Air Force

April 4, 2014

Air Force News – April 4, 2014

Nebraska

A new tool called the Wolf Blending Scope, no bigger than a yard stick, is making work a lot easier for maintenance professionals of the 55th Wing who are responsible for keeping Offutt Air Force Base aircraft flying. The tool is used to fix damaged compressor blades and stands to save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Poland

Two F-16 Fighting Falcon captains walked out to the flightline joking and reminiscing about their days spent at undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. When the Polish and American pilot ran into each other after nearly four years, they picked up like no time had passed. They embraced the opportunity to train together once again, this time in the skies over Poland.

Qatar

Airmen and members of the Qatar Emiri air force participated in a base-wide major accident response exercise March 21 at Al Udeid Air Base to hone the skills of first responders. The simulated scenario included a C-130 Hercules which crashed at the end of a runway with 20 service members aboard.

Kyrgyzstan

Airmen from the 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron recently loaded cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III as part of the pending closure of the Transit Center at Manas.

Afghanistan

Service members at Bagram Airfield participate in monthly exercises to sharpen their base defensive skills and maintain vigilance. The exercise program blossomed after a 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airman approached the maintainer group offering assistance and advice.




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Rain

Lakefront property …

A staff sergeant watches as water continues to flood a parking lot Monday in front the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit on Luke Air Force Base. The base experienced a two-inch rainfall causing flooding and delays around Luke.
 
 
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Program ALIS initiated

No, it isn’t the Program Alice from the “Resident Evil” movies. It is the Autonomic Logistics Information Systems, also known as ALIS, which enables F-35 Lightning II operators to plan ahead to maintain and sustain its sy...
 
 

‘The butterfly effect’

Shortly after taking command, the Wild Duck Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge requested I explain to his Airmen exactly what the pilots would be doing on training missions during an upcoming temporary duty. I was embarrassed that he had to ask. In this specific case, I had thoughtlessly kept these details from our closest...
 

 

Advise Airmen of rights before asking questions

Every day supervisors are faced with challenging scenarios and situations that require them to engage in efforts to help their Airmen. When this engagement is due to a negative act such as theft, damage to property or other possible legal violations, we must resist the instinct to question them directly. One scenario I am presented...
 
 
Senior Airman 
GRACE LEE

Thunderbolts save volts

Senior AirmanGRACE LEE A solar array panel stands on a dormitory roof Sept. 3 at Luke Air Force Base. There are currently four active solar arrays on base. The solar array shown will produce hot water to the dormitory. With res...
 
 

News Briefs September 12, 2014

GOV service station closure The Base Service Station (government-owned vehicle gas station) will close at midnight Sept. 28 and reopen at midnight Oct. 1. For more information, email Staff Sgt. Bradley Ahlemeyer at bradley.ahlemeyer@us.af.mil or call 623-856-7391. Quit tobacco for 31 days The Stoptober Challenge is to be smoke free for the month of October....
 




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