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  • NPC completes first operational patient movement

    Less than 100 days from an idea on a napkin to its first real-world, aeromedical evacuation, the Negatively Pressurized Conex completed its first operational mission July 1, moving 12 patients from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, to receive higher level of care at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.
  • Commander’s Commentary: One Year in Command of the 53d Wing

    Just over a year ago I was given the distinct honor of taking command of the 53d Wing, and since then, I’ve been humbled to witness the professionalism of our 2600 member team of uniformed and civilian members as we align to and advance our common purpose of providing tactical advantage to the warfighter at the speed of relevance. From inception, the 53d Wing has been recognized as the leader for providing this tactical advantage through operational test, tactics development, weapons systems evaluation, and optimization of combat systems and capabilities. I have seen first-hand each and every member of our team continue that proud heritage while accelerating our future. 
  • NPC, NPC-L ready to save lives

    On June 24 the first Negatively Pressurized Conex ready for operational use touched down at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, with 16 experts from Joint Base Charleston and three members of the program office team to stand on alert status and train additional Airmen on the NPC.
  • 53rd Test Support Squadron Change of Command

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Byrne, 53rd Test Support Squadron commander, right, assumes command from U.S. Air Force Col. Nicholas Reed, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group commander, left, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, on June 12, 2020. U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Shaun Barnette, 53rd Test Support Squadron superintendent, looks on.
  • Software innovations makes F-16 more capable

    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (AFLCMC) – F-16 Operational Flight Program (OFP) M-series 7.2+ was released in April 2020 to more than 600 Block 40/42/50/52 F-16s delivering a wide range of new capabilities to the Fighting Falcon.    The $455 million program fielded major capability upgrades such as the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar
  • 28th TES provides support for COVID-19 isolation container testing

    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. – The 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron is providing essential test support on an isolation container prototype, known the Negative Pressure Conex (NPC), which is being evaluated for potential use as a transport module for individuals infected with the COVID-19 virus and other highly infectious diseases. Rapidly
  • AFLCMC led team conducts airflow test on C-17

    JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. – Members of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s C-17 Program Office located here, collaborated with a team from the 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron (TES), as well as the 437th Airlift Wing, to conduct several interior airflow tests on a C-17 aircraft at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. March 26-30.To support
  • Jolly Green II taken to extremes

    HH-60W enters intense heat, cold, wind and rain testing to prove the new aircraft’s sustainability in any operational environment.
  • Coronavirus Disease: What you should know

    There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • DOD Issues Flexible Instructions on Response to Coronavirus

    The Defense Department has issued instructions to the armed services and department heads on how to respond to the implications of the growing coronavirus outbreak.