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  • AFMC civilian hiring pilot program targets efficiency, timeliness

    A two-year pilot program to test strategies to improve the Air Force civilian hiring process will begin Oct. 28. The ultimate goal is to improve civilian hiring timeliness and throughput across the Air Force by providing the Air Force Materiel Command wider opportunities to implement agile and innovative hiring processes throughout the command, with lessons shared for implementation across the enterprise.
  • Secretary of the Air Force urges innovation in software acquisition model

    The process used by the Air Force to acquire software is archaic and needs to modernize now if the service is to win in a peer-to-peer conflict, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. The secretary made those observations and gave a glimpse into the future of software acquisition during her keynote presentation Aug. 27 at the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • History office plays key role in OCP emblem-to-patch conversion

    Since early recorded history, warring tribes often carried banners or flags marked with emblems to represent factions and motivate their warriors to fight for the cause. It is to this historical tradition that we can trace the evolution of military emblems and patches. As the Air Force begins transitioning from the current Airman Battle Uniform to the Operational Camouflage Pattern, there is a renewed focus on emblems and patches across Air Force units, as Airmen will once again be able to wear unit patches on their sleeves, which had been phased out when the ABU was deployed in 2007.
  • Run for more than a personal best with the MAJCOM Challenge

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Runners can be known as a competitive bunch -- even if they’re only competing against themselves looking for a new personal record or searching for new and exciting trials. For challenge-hungry military runners participating in the U.S. Air Force Marathon, the Major Command Challenge might just be what the
  • KC-46 completes flight testing required for October first aircraft delivery

    The KC-46 Pegasus program achieved an important milestone July 6, 2018, at Boeing Field, Seattle, with completion of the final flight tests required for first aircraft delivery planned in late October.
  • AFRL demos advanced robotics for aerospace manufacturing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Engineers from the Manufacturing Technologies Division, Air Force Research Laboratory, held a recent successful demonstration of the advanced capabilities of the Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications (A5) Robotic System at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. The 22,000 pound A5
  • Innovating compressor blade inspection

    Blade defects decrease engine efficiency and power, while increasing fuel burn (specific fuel consumption) and exhaust gas temperature (EGT) - resulting in higher maintenance costs, and decreased aircraft availability. Additionally, defective compressor blades can pose a safety threat if not replaced in a timely manner. While researching areas for increased aircraft optimization, Air Force Operational Energy found that cost-effective and reliable blade inspection ensures engines are performing optimally, and is paramount to maintaining aircraft readiness.
  • SecAF stresses Hanscom importance at town hall

    Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson emphasized the priorities demanded by the new National Defense Strategy and Hanscom Air Force Base’s vital role in meeting them during a town hall here April 5, 2018.
  • AFRL researchers push limits in high-temperature, polymer additive manufacturing

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio –  Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are “turning up the heat” in the field of polymer additive manufacturing.In conjunction with researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the University of Louisville, the team successfully printed the
  • AFRL helps enable laser paint removal technology

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- AFRL Materials Integrity engineers recently played a key role in enabling the safer and more efficient removal of paint from F-16 aircraft through the newly-adopted Robotic Laser Coating Removal System.At the request of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Engineering Division, the research team, part
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