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  • MHAFB brings future faster with hand-held 3-D scanner

    As technology advances around the world, the Air Force continues to fly to new heights. The future is now and MHAFB is bringing it faster with the HandySCAN 3D, a hand-held 3-D scanner. The 366th Maintenance Squadron acquired the device in October 2019 and began training Airmen on the most efficient ways to use the scanner. The device allows Airmen to scan a structure, eliminating the need to hand-draw the structure on the computer.
  • Jet 87-173: Innovation keeps Air Force legend in the fight

    “If only fighter jets could talk, the stories they could tell,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Slocum, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Commander, and a renowned fighter pilot. Many jets become legends for their heroic feats in battle, but they are unable to tell their stories as they experienced them. Fortunately, legends never tell their own stories. This is the story of F-15E Strike Eagle, tail number 87-173, where it comes from and how innovation keeps it ready to bring the fight to the enemy.
  • Gunfighters use 1950s tech on F-35 for a huge win

    ‘Things aren’t made the way they used to be’ is a sentiment often tossed around when a new car or appliance breaks down. Even with all the new inventions and integrated technology there’s something to be said about the simplicity of an original design. Gunfighters at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, are learning this lesson firsthand. Airmen from the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron are the first in the Air Force to perform hot-pit refueling on F-35 Lighting II’s with a Type 1 hydrant system from the 1950s and hose cart from the 1970s.
  • Gunfighter Spark Cell explores new ideas, promotes innovation

    The Mountain Home AFB Gunfighter Spark Innovation Cell hosted a day-long workshop April 2, 2019, in partnership with AFWERX and a specialized Silicon Valley firm, BMNT.
  • ‘Gunfighter Dorms’: a must-have app for Airmen

    Finding new, innovative ways to enhance the quality of life for Airmen is on the forefront of the minds of supervisors across the Air Force. A duo of Gunfighter sergeants took this sentiment to heart and started working. Staff Sgt. Alysha Henzler and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Johnson, 366th Fighter Wing Airmen dorm leaders, created an app called “Gunfighter Dorms” to specifically cater to the needs of Airmen in the dorms.
  • Operation Restore Paradise enhances readiness through adaptive basing

    Airmen deploy all the time, leaving their work centers behind. But what if the Airman stayed and their work centers deployed? The Air Force has two deployable Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories (PMEL) called a Rapid Assistance Support for Calibration (RASCAL) unit. And Mountain Home Air Force Base is trusted with one of them.
  • Dorm management takes care of Airmen by mentoring, maintaining, innovating

    Mentoring first-term Airmen, maintaining and improving dorm assets and looking for innovative ways to enhance the quality of life for Airmen in the dorms is a daily grind. An important role of unaccompanied housing (UH) management is running the Bay Orderly (BAYO) program. All first-term Airmen are placed in the program where they clean and upkeep the dormitories they live in for a couple weeks. But it is so much more.
  • New avionics invention saves Gunfighters time, money

    Wasting time is annoying. For a company, it costs money. For the Air Force, it could cost lives. So what if you had an idea to make things better and save time? Could you make your idea a reality? The Air Force says yes.
  • ISR Group at Beale connects Airmen to commercial innovators at Collider Demo

    A new Air Force program is connecting Airmen with startup innovators to solve complex solutions, and Beale is at the forefront.
  • 726th ACS first to integrate the updated Control and Reporting Center at Red Flag 19-2

    The 726th Air Control Squadron, a geographically separated unit of the 552nd Air Control Wing, impressed at recent training exercise, Red Flag 19-2. Better known by their call sign, Hardrock, the unit became the first to fully integrate the new generation of Control and Reporting Center into their training, the TYQ-23A.Red Flag is a training
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