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Orange Flag and USAF TPS collaborate for the first time to test kill-web integration

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  • By 1st Lt. Christine Del Aguila
  • Air Force Test Center

Orange Flag, Air Force Test Center’s all-domain, large force test series focused on advanced technology, kill-web integration and analysis, returned with its third iteration in 2022 Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Sept 14.

This iteration was the first time in USAF Test Pilot School history where a student-led test project participated in the Large Force Test Event, which focused on streamlining kill-web integration.

“This opportunity provided new and unique education opportunities and was a major step in moving the TPS curriculum towards modern, advanced testing of cutting-edge, classified technology,” said Lt Col Corey Florendo, USAF TPS Instructor and test pilot.

The TPS Test Management Project HAVE BRUNO utilized the large amount of instrumented airborne assets to bolster their data set with no increased cost to their program on a much faster schedule. They were also exposed to the intricacies of multi-domain test and multiple test programs from around the DoD.

“The students were given a difficult task: safely and effectively integrate TPS into Orange Flag to achieve unique test objectives while concurrently balancing the rigorous demands of the TPS curriculum. The motivated team of 6 students exceeded all our expectations and truly made tremendous progress for the school, and for the DoD technology development at large,” said Florendo.

This familiarization will enable TPS to think about integration on all their future test programs and serves as a successful first step for future efforts between Orange Flag and TPS.

“Orange Flag continues to expose integration issues in test so that when the kill webs are relied on in combat, they work. We also provide an environment for participants to gather data with almost every airborne MDS in the DoD in a single day,” said Maj. Harrison Whiting, Orange Flag Director.

The LFTE included 29 airborne fighters from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. The Joint Tactical Integrated Fire Control Community of Interest team explored Kill-Web integration methodologies for use with the USAF, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. The Air Force Test Center, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, and the Shadow Operations Center also participated.

"We are looking to replace our fragile kill chains with resilient kill webs" said Maj. Kyle Mcleod, a U.S. Marine Corps F-35 Test Pilot, and OF 22-3 mission commander. “This is at the heart of what OF is getting after. Testing integration across all domains will identify the issues early so they are not exposed during an actual conflict.”

Orange Flag is scheduled to host the Australian E-7 "Wedgetail" in the next Orange Flag event in 2023.

Edwards provides care, opportunities for children aged six weeks through high school graduation

Edwards provides care, opportunities for childrenaged six weeks through high school graduation

The Child and Youth Program at Edwards AFB provides care and opportunities for kids ages six weeks old through high school graduation. A brief summary of those services follows:

  •                    The Child Development Center cares for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with a DOD-wide curriculum. The curriculum is focused on learning through play activities supporting social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Installations across DOD follow the curriculum on the same timeline to allow seamless permanent change-of-station transitions for youth enrolled in care.
  •                    The School Age Center provides before and after-school care and summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. During school breaks, full-day camps are offered. SAC promotes cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, language and physical development through programs that encourage self-confidence, curiosity, self-discipline and resiliency.
  •                    The open recreation program at the Main Youth Center provides a safe space for ages 9 to 12 to attend after school. Programs include Power Hour, STEM, Torch Club, social recreation, youth camps, special events and more.
  •                    The youth sports program provides intro and league opportunities for ages 3 to 12, and promotes inclusiveness, self-discipline, commitment, resiliency and social skills. There are four sports offered annually for ages five to 12: baseball/softball, soccer, flag football and basketball. Smart start programs are available to ages 3 to 5. There are many other sports and camps offered throughout the year.
  •                    The Teen Center is available for ages 13 to 18 during the school year. Programs offered include Military Youth of the Year, Keystone Club, social recreation, STEM activities, college trips, leadership camps and more.
  •                    Youth programs (SAC, open rec and teen) are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
  •                    Family Child Care homes – there are currently three FCC homes on the installation. They can provide care for ages two weeks to 12 years. FCC providers are trained by Child and Youth Program training and curriculum specialists and have the flexibility to determine their hours of operation and the ages of youth within their care. The program’s new dedicated manager, Jennifer Stegmann, may be reached at 661-275-7529.

Although CDC enrollment capacity is 317, not all slots are currently filled because of a shortage of childcare workers. School Age Center enrollment capacity is 156. After-school care enrollment is 130. Before-school care enrollment is 75. Summer Camp 2022 was at its capacity and enrollment for Summer Camp 2023 opens April 3.