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Airmen from the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., walk on a frozen lake in Antarctica after a full day of performing maintenance on the center’s seismic equipment near Bull Pass.  The photo, taken at about 10 p.m., illustrates the 24-hour daylight cycle at Earth’s southernmost point.  Pictured from left to right:  Staff. Sgt. Jeremy Hannah, Senior Airman Andrew Pouncy and Staff Sgt. Justin Sherman.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Richard Westra) Airmen travel to Earth’s southernmost point for annual maintenance
With 24 hours of daily sunlight in their favor, a team of seismic technicians traveled to the southernmost point on Earth to conduct annual maintenance of the equipment they use to monitor global nuclear treaties.Six members of the Air Force Technical Applications Center made the trek from their home base at Patrick AFB, Fla., to Antarctica to
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First Lt. Carl Eichert, a special nuclear events analyst for the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla., comes up for air while swimming in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida’s Space Coast as he trains for the 2018 Ironman World Competition in Hawaii. (U.S. Air Force photo by Phillip C. Sunkel IV) Air Force scientist qualifies for Ironman World Championship
By day, he’s a nuclear engineer conducting forensics on radioactive sources. But when the duty day is complete, he trades in his proverbial white lab coat for a pair of running shoes, climbs aboard his Scott Plasma 10 bicycle, and prepares for the race of a lifetime.First Lt. Carl Eichert, a special nuclear events analyst for the Air Force
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Graphic illustration of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s STEM program.  AFTAC Airmen selected for Air Force STEM awards
The winners of the 2017 Air Force Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Awards were recently announced and the Air Force Technical Applications Center had an exceptional presence among the winners. Of the fourteen packages Air Combat Command submitted for this year’s awards, seven winners were selected, and five of those were from AFTAC.
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Staff Sgt. Jordan Peterson (left) smiles at his twin brother, Senior Airman Jarrod Peterson during a photo shoot at Patrick AFB, Fla.  Both Airmen are stationed at the Air Force Technical Applications Center as web developers for AFTAC’s Cyber Capabilities Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew S. Jurgens) Double take: Brothers’ bond extends far beyond twin upbringing
It is well known that twins share a unique bond that transcends other sibling relationships. It’s common for twins to live, work and recreate within close proximity to each other throughout their lives.But for one pair of Air Force twins, they’ve taken that commonality several steps further.Staff Sgt. Jordan Peterson and his 2-minute-older
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Official photograph of Brig. Gen. Donald B. Absher, United States Army Reserve.  (U.S. Army photo) AFTAC civilian, Army Reservist selected for promotion to brigadier general
A member of the Air Force Technical Applications Center here was recently promoted Nov. 1 to brigadier general in the U.S. Army.Brig. Gen. Donald B. Absher, a civilian physical scientist for AFTAC’s Materials Technology Directorate, was selected for promotion in the Army Reserve, where he has served for almost 30 years. Absher graduated from
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25th Air Force Shield Fact Sheet Art Future of ISR is Airmen
Brig. Gen. James Cluff, vice commander, 25th Air Force, along with Brig. Gen. Peter Lambert, director of intelligence, Air Combat Command, discussed the future of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance during a panel discussion Nov. 15 at the annual Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Alamo Ace conference in San Antonio.
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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) Ions and betas and treaties, oh my!
In a world filled with uncertainty and growing concerns about the global proliferation of nuclear weaponry, there is one organization in the Department of Defense dedicated to identifying debris from possible atomic explosions and analyzing the findings for national decision makers.The Ciambrone Radiochemistry Laboratory, which opened its doors at
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Military Sealift Command missile range instrumentation ship USNS Invincible makes way during sea trials following a regularly scheduled yard period.  The platform is designed to augment the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense sensor network by providing target discrimination information to U.S. Strategic Command.  (U.S. Navy photo by Tommy Chia) Tech Ops Squadron is heartbeat of nuke treaty monitoring from air, sea, space
When the Department of Defense needs bombs on target or fighters in the air, they reach out to any number of flying wings within the Air Force to task their squadrons to accomplish that mission. Yet when they need near-real time data of potential nuclear detonations, to include ballistic missile detection, radioactive plume debris collection, seismic activity or gamma ray emissions, there is only one wing within DoD that can meet that need.
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Daelyn Frey, a senior at Melbourne High School, Fla., and member of Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment FL-011, examines a seismometer on display at the Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Fla.  Frey and 126 members of her JROTC detachment toured the nuclear treaty monitoring center April 28, 2017.   (U.S. Air Force Photo by Susan A. Romano) Melbourne High School Junior ROTC visits AFTAC
The goal of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is to instill values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. One of the ways it achieves that goal is when a detachment schedules a field trip to a military base.Florida Junior ROTC Detachment FL-011 accomplished just that
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Graphic illustration of the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s STEM program.  AFTAC Airmen haul in annual STEM hardware
Six Airmen from the Air Force Technical Applications Center here earned Air Combat Command accolades for their accomplishments in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.The winners, all of whom are assigned to AFTAC’s Technology Coordination Office (TC), learned of their selection from AFTAC’s commander, Col. Steven M. Gorski,
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