Air Force

October 4, 2013

Air Force News – October 4, 2013

Fire Emergency Services makes every dollar count

Air Force firefighters are accustomed to confronting danger on the job, but recent Defense Department budget cuts have brought a different kind of heat.

Faced with an aging vehicle fleet and the need to modernize equipment, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Fire Emergency Services Division took steps that have earned more than $323 million in actual cost savings and cost avoidance for the Air Force.

They saved money, equipped firefighters and reduced the average age of Air Force fire vehicles by capitalizing on industry trends, employing new firefighting technology and incorporating bulk purchasing.

The FES division centrally procures firefighting vehicles and equipment for the Air Force. In fiscal 2007, the Air Force had an inventory of 1,863 fire vehicles valued at more than $840 million with an average vehicle age of 22 years. A fire trucks’ minimum service life is typically 12 to 18 years, depending on type.

“CE leaders set a goal to recapitalize our fire vehicle fleet in 20 years,” said Jim Podolske, the Air Force Fire Chief and FES division director. “The Air Force allots $25 million per year for fire vehicles, provided there are no cuts. That amount into $840 million yields a 33.6-year recapitalization rate, well past the service life of most fire vehicles.”

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Texas

Airmen can now download an Air Force mobile application designed to help them better get at the root of workplace problems. Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century is the Air Force’s eight-step problem solving method and the application puts AFSO21 resources right at their fingertips.

Washington D.C.

The Defense Department has announced the transition of the Kosovo Campaign Medal to the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Poland

Poland’s air force senior enlisted leader is partnering with U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa officials to strengthen his service’s operational capacity. His efforts are focused on enlisted professional military education.

Afghanistan

Members from the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron installed communications equipment for Jordanians service members on Bagram Airfield. With a short notice request from the Army, Airmen with different specialties were tasked to install communication capabilities in four days, starting from scratch.




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