at the HPW’s annual awards luncheon. (Photo by Chris Gulliford, 711 HPW) AFRL Psychologist Wins 2009 Harry G. Armstrong Scientific Excellence Award
Brian Simpson, engineering research psychologist with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), 711th Human Performance Wing, Human Effectiveness Directorate (711 HPW/RH), Warfighter Interface Division, Battlespace Acoustics Branch (RHCB), received the Harry G. Armstrong Scientific Excellence Award for 2009 at the 711 HPW Annual Awards Banquet held
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Dr. Myra Cohen and her team of researchers at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln have addressed the issue of faulty software.  They have developed an algorithm and open source tool that is 300 times faster at generating tests and also reduces the time of software testing over its predecessor. (Credit: University of Nebraska, Lincoln) Faster and More Efficient Software for the Air Force
Researchers at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln have addressed the issue of faulty software by developing an algorithm and open source tool that is 300 times faster at generating tests and also reduces current software testing time.The new algorithm has potential to increase the efficiency of the software testing process across systems.The
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A B-52 Stratofortress performs a captive carry flight of the X-51A Scram Jet Dec. 9. The flight was performed to test the B-52's airwortiness while carrying the X-51A. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Cassidy)
X-51A WaveRider gets first ride aboard B-52
In a flight test reminiscent of the early days of the historic X-15 program 50 years earlier, the X-51A Waverider was carried aloft for the first time over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 9 by an Air Force Flight Test Center B-52H Stratofortress.The "captive carry" test was a key milestone in preparation for the X-51 to light its
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