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Civilian employees with the newly activated 12th maintenance Group activate the group's three squadrons during a ceremony Feb. 10 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.  The group is the first civil service maintenance directorate in Air Education and Training Command to reorganize as a group.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Randy Martin) Reorganization yields AETC’s first civil service maintenance group
The first civil service aircraft maintenance organization in AETC to become a group is the 12th Maintenance Group. An activation ceremony was held inside Hangar 41 at Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph, Feb. 10. The group was formerly a directorate. “We have been working on this reorganization forever,” said Robert West, 12th Maintenance Group
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Cpl. Vernon L. Burge poses for an official photo, circa 1912. Burge is considered the first enlisted pilot to ever fly an aircraft. Enlisting in the Signal Corps in 1907, he was assigned to the Army’s newly created aviation section working with balloons and dirigibles. Later assigned to Lt. Frank Lahm’s aviation school, Burge volunteered to enroll in the school when Lahm had difficulty finding officers interested in pilot training, eventually becoming the first certified enlisted aviator. More than a century later, two Air Force master sergeants became the first enlisted Airmen to fly and complete their own solo flights in a DA-20 Datana, Nov. 3, 2016. The initiative to integrate enlisted Airmen into flying operations of the RQ-4 Global Hawk is part of a broader effort to meet the nation’s continual RPA demands. (Courtesy Photo) The EPIC return of the ‘Flying Sergeants’
The EPIC return of the ‘Flying Sergeants’
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Col. Thatcher Cardon, 47th Medical Group commander, won the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Space Poop Challenge, beating more than 5,000 entries and winning $15,000. Cardon’s invention, the “perineal access port,” allows astronauts to manage human waste in a space suit for up to six continuous days. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja) Air Force doctor solves NASA’s poop problem
Laughlin’s 47th Medical Group commander helped solve a long-time problem for citizens of Earth who are launched into space.
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Four NASA astronauts sit in with a class of Survival School students being briefed on life raft procedures Feb. 10, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. Water survival training is hosted by the base Fitness Center pool facilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey) NASA astronauts train with SERE for space mission
NASA astronauts train with SERE water survival instructors for upcoming space missions.
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U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Charles Escher, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA-101) operations officer, dawns his helmet prior to flying an Air Force F-35A Dec. 6, 2016, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. For only the second time at Eglin AFB, a Naval Aviator has been selected to dual qualify in the U.S. Navy’s F-35C and the Air Force’s F-35A. Escher plans to use what he learns from his experience with the 33 FW to help the F-35 enterprise grow. He looks to join a group of test pilots at Edwards AFB, California, where he will have the opportunity to be the Navy’s voice for the aircraft weapons and vehicle system development. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson) Grim Reaper finds his rage
For only the second time at Eglin Air Force Base, a Naval Aviator has been selected to dual qualify in the U.S. Navy’s F-35C and the Air Force’s F-35A.
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