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Ohio State athlete Craig Fada performs an OmegaWave heart rate variability and central nervous system test as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Ohio State University. This test is used to personalize recovery. (Photo Courtesy of the Ohio State University) AF partners with OSU for stress evaluation, recovery methods
The Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing, has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the Ohio State University. Special operations units in the Defense Department are physically and mentally elite due to the training they endure. Since special operations personnel are not readily accessible at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, unique hands-on insight was required for rapid acceleration of human performance monitoring research, technology and tools for the battlefield.
0 11/30
2016
Six microvanes are bonded to each side of the aft fuselage of the test C-17 for phases three, four and five in the C-17 Drag Reduction Program managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Advanced Power Technology Office, and tested by the 418th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards AFB. The C-17 Globemaster III used for all five test phases is provided by Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit) Final phase of C-17 drag reduction testing underway
When it comes to aviation fuel, the C-17 Globemaster III utilization rate makes it stand out as the largest consumer in the Air Force. This is why a team at the 418th Flight Test Squadron has been working for the past year on the Air Force Research Laboratory’s C-17 Drag Reduction Program.
0 11/30
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Nov. 29
On this look around the Air Force the commander of Air Combat Command visits deployed Airmen, the Berlin Airlift Memorial is reopened, and a specialized stretcher for traumatic brain and spinal injury patients is being tested.
0 11/29
2016
Cornerstone Research Group’s aeromedical evacuation stretcher is shown during a compatibility test on a KC-135. Courtesy photo / Cornerstone Research Group) AF supports improved method for transporting TBI patients
Scientists with the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine are playing an important part in the testing and evaluation of a novel aeromedical evacuation stretcher designed to safely transport traumatic brain and spinal injury patients in air and ground vehicles.
0 11/23
2016
Default Air Force Logo AFRL program turns junior workforce into rapid innovators
Junior force personnel within the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate are making the most of their opportunity to showcase innovation and leadership skills through the Junior Force Warfighters Operations in RX, or JFWORX, program.
0 11/16
2016
U.S Air Force Senior Airman Samuel Privett, 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, stands at parade rest in front of an F-22 Raptor at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 4, 2016. Privett recently led a team of 43rd AMU Airmen to troubleshoot a re-occurring maintenance issue with a Tyndall F-22. Privett ensured accurate communication between multiple work shifts to isolate the issue, and played a key role in developing a cost effective solution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz/Released) Tyndall AFB team develops solution to F-22 weapon's system issue
Diversity brings innovative solutions to maintenance operations.
0 11/15
2016
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Trevor Sutton, 53rd Test Support Squadron Special Devices Flight fabrication section chief, welds a stainless steel section of a custom design at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 2, 2016. Metals technology technicians like Sutton are experts at welding, fabricating and custom design requests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cody R. Miller/Released) Tyndall special devices team thrives on innovation
The Airmen of the 53rd Test Support Squadron Special Devices Flight design and implement innovative solutions with the goal of providing answers to uncommon problems.
0 11/11
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Oct. 14
On this look around the Air Force the Air Force Research Laboratory has developed a new flexible lithium-ion battery, Airmen bring humanitarian aid to Hurricane Matthew victims in Haiti and the Air Force is looking to develop new anti-icing technology.
0 10/14
2016
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James meets the Electro-Chemical Milling team, winners of the Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award, from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during a Pentagon ceremony Sept. 16, 2016. The team is comprised of Trevor Foust, Brad Johnson, Daniel Minert, Jack Olsen, Steven Roskelley, Savanna J. Stepp, Trent Tholen, Erik Thompson, and Caleb Trammell. Master Sgt. Matthew Galinisky also won the award for his individual efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.) Airmen receive Spencer innovation award
When innovative ideas save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars, leadership takes notice. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James presented the Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award to Master Sgt. Matthew Galinsky, who, in 2015, served as the Air Force fuels equipment manager at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and to the Electro-Chemical Milling Team from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, during a ceremony at the Pentagon Sept. 16.
0 9/16
2016
Default Air Force Logo Airmen develop concept for rooftop facility condition assessments
Airmen at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, have developed a value-added concept utilizing facility assessment vehicles (FAV) for conducting facility condition assessments on rooftops around the Air Force.
0 9/15
2016
The Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS, weapon system is the Air Force's premier globally networked intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapon system. The DCGS uses 20 geographically separated, networked sites to produces intelligence information collected by the U-2, RQ-4 Global Hawk, MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator. Open architecture bringing benefits to Air Force DCGS
A battle management team is working to improve capabilities for warfighters who process and disseminate intelligence information. The Air Force Distributed Common Ground System is the Air Force’s key system for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. There are dozens of DCGS sites around the world with thousands of Airmen working in them 24/7.
0 8/25
2016
Research Analysts assigned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s operations research team at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, were recognized by the Military Operations Research Society for developing the F-22 Master Plan Scheduling Tool, which is credited with optimizing resources at the F-22 modification lines at Hill Air Force Base, Utah and reducing maintenance delays. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker) Research analysts develop F-22 efficiency tool
Operations research analysts assigned to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s operations research team at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, were recently recognized by the Military Operations Research Society for developing the F-22 master plan scheduling tool, which is credited with optimizing resources at the F-22 Raptor modification lines at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and reducing maintenance delays.
0 8/25
2016
Senior Airman Jacob Del Tedesco, a 23rd Component Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental systems craftsman, unscrews a right-handed grip from an A-10C Thunderbolt II at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Aug. 11, 2016. Del Tedesco found a more timely and cost-effective way of repairing the grips, which led to an Air Force-wide change to the maintenance guidelines used for repairing them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Moody Airman's innovation 'triggers' AF-level change
One innovative Airman at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, used attention to detail paired with problem solving skills to remove unnecessary and costly stages of maintenance that will save the Air Force money, resources and manpower.
0 8/17
2016
Airmen from the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing pose with their instructor, Capt. Craig, 26th Weapon Squadron MQ-9 Pilot (center), after graduating from the U.S. Air Force’s first-ever Electronic Combat Officers course. The course focuses on training aircrews of MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper aircraft to mitigate potential signal interruptions thus reducing the potential risks to RPAs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nadine Barclay) Airmen drive RPA innovation with new electronic combat officer course
In an effort to neutralize the enemy and their ability to impact combat operations, Airmen have created the Air Force’s first MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft Electronic Combat Officers course.
0 7/27
2016
Default Air Force Logo Scott air ops center’s routing initiative could save millions
Miranda Balentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, is excited about Airman-powered innovation and believes one significant way forward in reducing the service’s aviation energy demands is through the ingenuity of Airmen.
0 7/20
2016
The final design of the Rapid Response Distribution Device included an uninterruptible power supply that provides power in the case of a power outage, a patch panel that allows reconfiguration without having to permanently change the box setup and keeps network equipment concealed from customers so switches cannot be modified, resulting in a system that is easy to store and transport when required. The Airmen from the 92nd Communications Squadron have built around five of these devices, enough to support up to 240 computers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nick J. Daniello) New mobile system boosts network capabilities at Fairchild
Technicians at the 92nd Communications Squadron here have developed an innovative way to rapidly introduce network capabilities to customers who need network access quickly.
0 7/19
2016
An Air Force-invented cooling sleeve for a water bladder and cooling inserts for a specially-designed undershirt are two ways that Dr. Reginald O'Hara and his research team at the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine hope to help Battlefield Airmen and other special operations forces avoid heat-related illness while in hot, humid conditions. (Courtesy photo) Battlefield Airmen use science to beat the heat
Heat-related illness is a critical factor when personnel are operating in extreme temperatures. Dr. Reginald O'Hara and his exercise physiology research team at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, are working to reduce that heat stress.
0 7/08
2016
Default Air Force Logo Changing Air Force health care through innovation
Air Force Medical Service Innovations and Personalized Medicine program personnel are conducting innovative research to find new solutions to improve healthcare throughout the Air Force.
0 6/30
2016
The Portable Manned Interactive Cockpit being built by members of the 772nd Test Squadron should be completed and ready for use by July 2016. The innovation team members are, from rear left to right, Curtis Westfall, Victor Cruz, Gary Johnson, Kevin Dolber and Orion Westfall, seated. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kenji Thuloweit) Edwards team creates mobile, reconfigurable cockpit
The Portable Manned Interactive Cockpit was designed and is being built by members of the 772nd Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California. The PMIC is expected to be completed and ready for use by July 2016.
0 6/24
2016
Default Air Force Logo Airmen Powered by Innovation projected to save over $120M
The Air Force secretary, while championing change across the service, has made the Make Every Dollar Count campaign one of her top three priorities. At the heart of the campaign is the Airmen Powered by Innovation program. Since 2014, API has received 6,791 ideas from Airmen. Of those submissions, 192 have been approved by Air Force leadership and have accumulated $121.3 million in projected savings.
0 6/09
2016
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