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  • C-130s are SUVs of airlift

    In a world where fighters are seen as the sleek Lamborghinis of the flying world, C-130s are still carrying the load as the SUVs of airlift. According to workers from of the C-130 system program office and the production people who maintain the aircraft here, that is just what it should be doing.While smaller jet planes may get all of the
  • Air Force names top command post controllers

    Air Force operations and training officials here have named the following airmen as 2002 Command Post Controllers of the Year:-- Command Post Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year is Master Sgt. Joseph A. Howell Jr., Yokota Air Base, Japan.-- Command Post NCO of the Year is Staff Sgt. Rodney D. Force, Kadena AB, Japan.-- Command Post Airman of
  • Federal employees will see bump in pay

    Most federal employees will soon see a larger 2003 pay increase thanks to an amended Executive Order 13282 providing retroactive locality pay. The increase varies by locality from .9 to 1.7 percent and will be retroactive to Jan. 12.Officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service should make retroactive payments to Department of Defense
  • More than 100,000 coalition troops in Iraq

    More than 300,000 coalition troops are deployed in support of combat operations, with more than a third of those inside Iraq, defense officials said March 31.In addition, each day about 2,000 coalition servicemembers, "flow" into the theater each day, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said at a press conference.Progress is also being made on the
  • Gas guzzler

    Tech. Sgt. George Anderson refuels a coalition aircraft from a fuel bladder at a forward-deployed location. Anderson is assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron and deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Nancy Kuck)
  • Operations center in action

    Staff Sgt. Selena Matlock (foreground)tracks aircraft take-off and landing times at the coalition operations center. She is assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at a deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Terry Blevins)
  • Forces not 'paused'; coalition attacks continue

    Army Gen. Tommy Franks said coalition forces are not "paused" and are not suffering from a lack of supplies.Franks, who spoke today at a press conference in Qatar, said, "Where we stand today is not only acceptable, ... it is truly remarkable."He spoke of "large and capable ground forces within 60 miles of Baghdad on multiple fronts." Coalition
  • Strikes target Fedayeen, other regime operations

    Coalition airmen kept the heat on the Iraqi regime March 29 with precision strikes on Fedayeen, air-defense and command-and-control facilities.Coalition aircraft bombed the main training facility of the Fedayeen paramilitary forces in eastern Baghdad. The Fedayeen in this area are in charge of security functions in eastern Baghdad, defense
  • After first week of war, airmen charged, ready

    With the first week of Operation Iraq Freedom successfully waged, 40,000 airmen spread across 30 locations stand poised for the long and difficult road ahead.But to airmen such as Senior Airman Jennifer Raney, the duration of the journey is secondary to dispelling the regime of Saddam Hussein."I'm just very proud to be here, and in my small way to
  • 'Flying schoolgirl' inspired early aviators

    In the early 1900s, flying was a novelty, pilots were idolized like movie stars, and air shows drew huge crowds fascinated by the emerging technology of flight.Few men were brave enough to take to the sky and women pilots were rare. That is what makes Katherine Stinson's aviation accomplishments all the more significant. She helped shape the U.S.
  • Base is no place for owls

    As sprawling neighborhoods take over wide-open spaces and devour wildlife habitats, some animals are forced to move to new homes. Sometimes those homes are on military installations.Most animals pose no threat, but others -- like a pair of barn owls that made their home in a hangar here -- can cause bigger problems."They're beautiful birds and
  • Most airlines change luggage weight limits

    Most major airlines have changed their checked baggage policy concerning weight limits and excess charges for luggage on domestic flights, according to Air Mobility Command transportation officials. These changes will affect military travelers."The carriers will continue to accept luggage up to 100 pounds per piece but significant fees will be
  • Buildup

    Staff Sgt. Matthew Duncan puts a fuse into a 2,000-pound Mk-84 bomb before it is loaded onto a B-52 Stratofortress bomber. Duncan is assigned to the 457th Air Expeditionary Group at a forward-deployed location. He is deployed from Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stacia Willis)
  • Moving forward

    Airmen of the 821st Tanker Airlift Control Element wait to board a C-130 Hercules aircraft March 27. The aircraft will move the airmen to another undisclosed location supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton T. Burris)
  • Air Force wins 5th straight bowling crown

    For anyone who says sports dynasties are dead, say hello to the Air Force bowling team.The team dominated the 25th annual Armed Forces Bowling Championship held March 14 to 20 at the Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.Airmen swept all the gold medals, claiming their fifth consecutive interservice team title and 15th overall since 1976. Their 53,971
  • Wounded return to United States

    A wounded military member is moved to an ambulance here March 28. He is one of 13 Americans who arrived in a C-141 Starlifter from the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The patients are the first people wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom to be returned to the United States. They were transferred to nearby military medical centers for
  • Strike Eagles destroy Ba'ath leadership facility

    A pair of Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles attacked a Ba'ath Party headquarters building in southern Iraq on March 28, where some 200 leaders of the Iraqi "irregular forces" were meeting.According to Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart, U.S. Central Command director of operations, the attack was meant to destroy some of the terror cells that are holding hostage
  • Bomb kills U.S. troops near Najaf; Iraqi missile damages Kuwait City mall

    Five U.S. 3rd Infantry Division soldiers were killed in Iraq today by an apparent suicide bomber at a road checkpoint near Najaf."That kind of activity, I think, is something that is a symbol of an organization that's beginning to get a little bit desperate," Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, noted to
  • Iraqi units may have orders to use chem/bio weapons

    Coalition forces have seen indications that Iraqi units have been given the freedom to use chemical weapons, Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said today.Brooks, deputy director of operations at CENTCOM's deployed headquarters in Qatar, told a press conference that intelligence sources indicate that once coalition troops reach a certain point Iraqi
  • U.S. troops' remains found near Nasiriyah

    The remains of American troops have been discovered in southern Iraq near where paramilitary forces loyal to Saddam Hussein have been accused by the Pentagon of executing U.S. service members after they'd surrendered.U.S. Central Command spokesman Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart told reporters today in Qatar of the situation developing in the
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