CONTRACTS AIR FORCE L-3 Communications, Vertex Aerospace LLC (L-3), Madison, Mississippi, has been awarded a $1,910,525,014 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for KC/KDC-10 airframe contractor logistics support. Contractor will provide logistics integration and support to include contractor operated and maintained base supply,
A mother watched as her 2-year-old, blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy stood in the middle of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, hugging the gravestone of his father who had died five months prior. With heavy hearts, the two journeyed from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to meet others who understood their loss.
CONTRACTS AIR FORCE The Boeing Co., doing business as Boeing Defense Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a not-to-exceed $3,205,563,047 fixed-price, incentive-firm, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract modification (00009) to previously awarded contract FA8213-15-D-0002 for Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)
The Air Force’s top enlisted leader addressed the new enlisted performance report and gave insight to feedback he’s received during his latest edition of CHIEFchat at the Defense Media Activity on Fort George G. Meade. Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody encouraged Airmen to forget about the old EPR system and to embrace the new.
The Air Force released a flight plan directing development activity as a result of a yearlong study focused on developing capability options to ensure joint force air superiority in 2030 and beyond.
CONTRACTS NAVY Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Marlborough, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $365,848,801 fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the production of Aegis Weapon System AN/SPY-1D(V) Radar Transmitter Group, Missile Fire Control System MK 99 equipment, and associated engineering services. This contract
An Army systems engineer brought more than 80 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and civilians from around the National Capital Region together May 24-26 to raise 675 American flags at the Pentagon in honor of Memorial Day.
<span>This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.</span>
Imagine being at the cusp of the world, where everything flat warps and the earth’s curvature begins to appear. <br /><br />Looking around on a bright and sunny day, the sky is a brilliant blue. The blue eventually turns to black as space comes within reach.<br /><br />This is the view U-2 pilots like Maj. Jack Nelson witness each time they fly -- they get to see the world from a different perspective. It can be a pleasant experience when all goes well, but not when dealing with an in-flight emergency. <br /><br />Nelson was flying high above the earth when the three multi-function displays that provide the information for the autopilot, navigation, primary heading and reference systems stopped working. To get home safely, he had to troubleshoot the issue while flying. <br /><br />“Every aviator knows when you step out to a mission, there is an element of risk,” Nelson said. “There’s always risk that we accept. A lot of pilots don’t like to talk about it, and we don’t always want to think about it, but it’s definitely something that’s out there. Flying planes is a risky business, but it’s really great to know you have one of the best teams in the world that’s got your back when you are out there flying and something does go wrong.” <br /><br />Nelson was able to reset the multi-function display; however, that wasn’t the end of his troubles. Shortly after the reset, the aircraft’s environmental control system malfunctioned, leaving the pilot flying in sub-zero temperatures.<br /><br />After landing, Nelson reflected on the fact that there was a huge team of Airmen, civilians and contractors working overtime to get him home safely, many of whom greeted him on the flightline.<br /><br />“Seeing how much they cared, their commitment and how hard they were working to try and find a solution was really cool,” Nelson said.<br />For his efforts, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III presented Nelson with the 2015 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy during a ceremony May 25 at the Pentagon.<br /><br />The annual award, first presented in 1958, is given to an Air Force aircrew member who displays extraordinary skill, alertness and ingenuity in averting or minimizing the seriousness of a flight mishap.<br /><br />“It’s about taking a situation that’s not supposed to occur and turning it into normal, or at least as normal as you can get. For 59 years now, it’s 59 averted catastrophes; it’s 59 (intense) moments that became calm at some point. It’s 59 pilots or aircrew that came home to their families who might not have if they hadn’t been as prepared as they were,” Welsh said. “That’s what this award is all about. It’s real simple, and yet it’s magnificent.”<br /><br />The award’s namesake, 1st Lt. Koren Kolligian Jr., was declared missing in the line of duty when his T-33 Shooting Star disappeared off the coast of California in 1955.<br /><br />The Kolligian family attends and supports the award presentation every year, creating long-lasting friendships which are on display for all to see in three sets of photo albums. The family takes the citation and photos from the ceremony every year and places it in an album for the following year’s attendees to see.<br /><br />“Since 1958 our family has been honored to be invited to the Pentagon,” said Koren Kolligian II, Lt. Kolligian’s nephew. “Every year we get to meet remarkable pilots, spending time with them and their families, sharing stories and creating friendships. Coming here every year is a powerful reminder of how truly fortunate we are to be Americans. We leave energized, infused with the pride, professionalism and dedication of everyone we meet throughout the day. We are appreciative and thankful to the men and women who ensure this ceremony continues to inspire all who attend.”<br /><br />Nelson, a former wing safety officer, put his years of training and experience to the test, remaining calm under intense pressure. <br /><br />"Our safety record in the Air Force is grounded on Airmen taking action based on training, experience and instinct to overcome challenges in mission accomplishment,” said Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Mueller, the Air Force chief of safety. “Skill, alertness and ingenuity are the hallmarks of our Kolligian award winners, and can often make the difference in the severity of a mishap. Maj. Jack Nelson was able to utilize all of these traits to respond to a unique and dangerous in-flight event. I am proud to stand with the Air Force chief of staff and the Kolligian family as this Air Force award is given.”<br /><br />“Alone and unafraid” is a common term used in the U-2 enterprise. Think about being in an aircraft barely large enough to stretch your legs in, on the cusp of space, looking down on Earth can be daunting. However, Nelson said he was never alone. He had a team who assisted him in one of the most difficult days of his life.
KC-46 Pegasus aircraft are now expected to arrive at their first basing locations by late summer or early fall 2017. <br /><br />The KC-46 was most recently scheduled for a spring 2017 arrival at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the first formal training unit location; and McConnell AFB, Kansas, the first active duty-led Pegasus main operating base. But after a schedule risk assessment, Air Force officials determined the fielding timeline needed to be extended. <br /><br />Brig. Gen. Duke Richardson, the program executive officer for tankers, said, “Technical challenges with boom design and issues with certification of the centerline drogue system and wing air refueling pods have driven delays to low rate production approval and initial aircraft deliveries.<br /><br />“Throughout KC-46 development, the Air Force remained cautiously optimistic that Boeing would quickly address these issues and meet the original goal,” he continued. “However, we understand that no major procurement program is without challenges and the Air Force remains committed to ensuring all aircraft are delivered as technically required.”<br /> <br />The multi-year tanker procurement program remains one of the service's top priorities and the Air Force will continue to work with Boeing to find ways to mitigate delays.<br /><br />“The Air Force considers the KC-46 a critical capability and it's important to take the time necessary to get it right,” Richardson said. “There is no increased cost to the government as a result of these changes.” <br /><br />Boeing continues to work on a solution to address the higher than expected boom axial loads recorded during C-17 Globemaster III air refueling demonstration flights.<br /><br />The government now expects to make a low rate initial production decision, known as a Milestone C, in August 2016 to allow Boeing additional time to fix the loads issue and accomplish the remaining aerial refueling demonstrations with the required C-17 and A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. Following a successful decision, the Air Force will immediately award a contract for the first two production lots, followed by Lot 3 in January 2017. <br /><br />The KC-46A will provide improved capabilities, including boom and drogue refueling on the same sortie, worldwide navigation and communication, cargo capacity on the entire main deck floor, receiver air refueling, improved force protection and survivability, and multi-point air refueling capability.<br /><br />At this time, aircraft deliveries to Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire, remain unchanged at spring 2018.
CONTRACTS NAVY Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, is being awarded $74,184,286 for modification P00038 to previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (M67004-09-D-0020) to exercise option year eight for prepositioning and Marine Corps logistics support services for Blount Island
CONTRACTS NAVY L-3 Communications Vertex Aerospace, Madison, Mississippi, is being awarded a $302,208,932 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery requirements contract for logistics services in support of the C-12 utility lift aircraft, including post-production, full commercial-type aircraft maintenance, logistics support, and materials for Marine
Brigadier General Martin A. Chapin is the Deputy Director, Operations and Plans Directorate, United States Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
The Air Force has selected 5,019 technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant out of the 21,504 eligible.<br />
The selection rate was 23.34 percent, with an average selectee overall score of 543.62. Selectees' average time-in-grade was 4.04 years and time-in-service was 14.59 years. Average decorations score was 11.47; U.S. Air Force Supervisory Examination average score was 63.08; and the average board score was 378.50.<br />
To access test and board scores, go to the virtual MPF via the secure applications page.<br />
To see the list, go to the <a href="https://www.my.af.mil/" target="_blank">Air Force Portal</a> and select "View list" or go to <a href="http://MYPERs.af.mil" target="_blank">myPers website</a> and click on the "Public Listing" link.<br />
Selectees will be promoted in order of promotion sequence number beginning in August.<br />
For more information about Air Force personnel programs go to the myPers website. Individuals who do not have a myPers account can request one by following the instructions on the <a href="http://www.retirees.af.mil/mypers/index.asp" target="_blank">Air Force Retirees Services website</a>.<br />
ARMY Vernadero (Pool A),* Phoenix, Arizona (W91278-16-D-0056); Cardno GS Inc. (Pool A), Charlottesville, Virginia (W91278-16-D-0057); AMEC-Foster Wheeler Env & Infras Inc. (Pool A) Blue Bell, Pennsylvania (W91278-16-D-0062); HDR Env, Operations and Construction Inc., (Pool A) Englewood, Colorado (W91278-16-D-0063); Louis Berger/Aerostar JV (Pool
AIR FORCE S&K Aerospace LLC, Warner Robins, Georgia, has been awarded a $269,000,000 modification (P00011) to previously awarded contract FA8630-12-D-5018 for Parts and Repair Ordering System (PROS) IV. This modification increase is required to prevent a break in service until a follow-on source selection is awarded. Work will be performed at
The Air Force has deferred the effective date for promotion and re-enlistment eligibility associated with the Air Force policy to complete enlisted professional military education distance learning courses within 12 months of enrollment until Jan. 1.
The average U.S. Army Ranger School student is in the rank of E-4 through E-6 on the enlisted side and O-1 through O-3 for the officers. Most are between 19 and 27 years old, and only about 21 Airmen graduate each year. Then there are candidates like 39-year-old Chief Master Sgt. William Speck, who in April, became the first Air Force chief master sergeant to graduate from Ranger School.
CONTRACTS ARMY Distinctive Spectrum Healthcare JV LLC, Largo, Maryland (W81K04-16-D-0016); Matrix Providers Inc.,* Denver, Colorado (W81K04-16-D-0017); Caduceus Healthcare Inc.,* Atlanta, Georgia (W81K04-16)-D-0018); Defense Civilian Medical Associates LLC,* Pikesville Maryland (W81K04-16-D-0019); and Jefferson Government Services LLC,* Austin,
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.