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OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (AFPN) -- Air Force heavy equipment operators from the 823rd Red Horse Squadron compact gravel while building a taxiway at a forward-deployed location. Squadron airmen are working around-the-clock to build a taxiway and support ramps more than a mile long to increase capacity for heavy aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen) Ground pounders
Air Force heavy equipment operators from the 823rd Red Horse Squadron compact gravel while building a taxiway at a forward-deployed location. Squadron airmen are working around-the-clock to build a taxiway and support ramps more than a mile long to increase capacity for heavy aircraft. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen)
0 2/20
2003
Default Air Force Logo Strategy school changes name, expands
To reflect the growing importance of space capabilities to the warfighter and the need for air and space strategists, Air University's School of Advanced Airpower Studies is changing its name and expanding.For the newly named School of Advanced Air and Space Studies here, the student body will increase from 27 to 40 with the class starting in
0 2/20
2003
Default Air Force Logo AF revises body modification, mutilation guidance
The Air Force has revised personal appearance guidelines in response to a trend involving extreme body modification and mutilation that is becoming common among a small, yet growing segment of the population, according to personnel officials.This change is in Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel. It
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2003
Default Air Force Logo Future threats envisioned during technology game
Warfighters, leading scientists and engineers from across the United States met Feb.11 to 13 in McLean, Va., to contemplate what the battlefield will be like in 25 years.The futurists gathered to take part in the Air Force Technology Seminar Game II, sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory here, to envision a range of threatening
0 2/19
2003
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The seventh Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle lands here after its flight from Air Force Plant 42 in nearby Palmdale, Calif., The UAV was built by lead government contractor Northrop Grumman.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Charlie) Air Force receives newest Global Hawk
The seventh Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle touched down here Feb. 14 after its flight from Air Force Plant 42 in nearby Palmdale, Calif., where it was built by lead government contractor Northrop Grumman.This latest Global Hawk is the program's final advanced concept technology platform and is slated for use as a test vehicle to support
0 2/19
2003
Default Air Force Logo Command releases RQ-1 accident report
Air Force investigators have determined that human error caused an RQ-1 Predator aircraft to crash Sept. 17 at a classified forward-operating location in Southwest Asia.The Predator, which is an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, was destroyed upon impact. The loss is estimated at $3.2 million. No one was injured in the accident. The aircraft was
0 2/19
2003
Default Air Force Logo ACC releases F-16 accident report
Air Force investigators have determined engine failure caused an F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft to crash Sept. 11 during a basic surface attack training sortie.The F-16C was destroyed upon impact 1,300 feet short of the runway at the Bobby L. Chain Municipal Airport in Hattiesburg, Miss. The pilot ejected safely and sustained minor injuries.The
0 2/19
2003
Default Air Force Logo NCOs given advanced degree opportunities
The Air Force Institute of Technology is once again offering eight noncommissioned officers the opportunity to pursue an advanced science, engineering or management degree in-residence at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.The goal of the Enlisted-to-AFIT Program is to provide commanders with a diverse and renewable source of highly proficient
0 2/19
2003
Default Air Force Logo Now showing: Feb. 17 edition of Air Force Television News
The loss of two Air Force officers in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster highlights the latest edition of Air Force Television News.Tech. Sgt. David Pullen profiles Col. Rick Husband, the mission commander, and Lt. Col. Michael Anderson, the payload commander, who were members of the seven-person crew who died when the shuttle disintegrated 16
0 2/18
2003
Default Air Force Logo NCO guilty of possessing child porn
A 607th Air and Space Communications Squadron noncommissioned officer was found guilty of taking indecent liberties with a minor and possession of child pornography by a military judge during a general court-martial here Feb. 10.Staff Sgt. Gery B. Cook pleaded not guilty to the charge of attempted sodomy, and guilty to four specifications of
0 2/18
2003
Default Air Force Logo Garnishment assistance for Guard, Reserve
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service's directorate of garnishment operations is working with the Federal Office of Child Support to address issues relating to activated reservists and the payment of child support.Rod Winn, director of garnishment operations, identified one scenario that is a concern for a significant number of activated
0 2/18
2003
CHANTILLY, Va. -- Undersecretary of the Air Force Peter B. Teets answers questions during a media round table at the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Va., on Feb. 12. Teets discussed the 2003 National Security Space top priorities.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Scott Elliott) DOD space chief outlines priorities
Things are going well for the national security space program, but America needs a roadmap to ensure future success, the Defense Department's executive agent for space said Feb. 12.Peter B. Teets, undersecretary of the Air Force and director of the National Reconnaissance Office, discussed the country's top national security space priorities at a
0 2/14
2003
Default Air Force Logo Use common sense when posting to Internet, officials say
Recent advances in technology have Air Force officials urging airmen to use common sense and remember operations security when posting on the Internet.An item of special concern is the placement of photos of forward operating bases on personal Web sites. What has officials worried is the possibility of adversaries collecting those photos and using
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2003
Default Air Force Logo Deployment offers tax options; not filing not one of them
Mobilized Air Force reservists deploying overseas are not automatically excused from filing their federal income tax return, according to Air Force Reserve Command staff judge advocate officials here.Deploying reservists have four options when it comes to filing taxes. They can file before they leave, authorize a spouse or trusted friend to sign
0 2/14
2003
Default Air Force Logo NASA seeks help from sky watchers
NASA is still seeking help from the American public to supply video and still images of Space Shuttle Columbia on its return flight to Earth. There has been a great public response, officials said, but more material will help the investigation of the Columbia accident.Columbia glided across the western United States just before sunrise Feb. 1.
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2003
Default Air Force Logo Unit commanders get more control of leave program
A recent policy change returns the authority to unit commanders to approve permissive temporary duty and terminal leave of more than 90 days.The Air Force's current instruction on military leave requires members wanting a combination of permissive TDY and terminal leave of more than 90 days to seek approval at group or wing level. It is that
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2003
Default Air Force Logo Enlisted aviator careers open
Opportunities for enlisted aviators have never been better. With possible nine enlisted aviator careers, the dream of flying can quickly become a reality for Air Force people.According to Master Sgt. Jack Baker, from Air Mobility Command's aircrew training office, an urgent need for enlisted fliers exists. More than 300 training positions are
0 2/13
2003
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Senior Airman Sean Donovan of the 723rd Air Mobility Support Squadron directs traffic at the east gate to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Donovan augments security forces, which pulls him away for his own job. But when German troops arrive to help at the base gates later this month, he may not have to pull gate guard duty again.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John Lasky) Air bases in Germany getting change of guard
German troops will start providing some security at three Air Force bases in Germany this month to help ease the workload on security forces there.An historic memorandum of understanding signed Feb. 13 by U.S. and German military officials cleared the way for the unprecedented assistance, said Maj. J.C. Collins, a U.S. Air Forces in Europe security
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2003
Default Air Force Logo Pentagon monitoring deployment health care
Defense Department officials have changed the way they will track and assess the health care given military people before, during and after deployments, a senior Pentagon health official said Feb. 11.DOD's new strategy emphasizes health care surveillance of deployed people, said Dr. Michael Kilpatrick, deputy director of the Deployment Health
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2003
Default Air Force Logo AFIT stands up systems engineering center
Air Force Institute of Technology officials have established a center for systems engineering.The center will help focus efforts to revitalize systems engineering within the Air Force."Many of our current system-acquisition programs are suffering from a lack of attention to or inconsistent application of good systems-engineering principles," said
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2003
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