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OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- Airmen struggle to walk through a heavy sand storm at this forward-deployed air base March 26.  Troops supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom are battling sand storms throughout the Middle Eastern region.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Goode)                          Sandblast
Airmen struggle to walk through a heavy sand storm at a forward-deployed air base March 26. Troops supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom are battling sand storms throughout Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Goode)
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Default Air Force Logo Coalition leaflets emphasize intention to avoid landmarks
Coalition aircrews dropped approximately 600,000 informational leaflets into Iraq on March 25. The leaflets provided a variety of messages, including one that emphasized that the coalition does not wish to harm Iraqi landmarks.The leaflet reinforces the coalition's policy to strike only targets of military value while avoiding facilities of
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Default Air Force Logo Electrons get B-52s to battle
It is not just jet fuel that launches B-52 Stratofortresses to the fight. It is electrons forming air-tasking orders streaming through a secure, secret military network that propels the bombers into flight."No comm, no bomb!" and "If you can't talk, you can't fight a war," boast the troops of the newly named 100th Air Expeditionary Group
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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee on defense March 26 that the U.S.-led coalition has achieved total air dominance in the skies over Iraq.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Varhegyi) Roche, Jumper give Senate war update
The U.S.-led "coalition of the willing" has achieved total air dominance in the skies over Iraq, Air Force leaders told members of the Senate on March 26."The Iraqi air force has not flown a single sortie against coalition forces," Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee on
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Default Air Force Logo Leaders outline academy overhaul
Four U.S. Air Force Academy leaders will be replaced as part of sweeping changes designed to ensure a safe and secure environment for the school's cadets, officials announced at a Pentagon press briefing March 26.The changes were announced by Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper. They come
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OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- Crew chiefs with the 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to launch F-16 Fighting Falcons from a desert air base March 24.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stefan Alford)                    Pilots say training prepared them for combat
Pilots flying combat missions over Iraq in recent days are saying that the real-world operations there are validating their years of training.The comments came from a March 26 teleconference in which pilots and other members of the 363rd Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location described recent operations to reporters here. One KC-10
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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Reserve Capt. Gail Garland, a certified registered intensive care nurse with the 514th Air Evacuation Staging Squadron, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., assembles one of many field litter beds inside Ramstein's gym. (U.S. Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Justin D. Pyle)                            Fitness center becomes aeromedical facility
One of the fitness centers here became a contingency aeromedical staging facility March 23.The staging facility, the first of this type stood up by the Air Force since Operation Desert Storm in 1991, is designed to hold injured servicemembers who have been medically evacuated from Operation Iraqi Freedom.Seventy-one airmen from McGuire Air Force
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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla -- Senior Master Sgt. David Popwell (right) has earned the Noncommissioned Officer Association's Vanguard Award for heroism for his
life-saving actions following a car crash on a Florida highway.  Popwell is the superintendent for the 96th Ground Combat Training Squadron here.  (Courtesy photo)

Association recognizes airman for heroism
Life-saving actions have earned an Eglin sergeant the Noncommissioned Officer Association's Vanguard Award for heroism.Senior Master Sgt. David Popwell, superintendent of the 96th Ground Combat Training Squadron here, saved the lives of three people injured in a two-car collision on Florida's Highway 20.The NCOA presents the Vanguard Award to an
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force, Army leaders examine air-ground ops
The Air Force and Army chiefs of staff are leading a focused effort to examine air-ground operations in order to improve the two services' combat capability.Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric K. Shinseki said they recognize the need to improve air-ground coordination and execution of close air support
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Default Air Force Logo Officials release T-37 accident report
Air Force officials have determined pilot error caused the Dec. 20 mid-air collision of two T-37 Tweet trainer aircraft out of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.In its description of the incident, the accident investigation board said the pilot of one of the T-37s did not ensure adequate separation between the two aircraft while practicing formation
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Default Air Force Logo Wounded troops receive top medical attention in Germany
One of Ramstein Air Base, Germany's fitness centers became a contingency aero-medical staging facility March 23.The CSAF, the first of this type of facility stood up by the Air Force since the 1991 Persian Gulf War, is designed to host injured service members medevaced here from forward deployed locations supporting Operation Iraqi
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Default Air Force Logo Smallpox vaccine program extends to 'emergency essential' civilians
Civilian employees deployed to fill emergency-essential positions at selected overseas locations are now required to receive the smallpox vaccine, Pentagon officials said.According to Col. Rainer Stachowitz, deputy director of the nuclear and counter proliferation directorate at the Pentagon, theater commanders will determine which civilian
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Default Air Force Logo Crash victims identified
Air Force officials have identified the airmen killed in the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan on March 23.The airmen were deployed from here supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Killed in the crash were:-- 1st Lt. Tamara Archuleta, co-pilot.-- Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks, flight engineer.-- Master Sgt. Michael Maltz, pararescueman.--
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Default Air Force Logo Passing the gas
Master Sgt. Stephen Weigert, a KC-10 Extender boom operator with the 409th Air Expeditionary Group, delivers fuel to an E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft March 22 during a mission supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. KC-10s are deployed from the 305th/514th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. (U.S. Air Force
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OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM -- Staff Sgt. Jennifer Shockley, from the 379th Expeditionary Medical Squadron, voluteers at the laundry facility in her time off at this forward-deployed air base in the Middle East on March 24, 2003. Since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, servicemembers from different organizations have had to take over the duties of civilian personnel that are no longer permitted on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Goode)                             Mission support
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Shockley volunteers at the laundry facility at a forward-deployed air base in Southwest Asia. Since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, servicemembers from different organizations have taken over the duties of non-U.S. civilians who are no longer permitted on base. With more than 5,000 troops assigned to this base, working
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OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM -- Army Chaplain (Col.) Richard Rogers performs last rites March 25 for six airmen killed when their HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed near Ghazni, Afghanistan, March 23.  The helicopter crew was on its way to pick up two Afghan children for treatment in U.S. medical facilities at Bagram Air Base.  The remains were being flown to Dover Air Force Base, Del.  The airmens’ names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Terri Rorke)
A somber moment
Army Chaplain (Col.) Richard Rogers leads a prayer March 25 for six airmen killed when their HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed near Ghazni, Afghanistan, on March 23. The helicopter crew was on its way to pick up two Afghan children for treatment in U.S. medical facilities at Bagram Air Base. The remains were being flown to Dover Air Force Base,
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Default Air Force Logo Coalition on track, forces 'flowing' into Iraq
After five days of ground combat, coalition forces are more than 200 miles into Iraq and poised to take on forces defending Baghdad, DoD leaders said today.Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard Myers told reporters at a Pentagon press conference that the plan to disarm Saddam Hussein
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Default Air Force Logo Air war turns focus to republican guard
As the U.S.-led war against the Iraqi regime nears the one-week mark, officials from U.S. Central Command said March 25 that coalition air forces have begun narrowing their focus.Maj. Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr., CENTCOM director of operations, told reporters during a press briefing at the command's forward headquarters in Qatar that air power
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Default Air Force Logo Iraq flouting laws of war, Geneva Conventions
The Iraqi regime is flouting the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions, said Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke at the news conference today.Clarke said that the deceptions have been so blatant "that some liken it to terrorism.""They are sending forces out carrying white surrender flags or dressing them as liberated civilians to draw coalition
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Default Air Force Logo CENTCOM charts Operation Iraqi Freedom progress
All of Iraq is a battlefield and coalition forces are challenging the heart of Iraqi resistance around Baghdad, Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart said today in Qatar.Renuart, U.S. Central Command operations chief, said despite bad weather, coalition forces are making adjustments and progressing in all areas.Brig. Gen. Vince Brooks, U.S. Central
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