More Blurring of the Lines

But its all for a good cause, right?  I mean who wouldn’t want to call up our military for use on the ground in the US whenever there is a need?  Its not that we don’t trust the bulk of our military, but we don’t trust their leadership at the Washington level, that’s for sure.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Explores Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Operations
 
7/30/2009 – CREECH AFB, Nev. (ACCNS) — Five representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration paid a visit to the 432d Wing to familiarize themselves with MQ-1B Predator and MQ-9 Reaper operations July 22.
Ms. Robin Badger, staff manager and second-in-charge of the FAA’s Air Route Traffic Control Center at Salt Lake City, Utah, was especially interested in learning about how UAS [UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS] may affect air traffic control operations.

The 432d Operations Group deputy commander, Lt. Col. James Clark, hosted the FAA representatives in an effort to familiarize them with unmanned aircraft systems’ abilities to comply with U.S. airspace and air traffic control procedures.
NOTE:[Why would the FAA need to familiarize itself with systems that are supposed to be used in war, supposedly wars half the world away? – Emphasis ours]
Read Full Article HERE

EOD Airmen help keep community safe

8/6/2009 – CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Airmen from the Cannon Air Force Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight responded to a bomb scare in July in Clovis, N.M., and they used their training and skills to defuse the situation.

The suspected bomb turned out to be a training aid once owned by a now-deceased Albuquerque, N.M., arson investigator, but it took EOD Airmen to make that determination.

The EOD Airmen partnered with New Mexico law enforcement officials to handle the situation, in accordance with an agreement in place since 1986.

“We have a memorandum of understanding with local counties sheriff’s departments and we are part of their improvised explosive device response teams,” said Master Sgt. Warren Downing, the EOD Flight chief. “There are procedures in place for off-base agencies to request our assistance.”

Read Full Article HERE

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