Around the Air Force: March 28

On this look around the Air Force, the Air Force has a dedicated website to commemorate the Air Force’s 70th birthday and coating booths are in the works for F-35 sustainment.

Faces of the Fleet

“Faces of the Fleet” is a collection of images of Sailors serving our country in the greatest and most technologically advanced Navy in the world. These fine men and women are leading from the deck plates and completing missions around the globe. This is your fleet and these are your Sailors! GO NAVY!

Gary Sinise, center, applauds after members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard conclude their presentation at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB). Sinise visited JBAB to see where his father, a Navy veteran photographer's mate, worked and lived before he was discharged. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood/Released)
Gary Sinise, center, applauds after members of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard conclude their presentation at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB). Sinise visited JBAB to see where his father, a Navy veteran photographer’s mate, worked and lived before he was discharged. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Lockwood/Released)
Interior Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Dobson relays information from her watch station the in primary flight control room of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman K.A. DaCosta/Released)
Interior Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jordan Dobson relays information from her watch station the in primary flight control room of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman K.A. DaCosta/Released)
Damage Controlman 3rd Class Mark Williams responds to a simulated flooding casualty during an engineering training exercise aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. R. DiNiro/Released)
Damage Controlman 3rd Class Mark Williams responds to a simulated flooding casualty during an engineering training exercise aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. R. DiNiro/Released)
2nd Class Michael Brown fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a weapons qualification exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaitlyn E. Eads/Released)
2nd Class Michael Brown fires a .50-caliber machine gun during a weapons qualification exercise aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaitlyn E. Eads/Released)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Tiffanie Allenderriley, from Joplin, Mo., leads air department Sailors and Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), during a simulated aircraft fire on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanette Mullinax/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Tiffanie Allenderriley, from Joplin, Mo., leads air department Sailors and Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), during a simulated aircraft fire on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanette Mullinax/Released)
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Britani Parker, assigned to the air operations department at Naval Station Norfolk, completes administrative tasks. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanyra A. Mateo/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Britani Parker, assigned to the air operations department at Naval Station Norfolk, completes administrative tasks. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeanyra A. Mateo/Released)
Sailors transport equipment on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jake Cannady/Released)
Sailors transport equipment on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jake Cannady/Released)
Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Robert Whiddon plays taps during a burial-at-sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Neo Greene III/Released)
Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Technical) Robert Whiddon plays taps during a burial-at-sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Neo Greene III/Released)
Chief Logistics Specialist Alton Clark renders a salute during a burial at sea ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jess E. Toner/Released)
Chief Logistics Specialist Alton Clark renders a salute during a burial at sea ceremony aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jess E. Toner/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Sarah Melendez directs aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Sarah Melendez directs aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean M. Castellano/Released)
Machinery Repairman Fireman Joihn Suarez, from Miami, uses a thermal imaging camera on the flight deck of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) during a crash and salvage drill. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan K. Serpico/Released)
Machinery Repairman Fireman Joihn Suarez, from Miami, uses a thermal imaging camera on the flight deck of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) during a crash and salvage drill. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nathan K. Serpico/Released)
Seaman Sidara Wilkinson, of Haxtun, Co., stands watch on the bridge aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) while underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)
Seaman Sidara Wilkinson, of Haxtun, Co., stands watch on the bridge aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) while underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX) with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deanna C. Gonzales/Released)

Sailors proudly serve around the world in a variety of ways. Tell us which photo grabs your interest.

 

Everything is listening in the digital age

Today’s environment is filled with examples of technology designed to connect Airmen to the internet: smart phones, smart watches, and other common personal technology that is always capable of connection. While Airmen grow more connected to the digital world, the connections open the door to insider and external threats eager to use those vulnerabilities to subvert data, plant malicious code or simply activate that entry point for later use.

@USNPeople Weekly Wire Rundown: March 27, 2017

The Weekly Wire Rundown is a weekly video blog from the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, highlighting the top stories affecting Sailors and their families. The video compliments the print edition of the @USNPeople Weekly Wire, which you can subscribe to by e-mailing usnpeople.fct@navy.mil. It can also be downloaded at www.navy.mil/cnp. We welcome any question and feedback on personnel matters or how to make this product better serve Sailors and their families.

Watch and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Underway for Science

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Feb. 21, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Gaither/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Feb. 21, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Gaither/Released)

By Dr. Marcus Tepaske
U.S. Fleet Forces Science Advisor

I’m aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) in a region of the world that isn’t a popular vacation destination for many Americans. The Sailors of the GHWB Strike Group, however, are here willingly, ready to put themselves in harm’s way to do their part to defend our way of life and uphold freedom around the globe.

I’m the U.S. Fleet Forces science advisor, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research Global. My fellow science advisors and I are the chief of naval research’s liaisons to the fleet. We work side by side with Sailors and Marines to identify operational deficiencies that science and technology can address. Then we develop and mature solutions, and get new gear into the hands of those who would use the technology, a process that sometimes requires that we go into the field or get underway.

Which brings me to why I’m steaming off the coast of a foreign land on 104,772 tons of American diplomacy: after the scientists, engineers and program managers have conducted their research and developed new capabilities, one of the final steps of science and technology development is to demonstrate and assess those new capabilities in an operational environment – and what better environment than aboard an aircraft carrier operating at sea?

One of the systems I’m evaluating is a 360-degree Electro-Optic and Infra Red situational awareness system that combines multiple camera systems and other advanced sensors to give maximum coverage around the ship, as well as the ability to see surface contacts beyond the horizon. The current version of this system represents more than 10 years of investment from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and its international branch, Office of Naval Research Global, as well as multiple operational assessments along the way, in order to mature the right system for the warfighter. Not only does the recent installation seek to provide a unique capability to the ship, it is also perfectly timed to provide input into the Navy’s capability-based assessments, which will shape future advances.

5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (March 10, 2017) Sailors congregate on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to view the Friendship Bridge as GHWB transits the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael B. Zingaro/Released)
5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (March 10, 2017) Sailors congregate on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to view the Friendship Bridge as GHWB transits the Suez Canal. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael B. Zingaro/Released)

 

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (March 18, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) participates in a passing exercise with the Royal Danish navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362) and the French Marine Nationale anti-air frigate FS Forbin (D620). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Gaither/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (March 18, 2017) The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) participates in a passing exercise with the Royal Danish navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F362) and the French Marine Nationale anti-air frigate FS Forbin (D620). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Gaither/Released)

Implementation of this system has highlighted some of the challenges we face in our efforts to bring new technologies from the laboratory to the theater. While the capability is often great, we cannot fully understand our opportunities and constraints until systems are installed. That’s where the science advisors come in: to help evaluate a new technology – when Sailors are underway and operating – as well as to determine the challenges of deploying a system within the operating parameters of the ship, and to review methods of disseminating and sharing data.

Testing real-world applications of naval technologies at early stages of their development allows us to shorten the timelines for getting solutions to the fleet. In some cases, we might “fail fast,” which allows ONR to quickly recognize those areas that are no longer worth investing in and to adjust resources accordingly. With this approach, we can leverage the best concepts, techniques and technologies to accelerate our learning as individuals, teams and organizations.

While I’m conducting these assessments, I’m also getting an education from the Sailors on board. Learning firsthand about numerous shipboard systems, from flight ops to laundry services, greatly contributes to my ability to develop and advocate for new technologies for the fleet.

I’ve had the opportunity to engage with Sailors from petty officers to captains to hear what they have to say and to educate them about what ONR and ONR Global do, how we do it, and how it relates to the overall mission of the Navy. ONR puts tremendous value on fleet engagement, which is why it funds the science advisor program, putting someone at every Navy component command, TYCOM and warfare development center.

From large programs, like the electromagnetic rail gun, to smaller programs, like TechSolutions –which develops prototypes in response to Sailor submissions, ONR continually strives to make sure our warfighters will never be in a fair fight.

AF Week in Photos

This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.