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Local professors visit CAFB

COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Fourteen deans and professors from Mississippi State University visited Columbus AFB Monday to become familiar with the BLAZE Team mission.
The base leadership vision is to build a relationship with MSU to open doors for future projects and opportunities involving Columbus AFB.
Representatives from the Bagley College of Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Outreach, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Biological Sciences, Research and Economic Development, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Agricultural and Biological engineering and Management and Information Systems visited the base to examine opportunities to include areas of Columbus AFB in their undergraduate and graduate studies. Representatives also included members from their engineering Masters and PhD distance learning program.
The group was given the 14th Flying Training Wing Mission Briefing and then split into two groups that visited multiple places on base. One group went to the Network Control Center and given the Thin Client computer presentation while the other group went to the environmental mitigation site at the Bulk Fuels Storage facility.
The groups met back together at the Radar Approach Control facility and the radio maintenance back shop. From there the tour group visited DynCorp's Fabrication shop followed by the 14th Operations Group simulator complex.
"The purpose of this tour was for the professors to see how science and math play intricate roles in pilot training applications," said Capt. Lacy Gunnoe, 37th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot.
Captain Gunnoe, along with four other instructor pilots, gave the professors a tour of the simulators. They were able to see first hand the applications a pilot must use while in flight. At the simulator building, the professors were able to see first-hand the T-6, T-1, T-38 and T-37 simulators. "I think this is a great opportunity to show the local college the base and how we can work to tie the two together," said Captain. Gunnoe.
At each site the professors visited, the group received a deeper insight into the base mission. Following the days visit, a wrap-up session was conducted at the Wing Headquarters. "The group was very impressed with all the men and women of the BLAZE Team they met" said Sonic Johnson, Wing Public Affairs Officer. "They are very excited about exploring ways of linking the classroom environment at MSU with the laboratory opportunities at the base. MSU wins by conducting dynamic, high quality education, the Air Force wins by having academic expertise to solve problems or improve current processes and practices."