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McConnell AFB Receives First KC-46A Refueling Aircraft

The first two Boeing KC-46A Pegasus aircraft have been delivered to McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas five years after the installation was selected as the first Main Operating Base, McConnell AFB said Friday. The base commenced construction of facilities such as an air traffic control tower, a fuselage trainer, technical training dormitories and aircraft maintenance hangars in preparation for the delivery.

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Air Force Constructing Simulation Facility for Testing Next-Gen Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force’s 412th Electronic Warfare Group began working on a facility to contain the Joint Simulation Environment designed for testing fifth-plus generation aircraft and related systems, the service branch said Thursday. The 72,139-square foot modeling and simulation facility will be installed at Edwards Air Force Base in California to house developmental assessments to support open-air testing operations.

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USAF Unifies IT, Intelligence, Cyber Into One HQ Office

The U.S. Air Force began reorganizing and unifying its headquarters' information technology, cyber and intelligence operations, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. USAF's new approach would combine the three technical areas into one organization, merging the branch's deputy chief of staff offices for information dominance and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

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Air Force Testing EPHESOFT System for USAF Travel Vouchers

The U.S. Air Force’s 55th Comptroller Squadron Financial Management Flight has begun testing its new EPHESOFT scanning software designed to manage the service branch's travel-related payment documentation, the Air Force said Tuesday. The platform sends documentation to the Air Force Financial Services Center in South Dakota which handles payment procedures for temporary and permanent change-of-station travel outside the scope of the Defense Travel System. 

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USAF 704th Test Group Performing New Directed Energy Experiments

The Directed Energy Combined Test Force of the U.S. Air Force's 704th Test Group plans to conduct experiments intending to inform the branch on the use and development of DE technologies. The plans support the Directed Energy Experimentation Campaign and follow the effort's first experiment that concluded in October 2018 at White Sands Missile Range, USAF said Tuesday.

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Air Force Boosting Contractor Work in IT Modernization

The U.S. Air Force launched a pilot program allowing private companies to handle information technology-related tasks assigned to service members, C4ISRNet reported Friday. The Enterprise IT as a Service program comes as part of the ongoing reorganization for the service. 

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Air Force Deploys Mobile App to Coordinate Special Tactics Missions

The U.S. Air Force’s 24th Special Operations Wing has collaborated with software firm TrainHeroic to deploy a mobile application helping Special Tactics operators communicate during deployments and humanitarian missions, the Air Force said Friday. The app enables the human performance team to directly coordinate workout plans and adjustments via phone, laptop or tablet instead of having to print plans and wait for operators to return to obtain input.

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USAF Spends Part of Funds Allotted for Commercial Satellite Data

The U.S. Air Force used $7M for commercial satellite weather data as part of an effort to determine whether or not the data would meet military requirements, Space News reported Thursday. The obligated funds come from the service branch's congress-approved $20M budget for the Commercial Weather Data Pilot Program.

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Air Force Installs First 3D Printed, Non-Corrosive Titanium Component on F-22

The U.S. Air Force’s 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has installed a 3D-printed, titanium-based component onto an F-22 Raptor jet during depot maintenance operations at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, the USAF said Thursday. The additive manufactured bracket doesn't corrode and will replace an aluminum part in the cockpit's kick panel assembly.

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