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Airman 1st Class Suzanne Van Elk gets a pallet rolling for download from a C-17 Globemaster III at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. When cargo includes hazardous material, like the volatile methanol on this pallet, loadmasters plan the cargo load around it, keeping incompatible cargo away. Airman Van Elk is deployed from McChord Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo) When needs arise in Central Asia, C-17 crews deliver
The C-17 Globemaster III crewmembers start their day around noon. It will end in about 18 hours, around 5 or 6 tomorrow morning. Today they will fly to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, and back twice, taking one group of passengers a step closer to home and another to the first day of their year long deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom
0 3/06
2006
Physical therapist Scott Dewey checks the range of motion of Senior Airman Dan Acosta's legs during a therapy session Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the burn rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve White) Airman recovering from bomb blast hopes to continue to serve
He stirs every few minutes as he sits talking in the living room of his base housing unit. He doesn’t show it with any grimace on his face, but he has not yet healed from the wounds he received in combat less than three months ago. All the while, he talks frankly, pulling his 4-year-old daughter near at times, about what he remembers of the events
0 3/01
2006
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Tech. Sgt. Kristy Decker locks pallets onto the C-130 Hercules floor. She is a loadmaster with the 746th Expeditionary Air Squadron and is deployed from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Ann P. Knabe) Loadmasters heart of C-130 operations
Tech. Sgt. Kristy Decker knows no flight in this region is predictable. With nearly two decades of flying under her belt, the Reserve loadmaster is serving her first tour of duty with the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Southwest Asia. To date, she has flown into Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa more than 20 times. The other half of
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2006
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- John Miles looks at the Tuskegee Airmen heritage wall at the 99th Flying Training Squadron. He recently visited the unit he was assigned to in the 1940s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lindsey Maurice) 

Tuskegee Airman visits former unit at Randolph
A man stood silent, captivated by the hundreds of images on the wall before him. The memories of one of the most pivotal times in his life and American military history surfaced with every square foot. The sepia images of pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance crews and support personnel are displayed on the mural that runs the length of the
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Musicians produce one-of-a-kind sound
The Heritage of the Air Force Band’s newest ensemble can be described as unique. The five Heritage Aire Celtic Ensemble members are the only musicians assigned to the Air Force band who are dedicated to Celtic music. They are the first Airmen authorized to wear the Billy Mitchell tartan since the Air Force pipe and drum corps in Washington, D.C.,
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2006
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFPN) -- Lt. Col. Skip Blumenthal practices playing bagpipes at least half an hour four or five days a week, usually in his backyard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Beverly Isik) Joint STARS Airman plays bagpipes on off-time
The E-8C Joint STARS crew had been flying for hours -- their first combat mission in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The sky was dark and unknowing. As they crossed into Iraqi air space, the aircraft suddenly filled with a sound the crew will probably never forget. “I was piping the troops into battle -- playing ‘Scotland the Brave,’” said Lt. Col. Skip
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2006
ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England (AFPN) -- Chief Master Sgt. Angelo Wilson talks with Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Richardson before the wing stand-up meeting Feb. 1. Chiefs Wilson and Richardson came from different backgrounds, but both saw the opportunities the Air Force provided. Chief Wilson is the command chief master sergeant for the 100th Air Refueling Wing. Chief Richardson is the command chief master sergeant for the 352nd Special Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo) 
Two chiefs find acceptance, opportunity in Air Force
He grew up in the South when segregation was the law of the land. He remembers seeing “Whites only” signs and attending George Washington Carver School, an all-black school, until desegregation was enforced in 1969 and he was bused to the “white school.” His family also had a cross burned in their yard. He remembers his father helping search for
0 2/03
2006
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFPN) -- Senior Airman Tony Beitzel answers a law enforcement desk call during his shift Jan. 24. Airman Beitzel said the hardest part of his job is trying to get errands done during the day. He is a controller assigned to the 52nd Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amaani Lyle) Security forces Airmen maintain ops tempo long after sundown
Things are sometimes uncommonly quiet around here at night. But the calm is likely a welcome relief for the wing’s twilight guardians -- the 52nd Security Forces Squadron Airmen who are well-acquainted with 12-hour-plus graveyard shifts. The responsibility to protect people and aircraft can be even trickier on night patrol, when inclement weather,
0 2/01
2006
Default Air Force Logo The business of saving lives: airlifting wounded warriors
It was Capt. Tracy Shamburger’s first flight with a new crew from the 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. The Air Force Reservist, who teaches nursing at the University of South Alabama, had served as a medical crew director before and she clearly knew the ropes. Her five-person medical team met shortly after 8 a.m. at the crew
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2006
EPPELHEIM, Germany (AFPN) -- Capt. Kris Uber (left) races to the puck against a player from the Eppelheim Hawks. The KMC Eagles won 6-4. The Kaiserslautern Military Community hockey team is made up of 30 players in different skill levels varying from semi-pro and college to players experiencing their first organized game. Captain Uber is with the 76th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John E. Lasky) Eagles glide toward tourney
Shouldering huge bags, the men looked more like they were ready to deploy to some base in the desert than getting ready for a hockey match.They were the Eagles, the Kaiserslautern Military Community, or KMC, hockey team. Their bags were filled with the special gear -- helmets, head-to-toe protective pads and, of course, skates -- of their sport.
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2006
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