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  • TechnoGizmo: E-DECS/E-VALS

    What is it? E-Decs/Evals is short for Electronic Decorations and Evaluations, a Web-based application implemented under the Microsoft SharePoint framework. It 's a complete transformation of the old paper-based evaluation/decoration process, and was developed by members of the USAFE Computer Systems Squadron. How does it work? No more blue folders!
  • Mobile Comm still critical

    The history of the 1st Combat Communications Squadron dates back to its activation March 1952 as the 1st Airways and Air Communications Squadron. Though Combat Communications has undergone several name changes throughout the years, the mission has always been to deploy, operate and sustain mobile communications wherever needed. Early in the Air
  • Computer privacy at work

    What are the rules concerning privacy and government computers, and are system administrators allowed to investigate suspected abuse? There are too many rules to discuss all of them in this forum, but one that has been very controversial within the Air Force was recently decided by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In U.S. vs. Long, the
  • E-mail Privacy

    The U.S. vs. Long case (about e-mail privacy) is out, but I heard there might be a change. What's up? We talked about the Long case when it came out [see our November column]. Our position has always been that the individual's communications are generally private, and investigators should obtain a search warrant before harvesting any e-mail
  • Simple steps to avoid identity theft

    When Lt. Col. Michael Welsh and his wife sat down for breakfast last year in New York City, he was expecting to pay around $30. Unfortunately the eggs, toast and coffee were about to drastically go up in price ... to the tune of $6,500. "It was just a little visit to a restaurant," said Colonel Welsh, staff judge advocate for the 379th Air
  • Combat training prepares comm for hostile environments

    Communicators from the 18th Communications Squadron here are learning the skills needed to fight the War on Terror on any front. They're training in the jungles of Okinawa at the only Department of Defense owned Jungle Warfare and Skills Training Course in the world, located at Camp Gonsalves. The course, geared toward training sailors and Marines,
  • Technology puts Security Forces on frontlines of Installation Control

    Security systems protect our homes, and security forces protect America's bases. So, it's no surprise that communications technology and security forces have teamed to meet the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 requirements. One of the requirements is to develop a government-wide standard for a secure and reliable form of personnel
  • Computer technology searches for truth

    Tech. Sgt. Jeff Barefoot has a strong presence in the courtroom.Three times he's stepped up to testify in court, and three times the defendants suddenly took a plea deal to avoid Sergeant Barefoot on the witness stand.It's not because of his imposing stature or his 20 years of military experience, but from the knowledge he brings as an expert
  • Chiefs panel talks about the future force

    Change, readiness and winning the War on Terrorism were the three top issues discussed during the command chiefs' forum at the 2006 Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition here in September. "We must deal with changes and focus on the No. 1 priority facing us today: winning the War on Terrorism," said Command Chief
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