Acting Secretary of the Air Force takes the controls during NASIC visit

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  • By Staff Sgt. Veronica A. Pierce
  • National Air and Space Intelligence Center Public Affairs
During an orientation visit to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center here, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning praised the personnel at the center and the enduring quality of their work in the midst of budget constraints.

"It's thrilling for me to get to see what (these military and civilian Airmen) do, and to visit them," Fanning said. "It is amazing that we are able to recruit such talent and that we're able to retain it even as we go through all the uncertainties of the budget environment." 

Col. Aaron Prupas, the NASIC commander, hosted Fanning and Ohio Rep. Mike Turner and briefed them on the center's capabilities during a familiarization tour Aug. 28 here. 

NASIC members had the opportunity to showcase their work by briefing Fanning on current intelligence products. Each briefing pieced together the in-depth explanation of NASIC's overall mission to create integrated predictive intelligence.

During the tour, the controls for a high-fidelity threat aircraft model were turned over to Fanning during a "flight" on the center's simulator. His "copilot" was an analyst from the Air and Cyberspace Intelligence Group, Aircraft Dynamic Flight, where the simulator is located.