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  • 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
  • Experience levels vary in Operation Iraqi Freedom

    The level of experience of Air Force members currently deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia runs the gamut, from battle-tested veteran to bright-eyed teenager.But whether they are new to the game or have seen it all before, the mission must go on.Maj. Scott Lambe, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot
  • Air National Guard unit ensures safe flying

    Communication is vital. It is the key to the success of any operation. Without it, assumption and perception take over, causing malfunctions and putting lives at stake.This is something the air traffic control and radar approach control airmen at Bagram, Afghanistan know well.Listening for requests to land on the runway, watching the radar screen
  • C-17 crews describe paratroop drop

    Training. Teamwork. Focus. Pride.That is how the commander of the largest airborne mission since 1990's Operation Just Cause sums up the aerial delivery of 1,000 members of the Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade into northern Iraq on March 26.It was the first time a C-17 Globemaster III had inserted paratroops into a combat situation."There's a huge
  • Combined security

    Jeko Jekov (left) and Staff Sgt. Olga Valery patrol the beach area here. Jekov is with the Bulgarian military police while Valery is assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group's security forces. U.S. security forces airmen work with Bulgarian military police to maintain security on Camp Sarafovo and at the Burgas International Airport.
  • UAV 'roadmap' helps warfighter

    The Department of Defense's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Roadmap provides a defensewide vision for UAVs and related technology, said the deputy of the UAV Planning Task Force in congressional testimony here March 26.The goal of the plan is to ensure UAV programs proceed in a coordinated and efficient manner in order to move capability into the hands of
  • F/A-22 resumes testing

    F/A-22 Raptor test and training flight operations resumed here March 22 after a brief delay following a nose-gear-retraction incident.On March 18, the nose gear of an F/A-22 retracted unexpectedly as the engines were being shut down. The incident occurred after successful completion of a routine training mission.No one was injured in the incident,
  • Female astronaut pioneers last frontier

    Whether they sailed across the oceans, climbed mountains, or rolled across the Great Plains, pioneers were first to explore new frontiers. Col. Susan Helms is not rambling across the prairie in a covered wagon, but she is a pioneer. She is an astronaut. Her frontier: space.Helms was the first U.S. military woman in space in 1993 and the first
  • Science, technology investment determines future

    Warfighting effects and what is needed to achieve them drive the Air Force's science and technology program, the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering told members of Congress on March 27."We're committed to a robust science and technology program that enables us to achieve our vision of becoming an
  • Take a break

    Master Sgt. Mark Kuntz (right) takes a break during a survival, evasion, resistance and escape exercise here. As part of exercise Foal Eagle, Kuntz, a SERE instructor, is helping to train Korean air force members to navigate and guide Air Force rescue units to their location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall)
  • Combat vets wage public-info campaign

    Four Air Force combat veterans began a new campaign March 27 -- informing the public of the Air Force's role in Operation Iraqi Freedom.The airmen -- three aircrew members and a combat controller -- spoke to reporters from across the nation in a television studio here on topics including the latest technology, flying combat sorties and feelings
  • Controllers keep air traffic in sync

    Air traffic controllers have handled up to 1,600 sorties a day as the "shock and awe" air campaign continues and ground forces make a beeline for Baghdad.The torrid pace shows no signs of slowing, said Tech. Sgt. Mark Morrison, a controller working at a forward-deployed location. He works in radar approach control and said the high workload keeps
  • Timeline for parts cut in half

    Airmen assigned to the 320th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron began getting parts March 22 in half the time it previously took.A Department of Defense-contracted carrier streamlined normal customs procedures to deliver cargo directly to the designated unit.The airmen and other base leaders coordinated with the U.S. Embassy and host-nation
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