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Staff Sgt. Alexis Shodeke, a medical laboratory technician in the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine’s Epidemiology Laboratory, observes as new samples are tested for COVID-19 June 2, 2020. The Epi Lab is the sole clinical reference lab in the Air Force, and USAFSAM is part of AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Richard Eldridge)
Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory and Hanyang University are developing smart structural composites that are robust and photothermally responsive, enabling next generation composite materials that are repairable with the application of light sources.
AFRL’s Transformational Capabilities Office began developing new business processes and guiding the S&T portfolio following the release of the Air Force S&T Strategy. This small group of scientists and engineers from across AFRL led a number of initiatives to promote transformational warfighting capabilities. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Patrick Londergan)
Air Force Research Laboratory scientist Dr. Saber Hussain views particle interaction with cultured cells. His work on the development of a model to identify the impact of stressors on Airmen is at the center of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement that will establish a new laboratory facility at Wright State University. (Courtesy photo)
Side by side comparison of the two Light Emitting Diode fixture options. Per Master Sgt. Petersen both LED options were improvements over the legacy metal-halide fixtures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Matthew Petersen)
The new flexible phased array probe was designed and manufactured to have both flexibility and mechanical integrity combined with improved acoustic properties. (Courtesy photo/Olympus Industrial Resources)
Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, AFRL Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kennon Arnold, AFRL Command Chief, held a virtual town hall Aug. 21. Pringle announced her top three priorities as commander: to accelerate the AF S&T Strategy, to support the USSF as one AFRL and to lead the best AFRL Team. (Courtesy photo)
Members of the Ceramic Materials and Processing Research Team, from left to right: Ms. Christina Thompson, Dr. Dayton Street, Dr. Kara Martin and Dr. Matthew Dickerson. (U.S. Air Force photo/Karen Schlesinger)
The AFRL-led Individualized Neural Learning System project aims to give Airmen the ability to rapidly acquire knowledge and skills through neurotechnology. This project was recently awarded funding as part of the Seedlings for Disruptive Capabilities Program. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Richard Eldridge)

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Brig. Gen. Heather L. Pringle, Commander   Col. Paul Henderson, Vice Commander
Brig. Gen. Heather L.

  Col. Paul Henderson
Vice Commander
Jack Blackhurst, Executive Director   Dr. Timothy J. Bunning, Chief Technology Officer
Jack Blackhurst
Executive Director
  Dr. Timothy J. Bunning
Col. George M. Dougherty, Mobilization Assistant	  Chief Master Sgt. Kennon D. Arnold, Command Chief
Col. George M.

Mobilization Assistant
  Chief Master Sgt.
Kennon D. Arnold

Command Chief