Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts July 9, 2007
Maj. Rodney H. Nichols
will take command of the
325th Mission Support
Squadron during a
ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday
at the Enlisted Club on
Lt. Col. Stephen V.
Miliano will relinquish
command of the 325th
Mission Support Squadron.
The Airmen and Family
Readiness Flight will be
hosting the Smooth Move
Workshop on Wednesday
from 9 a.m. to noon at
building 743, in the Airmen
and Family Readiness
The Smooth Move
Workshop is designed to
provide information and assist
in an upcoming PCS move for
military members, civilians,
and family members.
For more information and
to make reservations, call
Tops In Blues
A presentation is sched-
uled to be held 7:30 p.m.
July 28 at the Marina Civic
Tickets will be avail-
able at the Marina Civic
Center and Tyndall Com-
munity Center, Building
1027, starting at 10 a.m.
on July 24.
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A Mine Area Clearance Equipment vehicle is remotely driven at the Air Force Research Labora-
tory here during a recent test. The MACE system was designed by the AFRL to keep Airmen
out of the driver's seat of mine clearing vehicles while deployed to ensure their safety while
performing the hazardous duty. The AFRL here is responsible for the creation of the MACE and
many other robotic innovations used Department of Defense wide.
Tyndall robots make lives easier
TIMOTHY R. CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Deep inside the humid forests of
Tyndall Air Force Base is a little
known compound inside of a security
gate filled with buildings, tents and
The scenery looks similar to a
Hollywood secret agent movie.
Inside some of those buildings,
robots of all shapes, sizes and sorts
can be found. Some of them appear
to be hybrids of robots and vehicles.
By that description, people might
think Tyndall had inherited some
Transformers from the recent movie.
The robots are not Transformers,
but they are some of the cutting
edge technology the Air Force has to
offer. The compound is the Air Force
Research Laboratory here.
The AFRL is responsible for
creating technology that is useful
for Explosive Ordnance Disposal,
Security Forces, Rapid Engineer
Deployable Heavy Operational
Repair Squadron Engineers
and many other Air Force units
for deployment and stateside
The AFRL detachment here is
just one of 10 in the Air Force. The
AFRL headquarters is at Wright-
Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
Tyndall's laboratory specializes
in materials and manufacturing
and has many features including
an explosives range to test the
equipment they design, said Mike
Calidonna, an AFRL program
manager and retired Air Force
"We specialize in rapid
prototypes," said Marshall Dutton,
the AFRL program manager of
"We don't develop the vehicles
here," said Walter M. Waltz,
AFRL's Robotics Group Lead,
"Our expertise is the robotics."
Most recently, Tyndall's AFRL
has been working on modifying the
Mine Area Clearance Equipment
derived from the Hydrema 910
Mine Clearance Vehicle-2 Flail
system manufactured in Denmark.
The MACE was designed to
clear areas with land mines and
improvised explosive devices.
The AFRL is modifying the
equipment by installing a Global
Positioning System and remote
control system on the MACE to
keep Airmen out of the driver's
seat while clearing potentially
dangerous areas, therefore possibly
saving lives. The modifications
completed by AFRL will allow
Airmen to control the system from
a safe distance, said Dutton.
One MACE is already being used
in the Middle East and showing its
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First Lieutenant Patrick Casey
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Lieutenant Casey, 325th Fighter Wing, receives
the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Week award
from Brig. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing
Lieutenant Casey edited, wrote, verified and processed
more than 480 decorations for the entire 325th FW. He
handled all correspondence which required the 325th FW
commander's signature. Also, Lieutenant Casey was the
325th FW/CC's Executive Communications Officer.
Duty title: 325th Fighter Wing executive
Hometown: Diamondhead, Miss.
Time on station: Two years
Time in service: Two years
Hobbies: Flying, boating and scuba div-
Goals: To become a pilot
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The
Favorite movie: 300
Favorite book: The Right Stuff by Tom
Pet peeves: Driving slow in the fast lane
Proudest moment in the military: Get-
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive
a certificate, letter from the commander and a
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effectiveness, said Dutton.
Other technology developed by
Tyndall's AFRL includes the Yamaha
RMAX helicopter used by the Ohio
National Guard to spray lakes for insects.
The small, remote-controlled helicopter
allows for a more cost effective way for
the Ohio Guardsmen to complete the
job that used to be accomplished using
C-130 Hercules aircraft.
The AFRL also developed the Remote
Detection Challenge Response system
which is a ground robotic system used
by Security Forces to conduct stand-off
adversary detection, delay, denial and
Some ofAFRL's technology has been
developed from unlikely sources, such
as the Defender, which is made from
a machine designed for logging, but is
now used for base defense. The "bomb
bot," a small radio controlled vehicle
used to deliver explosives on the
battlefield, was evolved from common
The AFRL continues to lead today's
military in technology. The results
of their efforts will be seen on the
battlefield for years to come.
Steve Blackman, Air Force Research Laboratory
robotics technician, instructs Lt. Col. Per Lyse
Rasmussen, Royal Danish Embassy in Washing-
ton D.C., on how to operate the Articulated Re-
mote Manipulator System Tuesday afternoon.
ARMS is used for tasks such as improvised ex-
plosive device diffusion.
Can you identify this ob-
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to firstname.lastname@example.org mil
with "Identify this" in the
Three correct entries will
be chosen at random and
drawn from a hat to deter-
mine the final winner. The
prize can be claimed at
the Public Affairs office.
Airman First Class De
Anna Eich, 325th Air
Control Squadron, cor-
rectly guessed the
July 2 "Identify This" as a
Snickers candy bar wrap-
per. Congratulations Air-
man Eich, come claim
July 9, 2007