P3 News

Air Force Academy Senior Leader And Cadet Candidate Break Innovation Barriers

Story by Jennifer Spradlin on 06/18/2019

"When it comes to innovation, the Air Force Academy is walking the walk,'" said Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, the Academy's superintendent.

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Corps Of Engineers Awards Contract For Sandusky Harbor Dredging

Story by Shaina Souder on 06/18/2019

The contract was awarded to Ryba Marine Construction Company, based in Cheboygan, Michigan on June 10, 2019. Under this contract, approximately 324,000 cubic yards of material is to be dredged this year. The contractor is anticipated to begin work in September 2019 with dredging to be performed in the Outer Bay channel and the Straight channel.

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Academy Cadet, Naturalized Citizen One Step Closer To Aviation Dream

Story by Jennifer Spradlin on 06/18/2019

He was born and raised in Tegucigalpa, the densely-packed capital of Honduras, a Central American country as beautiful as it is poor. It was, by his account, a country with generous people who had little but shared everything, and a place where the threat of violence was commonplace and basic resources were sometimes scarce.

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St. Vincent And The Grenadines Native Participates In Caribbean-Based Military Exercise

Baptiste has served in the Royal Grenada Police Force for 15 years and currently serves with the Rapid Response unit. Unlike his counterparts in the police force, whom deal with all manner of issues, he specializes in criminal activity interference. This is the first Tradewinds exercise for Baptiste and he says it's been a positive experience.

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Providing Access To Space Through Innovation

Story by A1C Aubree Milks on 06/17/2019
As the space domain continues to grow, so does the need for access to space.
The U.S. Air Force and Space Command are powered by innovation. Because of this, Vandenberg Air Force Base is continually making improvements to base facilities, equipment and the way Airmen and mission partners do their job in order to complete the space mission.
"Our mission is to provide robust, relevant and efficient spaceport and range capabilities for the nation," said Col. Michael Hough, 30th Space Wing commander. "However, as space domain progresses, so must we."
The installation has come a long way since 1958, when it was repurposed from a deactivated U.S. Army training camp, to a U.S. Air Force missile launch and training base. Since then, the base has developed better amenities to increase productivity and has expanded its launch facilities, allowing space for more commercial partners.
There are many different components. Whether it be 30th Space Wing Airmen, mission partners, both government agencies and private companies or contractors, who contribute to launching a missile or rocket at Vandenberg AFB, each diverse role plays an important part in accomplishing the mission.
"On day of launch, we provide mission assurance. We provide technical oversight of everything happening to assure no incidents occur," said Lt. Col. Brian Chatman, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron commander. "We're shifting our methodology for how we provide mission assurance from days-of-old, to days-of-new for a more practical approach."
Members of the 1st ASTS continuously implement innovations regarding space lift operations by evaluating and operating current launch and landing operations. By assessing the Space Launch Complex modifications that industry partners create, the 1st ASTS engineers ensure they understand the changes or modifications made, as well as evaluate any risks that are associated with the changes.
"Airmen from the squadron are taking tactical approaches, tailoring analysis to provide risk assessments to the commander of the Space and Missile Center for a flight worthiness certification," Chatman said.
Through maintaining the range and retaining Airmen, Vandenberg AFB is creating a better chance of accessing space through members of 30th SW, such as 1 ASTS, and mission partners. With the help of each squadron and various tenant units on base, the mission continues to be successful.
"This is an exciting time in the space community, and I'm looking forward to working even closer with allies and partners to guarantee unconstrained access to and freedom to operate in space," Hough said.
Through expansion and revamping of routines and facilities, innovative Airmen continue to improve Vandenberg AFB range capabilities, supporting not only the current mission, but future generations and their access to space.
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U.S. Chaplain Participates In International Exercise

Story by LCpl Kindo Go on 06/14/2019

Thorsteinson is a native of Juneau, Alaska and grew up in a military environment. Thorsteinson's father was in the AKARNG, which led Thorsteinson to admire the military life and comradery. He joined the AKARNG in 1999 as a private. Later on, Thorsteinson would commission as an infantry officer and eventually go to seminary to become a chaplain.

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We're Here To Work!' Women In Trades Fair Marks 40 Years

Story by Silvia Klatman on 06/14/2019

"Getting folks engaged in understanding the trades is much easier when we can have them touch something," said Michelle Indermuhle a Shop 57 work leader and PSNS & IMF's Women in Trades co-lead. "Everyone is interested to hear what we do over here. I know the human resources and apprenticeship folks were busy, busy!"

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Fleet Cyber Seeking Talent At Sacc

Story by PO2 William Sykes on 06/14/2019

Administered and supported by the Alumni Associations and Association of Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, SACC is the only job fair exclusively for service academy alumni.

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Dod Seeks Feedback From Airmen, Families On Housing Resident Bill Of Rights

The Air Force is part of a tri-service initiative to create a Resident Bill of Rights that identifies the basic housing rights of service members and their families living in privatized housing.

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Arkansas Cyber Takes Major Steps Toward Securing Mission

Story by MSgt Jessica Condit on 06/14/2019

The bill allows the Arkansas cyber community to readily engage in outreach efforts to rural and regional communities, build awareness of threats and teach basic cyber hygiene needs. Additionally the initiative will assess state infrastructure of cyber risks and develop exercises in conjunction with the public and private sector, teaching communities how to respond during cyber events.

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New York National Guard Marks Army Birthday With Cake Cutting Ceremony

Story by Eric Durr on 06/14/2019

Private 1st Class Amanda Coleman, age 19, a member of the 206th Military Police Company from Schuylerville, N.Y. and Sgt. 1st Class Frank DeThomasis, age 59, a Rensselaer resident assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters helped Shields cut the Army Birthday Cake during a short ceremony.

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New York National Guard Marks Army Birthday With Cake Cutting Ceremony

Story by Eric Durr on 06/14/2019

Private 1st Class Amanda Coleman, age 19, a member of the 206th Military Police Company from Schuylerville, N.Y. and Sgt. 1st Class Frank DeThomasis, age 59, a Rensselaer resident assigned to the Joint Force Headquarters helped Shields cut the Army Birthday Cake during a short ceremony.

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Seeing The Face Of Sexual Assault Through A Survivor's Eyes

Story by SSG Paige Behringer on 04/08/2019

"Apparently this isn't real enough for you people yet," Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Simon told 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th MTN Soldiers during the brigade's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month observance, April 3, 2019.

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