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  • Snow duty

    Moving a patient front of the Old Faithful ranger station here are, from left, Ranger Jan Cauthorn-Page Senior Master Sgt. Johnny Cupp (left) and Senior Airman Nathan Steele. Cupp and Steele are emergency medical technicians with the 445th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. They recently participated in a
  • Pope people, aircraft supporting fight

    Members of Pope's Flying Tigers -- the only active-duty A-10 Thunderbolt II unit in Southwest Asia -- are bringing the fight to the enemy as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.A number of the 23rd Fighter Group's aircraft and people are deployed to a forward location and participating in combat operations. Since the beginning of the war, pilots have
  • Highlighting cruel nature of Iraqi regime

    Since the beginning of the war in Iraq, defense officials have pointed out the Iraqi regime's policy of consistently ignoring the laws of armed conflict and the Geneva Conventions.From setting death squads on their own people to holing up in mosques and shrines, regime forces have flouted international conventions.The most recent, and a most
  • You've got a friend

    Tech. Sgt. Terrance Butler shares his hat with a Bulgarian child April 2. Butler is currently assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group at Camp Sarafovo, Bulgaria. More than 40 children from two orphanages in nearby Burgas toured the camp and entertained the deployed troops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Ahlschwede)
  • AF provides Congress with Raptor update

    Air dominance is the first priority of any combat commander and the F/A-22 Raptor will provide it for them, Lt. Gen. John D.W. Corley said in congressional testimony April 2.Corley is the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition at the Pentagon."Air dominance provides our forces with freedom from attack while giving
  • Reserve, active duty blend seamlessly

    Active-duty and Reserve airmen are working side by side and facing the same wartime challenges while deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.Air reserve technicians from the 917th Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., work in tandem with their active-duty counterparts as members of the 5th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron munitions flight at a
  • Academy honors distinguished graduates

    Contributions to the Air Force and nation have earned two Air Force Academy graduates the academy's distinguished graduate awards.Retired Air Force Gen. Robert Oaks and Dr. Paul Kaminski have earned the 2002 Distinguished Graduate Award. The award recognizes graduates for contributions to the academy's Association of Graduates and the nation.Oaks
  • Desert duty

    Tech. Sgt. Rey Rodriguez prepares support brackets for shower tent at a forward-deployed location April 1. Rodriguez is a load team superintendent with the 621st Tanker Airlift Control Element and is deployed from the 821st Air Mobility Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton T. Burris)
  • Tower a pinnacle of support for fliers

    As B-52 Stratofortresses lift off from a deployed location, the last person to wish them well is not the commander or maintainers. It is Airman 1st Class Jeremy Beecher, an air traffic controller with the 457th Air Expeditionary Group.Air traffic controllers direct all air and runway traffic. They are the last people to talk to an aircraft before
  • Jabara Award honors aviators' efforts

    Two Air Force helicopter pilots have earned the 2003 Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship.Majs. Leighton Anderson and Edward Lengel, both 1992 academy graduates, earned the award for their contributions to airpower during Operation Enduring Freedom.This is the first time the award has been given to more than one graduate since 1988. The award is
  • Airmen jump in, prepare airfield in northern Iraq

    As part of what may be the largest airborne assault since D-Day, 20 airmen of the 86th Contingency Response Group parachuted into northern Iraq on March 27 with more than 1,000 soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.The people who jumped into Iraq comprised a team of specialists from the intelligence, medical, communications, security, aerial port,
  • Illinois base prepares for possible war casualties

    As coalition forces zero in on Baghdad, there is a possibility of mass military casualties. If that happens, Scott AFB in America's heartland may serve as a central medical "hub" for getting wounded warriors to the care they need."If the number of casualties is great, we need to be prepared," said Col. Charles Beadling, 375th Medical Group
  • Wing prepares for CV-22 training

    With two CV-22 simulators on board here, 58th Special Operations Wing workers are making strides toward setting up training for the new aircraft.The Air Force officially accepted ownership of its first full-motion CV-22 simulator at the 58th Training Squadron recently.The unit will receive four simulators for CV-22 pilot and flight engineer
  • Night ops in the north

    Master Sgt. Gerritt McCrory of the 86th Expeditionary Contingency Response Group marshals cargo and people from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during night operations March 30 at an airfield in northern Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rich Puckett)
  • Female B-2 pilot makes history

    Military women are continuing to knock down barriers and make history.Capt. Jennifer Wilson, a B-2 Spirit pilot deployed with the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, landed on the runway April 1 at her forward-deployed location, making her the first female B-2 pilot to fly a combat mission. "Flying is great," Wilson said. "I can't imagine doing
  • Last American flag on Iwo Jima flies over Buckley

    In 1968, Old Glory was lowered on the island of Iwo Jima for the last time as the island returned to the Japanese government.A flag had flown day and night on Mount Suribachi since U.S. Marines famously raised on there during the battle for Iwo Jima.On March 27, that last flag flew here as part of a ceremony commemorating the 58th anniversary of
  • Letterman features Alaska airmen

    Ten members of the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron here will share the spotlight with David Letterman when they present a "top 10 list" on his TV show April 4. The airmen will give late-night audiences the "Top 10 Cool Things about Being Stationed in Alaska." The segment was taped in front of an E-3 Sentry Feb. 26, but is just now being aired
  • Fix nets new stripes for 23 airmen

    Nearly two dozen enlisted airmen will receive an unexpected promotion since personnel officials discovered systemic errors involving people who returned to the Air Force after a break in service.While no stripes will be taken away, officials discovered that 35 "prior-service" airmen had -- unknown to them -- incorrect service dates, including
  • CENTCOM: Republican Guard division 'destroyed'

    With divisions divided and divisions destroyed, April is off to a bad start for Iraq's famed Republican Guard.An official from U.S. Central Command confirmed in an April 2 press briefing at the unit's forward headquarters in Qatar that the Baghdad division of the guard "has been destroyed" in fighting south of the capital city that bears its name.
  • B-52 crews use 'smart-guided' cluster bomb

    Air Force B-52 Stratofortress crews made history April 2 when they dropped six sensor-fused cluster bombs on a column of Iraqi tanks headed south out of Baghdad.The bombing runs resulted in the destruction of the tanks and marked the first time in history that CBU-105 Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers have been used in combat, officials from the
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