DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
On June 9th we had our final event of the 2012-2013 DC-AMS year, the annual DC-AMS Science Fair Awards Banquet. We had 13 students who presented their science fair projects to our members. We gave out 4 awards: 1st and 2nd place for the senior category and junior category. The prize packages were supplied by DC-AMS and local author and DC-AMS member, Kevin Ambrose. We also awarded a $500 scholarship to a local high school senior who will be attending Virginia Tech this fall, double majoring in meteorology and physics. The scholarship funds were provided by the DC-AMS chapter. Paul Kocin gave the keynote presentation and lunch was provided for over 50 attendees. It was a really fun event!---Katie Garrett.
The Emerald Coast chapter of the AMS held its latest meeting on Eglin Air Force Base on June 4th. The speaker was Major Matt "Scout" Johnston, who is the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation for the 33rd Operations Group at Eglin. He is a pilot for the new F-35 aircraft, which are currently being added to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB as the Wing takes on the role of training pilots and maintenance personnel on the aircraft. The Wing will train US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps personnel, as well as pilots and maintenance personnel from many "partner" nations such as The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Canada, who are also purchasing this latest generation of fighter aircraft. Major Johnston discussed the current weather sensitivities of the aircraft as the operational testing of the aircraft continues. At Eglin Air Force Base, the first primary training base for this aircraft, the weather unit will need to provide forecasts and advisories for lightning within 25 miles of the airfield, which is a very frequent occurrence at Eglin AFB during the summer months! After the briefing, Major Johnson led a tour of portions of the 58th Fighter Squadron's ops area, including an up close look at an actual US Air Force F-35 aircraft.---David Biggar.
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