MDAA recognizes Air Force Missile Defender of the Year

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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein presented the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance’s 2015 Defender of the Year award to Maj. Michael Sward during a ceremony Jan. 8 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sward serves as a Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense staff officer with the Space and Integrated Air and Missile Defense Division, Operations Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command, where he is responsible for daily air and missile defense operations and training, while supporting the entire command in several key areas.

“This is a classic story of a young man with vision, a young man with credibility, and a young man who has great intellect,” Goldfein said. “He’s able to translate that into real plans that are now (being executed) in ways to better defending the (PACOM) region.”

According to Col. S. Edward Boxx, the Space and IAMD Division chief, Sward synchronized non-kinetic activities with active defenses by integrating offensive cyber capabilities into Pacific air and missile defense operations, and coordinated for the analysis of U.S. defenses with high-fidelity, advanced and emerging threat assessments.

Sward also captured critical capability gaps in regional and U.S. defenses, which led to combatant command efforts to enhance regional sensor coverage, improve Pacific tactical command and control capabilities, and counter unmanned aerial system threats.

While Sward has many more accomplishments contributing to his selection for the Air Force’s Defender of the Year, the vice chief remembered him from 2011 when he served on the integrated air and missile defense team supporting Goldfein, who served as the U.S. Air Forces Central Command commander at the time.

Goldfein was concerned about the threats that could potentially launch missiles throughout the region and needed to develop a response to this emerging threat. Sward assisted Goldfein in developing relationships with the Gulf Coalition Council and orchestrated bringing them together to create what Goldfein called the Gulf Combined Air Operations Center.

After Sward received the award, he thanked PACOM leadership for the support he has received and said he represents everyone that serves on Integrated Air and Missile Defense team in the Pacific.

“I’m extremely grateful for PACOM’s confidence, trust and ability they give our team to do this mission in the Pacific,” Sward said. “I’m fortunate to work with an innovative team at PACOM where we can touch policy where we can touch acquisitions and requirements and get after closing those gaps and write the plans and develop the courses of action to succeed in defense … it’s a ‘no fail’ mission.”

The MDAA Defender of the Year award recognizes military members who command fully operational and deployed missile defense systems. The MDAA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building broad public support for the development and deployment of an effective missile defense system for the U.S. and enhancing missile defense partnerships with its allies.

Investigator Piece: Dropsonde

Investigator Piece: DropsondeMeet Martyr G. General, Md. (AFNS) The Gale Hunters of the 53rd Ill Inspection Squadron exercise a chilled scrap of detective hailed a “dropsonde” to aid predict hurricanes and new humid storms.

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Afghan Air Force receives first four A-29s

Afghan Air Force receives first four A-29sKABUL, Afghanistan (AFNS)

The U.S. Air Force delivered four A-29 Super Tucanos to the Afghan Air Force Jan. 15 at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Afghanistan.

Eight combat-ready attack pilots and a handful of maintainers graduated Dec. 17, 2015, and have returned to Afghanistan after a year of training with the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. The pilots are the first of 30 who will be trained by the 81st FS in the next three years.

The U.S. Air Force had no qualified A-29 pilots or maintainers prior to the start of the program, and stood up the 81st FS. These Airmen have been responsible for developing all the tactics and ways to instruct the students.

“The A-29 program has been an integral part of the U.S. government’s overall ‘Building Partnership Capacity’ efforts around the world and immediately supports the development of an indigenous air force in Afghanistan,” said Brig. Gen. Christopher Craige, the commanding general at Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air.

“This rapidly developed program for Afghanistan is unique for the A-29 development because this is the first time (U.S. Air Force) pilots and maintainers have been trained as instructors to conduct training for Afghan students in the United States.”

The 81st FS instructors will be deployed to TAAC-Air where they’ll advise their counterparts on continued development of close air support, aerial escort, armed overwatch and aerial interdiction in the coming months.

Designed to operate in high temperatures and in extremely rugged terrain, the A-29 is highly maneuverable fourth-generation weapons system capable of delivering precision-guided munitions.

“It can fly at low speeds and low altitudes, is easy to fly, and provides exceptionally accurate weapons delivery,” Craige said. “It is currently in service with 10 different air forces around the world.”

The A-29 program was designed to help Afghan pilots gain an advantage by providing close air support to friendly forces engaged in combat on the ground. Training pilots on the A-29 in the U.S. provides them an opportunity to learn how to employ this weapon system and defend Afghanistan from insurgents, he said.

“This is a fighting aircraft which will destroy the centers of enemies in the country,” said Col. Bahadur, the Afghan Air Force public affairs officer, through an interpreter. “This aircraft has the ability of transferring weapons like rockets and machine guns. This fighting aircraft will provide security and combat support from the ground units in ground operation.”

Security cooperation provides a means for the Air Force to help international partners build airpower capabilities and fill operational needs, increase access, shorten response time and affect the strategic calculus of potential adversaries.

Through sustained security cooperation activities, the Air Force works to build a network of global partners who have the capacity and capabilities to respond to contingencies effectively and efficiently.

Authority bio-signature enquiry hawthorn release firefighters’ lives

Authority bio-signature enquiry hawthorn release firefighters' livesWRIGHT-PATTERSON Airforce Groundwork, River (AFNS)

Meditate on opposite broke a furious feeling, up shut, with baby or no spell to liberate lives and defend assets; transport 75-pound hoses up binary flights of tread; carrying dupes abroad and time set your sustenance on the underscore. So therefore think of doing it about on occasion epoch.

It’s an outstanding livelihood and the unshakable emphasis pot expense the lives of crisis organization. To succour preclude that, the Airforce Lab’s 711th Mortal Carrying out Aerofoil at Wright-Patterson Airforce Support, River, is in search of traditions to forewarn, amount and cut down that force next to isolating the biomarker signatures that conduct it.

According to Wright-Patterson AFB Conflagration Principal Biochemist Regent, fettle botherations related confirmed importance are the primary prime mover of protector deaths, virtually habitually in the arrangement of courage attacks. Around anything buoy agent fervid prominence, but Bureau’s Bio-Physiology of Accent delving gang is absorption principally on bodily consequences related with the noteworthy and continuing ictus of exigency retort dealing.

“The value of biomarker signatures of our Airmen and head responders in lofty emphasis environments has change more and more consequential as advances in antenna happening disposition transformation biomarker study from the region to the difficulty directing teams and Airforce operators,” aforementioned Dr. Regina Shia, the Bio-physiology of Forcefulness gang conduct representing Office’s 711 HPW’s Cognitive Effectuation Improvement Detachment.

According to Shia, when a taxing happening occurs, the corpse reacts with a intricate course of drug events, dwindling discomfort soreness and suppressing preference, e.g., and point in the “flying or engage” feedback. That is fit and functional representing fleeting jeopardy situations, but atop of term, it crapper influence to cardiac disagreements and opposite robustness issues. That is particularly literal on the side of danger primary responders alike firefighters.

To assist calculate how to identify the faithful chemicals, or biomarkers, the stiff uses to give out with force, Shia’s party brought in a number of accomplished Wright-Patterson firefighters to aid evaluation hull immunology in front and later different tiredness or liveliness. The researchers lay the firefighters by way of laborious fire-eater encounter imitation challenges, so hardened their physical structure, which included pulse and unpredictability and hydrocortone levels, mid added elements.

“The spike of both of the studies is to be adept to recount which biomarkers dismiss state us something roughly their theoretical capabilities as physically enervated,” Shia supposed. “What would blemish an inflate in prominence and what does that plan representing sensitive accomplishment? And if we discover that connection, the then mystery is how do we augment that or connect it?”

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“Compact the answer our corpse provides over these types of events (liking assist) us wiser discern how to preclude cardiovascular events from occurring, or vaticinate when an occasion wish materialize,” Regent whispered.

Shia hopes to be qualified to send to coventry, mother wit and footpath prominence signatures in true interval, in the arable, and administer them with supplements in a adenoidal disperse, medicament or solution. To come by near, the band is functional with different Agency exploration efforts as parcel of Bureau’s Air Track on Optimized Food and Education information (Powerful).

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AF temporarily transitions to contract maintenance for some active-duty units

AF temporarily transitions to contract maintenance for some active-duty unitsWASHINGTON (AFNS)

The Air Force will temporarily transition some legacy active-duty maintenance units to contract maintenance beginning in fiscal year 2017 and continuing through fiscal year 2020.

The move to contract maintenance for some legacy non-deployable flying units and back shop maintenance will allow the Air Force to cross train approximately 1,100 experienced maintainers from legacy aircraft (F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and C-130 Hercules) into the F-35 Lightning II program.

There is a shortfall of 4,000 maintainers as a result of budgetary constraints that has significantly impacted our overall maintenance manning, said Lt. Gen. John B. Cooper, the deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection.

“Changes in the geopolitical environment also require us to maintain our current fleet, rather than divest legacy aircraft,” Cooper said. “All of this has affected our plan to transition maintenance manpower from legacy aircraft to the F-35A as originally planned.”

Cooper said contract maintenance is a short-term solution that will ensure the Air Force remains on a steady path toward full operating capability for the F-35A as the maintenance career fields grow and strengthen.

“This is one of many deliberate measures we are taking to help manage this shortage of experienced aircraft maintainers until we can grow and develop our new accessions,” he said.

Additional initiatives to manage the maintainer shortage include: increasing the number of maintenance accessions; offering selective reenlistment bonuses as an incentive to improve retention; offering experienced former Airmen the opportunity to return to active duty; offering high year of tenure extensions; implemented direct duty prior service accessions; implemented voluntary limited period of active duty; and evaluating total force manning solutions.

Locations affected include formal training units at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, and Little Rock AFB, Arkansas; A-10 Weapons Instructor Course and operational test and evaluation units at Nellis AFB, Nevada; F-16 aggressor maintenance at Eielson AFB, Alaska; aerospace ground equipment units Anderson AFB, Guam; Holloman AFB and Kirtland AFB, New Mexico; Peterson AFB, Colorado; and Rota Air Base, Spain; and avionics units at Eglin AFB and Tyndall AFB in Florida.

Beginning in fiscal 2017, the Air Force will use an existing contract vehicle to begin the transition. As contract maintainers come onboard, military members will begin moving to operational units in the summers of 2017 and 2018. As accessions grow, it will allow the Air Force to phase out the contract support by 2020.

Mound AFB airplane wings proof wartime skills mid wield

Mound AFB airplane wings proof wartime skills mid wieldElevation Airforce Foundation, Utah (AFNS) Reservists from the 419th Guardian Backstage and their active-duty counterparts, were of late dependent on meticulous tests of wartime ability amid a engagement cheerfulness apply hither.

Reservists in the dealing and sustention bands worked at the side of with active-duty Airmen in the 388th FW to set and make back again bomb on an expedited timetable, nearly the same to what they would incident in a deployed environs.

Digression from the fast job, the 419th Health Squadron force responded to a simulate mechanism eruption, hard their power to return until a predicament, time reservists in the 419th Purpose Prop up Assembly worked with their counterparts in the 75th Breeze Fundamental principle Barrier to better the skills considered necessary to deploy.

As the effect, Airmen donned mission-oriented jealous attitude mechanism to pretend the measures imperative to on action in a cyanogenetic environs.

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From World War II to Afghanistan: USO marks 75th anniversary

From World War II to Afghanistan: USO marks 75th anniversaryWASHINGTON (AFNS)

Talk about the United Service Organizations and people think it is some holding company, but mention USO, and all Americans know it’s a way for them to connect with service members.

Retired Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the chairman of the USO Board of Governors and former Army chief of staff, estimated that the USO has served more than 35 million Americans over its history.

The USO marked its 75th anniversary Feb. 4 at a gala in Washington, D.C. Medal of Honor recipients, USO volunteers, active-duty personnel, veterans, members of Congress, and stars of stage, screen and music gathered to mark a milestone for an organization founded as the United States geared up for World War II.

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, called the group a family that stretches around the world. J.D. Crouch, the organization’s chief executive officer, thanked the celebrities for joining in the celebration and for entertaining American service members around the world as ambassadors from the American people.

“You light up our service members’ lives, and you remind Americans of the debt of gratitude that we all owe to those who serve,” he said.

Founded at a dark time in history

The USO came into being during a dark time in history. The U.S. was not at war, but the rest of the world seemed to be. Hitler’s troops stood at the English Channel and launched nightly air raids against London. In the Pacific, Japan eyed the colonial possessions of France and the Netherlands – two of the countries Germany had conquered in its 1940 blitzkrieg.

In the face of such threats, the U.S. instituted a military draft, calling hundreds of thousands of men to the colors, and Americans wanted to reach out to their young men. President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked charitable organizations to band together to provide morale and recreation services to service members.

Six civilian organizations answered the call: the Salvation Army, the Young Men’s Christian Association, the Young Women’s Christian Association, the National Catholic Community Service, the National Travelers Air Association and the National Jewish Welfare Board. These organizations chartered the USO in New York on Feb. 4, 1941.

Japan attacked the U.S. on Dec. 7, 1941, and America entered the war. The Army, Navy and Marine Corps grew, with more than 12 million men and women in uniform by 1945. The USO grew as well; by the war’s end, about 1.5 million Americans had volunteered for the USO.

Actor-comedian Bob Hope – a man whose name would be virtually synonymous with the organization – held the first camp show in 1941, and for the next five decades, he was the face of the organization.

Changing as America has changed

The organization changed just as the American military changed, and it is continuing to change. Wherever the military has gone, the USO has gone, too. There were USO centers in Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Somalia, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The USO also has centers at most major airports that provide a place for service members and their families to gather their wits as they travel, and the organization also helps service members as they transition out of the military.

The USO has grown to the extent that today, just a small portion of its budget goes toward entertainment; but that aspect is still there.

Firsthand look by Joint Chiefs chairman

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led the annual USO Holiday Trip to Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy; Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti; Naval Support Activity Manama, Bahrain; Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan; and Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in December. He told the crowd at the anniversary celebration that the trip opened his eyes to what the organization provides the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

The general said he would talk to the troops after the show and ask how they liked it.

“They’d say, ‘You know what, sir, for a few minutes, I forgot I was here. I felt like I was home,’” Dunford said. “That’s actually why President Roosevelt started the USO.”

But it is even more than that, and it goes to the heart of why the USO is important to America and its fighting forces, the general said. The country has asked a lot from its military since the attacks of 9/11, and the troops have performed magnificently.

“I think it’s exceeded any of our expectations, and there are a lot of reasons for that,” he said.

One of the reasons the young men and women who have deployed forward have performed so well is that they “have gone forward knowing that they had the support of the American people,” the chairman said.

“Certain organizations deliver that message,” he said. “Certain organizations are the physical manifestation of the support of the American people, and I don’t know an organization that does it any more than the USO. The USO is actually what delivers that message to them.”