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  • International, technical partnership continues to flourish

    Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission executive secretary, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, traveled from his headquarters in Vienna to meet with Air Force Technical Applications Center commander, Col. Chad Hartman, in Florida July 25, to discuss modernization of the National Data Center and how AFTAC’s support to the International Data Center is fundamental to their re-engineering efforts.
  • Using dynamite and TNT to enhance nuclear mission

    With the assistance and expertise of explosive ordnance disposal Airmen from the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, AFTAC’s Systems Development Directorate personnel tested a new system to determine if their creative ingenuity could be operationally deployed in the field.
  • Transportation Management Office supports nuclear monitoring improvements

    When members of the only Defense Department agency charged with monitoring nuclear treaties discovered shipped equipment was not being accurately accounted for at forward supply points, they took to the drawing board to devise a solution.
  • Air Force Technical Applications Center uses failure to evolve

    In 2013, AFTAC formed an Innovation Lab to find ways to improve and accomplish their mission by developing concepts and technologies faster and cheaper. But the number one reason for establishing the lab was to enable innovators within the center to take calculated risks and evolve from failure to achieve success. From that concept grew the center’s “eFAILution” wall, a prominent centerpiece of projects displayed on the wall that didn’t quite make the grade. It’s what lab personnel describe as “a lineage of success born of failure” and their central message is simple: continue to learn and evolve from your mistakes.
  • AFTAC helps break the 'STEM mold'

    In 1976, esteemed historian and author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote a book entitled, “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” The premise of her work was to shine a light on famous women throughout history who challenged the way things were done. While the title may seem to be a modern-day rallying cry for women to go out and break the rules through misbehavior, that was not the premise of her message. Ulrich’s emphasis was to encourage women to do more – to break with convention, make a mark on history and prove that ordinary people, including women, can have a lasting impact on the world by doing the unexpected.
  • From high-risk youth to national award winner – One Airman’s inspirational journey

    This extraordinary Airman, who graduated from Penn State, loves the work he does for the Air Force and his country, but things did not always come easy to him. A Buffalo, New York, native, U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Butler has many accomplishments, including five Air Force-level awards, and soon he will add recipient of the prestigious, national Arthur S. Flemming Award to the list. The annual Flemming award honors outstanding federal employees who made significant and extraordinary contributions to the federal government. Butler won in the leadership and management category.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Senior Pentagon leaders visit AFTAC’s community school

    Senior officials from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Manpower and Reserve Affairs toured Endeavour Elementary School in Cocoa, Florida, during their visit to the Air Force Technical Applications Center Sept. 7 for the center’s annual Women in Science and Engineering Symposium. The school is Florida’s only elementary-level community school.
  • Nuclear treaty monitoring center activates five new squadrons

    The Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, recently activated five newly-designated squadrons, as the center takes steps to reorganize after becoming a wing equivalent in August 2014.
  • Diversity key to treaty monitoring center’s success

    Diversity in thought and approach is critical to innovation, and is a military necessity. It empowers Airmen to overcome challenges the service members face with executing global missions and growing responsibilities.
  • Treaty Monitoring Center introduces new Innovation Lab

    Tough fiscal times have placed heavy burdens on senior Department of Defense officials as they struggle to balance budget cuts, sequestration, furloughs and force shaping initiatives.
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