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Default Air Force Logo Operation Pillowcase softens sting of family separation
An award-winning program designed to make children feel less anxious is softening the sting while a parent is away from home on military duty.Operation Pillowcase, developed by the 439th Airlift Wing family support center staff here, provides children of activated reservists with a pillowcase printed with a picture of their deployed parent. The
0 8/19
2002
Default Air Force Logo Airman donates hair to charity
Senior Airman Terry Ide, from the Electronic Systems Center public affairs office here, has two choices when it comes to wearing her hair in uniform: either cut it or wear it up. For the past four years, Ide has worn her hair, more than a foot long, in a tight bun.This changed recently when she had 14-inches of hair cut off at the base beauty shop
0 8/19
2002
Default Air Force Logo Wing practicing sound resource management
The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing has established new resource management forums that comptroller officials at this forward-deployed location say will be a benchmark for large contingency bases.The wing recently held its first Financial Working Group and Financial Management Board to ensure commanders at every level work together to spend taxpayer
0 8/19
2002
Default Air Force Logo ROTC cadets shadow pilots
Cadet Jeffery Hill, from the University of Alaska-Anchorage's ROTC Detachment 1, receives an incentive flight in an F-15 Eagle. ROTC cadets are shadowing 19th Fighter Squadron pilots and other support people here as part of a working agreement between the squadron and university to show future officers how the Air Force operates. In exchange, the
0 8/16
2002
Default Air Force Logo Disciplinary authority for friendly fire incident changed
Disciplinary authority over the April 17 friendly fire incident near Kandahar, Afghanistan, that resulted in the deaths of four Canadian paratroopers was passed Aug.16 to the U.S. Air Force's 8th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson.Gen. Hal M. Hornburg, Air Combat Command commander, transferred the authority from the 9th Air Force
0 8/16
2002
Default Air Force Logo SATCOM delivers critical info for war on terrorism
In today's information age, satellites are a vital link for global communication. Commanders and troops rely on them to ensure information is at least one step ahead of the enemy in the war on terrorism. At this forward deployed location, that job falls to a satellite communications team from the 114th Combat Communications Squadron of the
0 8/16
2002
Default Air Force Logo Reserve aircrew honored for heroic mission
When the call for help came the evening of Dec. 7, the MC-130E Combat Talon crew from the 919th Special Operations Wing here, did not hesitate to fly through enemy territory to assist their fellow special operators.The 711th Special Operations Squadron crew's actions earned them one of the Air Force Reserve's highest honors recently, the Maj. Gen.
0 8/15
2002
Default Air Force Logo Remembering close air support's humble beginnings
Even the most complex of systems often begin with a simple idea.Case in point: close air support.While today's soldier can expect aerial support from fighter aircraft, specially designed gunships and helicopters -- even heavy bombers dropping laser guided munitions from several miles away -- the evolution of close air support can be traced back to
0 8/15
2002
Default Air Force Logo Help desk 'makes bits flow' to support war on terrorism
They call it "making bits flow." That is how members of the 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron help desk refer to assisting customers at this forward deployed location.The help desk is responsible for troubleshooting and repairing computer problems for about 2,000 warfighters here.The mission is critical in the war on terrorism, according
0 8/15
2002
Default Air Force Logo AMC sends pet shipping reminders
It is the middle of the moving season, and it is important that people follow a few simple guidelines to have their cat or dog travel smoothly with them. Air Mobility Command has arranged a very liberal pet policy with the air carriers that fly the Patriot Express missions, said Master Sgt. Nikki Williams, superintendent of passenger service for
0 8/15
2002
Default Air Force Logo U.S. Northern Command setup becomes clearer
When U.S. Northern Command stands up Oct. 1, the new organization in charge of homeland defense will have "combatant command" of a small number of specialized units.Combatant command, or COCOM, gives combatant commanders the authority to organize, train and operate units. It is different from operational control, which allows commanders to use
0 8/15
2002
Default Air Force Logo Yokota airmen stay ready
Tech. Sgt. Michael Cannon, an electrical power production technician from the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron here, installs a barrier cable at the flightline during a readiness exercise here. The barrier is used to assist aircraft during emergency landings. Yokota is the primary airlift resource for Pacific forces, with an area of responsibility
0 8/14
2002
Default Air Force Logo Resume requirements clarified for Air Force civilian employment
Palace Compass officials here recently clarified whether or not applicants need a resume when applying for civilian employment."Applicants for job vacancies filled by the Air Force Personnel Center may not need a resume," said Lee McGehee, technical director. "But all applicants must self-nominate by midnight Central Standard Time on the closing
0 8/14
2002
Default Air Force Logo Detachment activated to support V-22 testing
A new detachment was activated here recently to support V-22 Osprey testing.Detachment 2 was created to operationally test the MV-22 from the special operations perspective to assess its value as a baseline for the special operations variant, the CV-22."I'm proud to be part of the outstanding team the Air Force and Marine Corps have created to
0 8/14
2002
Default Air Force Logo Cable guy
Staff Sgt. Lonnie Gonzales, from the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, works with limited space while laying fiber and copper cable for the new base theater here. Gonzales is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (Photo by Senior Airman Shannon Kluge)
0 8/14
2002
Default Air Force Logo Dyess NCO nets $10,000 for idea
A Dyess senior noncommissioned officer is $10,000 richer thanks to his suggestion which will save the Air Force more than a quarter of a million dollars annually.Master Sgt. Stephen Schwartz, NCO in charge of the 7th Component Repair Squadron's engine shop here, submitted his suggestion through the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness
0 8/13
2002
Default Air Force Logo Identity theft criminals can steal lives
Air Force members need to be cautious with personal information, said agents from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations headquarters at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.Information, including Social Security number, bank account and credit card numbers, account passwords, telephone numbers and addresses, are collected by some criminals to commit
0 8/13
2002
Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces OTS selections
The Air Force is giving 92 enlisted members the chance to trade in their stripes for gold bars after being chosen to attend Officer Training School.Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service conducted OTS Selection Board 0207, which met here June 25 to 28. The board considered 654 total applications, selecting 287 for a 41 percent selection rate.OTS
0 8/13
2002
Default Air Force Logo Busy engine shop keeps F-15s flying
Airman 1st Class Joshua Spainhoward, from the 325th Maintenance Squadron engine flight, inspects an F-15 Eagle engine. The 30-person engine flight provides maintenance on 183 engines used on some 75 F-15s stationed here. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Albert Bosco)
0 8/13
2002
Default Air Force Logo CCAF offers FAA certification for engine maintainers
After four years in development, a new certification program offered by the Community College of the Air Force could replace the title"aircraft mechanic" with "Federal Aviation Administration-certified aviation maintenance technician" in for airmen working on military aircraft.The Joint Service Aviation Maintenance Technician Certification Council,
0 8/13
2002
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