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Air Force IDs F-16 Pilot Missing in Adriatic

Air Force IDs F-16 Pilot Missing in Adriatic

Air Force Times

The Air Force has identified the F-16 pilot missing in the Adriatic Sea as the chief of flight safety for the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

Lawmaker: Ban Sex Between Recruits, Instructors

Lawmaker: Ban Sex Between Recruits, Instructors

Air Force Times
By Rick Maze

A California congresswoman wants to protect military recruits during training by barring sexual advances from instructors.

The Protect Our Military Trainees Act would prohibit an instructor from engaging in sex with a trainee during the time of instruction and for up to 30 days after the training has ended.

Civilian Workers First in Line for Budget Cuts

Civilian Workers First in Line for Budget Cuts

 

Air Force Times by Sean Reilly

Civilian employees will be among the first to feel the belt-tightening as the Defense Department prepares for the likelihood of severe budget reductions this year.

The Air Force, Army and Navy are freezing civilian hiring, laying off temporary workers and considering furloughs for hundreds of thousands of civilian employees, according to memos from leaders of all three branches of the service.

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The flu has hit 47 states, including Georgia.

Air Force to Use Laser-Firing Robots to Strip Paint from Fighters

Air Force to Use Laser-Firing Robots to Strip Paint from Fighters

Air Force Times
by Jeff Schogol

 

In yet another case demonstrating that robots can now do the work humans used to do, the Air Force has ordered a pair of systems that use robots with lasers to strip paint off its F-16 fighters and C-130 cargo planes.

Concurrent Technologies Corp. is lead contractor for the $17 million project, which is expected to go into full use at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, in late 2014, according to those involved with the program. Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh is a subcontractor for the project.

JSTARS Airman to Receive Purple Heart

JSTARS Airman to Receive Purple Heart

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – An Air National Guard Airman will be presented the Purple Heart medal at Robins Air Force Base Monday at 3:30pm, by Gen. Michael Hostage III, Air Combat Command commander.

In a unique ceremony held by the ACC commander, Tech. Sgt. Barry Duffield, 116th Air Control Wing explosive ordinance disposal technician, will receive the medal prior to an All Call with Hostage and the troops.

While deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, Duffield sustained injuries from a massive Improvised Explosive Device emplaced under a road.  Upon detonation of the IED, the violent motion of the blast caused head pain and several injuries to areas of his body. 

 During the same deployment, Duffield earned the Bronze Star and Air Force Combat Action Medal.

Software Upgrades on the Way for Many F-16s

Software Upgrades on the Way for Many F-16s

Air Force Times

by Brian Everstine

It’s time for a software upgrade to the Air Force’s Block 40 and Block 50 F-16s, and for the first time, the two flying tech support teams are stationed at the same base.

It also marks the first time that the software is made in-house in the Air Force.

Previous versions were developed by the lead civilian contractor, with the developmental and operational tests occurring at separate bases.

Here’s what’s important about the F-16’s system upgrade:

What is the software? The operational flight program is the software in the Block 40 and Block 50 Vipers that controls all avionics and weapons for the jet. Earlier versions were created by Lockheed Martin, but this iteration is all Air Force, created by the 309th Software Maintenance Group at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

The players.