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Default Air Force Logo Guard, Reserve play vital roles in desert mission
Guard and Reserve troops at Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, are a vital part of the total force supporting the Operation Southern Watch mission of enforcing U.N. sanctions on Iraq and monitoring the southern no-fly zone.Not only are Air Reserve Component forces providing essential experience, manning and equipment, they are also responsible
0 12/12
2002
Default Air Force Logo F-16s restored after years in storage
Pilots here will be flying training, photo-chase and test-support missions, and instructing pilots using brand new old F-16s Fighting Falcons -- four of them resurrected and regenerated from more than a decade of storage.The aircraft were originally part of a deal U.S. officials brokered with the Pakistani prime minister to sell 28 F-16s to that
0 12/12
2002
Default Air Force Logo Error fuels base service station blaze
A 50-year-old retired technical sergeant was severely burned on both legs recently after static electricity ignited gasoline as he filled gas cans in the bed of his pickup truck at the base shoppette here.Lackland Fire Chief J.L. Ball said a placard on the gasoline pumps warns motorists to put gas cans on the ground to fill them, but people might
0 12/11
2002
Default Air Force Logo Andersen slowly digs out after typhoon
Residents here felt the full force from one of nature's most destructive forces Dec. 8 as Typhoon Pongsona released its fury.Pongsona's eye passed over Andersen in the late afternoon and took more than two hours to completely pass before the full force of the typhoon ripped through the base."Pongsona turned into a super typhoon just before it hit
0 12/11
2002
Default Air Force Logo Sergeant survives heart attack
Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Dotson can tell you good timing counts to a person suffering a heart attack; he knows because he had one.In early November, Dotson, 39, recalls joining his unit for early morning physical training at the base fitness center here."I just finished warming up and had completed about 25 of 30 pushups when I felt a tightness in my
0 12/11
2002
Default Air Force Logo Extreme cold hitting deployed airmen
The weather is extreme at Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, just 120 miles east of the Chinese border. It is early December and snow and ice consume the landscape, and people face four-degree temperatures outside. For those airmen without the gear to keep warm, it is time to head to supply."We're trying to keep people warm. That is our biggest driving
0 12/11
2002
Default Air Force Logo Team delivers initial report on F/A-22 cost increases
The team of technical and financial experts sent by the Air Force to investigate a potential cost overrun in the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the F/A-22 Raptor program recently completed its initial report. The team estimated that the cost increase would be between $700 million and $1 billion, said Dr. Marvin R. Sambur,
0 12/10
2002
Default Air Force Logo Team heats things up while deployed
They work around the clock, seven days a week, in subzero temperatures, with hundreds of people's lives in their hands. Members of the 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning team at Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, will call this life for at least the next three months.They are responsible for 350 tent
0 12/10
2002
Default Air Force Logo Group rescues man at sea
A medical emergency at sea turned into a dramatic humanitarian mission for the 920th Rescue Group here Dec. 8. The emergency also provided the unit its first chance to use a new satellite-based tracking and communications system during a rescue.Crews from Air Force Reserve Command's 920th RQG was dispatched at 7:15 a.m. on two HH-60 Pave Hawk
0 12/10
2002
Default Air Force Logo Science 'SEEPs' into schools
Scientists and engineers here are on a mission to ensure there are enough scientists and engineers in the pipeline to fill hundreds of anticipated vacancies at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center in the next seven to 10 years.To accomplish this, employees got together to form the Science and Engineering Encouragement Program designed to lure
0 12/10
2002
Default Air Force Logo December issue of Airman available
The Centennial of Flight celebration begins, learning to defend the KC-135 Stratotanker in a war zone, and the future of treating trauma victims on the battlefield highlight the December issue of Airman magazine, now available in print and online.In this month's issue:Nearly a hundred years ago, the Wright Flyer lifted off the windswept heights of
0 12/10
2002
Default Air Force Logo Welcome home, daddy!
Staff Sgt. Joe Neubaur holds his 4-year-old daughter, Katlyn, in the passenger terminal here after returning from a three-month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Neubaur is assigned to Dover's 436th Aerial Port Squadron. (Photo by Alex Dorgan-Ross)
0 12/10
2002
Default Air Force Logo Missing airman found dead
An airman, missing since Nov. 27, was found dead Dec. 8 near Trier, Germany.German police found the body of Master Sgt. Randall D. Callison near his vehicle on Autobahn 1 at around 2 p.m.Callison, from Walcott, Iowa, was assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe headquarters here and worked in the directorate of communications and information.The cause
0 12/09
2002
Default Air Force Logo Now showing: Dec. 9 edition of Air Force Television News
The potential problem of recruiting members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve because of lengthy mobilization and operations tempo is featured in the latest edition of Air Force Television News. Both Assistant Defense Secretary Thomas Hall and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz discuss the potential problem.Staff Sgt. Pachari
0 12/09
2002
Default Air Force Logo The gift's in the mail
Tech. Sgt. Marivic Patton (left) and Staff Sgt. Marc Nickleberry distribute mail at the base post office here. During the holiday season, local postal officials expect to deliver nearly 4.2 million pounds of mail to base people. Patton and Nickleberry are both postal clerks with the base's 374th Communications Squadron. (Photo by Master Sgt. Val
0 12/09
2002
Default Air Force Logo Alaskan squadron delivers Christmas
The 517th Airlift Squadron here made its annual pilgrimage to a remote Alaskan village Dec. 3 with Christmas gifts and cheer.The 517th AS "Firebirds" have been making the trip to Arctic Village for more than 30 years.The tradition began in 1967 when the porcupine caribou herd - the villagers' primary source of food - changed its migratory trek
0 12/06
2002
Default Air Force Logo Thrift Savings Plan open season ends Dec. 31
Civilian and military employees still have time to sign up for or change Thrift Savings Plan accounts during the current open season."With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we want to remind everyone that open season dates have changed, and this year ends earlier than in past years." said Janet Thomas of the civilian Benefits and Entitlements
0 12/06
2002
Default Air Force Logo Assignment system upgrades in progress
The nearly 30,000 officers and enlisted members who access the online Assignment Management System each day are experiencing technology's classic "good news, bad news" story.An upgrade will improve access speed and allow AMS to support the total force development concept, but until it is complete, users worldwide only have access for 20 hours per
0 12/06
2002
Default Air Force Logo Officials issue terrorist threat warning
The U.S. State Department Dec. 5 warned Americans of a possible terrorist threat in Turkey."The U.S. government has received unconfirmed and fragmentary information that suggests unknown terrorists may be planning to conduct a terrorist incident in southeast Turkey against official U.S. government facilities or personnel," the statement says.It
0 12/06
2002
Default Air Force Logo Officials release Global Hawk accident report
Air Force investigators have determined mechanical failure caused an Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk aircraft to crash July 10 during a surveillance mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.The Global Hawk, an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, was destroyed upon impact in an unpopulated area in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. No
0 12/06
2002
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