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ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- Senior Airman Phillip Knight from Sunnyvale, Calif., a weapons loader with the 77th Bomb Squadron, here prepares an inert 2,000 pound Joint Direct Attack Munition.  JDAMs use the global positioning system for precision guidance. Iraq and other potential adversaries may have the ability to jam GPS signals, but Air Force war planners are not too worried about the effect of jamming on precision munitions (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Nolan) GPS jamming no 'silver bullet' for potential adversaries
Iraq and other potential adversaries may have the ability to jam global positioning system signals, but Air Force war planners are not too worried about the effect of jamming on precision munitions.In fact, it is a challenge they have been anticipating for a long time, and they are confident in their ability to overcome it."From the day we built
0 2/11
2003
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A Delta IV rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla. According to Peter B. Teets, undersecretary of the Air Force and director of the National Reconnaissance Office, access to space is better than ever before, but increased reliance on space-based assets means the nation must look to the next generation of evolved expendable launch vehicles to replace current systems like the Delta IV and the Atlas V rockets. (Courtesy photo) Teets: Space access vital to warfighting efforts
America needs to redouble its efforts to make sure the nation has a vigorous and successful national security space program, the Defense Department's executive agent for space said.According to Peter B. Teets, undersecretary of the Air Force and director of the National Reconnaissance Office, access to space is better than ever before, but
0 2/11
2003
Default Air Force Logo Academy seeks bios, photos of grads
The dean of faculty here is seeking biographies and high quality on-the-job and in-training photos of Academy graduates who are in the Air Force work force or attending flight training or other technical schools.The items will be used in a display along the entire length of the second floor in Fairchild Hall, the academic facility here. The dean
0 2/10
2003
Default Air Force Logo AMC improves customer service on Patriot Express flights
Upgraded meals, movie snacks and reserved seating are a few of the customer service improvements that passengers aboard Air Mobility Command Patriot Express flights can now look forward to."We are trying to get away from the old 'cattle car' image," said Cindy Rothenbach of AMC's Passenger Policy Branch."This all began about two years when Gen.
0 2/10
2003
Default Air Force Logo AF, Navy weather shops join forces
The 40th Expeditionary Operational Support Squadron combat weather team completed its merger with the Naval Central Meteorology and Oceanography Detachment recently.At the beginning of the Air and Space Expeditionary Force 7/8 rotation, officers in charge of the Air Force and Navy weather shops decided that both services would profit by combining
0 2/10
2003
Default Air Force Logo DOD activates commercial airlift reserves
Commercial airlines have been enlisted by Department of Defense officials to transport troops and equipment as part of the buildup for possible war with Iraq.Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered the activation of Stage 1 of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet. The CRAF, created in 1952, boosts U.S. military airlift capability with civilian planes,
0 2/10
2003
Default Air Force Logo Space-age coating protecting against terrorism
With the threat of global terrorist action growing daily, the Department of Defense's vital work force and assets must be adequately protected.In response to this threat, engineers at the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate developed a method for providing crucial protection -- a polyurethane, elastomer coating for
0 2/10
2003
Default Air Force Logo Air Force identifies new race categories
Airmen are now able to identify more than one race in their official personnel files because of a change in how the Air Force records racial information.Some race designations will automatically change to fit the new categories as part of the data conversion. The new categories are part of a government-wide effort to standardize race
0 2/10
2003
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- Tech. Sgt. David Brown stands in front of his newly acquired 1941 PT-17. Brown is a medical logistics noncommissioned officer with the 459th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Courtesy photo) NCO owns vintage aircraft, drops bombs
For six months out of the year, Tech. Sgt. David Brown drops bombs on Bealeton, Va.Using his newly-acquired 1941 PT-17 aircraft, he can narrow in on a moving target, usually a person running around below, and release his ammunition -- bags filled with baking flour nicknamed "flour bombs."The comedy routine is one of several acts performed by
0 2/10
2003
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii --  A B-1B Lancer from the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., lines up with the refueling boom on a Hawaii Air National Guard KC-135 Stratotanker during the last leg of the bomber's recent global power mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bobby Yettman) Total force strikes the Pacific
True Air Force airpower was demonstrated at sunset recently over the Hawaiian Islands when two KC-135 Stratotankers from the Hawaii Air National Guard here refueled two Air Combat Command B-1B Lancers.The tankers from the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron met and refueled the bombers over the Pacific Ocean while the bombers finished up their 19-hour,
0 2/10
2003
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Although many things, from Air Force acronyms to household chores, have challenged Chaplain (Capt.) Gildardo Garcia since his term as a chaplain began, the Colombian native is anxious to serve the community here. Garcia was granted U.S. citizenship in August and joined the Air Force in November. (U.S. Air Force photo by Margo Wright) Priest tackles life at Tinker
He is new at cooking, new at cleaning and relatively new at English, but the new chaplain here still counts his blessings.In his Midwest City apartment, the Chaplain (Capt.) Gildardo Garcia could not be happier."Here, I live like a king," he said.Hundreds of miles from his family in Colombia, Garcia believes life is good."It's a beautiful city," he
0 2/07
2003
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFPN) -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speaks with servicemembers during a town hall meeting Feb. 7 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Rumsfeld visited the Air Force's only fighter wing south of the Alps for a few hours as part of a trip to gain European support for the global war on terrorism and future contingencies. (U.S. Air Forec photo by Staff Sgt. Staci L. Rosenberger) Secretary Rumsfeld visits base in Italy
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told servicemembers during a town hall meeting here Feb. 7 that they "stand between fear and freedom, and America is counting on its military."Rumsfeld visited the Air Force's only fighter wing south of the Alps for a few hours as part of a trip to gain European support for the global war on terrorism and future
0 2/07
2003
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFPN) --Testers at here, conduct egress training during earlier test missions aboard the C-17 Globemaster III. An Air Force test team is working with soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C., to conduct egress and airdrop tests designed to improve the aircraft's support of real-world military missions. (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Dillier) C-17 test team conducts airdrop tests
An Air Force test team set out from here Feb. 2 on a C-17 Globemaster III to conduct egress and airdrop tests with help from soldiers at Fort Bragg, N.C.Each of the tests supports a combat mission needs statement from Air Mobility Command. The egress testing will evaluate the emergency procedures for 190 people should the aircraft need to be
0 2/07
2003
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AFPN) -- Fifth-grader Catherine Newcome, at the yoke, gets a feel for flying a small plane on a computer simulator during a National Guard Starbase exercise in Martinsburg, W.Va. Capt. Jon McCullough, a C-130 Hercules pilot in the West Virginia Air National Guard, offers some helpful hints while watching her progress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bob Haskell) Starbase teaches children how to fly
On her 11th birthday, Catherine Newcome gripped the yoke of a Cessna airplane and learned a lot about flying. She crashed the first time she tried to land, but quickly regained her composure, paid attention to her coach from the West Virginia Air National Guard, and took off and landed safely on her second try.Catherine did all of this while
0 2/07
2003
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- Sandra Fries-Carr analyzes the diamond-like carbon film deposited on foil in the Air Force Research Laboratory propulsion directorate's power division. The heat-resistant material is being developed for a wide variety of military applications from electrically driven aircraft accessories to pulse power applications like directed-energy weapons. (Courtesy photo) Propulsion team doubles capacitor capabilities
The viability of powerful directed-energy weapons on future Air Force aircraft just got a shot in the arm with a greater than two-fold improvement to key electrical components that are needed to make the lasers work.Air Force Research Laboratory propulsion directorate researchers involved in the developmental testing of diamond-like carbon
0 2/07
2003
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFPN) -- Staff Sgt. James Tompkins secures a pallet of possibly contaminated cargo during an Air Mobility Command offload/exchange zone concept operations exercise here. Tompkins is assigned to the base's 731st Air Mobility Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Toni Tones) Base tests cargo decontamination
After shutting down the engines following a two-and-a-half-hour flight, the C-130 Hercules crew opened the hatch to offload the cargo and passengers here.Kaboom! The base had just been hit by a simulated scud-missile attack, possibly contaminating the passengers and cargo that just arrived.Airmen from the 731st Air Mobility Squadron here and the
0 2/07
2003
OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM -- (Clockwise from lower left) 1st Lt. Alison, Capts. Heather and Waynetta and, Senior Airman Lyndi, all from the 376th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, flew an all-female KC-135 Stratotanker air refueling mission over Afghanistan on Jan. 31. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Elizabeth Ortiz) Ladies' night over Afghanistan
In one of her songs, country singer Shania Twain croons about all the things women do these days -- they are judges, politicians, doctors and soldiers, to name a few.Not mentioned in the song, but occurring more frequently as the global war on terrorism continues, is something else: female fliers in combat missions over Afghanistan.Early on Jan.
0 2/06
2003
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Christa Wolfe, wife of 1st Lt. Marc Wolfe from the 741st Missile Squadron here, hangs a two-star service flag on her door. Christa's service flag honors her husband and her father, Lt. Col. Dennis McCarty, a chaplain at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Service flags are hung during any period of war or hostilities in which the U.S. armed forces may be engaged. Each star represents a family member in the armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steve Grever) Flag Day in February
Christa Wolfe, wife of 1st Lt. Marc Wolfe from the 741st Missile Squadron here, hangs a two-star service flag on her door. Christa's service flag honors her husband and her father, Lt. Col. Dennis McCarty, a chaplain at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Service flags are hung during any period of war or hostilities in which the U.S. armed forces
0 2/06
2003
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- First Lt. Scott Cassano of the 82nd Communications Squadron here donates blood Jan. 27 during a blood drive. The base collected 653 units, breaking the Texas state record set by Plano East High School, which collected 457 units recently. Sheppard had set the record previously before being unseated by the high school. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lynn Bullard) Blood drive breaks record -- again!
First Lt. Scott Cassano of the 82nd Communications Squadron here donates blood Jan. 27 during a blood drive. The base collected 653 units, breaking the Texas state record set by Plano East High School, which collected 457 units recently. Sheppard had set the record previously before being unseated by the high school. (Photo by Lynn Bullard)
0 2/06
2003
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti -- Senior Airman Jamie Grampp spends some time with a child at an orphanage in Djibouti City, Djibouti. Grampp is a finance clerk with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. She is deployed from the 436th Comptroller Squadron at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marine Corps Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald) Servicemembers visit African orphanage
A group of primarily female servicemembers from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa recently spent some time with the youngsters of an all-female orphanage here.The troops, including a few former Girl Scouts, handed out candy which was donated by Girl Scouts from Lebanon, Conn., sang songs and even showed what the hokeypokey is really all
0 2/06
2003
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