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  • Black History Month feature: Chief Joseph Wheeler

    This month in recognition of Black History Month, the 53rd Wing is celebrating Black Airmen who are breaking barriers and making history in our organization, and in this article, we talked with the 53rd Test Management Group Chief Enlisted Manager, Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Wheeler.
  • Air Force announces Airmen leadership qualities

    The Airman leadership qualities are expected to form the basis for the future officer and enlisted performance reporting systems. The alignment between evaluating units and evaluating Airmen is intended to further emphasize and accelerate an understanding and adoption of the associated leadership qualities.
  • Missile test highlights TFI

    A combined reserve and active duty test team from Nellis Air Force Base conducted an AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile drop from an F-15E, Jan. 7.
  • Department of the Air Force offers limited Active Duty Service Commitment waivers; expanded PALACE CHASE

    These programs provide provisions for both enlisted and officer members who meet specified criteria. The application window runs Jan. 20 – April 2.
  • 337th TES supports WSINT

    The 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron deployed 2 B-1B Lancers to Nellis AFB from November to December 2020 to support the 77th Weapons Squadron during U.S. Air Force Weapons School Integration, known as WSINT, helping to produce two Weapons Officers for the B-1 community. 
  • The 81st Air Control Squadron Completes COMBAT SENTRY 21A, integrating WSEP with E-3G Operational Test

    The 81st Air Control Squadron, in coordination with the 83d Fighter Weapon Squadron, 82d Aerial Target Squadron, and the 53d Test Support Squadron, planned and conducted COMBAT SENTRY 21A from December 7-15, 2020. 
  • The future of test: Black Flag

    General Mark D. Kelly signed COMACC Plan 21 on December 15, 2020, effectively formalizing the 53rd Wing’s Large Force Test Events into “Black Flag” – an event solely focused on test and tactics development in a realistic, massed force, fully integrated, high threat density environment. Established as the test counterpart to Red Flag, an event designed to train like we fight, Black Flag allows the Air Force to test like we fight. While Red Flag builds readiness, Black flag builds capability.
  • The eyes in the skies

    Executing successful live missile testing during a Weapon System Evaluation Program requires the participation of several different squadrons, two of which are the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron and the 81st Air Control Squadron.
  • Tyndall Holds Joint Weapons System Evaluation Program

    The 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron hosted Weapon System Evaluation Program East 21.03 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Dec. 7-18, 2020. WSEPs are held to evaluate air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons systems on behalf of Air Combat Command. The 43rd Fighter Squadron from Tyndall AFB and the U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadrons 11, 34, 81, and 211 with Carrier Air Wing One out of Naval Air Station Oceana participated in this evaluation.
  • SAR Mapping put to the test in Bomb Hit Assessment

    The 422nd Test and Evaluation squadron conducted at Synthetic Aperture Radar Map Bomb Hit Assessment on December 15, 2020.   During this test, two F-15Es dropped live Joint Direct Attack Munitions, while other weapons systems including F-15Es, F-35s, F-16s, FA-18s, RQ-4, MQ-9, U-2 and joint partners used SAR Mapping technology to assess if the bombs hit and destroyed the intended targets.  
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