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  • Eglin wings help with B-52 weapons bay testing

    The B-52 Joint Direct Attack Munition Internal Weapons Bay Upgrade program recently completed developmental test here where it successfully demonstrated employment of JDAM munitions from the new Conventional Rotary Launcher.Prior to this added capability, hardware and software limitations restricted the B-52's carriage of MIL-STD-1760 weapons to
  • Motorcycle Safety Rally returns

    Motorcycles of all shapes, sizes and varieties covered the Base Exchange parking lot April 15 as base riders attended the ninth annual motorcycle safety rally here.The event a joint-53rd Wing and 96th Test Wing effort brought in over 500 civilian and military riders for safety briefings, testimonials, question and answer sessions, door prizes and
  • First families move into privatized homes

    "Out with the old, in with the new," was the day's theme as the first military families began their moves from Eglin's aging housing into privatized homes April 7.Master Sgt. Kenny Ketcham, an Air Force Lifecycle Management Center logistics superintendent, and his family were the first on his street to move in - a decision the 19-year veteran said
  • Airman completes 5th Bataan Death March marathon

    In the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the annual Bataan Memorial Death March is held in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II.Tech. Sgt. Julia Getter, 53rd Test Support Squadron weapons evaluation group logistics manager, returned to the scene for the fifth time to
  • Wounded warrior sport events return

    The U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, in coordination with the 96th Test Wing, will host a Warrior CARE event and Warrior Games team training camp here April 4-8.The CARE event provides seriously wounded, ill and injured military members, veterans and their caregivers focused and personalized service through caregiver support training,
  • Reaper continues legacy of RPA firsts at WSEP

    (EDITOR'S NOTE:  Due to ISR and Holloman AFB policy regarding the MQ-9, the last names of maintenance, operations and intelligence personnel are removed.)The MQ-9 Reaper demonstrated a wide range of weapons capability firsts during the air-to-ground Weapon System Evaluation Program here from March 14 - 17.Students of the MQ-9 platform from the 26th
  • Breeze Dining Facility reopens

    The Breeze Dining Facility will reopen for business March 24 after closing for renovations in November 2014. Some of the major upgrades during the 16-month period included: replacement of walls and floors in the customer service and dining areas, behind the serving line and in the kitchen.Other improvements were: mass notification system upgrades,
  • First new homes, community center to open at Eglin

    Beginning in April, the first new homes are scheduled to open under the base's ongoing privatized housing initiative.In addition to the new homes, Eglin families will also have a 12,000 square-foot community center with an array of amenities such as a swimming pool, computer lab and fitness center opening at approximately the same time."We are
  • Wings announce annual award winners

    This month, the three wings of Team Eglin named their annual award winners for 2015. Congratulations to those who were chosen from the 33rd Fighter Wing, 53rd Wing and 96th Test Wing.Airman of the YearStaff Sgt. Jeremy C. McKague, 33rd FWSenior Airman Elizabeth Lanoue, 53rd WGSenior Airman Juan P. Navarro, 96th TWNCO of the YearTech. Sgt. Travis D.
  • Team Eglin member's generous acts go viral

    A local federal employee and Air Force reservist's simple helping-hand efforts after a tornado were recognized recently on a viral level through social and local media.Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Thoner remembers vividly the kindness of strangers.Two years ago, while he was out of state, dozens of strangers helped his family recover after a