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  • A Magnificent Movement

    Yesterday was the 246th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party.  On December 16, 1773, a group of colonists boarded three British boats and dumped 342 boxes of tea into Boston Harbor.  It was a tangible sign that demonstrated a frustration with the prevailing way of doing business and a willingness to jettison the status quo when it got in the way.
  • How (and Why) to Write a Waiver During “The Winter of Waivers”

    All members are encouraged to identify opportunities to seek waivers to improve mission effectiveness and quality of life at the Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe. As to why YOU; it’s because you are the living, breathing architect of your process. You tackle it every day, and even if you are the new one on the team, you have the fresh eyes to see things that others can’t. We can’t see what requirements might not be value added at your level, but you can.
  • In The Western Skies

    This weekend marked two milestones in our nation’s history, both with a nexus here in the Aerospace Valley.
  • Ten days at the Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe

    Nearly a year ago, I shared the scope and scale of activities that took place during a single weekend at Edwards Air Force Base. It is time to do so again, this time focusing on the activities that have taken place in the last ten days here at The Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe.
  • Happy Veterans Day

    Team Test Wing, The end of World War I is commonly understood as the inspiration for our #VeteransDay. On 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns fell silent and the war officially ended. Yet, I believe that the spirit of Veterans Day in America began well before then.
  • AFMC Unit Effectiveness Inspection

    Next week is our AFMC Unit Effectiveness Inspection. Per my guidance, we have intentionally not spun-up for the event. After all, we perform our mission in accordance with Air Force guidance and directives every day, and the inspection should be a reflection of our regular performance that is already highly effective. If anything, this inspection is yet another part of our journey to constantly improve … for the warfighter.
  • Divorce Facts and Procedure

    The holidays are often a time of light and cheer. However, for many this time can highlight troubles in relationships. Although not pleasant to think about, it is important to know your rights in a divorce, and the additional protections available for military members and dependents.
  • Think before you throw

    It would seem like containers full of gasoline, and gunpowder would be a no brainer, but it’s pretty common to find gasoline and used motor oil in the trash; once, we actually did find a container of gunpowder that had been tossed into the trash. This is a big safety concern as well as a potential hazard to the environment. Because of the potential environmental impact, Edwards Air Force Base is required to send quarterly reports to the California Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Throwback Commentary: Testing Efficacy: The Substantial Influence of Test Professionals

    The crux of our impact is the enviable position of test in the life-cycle of a weapon system or strategic concept. While operators are involved with their weapon system when it is already established and fraught with the inertia that makes change difficult, testers deal with weapon systems at a stage with far fewer momentum pitfalls.
  • Fireworks Safety

    The Fourth of July is a wonderful time! Family and friends gather to enjoy barbecues, picnics and beautiful fireworks displays. Unfortunately it is also a time when many people will experience injuries and cause damage to property by using fireworks. Please take a few minutes to read the following information to ensure you and your family have a safe and happy 4th of July.