Program installation – Noo More Tue, 20 Sep 2022 05:30:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Program installation – Noo More 32 32 CBRN VALEX Offers Preview of Future Emergency Management Training > Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center > News Article Mon, 19 Sep 2022 19:36:28 +0000

— The future of Air Force emergency management (EM) training is taking shape in a remote Utah desert.

In August, more than 40 EM Airmen participated in a two-week Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Validation Exercise (CBRN VALEX) at the Dugway Proving Ground training event. The VALEX was designed to provide realistic wartime CBRN response training.

Experts from the Emergency Management Division of the Air Force Civil Engineering Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. developed and organized the event.

“For the past 21 years, we have had a strong focus on executing the emergency management program in support of homeland defense,” said EM Career Field Manager Chief Master Sgt. Adam Womac. “As we examine complex new threats, we know our adversaries may have or are looking for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) capabilities. This exercise is the foundational footprint to validate that we can be lean, light and nimble in as knowledgeable and competent CBRN specialists operating in this environment.

The 40 participants and eight cadre members, representing teams from nine major commands and the Air National Guard, spent the first week in classrooms and labs with top experts learning the chemistry and biology behind CBRN threats. .

“One of the things I love about this event is that you have scientists and subject matter experts from the chemical and biological defense enterprise,” said Col. Scott Stanford, CEO of the preparation of the AFCEC. “Some of the smartest people in the world are training our Airmen in this environment. This will pay dividends and help build their confidence in their basic skills. »

During the second week of VALEX, Airmen were able to practice what they learned in the classroom in unique training environments. From a small basement bioweapons lab to a state actor WMD facility, the training environments provided by Dugway Proving Ground immersed teams in hyper-realistic scenarios. There was even a network of underground tunnels accessible only through a hidden entrance.

“Operating in the tunnel was pretty cool,” said Staff Sergeant. Jessica Gluth, EM manager at the 496th Air Base Squadron, Morόn Air Base, Spain. “I loved seeing my airmen adapt to this type of environment. The creative thinking was born when they faced different challenges while trying to locate and identify the target.

“These are very realistic and difficult scenarios,” said Mike Connors, head of AFCEC’s emergency management division. “You have to move through a completely dark cave or walk up a mountain to hit your target. I think the Airmen showed great enthusiasm, but there were also some reality checks.

Wearing thick, mission-focused protective posture gear with desert temperatures reaching over 100 degrees took physical and mental toll on Airmen.

“It’s been difficult for them,” said the master sergeant. Rick DeLong, EM Superintendent, Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, and VALEX Team Five lead.
“Put on that mask and work in that environment for hours on end can be tough. In this heat, you are expected to keep your cognitive ability strong enough to hit all the points and targets as you are supposed to.

In addition to classroom training and field exercises, Airmen saw demonstrations of next-generation tools and equipment that may soon be added to EM gear sets. One of the most anticipated was Spot, a robotic dog platform equipped with CBRN sensors designed to inspect potentially dangerous locations for EM airmen.
VALEX participants also tested the Austere Environmental Reconnaissance Surveillance Response Vehicle (AERS) designed to carry a four-person CBRN team and the equipment they need to approach a target.

“AERS is the way of the future,” DeLong said. “We’re able to fit all of our gear that we need to go downscale on a light and nimble platform.”

Organizing training like VALEX has not been easy for AFCEC’s EM Division.

“VALEX is the most complex exercise we’ve done as a community in the last 10 or 15 years,” Connors said. “Bringing the people, planning the scenarios and the logistics to get the equipment to the Dugway Proving Ground was a massive undertaking, but our team killed it! We had exceptional support from our Dugway partners and an incredible team of Hammer Adaptive Communications Element specialists.

Participants believe that the hours of planning have certainly paid off. Asked about the comments he heard from his team, DeLong smiled.

“The best training I’ve ever had in my career,” he said.

“It’s an amazing experience for our professional field, and I’m really excited to see where we’ll go in the future,” Gluth said.

AFCEC management is already looking to build on the success of VALEX.

“It’s the beginning, not the end,” Connors said. “We’re asking, ‘How can we do this multiple times a year and eventually expand it to Pacific Air Forces and US Air Forces Europe theaters?’ I can promise you that VALEX is here to stay.

(Editor’s note: Hazzard is the Head of the Emergency Management Operations Section within the AFCEC Preparedness Directorate)

Art installation pays tribute to victims of drug addiction | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 17 Sep 2022 04:10:46 +0000

Stacey Lingenfelt (left) and Aleisha Albertson work on memorial headstones for loved ones who died of drug overdoses. Lingenfelt’s son, Cody, died of an overdose at age 19. Albertson created a piece in honor of her friend Whitney. Mirror photo by Cati Keith

Memorial headstones created by local residents who have lost loved ones to drug addiction will be part of the National Trail of Truth in Washington, DC on September 24.

The live performance art event in DC will honor those who have died of substance use-related causes and raise awareness of drug-related deaths. The headstones will serve as both a memorial and a public art installation.

Families United for Change and ArtsAltoona Blank Canvas partnered with area families on Tuesday to create local headstones.

Families United for Change’s Marianne Sinisi created a headstone for her son, Shawn, who died of an overdose in 2018.

“It’s quite sad to do that” she said, noting that some local residents decided against making a memorial because it was too difficult emotionally.

Because everyone involved had lost a family member or friend to addiction, there was a shared camaraderie.

“It was nice to be with people who understand, but it’s still a sad reminder of what we lost,” Sinisi said

Aleisha Albertson, deputy director of Blair’s drug and alcohol programs, made a headstone in memory of her friend, Whitney, who was like a sister.

Raising awareness about drug addiction is important, she said.

About 80 groups across the country are participating in the headstone project, and local coordinators hope the headstones, once erected as part of the art installation, will have a powerful impact on others.

Cardboard headstone silhouettes feature special photos and decorations for each family.

Albertson placed a photo of Whitney on her coin along with a sun, moon, and stars.

“After he passed away, I named a star after him because his smile was so bright,” she says.

While the event was dark, Albertson said everyone was very supportive and it was nice to be in a room full of people who understood how everyone was feeling.

She said the completion of the project brought a sense of loss, but being able to honor Whitney meant a lot.

“Being able to do one more thing to commemorate her is another way for me to recognize that she is still a part of my life even though I can’t see her every day now,” said Albertson.

About a dozen people took part in the project, said Sherry Dilling, program manager for ArtsAltoona.

“It’s a really powerful project, but it’s therapeutic for those who create the tombstones,” she says.

The completed headstones will be sent to New York where they will then be taken to Union Square in Washington.

On September 24, the gravestones of the Blair County group will join the more than 1,000 already collected for display.

When Dilling saw the number of headstones on display in Washington, it made him realize how many families were still grieving.

“It opened my eyes in so many ways, and I think these tombstones send a very powerful message,” she says.

Sinisi is unable to attend the event this year, but plans to go next year.

“My hope is that there will be no reason to attend next year,” she says.

Mirror editor Cati Keith can be reached at 814-946-7535.

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The United States will promote the installation of semiconductor factories in Mexico Wed, 14 Sep 2022 19:25:53 +0000

MEXICO – Mexico will join the US plan to boost the semiconductor industry, according to senior officials from both countries after the second annual meeting of the High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).

The initiative was raised during the visit of the US government delegation, led by Minister of State Antony Blinken and Minister of Commerce Gina Raimondo, to Mexico City, during which the nation was urged to strengthen supply chains and regional competitiveness.

It is worth mentioning that in early August 2022, President Joe Biden approved the Chips and Science Act, with the aim of competing in the semiconductor industry and preventing China from dominating the market.

The program, of which Mexico is a part, provides an investment of US$52 billion for grants, research and development.

According to Gina Raimondo, the first investment funds of the plan in the United States will be allocated during the first half of 2023.

Regarding Mexico, she pointed out that the opportunity lies in testing, packaging and assembly for industry, so the initiative aims to promote the installation of factories in Mexico.

In this regard, both countries are committed to working with their private sectors to identify sites with the right skills, infrastructure and industrial capacity.

“We will work together to complete a pilot program to determine the feasibility of bringing together semiconductor input production centers and reduce the risk of future disruptions to supply chains and support the integration of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)”, said the Mexican. says the government.

In this regard, the US Secretary of Commerce pointed out that North America has great potential for market growth.

She added that the region has industry equipment industries worth $3 billion, compared to China and Taiwan, which report 60 industries worth $600 billion.

A Facebook post falsely claims that the federal government subsidizes the installation of solar panels Fri, 09 Sep 2022 21:28:27 +0000

A viral video claims eligible homeowners can have solar panels installed for free at US government expense.

“If you qualify, you can have them come over and install solar panels for you at no cost, then say goodbye to your electric bill and get an extra $8,500 incentive,” the speaker says in a video published September 3 on Facebook.

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat fake news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Learn more about our partnership with Facebook.)

We found no evidence from the US Department of Energy to support this claim, based on a search of websites, press releases and news articles. Homeowners are eligible for federal tax credits for solar installations, but not free panels or a cash incentive.

The US Department of Energy did not respond to a request for comment. The Office of Solar Energy Technologies, which is part of the Department of Energy, states on its website that it does not provide financial assistance or payments to households installing solar energy systems.

Eligible homeowners can receive a 26% tax credit if they installed solar panel systems in 2020 or 2021, or a 30% tax credit if the installation takes place between 2022 and 2032, according to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which is part of the Department. of energy.

While these credits translate into dollar-for-dollar reductions in the amount of income tax owed, that doesn’t mean the federal government literally cuts a check from homeowners.

The tax credits come from the passage of the Cut Inflation Act, which was signed into law on August 16 and promises $750 billion to bolster health policy initiatives and curb climate change.

The September 3 video isn’t the first time these claims have been thrown around and debunked.

Our decision

A September 3 video claimed qualified homeowners could have solar panels installed for free and receive $8,500 “incentive” checks from the federal government.

We found no evidence of a federal program that offers free panels and incentive checks. Some homeowners may be eligible for tax credits related to the installation of solar panels, but this does not equate to a cash payment.

We rate this claim as false.

New York’s first to-grid vehicle charging facility is online in Brooklyn Fri, 09 Sep 2022 16:29:45 +0000

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New York City first bi-directional vehicle-network charging system went live last month in Brooklyn after a successful test run over the summer. The three bi-directional Fermata Energy chargers can export around 45 kW back to the grid during peak periods.

Revel, NineDot Energy and Fermata Energy partnered on the project, with partial funding from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator program, which provided NineDot with up to $250,000.

The chargers were installed in Revel’s warehouse in the Red Hook neighborhood. Brooklyn-based electric mobility and infrastructure company Revel operates a fleet of 200 electric ride-sharing vehicles in New York City, Paul said. suheyco-founder and COO of the company.

“How we look at the transition to electric vehicles is much more complicated than just putting chargers in the ground,” Suhey said. He added that “a a reliable and resilient network takes precedence over the adoption of electric vehicles.

Suhey explained that vehicle-to-network, or V2G, integration is new to regulators and the utility. He said the challenges for this facility included understanding the technical requirements and developing the interconnection agreement with Consolidated Edison, the local utility company. “Even before exporting a kilowatt-hour, we’ve already learned a lot just by working with Con Ed through this process,” he said.

Vehicle-to-grid integration can be more effective among fleet owners than individual EV owners, Suhey believes. “It’s hard enough to teach consumers about the benefits of electric vehicles and charging range, let alone what it means to connect to the grid and why they should care.”

NineDot co-founder and CEO David Arfin said the technology could be used for delivery service fleets, school buses, Class 8 trucks and other fleet vehicles available to power the grid.

Fermata Energy also announced on Thursday that the first two-way charging systems in western Massachusetts were installed at a FirstLight Power hydroelectric plant, allowing that company’s two Nissan Leaf vehicles to send power back to the grid.

Nissan markets the Leaf as the only all-electric passenger vehicle currently on the U.S. market capable of delivering power to the grid, and it has approved the Fermata Energy FE-15 two-way charger for use with its Leaf vehicles.

California created its vehicle-network integration roadmap in 2014, and earlier this year it approved three vehicle-network integration pilot projects for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

“The reality is that energy and mobility are converging,” Suhey said.

NDE trains young FCT on PoP installation, CCTV and others Thu, 08 Sep 2022 06:09:38 +0000

As part of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s stated commitments to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, the National Directorate of Employment, NDE-FCT has engaged no less than 30 unemployed youths in various skills under the environmental beautification training.

NDE Managing Director Abubakar Nuhu Fikpo who was ably represented by NDE-FCT National Coordinator Noble Chimereze said during the orientation program for the 30 participants that NDE remained passionate about reducing poverty. poverty in the country through profitable skills engagement, which will transform the fortunes of the participants from job seekers to job providers.

Fikpo instructed the participants to be business-minded, to submit to being trained by the master trainers on their choice of skills in order to improve their lot and that of the people around them.

In addition, the Head of Department, Special Department of Public Works of NDE-FCT, Sani Nadappo, said that the program is very robust and ranges from installing satellites to installing CCTV cameras, including projection, fabrication and installation of PoP, adding that the participants will be sent to various relevant agencies who will train them within three months.

Nadappo said participants will each get N2,000, every month to support their transportation and at the end of the three-month training, NDE will give participants starter packs that will enable them to be economically independent and to contribute their quota to the economic development of the nation.

Appreciating the NDE, one of the participants, John Chobo, thanked the NDE management for giving them the opportunity to be part of the training, saying that the training will go a long way in improving their livelihoods.

New MILCON Award Advances Offutt Flood Recovery Operations > Air Force Installation & Mission Support Center > News Article Tue, 06 Sep 2022 13:57:54 +0000

Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska took another step in its flood recovery operations with a design kick-off meeting for its sixth military construction award (MILCON).

The US Army Corps of Engineers awarded nearly $75.9 million to MA Mortenson Company for the new Offutt Security Campus earlier this summer. The recovery effort, led by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Natural Disaster Recovery Division, will see a total of 13 MILCON project awards to rebuild more than a third of the facility that was severely damaged. damaged or destroyed in 2019 by major flooding.

“The reconstruction plan reorganizes Offutt into eight campuses,” said Offutt program manager Don Fucik. “This project supports the mission of the 55th Security Forces Squadron, the Air Force’s largest SFS, and will consolidate their facilities, increasing efficiency and sustainability.”

The security campus project will construct four main facilities: a security operations center, a Combined Combat Arms Training and Maintenance (CATM) center and indoor firing range, a military working dog kennel and a mobility storage warehouse with an adjoining covered canine training area.

Following the flood, the 55th SFS was dispersed to seven different locations. As of late 2019, the squadron has been operating out of several renovated dormitories, temporary facilities and hangars in Offutt.

Lt. Col. Cameron Maher, commander of the 55th SFS, emphasized the importance of having a campus dedicated to security.

“Cohesion is extremely important in our mission,” Maher said. “Our Defenders have been incredibly resilient during the rebuilding efforts. The new campus will provide us with the facilities and training space needed to maximize our effectiveness.”

The 45,400 square foot Security Operations Center will house all administrative functions, investigative rooms, a fitting/assembly room, a locker room and an armory.

The 40,500 square foot combined CATM and indoor range facility is designed with a 50-meter small arms range with 28 lanes, two classrooms and a simulation room that includes baffles, bullet traps , ventilation and filters. Both facilities will be constructed with a steel frame, insulated concrete and metal exterior walls and flat roofs.

The 14,500 square foot military working dog kennel will house eight military working dogs and will include offices for staff, veterinary services, examination and isolation rooms, as well as equipment and storage. The facility will be constructed with steel framing, concrete masonry walls and a pitched standing seam roof.

Another facility will provide 5,000 square feet for the mobility storage warehouse and 9,500 square feet for an indoor dog training area. The training area will include an artificial turf pitch and will allow training all year round in bad weather.

A design kick-off meeting was held in August and construction completion is scheduled for November 2024.

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