Col. Alden Hilton, United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine commander, provided opening remarks and stated that he had been in two centrifuges – one at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and the other at Brooks City Base, Texas.
“I’ll just say that centrifuge training – is a necessary evil,” he said, which invoked laughter from the audience that included Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Dorothy Hogg and Air Force Research Laboratory Commander Maj. Gen. William Cooley.
Hilton commended the Airmen responsible for getting the centrifuge ready, presenting each of them with a USAFSAM centennial coin.
USAFSAM, which is part of the 711 HPW and the Air Force Research Laboratory, was established in 1918 and is the premier institute for education, research and worldwide operational consultation in aerospace and operational medicine. USAFSAM has been a leader in the field of aerospace medicine and human performance from the beginnings of aviation through the onset of the space age and into the present.
“We are 100 percent committed to using this extraordinary training and research device to keep aircrew safe, advance science and develop technologies that keep our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines the most capable fighting force in the world,” Koeniger said.