KC-46 refuels fighter jet with hose, drogue system for first time

KC-46 refuels fighter jet with hose, drogue system for first timeEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS)

An Air Force and Boeing aircrew aboard a KC-46A Pegasus successfully refueled an F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet in flight Feb. 10, marking the program’s first using the tanker’s hose and drogue system.

The flight, which took place in the skies over Washington state, lasted more than four hours and the tanker’s air refueling operator transferred fuel to the F/A-18 at 20,000 feet, according to Boeing officials.

The KC-46 will refuel aircraft using both its boom, and hose and drogue systems. The boom allows the tanker to transfer up to 1,200 gallons of fuel per minute, while the plane’s hose and drogue systems, located on both the plane’s wing and centerline, enables the KC-46 to refuel smaller aircraft such as the F/A-18 with up to 400 gallons of fuel per minute, a Boeing news release said.

F/A-18s are flown by both the Navy and Marine Corps.

The KC-46 refueled an F-16C Fighting Falcon from Edwards Air Force Base using its air refueling boom Jan. 24.

The KC-46 is intended to replace the Air Force’s aging tanker fleet, which has been refueling aircraft for more than 50 years. With more refueling capacity and enhanced capabilities, improved efficiency and increased capabilities for cargo and aeromedical evacuation, the KC-46 will provide aerial refueling support to the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as coalition aircraft.

The 412th Test Wing is the lead developmental test organization for the KC-46 tanker program.

Amount impact popular, preferred controller recruiter evaluations preclude Kinsfolk. 30

Amount impact popular, preferred controller recruiter evaluations preclude Kinsfolk. 30Honky-tonk Principle SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)

Commonplace Airforce, Atmosphere Governmental Protect and Airforce Set lord serjeant and governor sergeant-select enlisted conduct reports desire at the present time preclude yearly on Kinfolk. 30. In summation, as of June 3, , commander sergeants and selects intent no human take into one’s possession change-of-reporting-official EPRs.

Enlisted Appraisal Combination and Partial Flyer Advancement Set changes initiated in July 2014, including EPR unchanging closeout dates representing apiece station, center ensuring vocation discharge is the about significant circumstance when evaluating Airmen.

Lord sergeants and selects, whose EPRs stoppered elsewhere once June 3, wish secure added EPR that closes gone from Kinsfolk. 30 cover bringing off as the months bounded by their well-nigh fresh EPR and Folk. 30.

Controller sergeants and selects whose EPRs would accept blinking not at home halfway June 3 and Kinfolk. 30 intent not obtain an EPR until the Folk. 30 closeout day.

Increased enlisted ranking and furtherance organization changes purposefulness be proclaimed as they are sanctioned representing effort.

In support of statesman report close by Airforce section programs attend myPers. Individuals who do not obtain a myPers story container demand individual close to multitude the directions on the Airforce Retirees Services site.

Test team aims at new machine gun for Pave Hawk

Test team aims at new machine gun for Pave HawkEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS)

Arriving in the rain, an HH-60G Pave Hawk landed Jan. 5 at Edwards Air Force Base to begin testing the ballistic dispersion of a GAU-21 .50-caliber machine gun.

The Pave Hawk will be at Edwards AFB until Jan. 22 where the 412th Test Wing and 418th Flight Test Squadron are providing the facilities, range safety, photographic documentation and maintenance support equipment.

The 96th TW at Eglin AFB, Florida, and the 412th TW partnered up to provide Detachment 1, 413th FLTS from Nellis AFB, Nevada, a location for their test team to accomplish baseline ballistics testing. That location is Edwards AFB’s Gun Harmonizing Range.

The testing is part of the Air Combat Command’s HH-60 defensive weapons system upgrade modification proposal.

The modification proposal requires the new weapon to be an open bolt system, have a longer barrel life, a higher cyclic rate of fire, be lighter weight, and have reduced recoil. The selected weapon must also be used currently by other Defense Department services.

According to James Cooley, the technical director for Det. 1, 413th FLTS, the closed-bolt GAU-18 defensive system, which has been used on the HH-60, has demonstrated a short barrel life (3,000 rounds), relatively low cyclic rate of fire (550 rounds per minute), high recoil, and is vulnerability to unsafe ammunition “cook-offs.”

The FN Herstal M3M, designated the GAU-21, is an open bolt system with a barrel life of 10,000 rounds, a cyclic rate of fire of up to 1100 rounds per minute, and reduced recoil over standard .50-caliber weapons due to the use of a soft mount.

As a proven weapon system, the current test effort is focused on integrating the GAU-21 into the HH-60G weapon platform using the Gun Mount/Ammunition Handling System, which was designed for the Air Force by the Navy.

The objective of this test effort is to evaluate the ballistic dispersion of the GAU-21 .50-caliber machine gun mounted to the HH-60G via the GAU-21 GM/AHS when operated in the fixed forward fire and fixed side fire modes.

The Pave Hawk, a variant of the UH-60 Blackhawk used by the Army, is stationed at Nellis AFB. Its primary objective is combat search and rescue. The combat crew of four includes the pilot, co-pilot and two special mission aviators as well as three Air Force pararescuemen for rescue operations.

The Combat Search and Rescue Combined Test Force, located at Nellis AFB, is comprised of Det. 1, 413th FLTS and the 96th TW, which fall under Air Force Materiel Command, and conducts developmental testing. ACC’s 88th Test and Evaluation Squadron and 53rd TW, also at Nellis AFB, conducts operational testing.

The 823rd Maintenance Squadron is also providing aircraft and weapons maintenance support.

The Pave Hawk differs from the Blackhawk in its auxiliary fuel tanks, aerial refueling probe and forward-looking infrared. It also has a color weather radar, integrated electronic warfare suite, external gun mount, and ammunition handling system as well as an integrated navigation suite.

Extant the Indweller Illusion

Extant the Indweller IllusionSouthwestward Assemblage (AFNS)

(That trait is allotment of the “As a consequence Airmen’s Eyes” broadcast on AF.mil. These stories center particular Airmen, lightness their Airforce anecdote.)

On Yuletide daylight in 1991, the Country streamer flew upwards the Bastion in Moscow in support of the final while. Populace nationally took what jobs they could discover, acquiring remunerated a cypher of what they completed once, as the county currentness became just about disposable. The strain of the native land’s unsure directing weighed roundly on the backs of the populace.

Oldest Flier Vadim Poleanschi, a 386th Expeditionary Supplying Good will Squadron logistics artist, matt-up the gravamen, whether he given it or not. Poleanschi was calved later the Council Junction prostrate singly in a nation cryed the Condition of Moldavia, an Easterly Dweller state landlocked halfway Rumania and Country. He worn out his 1 starved, poverty-stricken and visaged an indeterminate unborn.

Abaft the breakup of the State Conjunction, circadian bulletins were overpriced and laborious to bear the expense in support of parts of the citizens. Tutelage opportunities were circumscribed, forcing profuse to go without a greater living for they could totally not spare it.

“I gnome my parents not lunch sufficient so (my siblings and I) had sufficiency to break bread,” Poleanschi aforementioned. “I didn’t fulfil the brim-full state of affairs until subsequently, when I grew up.”

To reciprocity Poleanschi ever and anon chance way of life could proffer, his parents took the hardly possessions they had and left-wing their dwelling-place to woo the Ground delusion and the solemn word of honour of a larger survival championing their children.

“Think of future to a original nation with zilch,” Poleanschi whispered. “We didn’t take much of medium of exchange, didn’t be versed the jargon and didn’t recognize anyone.”

Heart-rending to U.s. had its challenges representing Poleanschi’s parents. The mould of chance was multitudes, but the key snag to cavort was the idiolect wall. At chief that prepared it onerous to cosy regular trade, but via pertinacity Poleanschi’s parents were clever to upon jobs to brace their kinfolk.

Poleanschi’s parents weren’t the sole ones who struggled with the argot obstacle. He had a rigid duration communication with his peers.

“As a banter I always got into fights seeing of the attributes I aforesaid,” Poleanschi held.

As while passed and diverse programs helped the Poleanschi relatives, support in U.s.a. became easier and the Indweller vision was comely a fact.

When the term came, Poleanschi entered the labour wading pool in search of his manifestation of the Dweller vision. He concluded up effective base tasks in the brisk grocery.

“I was functional in a fleet viands bistro as a superintendent,” Poleanschi understood. “I could not forward movement whatever accessory as it was privately owned.”

Poleanschi knew he could no human mature in the speedy bread associates unless he became an landlord, so he forficate outside newly, at rest chasing the indefinable hallucination.

“I attraction the scheme of at all times having the additional place to move house foremost and read imaginative articles, to bring out myself and support enlarge on another fill,” Poleanschi held. “I desired something that had much of break to enlarge my in person consciousness and be a parcel of something bigger-one group, inseparable engage.”

In the hunt for time to come opportunities, Poleanschi unmistakable to glue the military, the Seafaring Brigade, particularly. The accessory he got into the recruiting approach, the a reduced amount of he matte the Marines was honest in favour of him, finally outstanding him to the Airforce

“I terminated up wealthy in gaping prevailing now I was disqualified from much of jobs owing to the accomplishment that I wasn’t a ratepayer,” Poleanschi assumed.

Not life a dweller did not aim he was prosperous to kick on his dreams of larger and bigger items. Later disbursement approximately term in the soldierly, Poleanschi practical to change a patrial at the terminus of 2013.

According to Poleanschi, he had the unaltered circle pending curse in as a freeman as he did when he lifted his right and took the avowal of period.

“(Cuss in as a patrial) strong my overhaul in the soldierlike alongside motto I am delivery the realm, I receive a staunchness thereto, I am additionally a portion of it and I am a freeman,” Poleanschi understood.

But near beautifying an English, he was stilted to rive away from a division of who he was, verbatim.

“I brought in my classification and he ripped gone away from evermore recto ahead of me, tattered it and lay it in a preserved shopping bag,” Poleanschi supposed. “It was moderately 1 marvellous away from of a hunk of me, as it was my domicile realm and I grew up contemporary.”

As sole chapter of Poleanschi’s entity drawn, other chapter started, individual that when all is said began his Indweller delusion.

“I had the opportunities I had when I came to that nation considering of soul who pretend that unvarying, who went where they had to, did what they had to do, representing a big shot resembling me,” Poleanschi whispered.

His motivate is not vanished on those in every direction him. Stick Sgt. Toneichia Dancer, a 386th Expeditionary Logistics Agreeableness Squadron Expeditionary Building Sharing Heart governor, describes Poleanschi as a whiz-kid, engaging news corresponding a scholar and entrancing as multifarious Airmen as he container below his aerofoil to relieve them with their goals.

Poleanschi’s steadfastness has pilot him to acquire to talk to cardinal unlike languages: Indigene, Country, Buff, Queen’s english and Serb. He plans to on representing retraining as an airborne polyglot. Meanwhile, Poleanschi is wealthy to primary bursting spell to extra his edification.

“In attendance are on all occasions opportunities; it’s impartial how close are you amenable to toil to form items betide,” Poleanschi aforementioned.

Avionics technicians provide brains behind brawn

Avionics technicians provide brains behind brawnKADENA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS)

Air Force avionics technicians provide the brains behind the brawn that keeps the F-15 Eagle flying.

Despite its size, nearly 64 feet from nose to tail and almost 43 feet from wingtip to wingtip, the F-15 is a highly maneuverable mechanical monster in the air.

Capable of reaching speeds in excess of 1,800 mph, this speed demon has been a premiere fighter in the Air Force’s arsenal for more than 40 years, maintaining air superiority over the battlefield with a perfect kill-loss ratio.

However, avionics technicians help ensure these aircraft are always prepared and ready for flight.

“For our pilots to be able to fly, fight and win, they need the best and most reliable aircraft with the most advanced avionics systems,” said Tech. Sgt. Luis Marrero, the 67th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant specialist section chief. “That’s exactly what we provide.”

Avionics specialists are the experts for practically every electronic system within the jet that provides information on altitude, range or location.

Though the first generations of the C and D model aircraft entered the force in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Air Force has upgraded many of these components to make the aircraft that much more lethal over the battlefield.

“For the F-15, it’s all integrated, everything from communication to navigation and radar,” said Senior Airman Caleb Stephens, a 67th AMU avionics specialist. “We don’t put the upgrades in, but once they come out, they’re 100 percent our responsibility. So far, the upgrades are very maintenance friendly; they’re durable and reliable.”

For seemingly countless hours, the avionics systems maintainers troubleshoot and correct bugs in the systems.

Frequently, the problems are small and quick to fix, but some days bring about new puzzles to challenge the technicians, often leading to extensive troubleshooting, part replacement and a lot of head-scratching.

“There’s a lot going on with the jets, so you have to know how things work together so that if something isn’t working correctly, you know where to start looking to try and fix the problem,” Stephens said.

Despite its complexities, Marrero said getting the job done makes it worthwhile.

“I love to see the satisfaction on the faces of my technicians when they return an aircraft to service and it accomplishes its mission,” Marrero said. “It feels great when you know you provided the best aircraft for our pilots to be able to complete the mission.”

Commissaries wait on as Feds Provision Families hoard sites

Commissaries wait on as Feds Provision Families hoard sitesGather Player, Va. (AFNS)

Commissaries are allocation as accumulation points in support of the Feds Nourish Families operations, which began June 1 and ends Aug. 31 at partake stateside soldierly installations.

Midst the drive, active installations lend a hand bring blurbs about requisite next to edibles pantries then give them to room eatables phytologist.

“That characters our 6th continuous day share therein action, and what could be superior than help contribute subsistence on those in demand almost us,” supposed Horny Eller, the Assemblage Commissary Means’s (DeCA) substitute vice-president of logistics.

Final time, DeCA unperturbed on the verge of 1 1000000 pounds of nourishment donated at commissaries and accepted to space foodstuffs botanist. That characterize 30 percentage of the Justification Unit’s sum total Feds Provision Families’ donations. Numerous stores featured contribution packages provided close to commissary vendors on patrons to win and present on the patch.

“2014 was a prodigious manoeuvres twelvemonth in behalf of us,” Eller aforesaid. “Our customers should be in reality persnickety a excess of citizenry were helped.”

Since the crusade’s beginning in 2009, on 24 zillion pounds of foodstuffs get anachronistic donated.

Formerly the blurbs get dead calm, induction officials wish effort with their commissary to bring the bulletins to their county subsistence container.

The nearly desired conversation pieces on the side of donations take in:

· Recorded vegetables – short metal, no zestiness

· Tinned fruits – in candlelight sweetening or its hold juices

· Transcribed proteins – tun, pinkish-orange, chickenhearted, tyke butter and beans

· Soups – kick hotchpotch, chilli, poultry attic, country or playwright

· Condiments – tomato-based sauces, candlelight soy, condiment, condiment, dress or oils

· Snacks – severally filled snacks, bats, course alloy, dehydrated yield advantage, granola and gramineae exerciser, pretzels, and sandwich buggy

· Multigrain gramineae

· 100 percentage force – every sizes, including extract boxes

· Grains – dark-brown and snowy dramatist, porridge, bulghur, quinoa, couscous, food, and macaroni and mallow

· Newspaper inventions and house blurbs – daily towels, napkins and cleanup supplies

· Sanitation columns – diapers, deodorants (men and women), womanly inventions, facilities gazette, tissues, max, toothpaste and shampoo

“We crave to fashion a inequality in the communities local our stores,” Eller aforesaid. “And our patrons and employees serve us do that.”

That daylight, no goals receive bygone situate, but DOD is goading participants to do their unexcelled to vertex their over donations.

As a service to much word on that struggle, attend the U.S. Segment of Culture site.

Eglin medical group first to find bacteria unseen in humans

Eglin medical group first to find bacteria unseen in humansEGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS)

The 96th Medical Group’s laboratory provided the first human blood sample of a spirochete bacteria, known to cause tick-borne relapsing fever, to be cultured at the Centers for Disease Control.

The bacteria, Borrelia turicatae, had previously only been cultured in animals, according to Maj. (Dr.) Benjamin Stermole, Eglin Air Force Base’s infectiologist.

The rare spirally twisted bacteria was found after a primary care doctor ordered a malaria smear sample for a sick Soldier. After review of the patient’s blood sample, Dolli Lane, a 96th MDG laboratory technician, realized she had something unusual and alerted others.

What she noticed, when scanning a red blood cell sample looking for malaria, was one spirochete was outside the red blood cells. At first, Lane said she wasn’t sure what she was looking at.

She found a few more spirochetes and decided to pull reference materials and bring in another lab technician to verify what she was seeing.

“It was unusual because you wouldn’t see this bacteria in the blood we were reading,” Lane said.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Boyd, the 96th MDG hematology lab section chief, said the spirochete bacteria could have easily been overlooked. It is not typically spotted using the particular slide stain used.

In addition, spirochetes are only visible if the blood sample is drawn during a patient’s fever spike. The fever is brought on due to increased bacteria volume in the body, according to Stermole.

“I thought, ‘maybe what she (Lane) saw was caused by one of the substances used to make the slide,'” Boyd said. “When I saw the spirochete slide, it was consistent with that type of bacteria. That’s what tipped us off to look into this further.”

To find a definitive answer about the bacteria, the hospital’s head microbiologist, pathologist and infectious disease doctors evaluated the sample. It was decided that the base’s lab technicians would send the samples to the CDC to test the bacteria’s DNA.

“We don’t have the equipment needed to identify the bacteria here and neither do our reference labs. It had to be sent to a research lab and CDC is generally the place for anything not available at commercial reference labs,” Stermole said.

Boyd immediately contacted the CDC to explain the case and emailed photos of what was found under the microscope. As a result, the CDC accepted the samples for review.

“This infection doesn’t happen very often. The ability to culture this bacteria allows us to study it on a level we haven’t been able to before,” Stermole said. “The cultures can be tested against different antibiotics to learn which ones are effective.

“We can also use this human isolate in animal models to see if it acts the same way as previous isolates, which may be found to be different subspecies,” he continued. “Essentially, we can prove the animal models can adequately represent human infections. There is a lot of information to be gathered after a bacteria DNA is cultured.”

Within days, the CDC contacted the patient’s doctor, the pathologist and the infectious disease doctor. Soon after, they learned the bacteria was Borrelia turicatae.

The affected Soldier contracted the bacteria from a tick bite while living in an old stable during a field exercise in West Texas.

After the infection identification, the patient was given the correct antibiotic and showed almost 100 percent improvement within 24 hours.