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Lamb receives national award for conservation management at Arnold Air Force Base

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USAF sets evaluation criteria for second phase of light attack experiment
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The Light Attack Experiment is being conducted by AEDC's 704th Test Group at Holloman Air Force Base.

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#DYK │ There will be a Special Olympics event held Tuesday, May 1. Opening events begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Tullahoma High School Stadium.

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Innovation: Lethality and mission effectiveness

“It’s time to take risks. It’s time to productively fail. Innovation has to be part of the way the Air Force does business.”—Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson

Posted by United States Air Force on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

AEDC Team members promote Arnold AFB at Franklin County Business Expo


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#ToolThursday - Core Values

You never stop being an Airman. You know what it means to be an Airman - you feel and live the Core Values. Looking for an quick activity to do with your team? #ToolThursdayCheck out our Core Values PACEsetter - a discussion guide to initiate critical thinking and group discussion before and after reviewing our Heritage Today video.

Posted by PACE Profession of Arms Center of Excellence on Thursday, April 19, 2018

Guidance for backing safely
By AEDC Safety

Backing may be the most difficult aspect of all driving techniques. While the percentage of time a driver spends in a car in reverse may be relatively small, this maneuver can result in a mishap involving a fixed object, another vehicle, a pedestrian, an animal or another obstacle.

A significant percentage of backing accidents occur while attempting to maneuver in tight spaces or congested areas.

According to the National Safety Council, one out of four vehicle collisions can be blamed on poor backing techniques, and backing collisions cause over 500 deaths and 15,000 injuries per year.

There are several basic backing techniques to follow to avoid backing incidents.
• Before backing up, get out and look. Walk around the vehicle; note obstacles to the front, rear and sides, and ensure safe clearance. Be sure to look underneath and in the blind spot on the right and in front of the vehicle as well.
• After your walk-around, do not delay moving the vehicle, so as not to allow time for another obstacle to approach.
• Eliminate all distractions before you operate a vehicle.
• Avoid blind-side backing whenever possible. Use a spotter whenever possible.
• Start backing up slowly at first to allow other vehicles, pedestrians or animals that may have unexpectedly approached to safely move away.
• Watch your mirrors and constantly check for clearance on all sides. When backing a vehicle to deliver a load, there are additional safety steps to follow.
• Plan your approach; use a spotter whenever possible.
• Agree on hand signals with the spotter before beginning the maneuver.
• Use safety cones at the rear of the vehicle when parking, to ensure the rear area is clear of obstacles before the vehicle is put in reverse.
• Open and secure cargo doors before backing to a dock or delivery area.
• Turn on four-way flashers and use the backing alarm or horn to indicate the intention to reverse the vehicle.
• Once the backing is completed, chock the vehicle’s wheels.

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Chapman to receive the Medal of Honor

#FunFactFriday#DYK AEDC set a record with the largest aircraft model (10% scale) by conducting B-52 Stratofortress store separation tests in our 16-foot Propulsion Wind Tunnel. (Air Force photo/Rick Goodfriend)

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#ICYMI │ National Aerospace Systems Team members promote Arnold at Franklin County Business Expo

Cindy Dixon and Travis Killen, NAS acquisition professionals, recently attended the Franklin County Business Expo held April 5 at the Monterey Station in Cowan.

While there Dixon and Killen, pictured seated, engaged with local and regional business members about the best way to do business with Arnold Air Force Base. The NAS booth was among 83 other business booths represented at the Expo.

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April Safety Focus: Reviewing the engineering design process and safety systems
By AEDC Safety

During the month of April, Arnold Air Force Base team members are asked to recognize the Safety Campaign focus on Engineering Design Processes and Safety Systems.

The AEDC Standard T-3 on Engineering Design and Drafting Practices provides the criteria for achieving continuity and uniformity in engineering drawing and drafting practices at AEDC.

Engineering design and drafting performed by the AEDC resident operating contractor(s) and the government at AEDC shall be in accordance with the provisions of this standard. This standard is not intended for use by non-resident contracts, neither in-whole or in-part. Engineering design practices levied on non-resident contractors shall be specifically identified within the individual contracting documents.

Contractors shall maintain drafting practices consistent with one of the following national consensus standards: 1) U.S. National CAD Standard for Architecture, Engineering and Construction; or 2) ASME Y14.100, Engineering Drawing Packages.

Materials required for construction or fabrication shall be specified on drawings used to direct these activities. The cut size, quantity, and other such data is optional, depending on the requirements of the construction organization.

Typically, a Bills of Materials (BOM) is provided as the first sheet of the drawing set. It is permissible to have the information in a separate material specification document that is clearly referenced on the drawing. This document must be archived with the drawing in the AEDC Drawing Management System.

This standard also states that sketches may be used for in-house fabrication and installation of temporary hardware or systems where a drawing does not exist and where existing drawings are not affected. Sketches shall not be used to permanently alter facility baselines. Sketches document the temporary hardware or system to be constructed and are a record of the installation.

The goal of the 2018 Safety Focus Campaign is to address processes, as opposed to conditions. However, in some of the months, we will address conditions, such as walking surfaces and confined spaces.

The purpose of the 2018 Safety Focus Campaign is to review processes and their implementation, identify opportunities for improvement, confirm employee training is current, ensure we are in compliance with the Air Force safety standards, and to establish consistency across work locations.

For more information regarding Standard T-3 Engineering Design and Drafting Practices, view the AEDC Safety, Health and Environmental Standards. This and the other SHE Standards can be found on the AEDC Team site via the AEDC Safety Site link.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out the Bush family.

In accordance with DOD directive 1005.06, and as a mark of respect in honor of and in tribute to the memory of United States First Lady Barbara Bush, the Flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff until sunset, the day of interment.

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Today marks the 76th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on April 18, 1942.

The value of my Club membership
By Col. Raymond Briggs, AEDC Test Systems Sustainment Division

It is good to periodically spend a little time taking stake in what is the true value of being an Air Force Club member.

Talk to any Services employee, and they will be quick to explain the value of being a club member. They eagerly describe the 10 percent discount you get on purchases, weekly drawings, free member events, and so on.

Often, membership will be turned down with the excuse that “I don’t use the Club enough to justify the monthly dues.” This makes membership strictly an economic value proposition of discounts and freebies equal or greater than the monthly cost. That approach misses the point. As much as I enjoy our Air Force Clubs, none of that has anything to do with why I’m a member.

To me, Club membership is about being committed to the Air Force, and the Air Force lifestyle. Ask yourself, how many promotions, retirements, commander’s calls, training events, off-sites and working group meetings have you done at the Club? Over the course of a year, you might be surprised that these types of events can get you to the club about once or twice a month. To make these activities work, we need spaces like what the Clubs provide.

Services could change their revenue model from monthly membership to a fee-for-service method where you would pay on a per event basis, much like commercial banquet halls and convention centers downtown. But I’ll ask, is that really how we want our clubs to operate, where commanders have to pay on a per-use basis for access to the Club? The fee-for-use model would make our Clubs operate in opposition with other businesses downtown and put them in direct competition, which is not allowed by Services.

The other thing a fee-for-service business model might do is make our Clubs look like other businesses. Our Clubs hold a lot of heritage and help maintain continuity of Air Force culture. From their locations, architecture and interior design, everything about the Club is culturally based. Most Clubs are repositories of the most significant pictures and events from the base’s history. More Air Force members learn about their base’s history at the Club than from the historians. This aspect of the club is far more important than 10 percent discounts and Member’s Nights that are offered by Services.

As I get ready to wrap up over 32 years of wearing the uniform, to me it is more evident than ever on what the Clubs really do for our culture, productivity and effectiveness. I would hate to see a future generation of Air Force Airmen without Air Force Clubs.

So, if you value the types of spaces that let us have promotions, retirements, commander’s calls and more in our own Air Force way, please consider doing your part. Being a Club member is about being all-in for the Air Force. So the next time a Services member asks if you want to be a Club member, consider the whole value of the membership and not just the 10 percent discount.

When you are done with that, be sure to thank the Services team for everything they do in keeping Air Force culture alive.

So, are you a member?

Arnold AFB Services

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