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  • 58th TRS ‘Monster Garage’ meets challenges with innovation

    Suppose your organization is tasked with training 1,500 special mission aviation students a year, from multiple major commands, to perform their operational functions. Their academic phase of training needs to be realistic, and it should not tie up the limited number of flyable aircraft available to train aviators who are in the flight phase of training. In addition, the training must produce maximum value from a relatively minimal investment. That’s one challenge facing the 58th Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The squadron’s fabrication flight – a team of eight mechanics and technicians – does its part to answer the challenge. Since 2008, they’ve repurposed retired aircraft into, or in some cases, created from scratch, more than two dozen ground-based aircrew training devices. The equipment is housed in a World War II hangar on the base’s west side known as “The Monster Garage.”
  • KAFB SRT tryouts

    Left, Senior Airman Tariq Sherif Kirtland Air Force Base Special Reaction Team Tryout participant, lifts an ammunition can above his head as many times as he could in one minute at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Jan. 19, 2019. In addition to hitting the qualifying number of times an individual lifted the ammunition can, those trying out had to
  • Air Force Research Lab studies trust between surgical teams and robots

    The Air Force Research Lab, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has been studying how surgical teams gain trust in new robotic surgery technology to improve training, and expand the adoption of improved surgical techniques.
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