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The loss of four Airmen throughout 2017-2018 within the 920th Rescue family brought Memorial Day 2018 into perspective for 2,000 Reserve Citizen Airmen that serve with the wing, along with their commander, Col. Kurt A. Matthews, who has seen the scars left by Vietnam in his own family. Matthews was invited to share his thoughts about the special meaning that Memorial Day holds to him and his family on May 28, 2018 at the Brevard Veteran's Center in Merritt Island, Florida. He also paid tribute to the fallen Airmen from his wing, as well as their commander, Lt. Col. Tim Hanks and asked everyone in attendance to keep those serving far away in their thoughts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mr. Darrell Hankins) Shared tears and triumphs define Memorial Day for 920th Rescue Wing commander
A year-and-a-half into commanding the 920th Rescue Wing, Col. Kurt A. Matthews is getting ready to attend his fourth burial. Tragedies of the past year brought Memorial Day into perspective for 2,000 Airmen that serve with the 920th Rescue Wing, along with Matthews, who has seen the scars left by Vietnam in his own family.
0 6/04
2018
MSgt. William Posch Two Air Force Reserve pararescuemen among 7 Airmen killed in Iraq helicopter crash
Two Air Force Reserve pararescuemen, Master Sgt. William Posch, 36 and Staff Sgt. Carl Enis, 31, are among the seven Airmen killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq, March 15, 2018.
0 3/20
2018
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: March 7
On this look around the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David Goldfein discusses national defense strategy, and Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, supported the launch of an Atlas V rocket. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Jevon Smith.
0 3/07
2018
Medal of Honor on Ribbon for Rescue Missions at Sea in Gold Reserve wing receives German Maritime Search and Rescue award
For the first time in 20 years, the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service awarded the Medal of Honor on Ribbon for Rescue Missions at Sea in Gold in a special ceremony to the 920th Rescue Wing Jan. 26, 2018, at the German Martime Museum. The wing, based out of Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, was honored for its rescue of two German citizens, a father and son, whose vessel caught fire approximately 500 nautical miles off the east coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, July 7, 2017.
0 1/30
2018
Default Air Force Logo Two innovative Space Command ideas are in Air Force competition
Air Force Space Command recently nominated two innovative ideas for the Air Force’s Spark Tank competition.
0 1/23
2018
Airmen from the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., walk on a frozen lake in Antarctica after a full day of performing maintenance on the center’s seismic equipment near Bull Pass.  The photo, taken at about 10 p.m., illustrates the 24-hour daylight cycle at Earth’s southernmost point.  Pictured from left to right:  Staff. Sgt. Jeremy Hannah, Senior Airman Andrew Pouncy and Staff Sgt. Justin Sherman.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Richard Westra) Airmen travel to Earth’s southernmost point for annual maintenance
With 24 hours of daily sunlight in their favor, a team of seismic technicians traveled to the southernmost point on Earth to conduct annual maintenance of the equipment they use to monitor global nuclear treaties.
0 1/19
2018
Staff Sgt. Jordan Peterson (left) smiles at his twin brother, Senior Airman Jarrod Peterson during a photo shoot at Patrick AFB, Fla.  Both Airmen are stationed at the Air Force Technical Applications Center as web developers for AFTAC’s Cyber Capabilities Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew S. Jurgens) Double take: Brothers’ bond extends far beyond twin upbringing
It is well known that twins share a unique bond that transcends other sibling relationships. It’s common for twins to live, work and recreate within close proximity to each other throughout their lives. But for one pair of Air Force twins, they’ve taken that commonality several steps further.
0 12/08
2017
Rescue Airmen conduct medical evacuation of cruise passenger at sea Airmen conduct long-range rescue of cruise passenger
Within two hours of the call, Airmen with the 920th Rescue Wing took to the skies bound for a cruise ship roughly 500 miles off the Florida coastline carrying an elderly passenger suffering an acute condition and in need of medical evacuation Nov. 7, 2017.
0 11/13
2017
Finance Hurricane Claims Assistance Financial Services Center prepares to process travel vouchers for Irma evacuees
Air Force Financial Services Center officials anticipate processing approximately 8,000 travel vouchers filed by Airmen who evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma.
0 9/22
2017
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, visits Patrick Air Force Base. AF senior leaders thank Patrick-Cape Airmen for Irma recovery efforts
The Under Secretary of the Air Force, Matthew Donovan, and the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, thanked Airmen for their Hurricane Irma recovery efforts Sept. 20, 2017, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
0 9/21
2017
AFTAC Cyberspace Capabilities Squadron Cyberspace critical to nuclear treaty monitoring
The Air Force Technical Applications Center here is charged with ensuring each and every nation across the globe complies with the ban on nuclear weapons testing, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members of AFTAC answer that call without fail – monitoring nuclear treaty compliance is their business.
0 8/29
2017
Rescue Airman amputee wins battle to serve in AFRC Rescue Airman amputee wins battle to serve in AFRC
For most, an amputation would be the greatest challenge they have ever faced in life, but for one Reserve Airman, the real struggle came when he fought to keep serving.
0 8/25
2017
Claudia Granger, a mass spectrometry technician at the Ciambrone Radiochemistry Laboratory, fills a liquid nitrogen trap in a thermal ionization mass spectrometer.  Granger is one of more than 1,000 people assigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick AFB, Fla., the Department of Defense’s sole nuclear treaty monitoring center. (U.S. Air Force photo by William B. Belcher) AFTAC, University of Texas to partner on nuclear forensics research
The Air Force Technical Applications Center will collaborate with the University of Texas at Austin to conduct research in the field of nuclear forensics.
0 8/10
2017
Writers from various publications listen to briefers and take notes during the Air Force’s third annual Magazine Day at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., June 21, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark) Magazine Day at Pentagon showcases Airmen, innovation
In the three years since its inception, the Air Force’s Magazine Day has cultivated relationships and strengthened interaction with media outlets to help spark future story ideas highlighting the innovation, courage and dedication of Airmen.
0 6/23
2017
Airmen stationed at Detachment 460, Eielson AFB, Alaska, conduct maintenance at one of their seismic arrays in support of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s nuclear treaty monitoring mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo) Airmen persevere worldwide, accomplish mission
In 1966, author Geoffrey Blainey coined the phrase “tyranny of distance,” metaphorically referring to how distance and isolation shaped the history of one of earth’s most intriguing continents, Australia. Today, members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center here are subjected to the tyranny of distance, but thanks to innovative Airmen, modern technology and state-of-the-art communications platforms, they are able to adapt and overcome the so-called tyranny to accomplish their nuclear treaty monitoring mission.
0 6/21
2017
Staff Sgt. August O’Niell, an Air Force pararescueman, briefs members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center about how he sustained significant warzone injury, which led to the amputation of his leg, and how he overcame adversity during AFTAC’s Combat Airman Fitness Day May 22, 2017.  O’Niell is the first Air Force pararescue amputee on active duty today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) Through tragedy, loss, amputation, Airman learns ‘new norm’
“My leg looked like a boomerang.” Those were the words of Staff Sgt. August O’Niell, an Air Force pararescueman, to members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center when the combat warrior visited the base to discuss resiliency during the center’s Combat Airman Fitness Day.
0 6/20
2017
The 45th Space Wing supported NASA’s successful launch of Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 April 18, 2017, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 11:11 a.m. ET. (Courtesy photo/United Launch Alliance) 45th Space Wing enables nation's space mission
Space launches may soon be an almost weekly sight on Florida's Space Coast. As the need for space lift grows globally, partnerships between the Air Force, other government agencies and the commercial space industry are enhancing the 45th Space Wing's vision of remaining the world's premier gateway to space.
0 5/18
2017
Airmen assigned to the Technical Support Squadron, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., monitor seismic activity throughout the world in direct support of AFTAC’s nuclear treaty monitoring mission.  The center maintains a global network of nuclear event detection sensors called the U.S. Atomic Energy Detection System – the largest sensor network in the U.S. Air Force.   (U.S. Air Force photo by William B. Belcher)

Persistent surveillance gives squadron its global purpose
Deep within the walls of a four story structure along Florida’s Space Coast sits a squadron of Airmen whose number one mission is to detect, identify and locate nuclear explosions anywhere in the world. The Technical Surveillance Squadron (TESS), a subordinate unit to the Air Force Technical Applications Center, operates 24/7/365 and provides persistent and collaborative surveillance in direct support of AFTAC’s nuclear treaty monitoring mission.
0 4/14
2017
Dr. Dan Mackney, a senior chemist with the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., gives directions to his co-workers as they download mass spectrometry equipment from a truck onto a mobile trolley to position it in a science lab at Eastern Florida State College March 17, 2017.  The school requested Mackney’s expertise and help with setting up the donated equipment.  Pictured from left to right:  Mackney, Bart Scarbro, Dr. Richard Reich and Pete Oliveri.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) One scientist’s trash is another school’s treasure
As the old proverb goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. More simply put, what one person may consider worthless, another may consider quite valuable.
0 4/06
2017
Air Force medics offload a simulated patient connected to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine from an Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter March 4, 2017 at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, as part of the 5th annual MEDBEACH joint medical response exercise. This was the first time an ECMO machine was used aboard a helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Capt. Leslie Forshaw) Joint medical exercise hits the beach
The 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron hosted the fifth annual MEDBEACH, a joint service exercise, to prepare military medical personnel for deployments by offering realistic hands-on scenarios one could encounter during combat. The exercise also provided 920th RQW reservists an opportunity to work hand-in-hand with their active duty Air Force, Air and Army National Guard and civilian counterparts.
0 3/08
2017
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