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Melissa Dawkins (right), a chemist at the Ciambrone Radiochemistry Laboratory, Patrick AFB, Fla., explains to newly-assigned chemists 2nd Lts. Kaleb Mitchell (left) and Jessica Lewer (center) how samples that undergo radiochemical separations are inspected.  Scientists from CRL, which is headquartered at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, use analytical chemistry methods to determine if trace levels of radioactive debris are present in environmental samples as part of AFTAC’s nuclear treaty monitoring mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Claudia Granger, a mass spectrometry operator at the Ciambrone Radiochemistry Lab at Patrick AFB, Fla., loads a filament wheel into a thermal ionization spectrometer, which is used to analyze trace amounts of uranium or plutonium extracted from environmental samples.  Granger is one of 60 CRL scientists headquartered at the Air Force Technical Applications Center who executes the Nuclear Debris Collection and Analysis program.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Airman 1st Class  Mitchell Kirkpatrick, a measurements technician at the Ciambrone Radiochemistry Laboratory, Patrick AFB, Fla., carefully places a sample onto a gamma ray detector to check for radioactive debris from an environmental sample.  The detector is made up of a 4-inch thick outer shell with a copper lining, which shields the sample and limits natural radioactivity and x-rays emitted from outside sources to prevent interference with low-level analysis.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Dr. Bill Johnson (left), Ciambrone Radiochemistry Laboratory senior scientist, explains the science of trace-level analysis of environmental samples to U.S. Rep. Bill Posey from Florida’s 8th Congressional District as Posey’s District Director Patrick Gavin looks on.  The samples are analyzed using radiochemistry and mass spectrometry for low levels of nuclear materials. Posey and members of his staff visited the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., for a mission update April 11, 2017.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Staff Sgt. Nathan Korytko (right), a nuclear measurements technician with the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., shows various types of filter media to U.S. Rep. Bill Posey (center) from Florida’s 8th Congressional District, Posey’s District Director Patrick Gavin and Director of Community Relations Rob Medina.  Posey and members of his staff visited the nuclear treaty monitoring center for a mission update April 11, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Lt. Col. Ehren Carl, commander of the Technical Surveillance Squadron, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., briefs U.S. Rep. Bill Posey from Florida’s 8th Congressional District about his squadron’s involvement in detecting underground disturbances in the vicinity of North Korea’s reported nuclear tests in January and September 2016.  Posey and members of his staff visited the nuclear treating monitoring center April 11, 2017 for a mission update. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Tech. Sgt. Donald E. Kramer II, a technician assigned to the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., describes a recent innovation he developed in AFTAC’s Innovation Lab to U.S. Rep. Bill Posey of Florida’s 8th Congressional District during the congressman’s visit to the nuclear treaty monitoring center April 11, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Maj. Gen. Bradford J. “BJ” Shwedo (left), commander of 25th Air Force, along with Lee Anthony, executive council representative from the Freedom Through Vigilance Association and 25th AF Command Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman, presents a gold medal plaque to Staff Sgt. David Pettinelli, a noncommissioned officer-in-charge at the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick AFB, Fla.  Pettinelli was recognized as a 2016 Maj. Gen. Doyle E. Larson Award winner as best scientific applications specialist in 25th AF.  (U.S. Air Force photo by William B. Belcher)
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Maj. Gen. Bradford J. “BJ” Shwedo (left), commander of 25th Air Force, along with Lee Anthony, executive council representative from the Freedom Through Vigilance Association and 25th AF Command Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman, presents Tech. Sgt. Dustin Hoffman, a laboratory measurements flight chief at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, with a plaque after Hoffman earned bronze medal accolades for being the 2016 Maj. Gen. Doyle E. Larson Award winner as best scientific applications specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo by William B. Belcher)
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Lee Anthony, executive council representative from the Freedom Through Vigilance Association, places a silver medal around Tech. Sgt. Ryan McLain’s neck after McLain was selected as the 2016 Larson Award winner for best scientific applications specialist for 25th Air Force.  McLain was one of three Airmen from the Air Force Technical Applications Center who were recognized for their accomplishments Nov. 2, 2016.  (U.S. Air Force photo by William B. Belcher)
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Staff Sgt. Leland La Kemper, a radiochemistry lab technician with the Air Force Technical Applications Center, displays an ion chamber to a group of Boy Scouts who visited AFTAC Oct. 22 to earn their Nuclear Science Merit Badge.  La Kemper explained the importance of ‘as low as reasonably achievable’ – better known as ALARA -- safety measures to the scouts during their tour of AFTAC’s Ciambrone Radiochemistry Lab at Patrick AFB, Fla.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Colben Maher, a Boy Scout from Troop 224 in Melbourne, Fla., opens the door of a gamma ray detector under the watchful eye of Senior Airman Nicholas Jarvis, a radiochemistry lab technician with the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.  Maher was one of 52 scouts who visited the nuclear treaty monitoring center Oct. 22, 2016 to earn a Nuclear Science Merit Badge with the help of AFTAC Airmen.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Dr. Dan Mackney (center, standing), a nuclear chemist with the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., educates a group of Boy Scouts on nuclear science and technology during the boys’ visit to the base Oct. 22, 2016.  Fifty-two scouts converged at the treaty monitoring center to earn their Nuclear Science Merit Badge with the help of AFTAC Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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Aidan Moyer, a 7th grader from Stone Middle School and member of Boy Scout Troop 772 in Melbourne, Fla., examines a cloud chamber he made using a plastic a Petri dish, felt, black construction paper and fabric fasteners, which he used to visualize the condensation trails left by ionizing radiation.  Moyer was one of 52 scouts from Brevard County who visited the Air Force Technical Applications Center Oct. 22, 2016 to earn their Nuclear Science Merit Badge with the help of AFTAC Airmen.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano)
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