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  • Helicopter flight makes 350th save

    A crew from the 40th Helicopter Flight rescued an injured horseback rider who was thrown and dragged by his horse Aug. 11 in the mountains south of Livingston, Mont. This was the 350th save by the airmen of the 40th HF.The rescue of Gary Ellis took place Aug. 12 along the shore of an alpine lake at an elevation of 9,300 feet -- an altitude that
  • Week offers officer, enlisted interaction

    For the first time in a professional military education setting, second lieutenants and senior noncommissioned officers got together to interact. The environment allowed for improved leadership, followership and mentorship between officers and enlisted airmen.During an initiative called “Combined Operations Week,” 623 Air and Space Basic Course
  • Twins celebrate 21st in Afghanistan

    The 455th Expeditionary Operations Group air traffic control flight celebrated the birthday of two of its airmen here Aug. 13. Senior Airmen Jason and Miles Herder, who are identical twins, turned 21 while deployed from the Air National Guard’s 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron in Cheyenne, Wyo. Both are air traffic control journeymen.“I’m two
  • ‘Lean’ process saves time, money

    Maintenance directorate workers here cut repeat work orders by 25 percent, reduced flow hours by 90 percent and saved $565,060 in the process. They did it by putting “lean” into their work.Lean is a way of streamlining processes and making them more efficient by removing waste, reducing cycle time and improving customer satisfaction, according to
  • Sortie changes green pilot blue

    An A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot deployed here with the 81st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron was required to fire at an enemy target on his first combat sortie Aug. 11.First Lt. Erik Axt deployed here Aug. 9 from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, less than two months after becoming combat-ready, said Lt. Col. Pat Malackowski, 81st EFS commander.“He is our
  • Speedy analyzer ensures safe fuel

    Air Force Research Laboratory Fuels Branch workers developed a new tool that analyzes jet fuel within five minutes and estimates important properties in a mobile laboratory setting.The fast gas chromatograph is an instrument that examines different types of fuels to determine whether or not they are safe for military use. The GC creates a very
  • Airman killed in car accident

    One airman was killed and another critically injured Aug. 13 in a car accident 40 miles south of Omaha, Neb. Airman 1st Class Ellee Smathers, 20, of Deland, Fla., was killed, and Airman Charles Capobianco of Bradenton, Fla., was injured.The airmen had just finished participating in the recruiter-assistance program in Florida after graduating from
  • Rumsfeld: Terror war drives transformation

    The ongoing global war against terrorism makes U.S. military transformation efforts an imperative goal, Department of Defense’s top civilian and uniformed officer said here Aug. 14.Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accompanied Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to a Pentagon town-hall meeting. Rumsfeld thanked
  • Rocket-propellant leak cleaned

    Officials completed cleanup efforts Aug. 14 after rocket propellant leaked Aug. 12 as it was being loaded onto a Titan IV rocket.Base officials said no one was injured, and there was no damage to the launch vehicle. Preliminary findings indicate that during the load of the propellant, an oxidizer pump motor failed. The release occurred in the
  • AF works to demobilize Guard, Reserve

    The Air Force is working to return the nearly 28,000 mobilized Guard and Reserve airmen to their families and civilian jobs as quickly as possible, according to the service’s senior manpower official.“There are a full range of initiatives that we’re undertaking to accomplish the mission without mobilized Air Reserve Component airmen,” said Michael
  • Team evaluates combat identification

    Nearly 2,000 people participated in a joint combat-identification exercise at the Combat Readiness Training Center here Aug. 4 to 14. The exercise focused on identifying targets when systems disagree on the target’s coordinates.An example might be when an E-8C Joint Stars and a RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle both identify an enemy target on
  • AF students bound for space camp

    Last year, the Military Child Education Coalition had only enough money to send one student of military parents to the U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. But this year, two Air Force children are among five youngsters to experience the camp thanks to a $5,000 corporate donation.London H. Durand, daughter of Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Durand, and
  • Major decision changes, saves lives

    On Sept. 11, 2001, Dr. Lidia S. Ilcus was driving to her office to see patients and lead clinicals as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Houston. When Ilcus arrived at work, a nurse approached her with some unexpected news.Like most people in the country that morning, the two of them watched the news in disbelief as the first
  • Volunteers bring ‘home’ to airmen

    They live in conditions their counterparts back home would frown upon. They are aware they could come under attack at any time and possibly lose their lives. They endure the fatigue from working long hours in temperatures hotter than 100 degrees. But one thing makes them different from the military serving here: They did not have to be here.
  • Marathon registration deadline approaches

    With the Sept. 5 registration deadline approaching for the seventh annual Air Force Marathon, more than 1,800 people have registered to compete. The event will take place here Sept. 20.According to marathon officials, 1,832 people had registered to compete as of Aug. 12, including 1,758 in the 26.2-mile marathon, the four-person relay race and the
  • AF offers short-term enlistments

    Beginning in October, 1 percent of new fiscal 2004 Air Force enlisted accessions, or about 370 recruits, will be able to sign up for a 15-month enlistment, as part of the National Call to Service program.The congressionally mandated program is designed to let people serve their country who might otherwise shy away from a regular four- or six-year
  • CSAF talks changes in Air Force

    New demands on today’s airmen are driving changes to the Air Force physical fitness program and a possible new uniform, said the service’s senior leader during a visit here Aug. 13.As the Air Force’s needs and demands change, so should airmen, said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper. “I think anybody who’s been a part of the expeditionary
  • Celebration in NY recalls 100 years of flight

    Thousands of people are celebrating the Centennial of Flight during events through Aug. 18 in Rockefeller Center here.Among the crowds are parents being dragged by their children who are eager to see the full-scale replicas of the F-16 Fighting Falcon or RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle. Others are standing in line to talk to Air Force pilots
  • Pilots test collision-avoidance system

    The Air Force's Automatic Air Collision Avoidance System successfully put two F-16 Fighting Falcons into automated maneuvers Aug. 7 to avoid collision during tests at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Maj. James Less and Swedish air force Maj. Richard Ljungberg flew a specially equipped research aircraft during the maneuver, conducted on actual
  • Airman saves heart-attack victim

    To just go in, vote and get back to work seemed like a reasonable expectation for Senior Master Sgt. Glenn Parsons, ground safety supervisor for the Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing here.But on his way from his job at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to a lunchtime union-ratification meeting, he had no idea what chaos
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