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  • Air Force issues guidance to streamline environmental reviews

    In order to get "back to basics" and the original intent of National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Air Force recently issued new program guidance entitled "Planning Requirements for the Environmental Impact Analysis Process." The program will help Air Force installations, major commands,

  • Defense Department, services monitor Arctic melting

    With the number of geopolitical hotspots in the world today, the Arctic is not an area that comes quickly to mind for possible defense operations. But it is a place of great national security and strategic importance that the Defense Department and services are monitoring closely.In a report sent to

  • Airman solves fuel-flow transmitter problem, saves Air Force thousands

    An Airman here was recently awarded a check worth $10,000 through the Innovative Development Employee Awareness program.Tech. Sgt. Tremaine Smith, the 51st Maintenance Group technical order distribution office manager, was recognized for an idea that fixed a fuel-flow transmitter problem, saving the

  • Lynn: Energy strategy will help forces adapt for future

    Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III released the Defense Department's new operational energy strategy June 14, saying it is consistent with efforts to adapt the forces to emerging threats.Mr. Lynn said he and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates have been consistent in speaking of the need to

  • Academy hits switch on solar array

    Officials with the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs Utilities and SunPower Corp. flipped a switch signifying the official dedication of the Academy's 6-megawatt solar array in a ceremony June 13.Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould called the event significant because it demonstrates

  • New military working dog facility built to highest 'green' standard

    The 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog section here officially opened the first "green" kennel in the Defense Department May 20. The $1.6 million project included artificial turf, green construction techniques, a rain water collector and solar panels. "The artificial turf won't need

  • Commissary Agency officials honor best stores for recycling

    Helping the environment has become a habit for a number of stores in the Defense Commissary Agency. Agency officials formally acknowledged these commissaries for their excellence in recycling May 25 as part of DeCA's Solid Waste Management Awards.The awards were developed to recognize store

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," the Air Force Thunderbirds make history with the first Department of Defense aerial demonstration where participating aircraft are fueled by biofuel.  Plus, you'll get an update on conditions at Misawa Air Base, Japan, since the earthquake and tsunami hit that

  • Conaton speaks on AF biomass fuel use at open house

    Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton spoke to media about the milestone of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team's first use of a biomass fuel blend in two of their jets here during the 2011 Joint Service Open House May 20.The Air Force has a vested interest in the use of

  • Thunderbirds to perform first demo with alternative fuel

    The Thunderbirds will use alternative fuel, unprecedented for any Department of Defense aerial team, at the Joint Services Open House here May 20 and 21, officials said May 18. The team will fly with Camelina-based hydrotreated renewable jet fuel as part of the nation's overall strategy to reduce

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Troops explore emerging energy solutions

    As officials work to shrink the military's operational energy footprint, experts in solar power, microgrids and "smart" generators recently took that technology to a crucial jury: the troops.Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who deal hands-on with battlefield power converged here April 12

  • AFSOC waste-to-energy system converts garbage to usable energy

    Air Force Special Operations Command became 4,200 tons closer to securing effective alternative energy solutions and even greater environmental stewardship here April 26.Following a ceremony, the transportable plasma waste-to-energy system began converting 4,200 tons of garbage per year to usable

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," you'll see how Airmen are strengthening bonds with the people of Japan as Operation Tomodachi continues. Plus, you'll get a look at how a group of female Airmen learned to defend themselves from an attacker.  And, you'll see how one Airman takes time to help a

  • Photo essay: Earth Day kayak tour

    Kayakers drift down Turkey Creek here, April 21, during the base's second annual Earth Day kayak tour and celebration. The scenic tour showed off the wild and plant life here and helped close out a weeklong Earth Day celebration. View the slideshow.

  • Fitness center at Tyndall receives LEED Platinum award

    The fitness center here was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum level, the highest rating possible as of Aug. 20, 2010, under the group's green building rating system. The fitness center opened Aug. 20, 2010, and is the first building in

  • Energy conservation sticks at Scott AFB

    When the members of the Scott Energy Conversation wanted to make the ideas of energy conservation and awareness "stick" they decided to get literal. The group created small, 1.5-inch diameter circular stickers to place on energy-consuming items such a computer monitors, light switches and coffee

  • Air Guard, Reserve continue to fight Texas wildfires

    As of April 25, the 302nd Air Expeditionary Group continues to battle the wildfires that are raging throughout areas of southern Texas. The 302nd AEG, comprising Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units, has assisted with fire fighting efforts throughout the week. The group currently has six

  • Post-disaster energy conservation continues with program at Yokota

    Energy conservation measures here recently increased with the start of the No Heat, No Cool program that began April 18. Members of the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron began shutting off the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in facilities and residential housing buildings as part of a

  • 2011 Earth Day commemoration and tree planting

    From left, Timothy Bridges, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environmental Safety and Occupational Health; Col. Ken Rizer, the 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander; Erin Conaton, the Under Secretary of the Air Force; Rep. Donna F. Edwards, of the Maryland 4th Congressional

  • DOD officials recognize Air Force for environmental accomplishments

    Each year, Department of Defense officials recognize military personnel, teams and installations for excellent stewardship of natural and cultural resources entrusted to their care. Conservation efforts across the Air Force over the past year were rewarded April 15, when the Air Force was announced

  • Eielson recycling project kicks off

    People here soon will have the opportunity to reduce waste by recycling paper, plastic, tin, aluminum and glass products on base when a new recycling program kicks off in the weeks following Earth Day April 22.Officials in the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight have been working

  • Symposium sets standards for efficient, total force training

    Air Force officials recently concluded the annual Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Training Symposium in Nashville, Tenn., where more than 1,200 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen met for intensive training. By gathering in a single venue, and maintaining a busy class schedule

  • Air Force jets perform first flyover using alternative fuel

    Three F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft performed the Air Force's first flyover using "green" biofuel over Citizen's Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day activities April 1. The jets, from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., flew using a 50 percent blend of traditional jet fuel

  • Eglin efforts help reclassify endangered local fish

    A small fish, whose habitat is almost exclusively on the ranges here, became the first-ever fish on Defense Department land to be reclassified on the endangered species list.The Okaloosa darter remains on the endangered species list, but due to major erosion control efforts by 96th Civil Engineer

  • 2011 Environment, Safety, Occupational Health Symposium wraps up

    The 2011 Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Symposium at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel here wrapped up after five days of training sessions.  The symposium ran from March 21 through 25.Airmen from all Air Force commands attended sessions on topics ranging from environmental chemistry to risk

  • F-22 Raptor flown on synthetic biofuel

    An F-22 Raptor successfully flew at supercruise March 18 on a 50/50 fuel blend of conventional petroleum-based JP-8 and biofuel derived from camelina, a weed-like plant not used for food.The flight was the capstone of a series of ground and flight test events conducted by members of the 411th Flight

  • Annual Air Force symposium embraces critical training environment

    Air Force officials launched their annual Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Training Symposium here March 21, hosting more than 1,800 participants and 120 exhibitors.Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers, Air Force Civil Engineer Maj. Gen. Tim Byers and Brig. Gen. Dave Howe,

  • Environment, safety, occupational health symposium set for March

    Approximately 1,200 Airmen are set to convene in Nashville, Tennessee, March 21 through 25 for 4 1/2 days of classroom training at the Air Force's 2011 Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Training Symposium. More than 525 class sessions and 175 technical sessions in the fields of safety,

  • Misawa Air Base endures earthquake

    Misawa Air Base was shaken by the major earthquake that struck Japan Mar 11. Base officials reported minor structural damage to buildings and a loss of commercial power. Currently there is no estimate on when power will be restored. No injuries were reported.According to officials, base houses and

  • Exercise tests emergency oil spill response

    Nobody can predict an oil spill, but when one happens it can be a challenging feat to clean up, especially with more than 30 inches of ice in the way.That's why 60 people from various agencies including the Air Force 611th Civil Engineer Squadron here, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy's Supervisor of

  • Officials take unique approach to clean up Tyndall AFB

    Air Force officials will continue the cleanup of about 25 problem sites identified as potential threats to human health and the environment at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., officials said here March 7.Senior leaders determined the best approach for the cleanup would include evaluating each location

  • Air Force conservation programs score widespread victories

    The Air Force is trustee to more than eight million acres of land, water and air assets, and is home to more than 70 threatened and endangered species. Stewardship of these resources, in conjunction with sustainment of critical military mission activities, is a key priority for conservation programs

  • Officials release new environmental restoration policy

    Changes to the Air Force's environmental cleanup program will focus on cleaning up more sites more quickly, officials said here Feb. 25. The intention is to shift emphasis from partial cleanup solutions that often require decades of expensive follow-up to complete cleanups that free up property more

  • Future initiatives discussed during fuel efficiency summit

    Air Mobility Command members set the course for cultural change during a fuel efficiency summit here Feb. 16 and 17 that included participation by representatives from 11 Air Force major commands. AMC leaders hosted the summit to share and collaborate on ideas and initiatives that will help promote

  • Defense communities cope with uncertain times

    Representatives from around the country have gathered here Feb. 14 through 16 for a three-day Winter Forum sponsored by the Association of Defense Communities to discuss the challenges faced by U.S. military installations, both those which are active and those which were closed over the years during

  • Officials certify first aircraft for biofuel usage

    The C-17 Globemaster III was recently certified for unlimited usage of hydroprocessed blended biofuels known as hydrotreated renewable jet fuels, officials said here Feb. 9. "This certification marks the Air Force's first platform to be fully certified using an HRJ blend," said Dr. Kevin Geiss, the

  • Business is hot at McClellan-based Aero Union

    Aero Union, a corporation that specializes in aerial firefighting, now flies and maintains P-3 Orions at the former McClellan Air Force Base here. Although P-3s are used by the military in many countries, Aero Union is the only commercial operator of P-3 Orion aircraft in the world, according to

  • MacDill officials use multi-pronged approach to save aircraft fuel

    Drivers who stay aware of their right foot, keep their engine tuned and adjust their car's tire pressure can save a few cents a day in gas costs. When the professionals who plan the flying missions at here get frugal, it can save thousands of dollars a day. That's why the 6th Air Mobility and 927th

  • Hybrids debut at Spangdahlem

    The 52nd Fighter Wing received its first government-owned hybrid vehicle Jan. 21 here."When our vehicle fleet is replaced, the hybrid is the way to go," said Col. Christopher Weggeman, the 52nd FW commander. "We're sending a message to everyone else that we're conscious about environmental

  • Restoration officials recycle bombs, save money

    Environmental restoration officials here are shredding their way through 50,000 practice bombs. So far, they have recycled more than one million pounds of metal from the BDU 33 and Mark 106 bombs.The effort is part of the Air Force's military munitions response program. The mission of the MMRP is to

  • Air Force officials using more green-roof technologies

    If they're not providing top cover on Air Force bases already, chances are they will be soon. With the Air Force's continued emphasis on sustainability, energy conservation and environmental consciousness, green-roof technologies, and other efficiency measures are high on the priority list for new

  • 'ONE Suit Pro' IDEA saves Air Force money

    Saving money and improving quality of service and efficiency in the workplace were the motivating factors behind the "ONE Suit Pro" idea that won awards for the members of the 17th Civil Engineer Squadron, Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program team recently.The idea submitted to

  • AMC Fuel Efficiency Office shows how 'efficiency promotes effectiveness'

    Officials with Air Mobility Command's Fuel Efficiency Office here are putting forth an initiative called precision loading. By refining the ability to maximize available space on mobility aircraft, fewer missions are required and fuel and resources are saved, and Air Force officials find another way

  • Old commissary to go 'green'

    The former commissary building here is about to be deconstructed.Project engineers said to think of it as construction in reverse, as crews methodically dismantle the 90,000 square-foot building. Deconstruction is the "green" approach to tearing down old buildings. The idea is to pull apart the

  • Landscape architect saves water and maintenance

    Most bases don't get the luxury of having a landscape architect. In fact, some might wonder why a military installation would really need one. But according to Janice Ellis, the landscape architect here and just one of six in the Air Force, the benefits of having one are important to the morale and

  • Laughlin AFB recycling center generates revenue for base

    Officials with the recycling center here take all the recyclable materials that are dropped off at their door and compact them, thereby generating revenue that helps the base. Annually, the center recycles around 90 to 95 tons of material, which is turned into $8,000 to $9,000 that base officials

  • Reese Technology Center: Research powerhouse in Lubbock

    Pilots trained to fly at the former Reese Air Force Base here may remember the "interesting crosswinds" in the area. The military pilots are gone, but the blustery winds are placing this northwest Texas city on the renewable energy map.These winds, as well as other hallmarks of the area, such as

  • Air Force, industry leaders brainstorm at Renewable Energy Industry Day

    During the U.S. Air Force Renewable Energy Industry Day on December 8, Air Force senior leaders joined more than 250 industry professionals to exchange ideas about partnering to increase renewable energy supplies and achieve energy goals.Terry Yonkers, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for

  • Manatee catches Air Force flight to Puerto Rico

    Air Force officials partnered with specialists at the Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Florida Museum to transport an 840-pound male West Indian manatee, along with six biologists and two veterinarians, from here to San Juan, Puerto Rico Dec. 9. Fish and Wildlife Service representatives

  • Clean, low-energy solutions sought for mammoth program

    Ongoing technical and cost analyses could lead program officials to seek a mixture of alternative energy sources to fuel the next generation of massive ground-based radars that will track space objects and debris.In October, Electronic Systems Center officials here released a Request for Proposal

  • Academy officials educate future leaders on alternative energy

    Leaders at the Air Force Academy broke ground Nov. 1 for a 6-megawatt solar photovoltaic array, one of the largest solar PV projects in Colorado. The array is part of an energy transformation at the Academy, both physically and culturally, as officials seek to make the Academy a "Net Zero"

  • Photo essay: Eglin workers minimize pollutants

    Contract workers use a new air curtain incinerator to burn test materials here recently. The burner consumes massive amounts of the wood waste quickly and minimizes the amount of pollutants released.View the slideshow.

  • Energy effort not just about conservation

    Members of the energy team here want the community to know that they are taking a multifaceted approach to energy that involves more than simple conservation efforts.The base's energy initiatives are concentrated in three areas: renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation."We are

  • Wanted: Energy vampire slayers

    An "energy vampire," or phantom load, is energy that continues to be drawn by appliances or accessories when they are turned off or disconnected. The following is a list of easy steps anyone can take at work and home to kill energy vampires once and for all:-- Use daylight instead of electric light

  • Civil engineer reflects on energy awareness achievements

    October's energy awareness theme, "Think Green, Build Green, Fly Blue," reminds Airmen to seek ways to conserve energy, increase efficiency, and incorporate sustainable practices into their lives. Responsible for installation support functions at 166 bases worldwide, Civil Engineer Maj. Gen. Timothy

  • Eglin completes second alternate fuel test

    Specialists at Eglin Air Force Base conducted their second aircraft performance evaluation using an environmentally-friendly, biomass-derived fuel, this time with an F-15E Strike Eagle.The jet flew at a variety of flight conditions, achieved supersonic speeds, and landed with no issues, though it

  • 'Night Ops' reduce power costs by millions

    Arnold Engineering Development Center officials averted a $4.86 million energy bill for its customers with an energy conservation program called "Night Ops." As part of "Night Ops", tests that require the most energy consumption are done during the evening and into the morning of the next day when

  • 2000-pound bomb detonated at New Boston

    New Boston Air Force Station personnel discovered an AN-M66 2000-pound, general-purpose bomb during recent unexploded-ordnance remediation activities there recently. The bomb was located within the dewatered portions of Joe English Pond and had been covered with a foot of clay and silt and several

  • Senior Pentagon official: Military must reduce use of fossil fuels

    The Defense Department's current reliance on expensive, difficult-to-transport and finite fossil fuels affects cost-reduction efforts as well as war-fighting operations, a senior Pentagon official said."Certainly, for current operations and for the future, one of the things we're really focused on

  • Upcoming energy fair spotlights energy-efficient technology

    San Antonio residents and visitors soon will have an opportunity to see the latest energy-saving technology, including some products that are being used to make Randolph Air Force Base and the rest of the Air Force more energy efficient.The second annual Randolph Energy Fair, which takes place Oct.

  • CJCS: Air Force has 'led the way' in energy security

    The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff lauded the Air Force for its commitment to energy security during the Pentagon Energy Security Event here Oct. 13."The Air Force is pushing forward, focusing on three goals of reducing demand, increasing supply through renewable and alternative sources, and

  • Airmen, Portuguese officials hone fuel spill response skills

    At the aftermath of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Airmen geared up and prepared for future challenges that could occur at the coastal and ship docking area here during a week-long joint fuel spill response training exercise from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 here. Due to the potential of oil slicks to

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Air Force officials kick-off energy awareness month

    The undersecretary of the Air Force helped launch the federal government's energy awareness month at the U.S. Air Force Academy here Oct. 1.Erin C. Conaton, accompanied by Terry Yonkers, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, chose the Academy as the

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow. 

  • F-15 engine tested on tri-fuel blend

    Continuing the march toward certifying the entire Air Force fleet on alternative fuels, an F-15 Eagle engine is undergoing performance testing here using a unique blend of three different fuel types.The F100 engine is being tested with a combination of JP-8 conventional aviation fuel; a biofuel

  • Kadena's conservation efforts net federal award

    For the second consecutive year, civil engineers here have been awarded a federal energy and water management award for their aggressive conservation efforts on Okinawa.In 2009, the 718th Civil Engineer Squadron was honored for having one of the best 2008 energy efficiency and energy programs within

  • Department joins in call for innovative solutions

    Defense Department officials are putting some of their most vexing challenges on the Internet for the public to help solve as part of a new initiative to invite creative solutions to government problems.Pentagon officials submitted four challenges to the website that launched today.

  • Airmen assist BLM during wild horse round-up

    Members of the 366th Operations Support Squadron and 266th Range Control Squadron recently supported the Bureau of Land Management during its emergency gathering of 198 wild horses after a wildfire charred the land the animals usually roam. To perform this rescue mission, BLM officials needed access

  • Space and Missile Systems Center officials save energy, money

    Most people would agree that saving energy, especially when it saves money and resources, is a good thing. But developing concrete ways to conserve and actually produce tangible results can often be difficult to accomplish. Ed Wilson, the energy manager at Los Angeles Air Force Base, and his team

  • Officials moving forward with cleanup at Tyndall

    Air Force officials announced plans to continue with environmental cleanup efforts in place at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Terry Yonkers, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, directed that the work move forward expeditiously and within the framework

  • Senators weigh in on renewable energy at Nevada Forum

    Two senators addressed Nevada Forum attendees here Aug. 25 to laud the Air Force for its leadership in green initiatives and offer support in finding safe, compatible ways to continue renewable energy without impeding military training missions.During the second day of the three-day forum,

  • Holloman energy and water conservation projects hit the ground

    Officials here are making progress toward reducing energy consumption, which currently costs the base $18,000 per day.The Air Force is funding more than $5 million in energy conservation projects at Holloman AFB. The projects include upgrading the lighting in hangars and high-bay facilities,

  • Major property transfer for Sacramento business park

    Officials from the Air Force and Sacramento County, together with McClellan Business Park and environmental regulators celebrated the largest property transfer to date Aug. 12 at the former McClellan Air Force Base here.The ceremony marked the transfer of 560 acres including a variety of industrial

  • Sea turtle eggs get shipped to Atlantic coast

    The BP oil well may finally be capped, but biologists here are still digging up sea turtle nests and moving the eggs to the East Coast as a safety precaution. To date, three of Eglin Air Force Base's nine nests have been excavated and more than 300 eggs have been transported to Cape Canaveral, Fla.,

  • Joint Base MDL goes 'green' with automotive fuel

    Officials here held a ceremony at the base service station July 30 to launch the use of E85 fuel in all government vehicles that are designed for ethanol-based fuels.The fuel contains a higher percentage of ethanol than regular fuel, with a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent unleaded

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Boom containment critical to Eglin AFB waterways

    Eglin Air Force Base officials are using reverse psychology to protect their waterways from possible contamination.Bruce Stippich, the 96th Civil Engineer Group's environmental compliance expert, has been busier than usual since an oil well ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico April 20. The Deepwater

  • Los Angeles AFB goes 'green' by harnessing solar energy

    The energy department of the 61st Civil Engineer and Logistics Squadron recently finished the final portion of its three-phase construction of a photovoltaic panel project, completing the north-side parking lot of the base. Using state-of-the-art panels, the "PV Canopy Project" is part of Los

  • Guard members respond to brush fires in California

    Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems 2 aircraft from the California Air National Guard's 146th Airlift Wing at Channel Island ANG Station, Calif., responded to a fire July 15 in Riverside County, Calif.Guard officials said the unit was requested by the U.S. Forest Service through the National

  • Base salon recycles hair, helps clean up oil spill

    The base exchange beauty salon began collecting hair clippings in June to assist in the clean up of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.After finding out about the program from a friend, Caise Gardiner, a hair stylist here, began collecting hair to donate through "Matter of Trust.""One of my friends

  • Deepwater Horizon airspace activity now coordinated at 601st AOC

    As the Deepwater Horizon response operation enters week 13 since an oil rig exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico, senior Department of Defense and Homeland Security officials centralized airspace management operations in the 601st Air & Space Operations Center here. Officials said they made the

  • Every drop counts: New technology saves base dollars

    By this time next year, Peterson Air Force Base will have a high tech irrigation system that will sense when it's about to rain.Members of the 21st Space Wing Civil Engineer Squadron are installing an intelligent irrigation system that will shut down when its built-in weather system shows an eighth

  • Air Force commuters reminded to use, but not abuse transportation benefits

    U.S. Department of Transportation officials recently reiterated Mass Transportation Benefit Program requirements and expectations to all DOT managers, supervisors and participants. The DOT statement also reminded users about the serious consequences associated with any violations of those

  • Air Force officials award cleanup contract for former Mather Air Force Base

    Air Force Real Property Agency officials announced July 1 the award of a multi-year performance-based contract to URS Group, Inc. to perform environmental restoration activities at the former Mather Air Force Base in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The $8.57 million contract runs through 2015 and saves the

  • New military working dog facility built to highest "green" standard

    In an effort to be environmentally friendly, members of the 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog section are currently undergoing green construction, which began in January with an estimated completion date at the end of July. While the project did not cost enough to be required to be

  • Aviation fuel savings: AMC leading the charge

    Air Mobility Command has the largest fleet of the biggest airframes in the Air Force and they are the Department of Defense's largest aviation fuel customer, consuming 28 percent of DOD's aviation fuel use, but AMC Airmen are leading the charge in making energy a consideration in everything they do.

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Academy's wave energy research faces major test in 2011

    If a U.S. Air Force Academy scientist's idea is proven correct, his research could tap into energy from ocean waves that could supply a large chunk of the world's electricity needs. A typical North Atlantic deep ocean wave is about 126 meters long and 3.5 meters tall, which could yield 100 kW per

  • Reservists talk to Congress about aerial spray mission

    Six reservists fresh from the fight to save the Gulf of Mexico coast from one of the worst oil spills in U.S. history briefed congressional members and staffers here June 7 and 8.As part of the military's only fixed-wing aerial spray team, the Airmen flew specially configured C-130 Hercules aircraft

  • Air Force Energy Forum on the horizon

    With a focus on the service's most pressing operational energy issues, Air Force officials will kick off the Air Force Energy Forum III here May 27.Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton, the Air Force's senior energy official, will deliver the keynote address during the two-day forum,

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," security forces Airmen go through a shocking experience during electric taser training. Plus, find out how one man keeps Air Force planes safe with a little help from his feathered friends. And, you'll meet an Airman who's in a class of his own, as he trains

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View slideshow.

  • Photo essay: C-130 aircrew helps fight oil spill

    An aircrew prepares the release of oil dispersant while flying their specially equipped aerial spraying C-130 Hercules aircraft here May 7. The unit is from the Air Force Reserve Command's 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio.View the slideshow.

  • Youngstown Airmen take part in oil spill cleanup

    Two C-130 Hercules aircraft and crews from here are spraying oil-dispersing agents as part of an effort to clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.More than 40 reservists from the Air Force Reserve Command's 910th Airlift Wing are operating out of Stennis International Airport, Miss.

  • Air Force officials support oil containment efforts

    At the request of U.S. Northern Command officials, and to assist the U.S. Coast Guard's efforts to contain the oil spill in the western Gulf of Mexico, Air Forces Northern officials are providing units to help disperse the spill and mitigate its impact as it makes its way toward the shoreline.Under

  • Guard members assist with oil spill

    National Guard Citizen Airmen and Soldiers are on the ground in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida supporting civilian authorities tackling the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico."We're dealing with a massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster," President Barack Obama said during a Gulf

  • Air Force C-130s, Navy equipment dispatched to support oil slick response

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has authorized two Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft to support the response to a massive oil slick that threatens wetlands and beaches along the Gulf Coast, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell confirmed April 30.In addition, Navy officials have dispatched 66,000