Maj. Gen. Joseph Lengyel, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as vice chief, National Guard Bureau, Arlington, Virginia.
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The U.S. Air Force released an app that lists every event occurring at its participating United States bases. My Military Communities, or MyMC2, for Android and iOS devices features upcoming events and services along with contact information and important "quick call" buttons selected by the installation's commander.
The Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) has been approved for full production and fielding. The MIDS JTRS is a software-based terminal that provides interoperable and secure tactical datalinks and programmable networking capabilities.
Citing cost and migration to U.S. Defense Department enterprise capabilities, the U.S. Air Force will discontinue its Instant Messenger, or AFIM, and Friends and Family Instant Messenger (FFIM) on December 31, 2011.
A new app from the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service challenges users to see if they have what it takes to design the next generation of military aircraft. The free program lets you build and fly your own planes-from fighter jets to remotely piloted bombers.
No matter how vast it seems, even space gets a little crowded. Hundreds of active satellites and thousands of pieces of space junk clutter the area surrounding Earth-from lost astronaut tools to pieces of rockets. To help track and identify the debris, the U.S. Air Force is replacing its aging and outdated Air Force Space Surveillance System, which has been in service for 50 years.
An official app from the U.S. Air Force helps candidates prepare for basic military training. The free Fundamentals app for iPhone has tips and information from the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) for current or future active duty airmen.
The U.S. Air Force may be the newest military branch, but it has had a public museum dedicated to its achievements since 1955.
Integral Systems Incorporated, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Columbia, Maryland, has received a $1.7 million U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center contract. The agreement is a modification to the Air Force Command and Control System-Consolidated (CCS-C) contract, and it will extend the company's integration of the Blue Force Server prototype on the CCS-C system to the Joint Space Operations Center.
Dr. Werner Dahm, chief scientist, U.S. Air Force, recently discussed the findings of the Air Force Technology Horizons effort. The four-volume document compiled and released this year focuses on Air Force science and technology efforts in the coming decade and beyond.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Sunnyvale, California, was awarded a $34.8 million contract modification, which will exercise the fourth option for Space Based Infrared Systems Highly Elliptical Earth Orbit Payload 3 launch and early on-orbit support. Space Based Infrared Systems Wing, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.
The U.S. Air Force awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated, San Diego, a $94 million contract modification.
Brig. Gen. Russell J. Handy, USAF, has been named director, Air Component Coordination Element, U.S. Forces-Iraq, and commander, Detachment 2, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, Air Combat Command, Baghdad, Iraq.