WPAFB continues migrating computers to Windows 10 operating system

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 9:38 AM

            The Windows 10 migration was a topic for discussion for James Languirand, Information Technology specialist, Dave Hall, Automated Data Processing Equipment custodian, and John Schipper, Helpdesk technician, as they worked together to ensure that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Air Force Security Assistance Center, meets the Air Force’s March 31 deadline for the transition to the new operating system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Will Huntington)
The Windows 10 migration was a topic for discussion for James Languirand, Information Technology specialist, Dave Hall, Automated Data Processing Equipment custodian, and John Schipper, Helpdesk technician, as they worked together to ensure that Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Air Force Security Assistance Center, meets the Air Force’s March 31 deadline for the transition to the new operating system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Will Huntington)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has recently faced a monumental technology changeover with the migration of installation computers to the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system.

In response to a Department of Defense directive to transition to Microsoft Windows 10 secure host baseline, the Air Force plans to complete the upgrade to the Windows 10 operating system across the enterprise by March 31.


Over the past two years, organizations at Wright-Patterson AFB began budgeting for the purchase of new computers that can utilize this new operating system, according to Karen Newton, 88th Communications Squadron, chief of Network Operations.

In preparation for the changeover, Newton said most organizations chose to procure laptops as opposed to desktop models for mobility purposes. Some existing computers on base were capable of the migration without new equipment needed. Devices that use non-Windows operating systems, such as iPADS, were not within the scope of this effort.

“The enhanced security feature provided by the Windows 10 secure host baseline separates the login process from the operating system, making it more difficult for attackers to infiltrate computer networks,” Newton said. “DoD and the Air Force are taking advantage of Credential Guard, one of the newest features of Windows 10.”

Credential Guard prevents attackers from accessing computers by separating the login process from the operating system. Attackers have long used the old process of utilizing a computer’s cache or user name and password store in the computer memory to gain access, Newton said.

On a base the size of Wright-Patterson and with the number of computers being used, the effort to bring all installation systems in line with the mandate is no small undertaking, Newton said. Wright-Patterson has 34,950 systems, both non-secure and secure, which require either a new computer or a computer migration to make the transition.

“The installation currently is reporting over 70 percent completion for both systems,” Newton said. “We feel confident that the mandate will be met.”

If organizations have an approved waiver excusing them from the March 31 deadline, they will not be removed from the network. She also added that systems that are not Windows 10 compliant and which do not have an approved waiver on April 1, will be then removed from the network.

“Cybersecurity is a top priority for this installation, the Air Force and the DoD,” Newton said. “The 88th CS is committed to migrate all available systems they manage.”

There are even more technology changes on the horizon for Wright-Patterson in the form of enhanced cybersecurity capabilities and Newton named two in particular.

“Cloud Hosted Enterprise Services, an email migration, is coming,” Newton said. “CHES is the suite of Air Force collaborative tools to migrate email, instant messaging and SharePoint into commercial, Microsoft, cloud-based datacenters. This system includes the migration to Office 365 and is scheduled for the base in the April-May 2018 timeframe.”

Another cybersecurity initiative is the Joint Regional Security Stack or JRSS. The base is scheduled to be a part of the Air Force DoD mandate to move to a Joint Information Environment. JRSS replaces the current Air Force NIPRNet Gateway System.

“JRSS provides two sets of security equipment side-by-side to provide top-level security for each base to provide enhanced redundant computer network defense equipment and transport,” Newton said. “Wright-Patt will have two JRSS stacks assigned to it, providing dual redundancy and a third alternate stack available for inbound and outbound traffic.”

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North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, South Korean president meet Saturday in surprise visit to Demilitarized Zone

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

North and South Korean Leaders Meet in Surprise Visit

The leaders of North Korea and South Korea met for a second time in a surprise visit Saturday.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly discussed efforts to continue work on the peace declaration declared in April between the two countries.

They also affirmed a commitment to working on diplomacy talks between North Korea and the United States, after President Donald Trump announced he was canceling a summit between the two countries in Singapore. 

Update May 26, 8:13 a.m. EST: President Trump has tweeted in response to a New York Times report that there is dispute within the White House on how to address diplomacy talks with North Korea.


The White House announced on Saturday it will send an advance team to Singapore “in order to prepare should the summit take place,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to NBC

Original story: South Korean president Moon Jae-in held the second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone between the two countries, according to the Blue House, South Korea’s official media source.

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The two leaders discussed how to carry out the peace declaration agreed upon on April 27, which hopes to bring a new era of peace and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula. 

South Korean officials said that the two leaders also discussed the cancelled summit between the United States and North Korea. 

The two leaders concluded that direct communication between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is needed, and pledged to continue making efforts to work on relations, according to the Blue House

The meeting at the border truce village comes after Trump said the highly anticipated summit between the U.S. and North Korea may be back on.

Trump tweeted that if the summit does happen, it will likely take place June 12 in Singapore as originally planned. 

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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Showers, storms push through this evening

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:55 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 4:40 PM

Very warm and humid this weekend with storms likely today.

Showers and a few storms will push through this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. An isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out through midnight.

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    • Few showers, storms move through this evening
    • Isolated shower or storms Sunday/Monday
    • Mainly dry and hot for Memorial Day 

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    Overnight: Dry conditions are expected as temperatures drop into the middle to upper 60s. Fog will be likely early Sunday.

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    Sunday: A dry start is expected to the day, which will be hot with highs in the upper 80s. With the daytime heat, there may be an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like most will stay dry. Don’t cancel your outdoor plans, but have a backup plan indoors.

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    Memorial Day: Lots of sunshine, hot and humid again for Monday. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees. Once again, an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out.

    Tuesday: Another hot day is expected with highs near 90 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

    Wednesday: The chance for rain, maybe storms, returns with highs in the middle 80s. Rain comes from the remnants of Alberto, the first named tropical storm of the Atlantic season.

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    Thursday: The remnants of Alberto will give us more rain. Highs will be in the middle 80s.

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    Alan Bean, NASA Apollo moonwalker, dies at 86

    Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

    Astronaut Alan Bean Dead at 86

    NASA astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 86.

    Bean’s family has released the following statement on NASA’s website:

    Family Release Regarding the Passing of Apollo, Skylab Astronaut Alan Bean

    The following is an obituary article released on the behalf of Alan Bean’s family:

    Alan Bean, Apollo Moonwalker and Artist, Dies at 86

    HOUSTON, Texas — Apollo and Skylab astronaut Alan Bean, the fourth human to walk on the moon and an accomplished artist, has died.

    Bean, 86, died on Saturday, May 26, at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. His death followed his suddenly falling ill while on travel in Fort Wayne, Indiana two weeks before.

    “Alan was the strongest and kindest man I ever knew. He was the love of my life and I miss him dearly,” said Leslie Bean, Alan Bean’s wife of 40 years. “A native Texan, Alan died peacefully in Houston surrounded by those who loved him.”

    A test pilot in the U.S. Navy, Bean was one of 14 trainees selected by NASA for its third group of astronauts in October 1963. He flew twice into space, first as the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, the second moon landing mission, in November 1969, and then as commander of the second crewed flight to the United States’ first space station, Skylab, in July 1973.

    “Alan and I have been best friends for 55 years — ever since the day we became astronauts,” said Walt Cunningham, who flew on Apollo 7. “When I became head of the Skylab Branch of the Astronaut Office, we worked together and Alan eventually commanded the second Skylab mission.”

    “We have never lived more than a couple of miles apart, even after we left NASA. And for years, Alan and I never missed a month where we did not have a cheeseburger together at Miller’s Cafe in Houston. We are accustomed to losing friends in our business but this is a tough one,” said Cunningham.

    On Nov. 19, 1969, Bean, together with Apollo 12 commander Charles “Pete” Conrad, landed on the Ocean of Storms and became the fourth human to walk on the moon. During two moonwalks Bean helped deploy several surface experiments and installed the first nuclear-powered generator station on the moon to provide the power source. He and Conrad inspected a robotic Surveyor spacecraft and collected 75 pounds (34 kilograms) of rocks and lunar soil for study back on Earth.

    “Alan and Pete were extremely engaged in the planning for their exploration of the Surveyor III landing site in the Ocean of Storms and, particularly, in the enhanced field training activity that came with the success of Apollo 11. This commitment paid off with Alan's and Pete's collection of a fantastic suite of lunar samples, a scientific gift that keeps on giving today and in the future,” said Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 lunar module pilot and the only geologist to walk on the moon. “Their description of bright green concentrations of olivine (peridot) as ‘ginger ale bottle glass,’ however, gave geologists in Mission Control all a big laugh, as we knew exactly what they had discovered.”

    “When Alan's third career as the artist of Apollo moved forward, he would call me to ask about some detail about lunar soil, color or equipment he wanted to have represented exactly in a painting. Other times, he wanted to discuss items in the description he was writing to go with a painting. His enthusiasm about space and art never waned. Alan Bean is one of the great renaissance men of his generation — engineer, fighter pilot, astronaut and artist,” said Schmitt.

    Four years after Apollo 12, Bean commanded the second crew to live and work on board the Skylab orbital workshop. During the then-record-setting 59-day, 24.4 million-mile flight, Bean and his two crewmates generated 18 miles of computer tape during surveys of Earth’s resources and 76,000 photographs of the Sun to help scientists better understand its effects on the solar system.

    In total, Bean logged 69 days, 15 hours and 45 minutes in space, including 31 hours and 31 minutes on the moon’s surface.

    Bean retired from the Navy in 1975 and NASA in 1981. In the four decades since, he devoted his time to creating an artistic record of humanity’s first exploration of another world. His Apollo-themed paintings featured canvases textured with lunar boot prints and were made using acrylics embedded with small pieces of his moon dust-stained mission patches.

    “Alan Bean was the most extraordinary person I ever met,” said astronaut Mike Massimino, who flew on two space shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope. “He was a one of a kind combination of technical achievement as an astronaut and artistic achievement as a painter.”

    “But what was truly extraordinary was his deep caring for others and his willingness to inspire and teach by sharing his personal journey so openly. Anyone who had the opportunity to know Alan was a better person for it, and we were better astronauts by following his example. I am so grateful he was my mentor and friend, and I will miss him terribly. He was a great man and this is a great loss,” Massimino said.

    Born March 15, 1932, in Wheeler, Texas, Bean received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Texas in 1955. He attended the Navy Test Pilot School and accumulated more than 5,500 hours of flying time in 27 different types of aircraft.

    He is survived by his wife Leslie, a sister Paula Stott, and two children from a prior marriage, a daughter Amy Sue and son Clay.


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    WATCH: Punches fly when man refused beer on American Airlines flight to Florida

    Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

    VIDEO: Fight Breaks Out on American Airlines Flight

    A fight broke out between two passengers on an American Airlines flight headed to Miami from Saint Croix on Wednesday.

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    Passenger Bill Bolduc captured the fight during American flight 1293 on his cell phone and posted a series of videos on YouTube on Friday.

    The two passengers begin arguing during the food and beverage service, because a flight attendant refused to serve one of the men another beer.

    The flight attendant can be heard in the background saying, “Please sit down, I’m not bringing you any more beers.”

    The second man tried to help and that’s when things got violent, Bolduc told WPLG.

    “Hitting the chair, swearing, yelling at other passengers, spitting at people at some point,” Bolduc said.

    FBI officials told WPLG that he threatened to kill the other man and spit blood on him. 

    The two men began punching and other passengers jumped in to try to separate them. 

    In one of the videos, other men stand up to try to help the passenger calm down, telling him to “chill” and “relax” while he banged his head on the overhead compartment.

    At some point, everyone returned to their seats and the plane landed safely at the Miami International Airport, according to WPLG. The man was taken into custody by Miami-Dade Police. No flight attendants were hurt.

    American Airlines stated it is proud of how the flight crew handled the situation. 

    WSVN reports that the FBI is now investigating.

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