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  • Bomber over ballpark

    An Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over the Texas Rangers first season home game at the Ballpark here April 4. The aircraft is assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. This is the third year a Dyess B-1 has flown over the team's first home game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Wooten)
  • Maintainers get results despite tough conditions

    Approximately 1,900 coalition aircraft have launched almost 24,000 round-the-clock sorties since March 19 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.That means 24,000 opportunities for something to go wrong mechanically."No problem," say maintainers like Senior Master Sgt. Ricky Abbott and Staff Sgt. Robert Souders who are assigned to the 321st Air
  • Dover team serves to honor fallen heroes

    With the arrival of remains from Operation Iraqi Freedom, the honor guard is performing more than its usual duties.Besides providing military funeral honors, honor guard airmen, working with the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), bring the remains to the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs here."It is a job that we never like to do," said
  • Former POW celebrates 30 years of freedom

    As U.S. prisoners of war in Iraq await their freedom, Col. Charles Brown, 439th Maintenance Group commander here recalled the end of his own POW experience 30 years earlier.On April 1, 1973, a young, Captain Brown walked off a C-9 Nightingale onto the tarmac here after spending 101 days as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese. He was imprisoned at
  • On the lookout

    Master Sgt. Eric Draper scans the desert for threats as his HC-130 flies into a U.S.-controlled airfield in southern Iraq on April 3. Draper is a loadmaster with the 39th Rescue Squadron from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and is deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stefan Alford)
  • JAG discusses rules of combat

    When Americans go to war, they are armed with more than the best weapons and training the nation has to offer -- they are equipped with the "rule of law."According to the Air Force's senior lawyer, the United States fights wars differently from other nations."The Constitution governs everything we do, including the way the military fights wars,"
  • Guard, Reserve airmen testify about effects of mobilization

    Members of Congress turned to a panel of noncommissioned officers April 3 to determine the price military reservists are paying to help defend the nation.Two members of the Air National Guard and an Air Force reservist were on the multi-service panel that told members of the House Armed Services subcommittee on total force about the pros and cons
  • Agreement establishes Fighter Associate Program

    Air Force Reserve Command and Air Combat Command have joined forces to begin the Fighter Associate Program.Gen. Hal M. Hornburg, ACC commander, and Lt. Gen. James E. Sherrard III, AFRC commander, signed a memorandum of agreement that took effect April 2.The Fighter Associate Program is designed to meet the need for fighter-pilot training by
  • Renamed airport gateway to Iraq's future

    Saddam International Airport is under new management and has been renamed Baghdad International Airport, U.S. Central Command officials said today.Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, during a news conference in Qatar, said Army 5th Corps forces took the airport after heavy fighting. He said the airport will now be the "gateway to the future of
  • Team's efforts help warplanes go farther

    What do a maintenance scheduler, an information management specialist and an F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief have in common?Normally, not a whole lot. But at a desert air base, they are all part of a 16-person team sent from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., that augments the 363rd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's war readiness material section,
  • Air Force discusses information technology with Congress

    Department of Defense leaders met with the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on terrorism, unconventional threats and capabilities April 3 to discuss the role of information technology on mission capability."The Air Force is undergoing the most significant transformation in its relatively short history," said John M. Gilligan, the Air
  • Exercise good medicine for arthritis sufferers

    Should people with arthritis exercise? The answer to this question is a resounding "yes," according to 1st Lt. Justin Theiss, a physical therapist at the medical center here."Studies have shown exercise helps preserve joint mobility and function," Theiss said. "Inactive lifestyles and low fitness levels are two traits characterizing many people
  • Teachers take to the field

    They say those who cannot do, teach. But do not say that around the advisers from Ammo U, who just arrived at a forward-deployed location to give, and get, an education.The 40 or so airmen from the Air Force Combat Ammunition Center at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., have closed the school and moved the classroom closer to the fight. They are working
  • Aviano volunteers make deployment transit experience memorable

    Luke-warm coffee and a plate of stale cookies while waiting to move forward are deployment facts of life, right up there with tent living and a quarter-mile hike to the bathroom.Thanks to a program named Operation Yellow Ribbon, individuals passing through here are treated to something a little out of the ordinary.More than 10,000 airmen, soldiers,
  • Acquisition official briefs aircraft budget to Congress

    Over the last year, the Air Force has successfully implemented changes to its acquisition process and provided increased capabilities to warfighters, the service's top acquisition official said in written statements to lawmakers April 3."We will continue to leverage the technology of this nation to create advantages for our military forces and meet
  • Forces join together to fuel the coalition

    The U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force have joined forces at an RAF base in the Eastern Mediterranean to set up a refueling mission.A refueling system was needed that was more efficient than refueling aircraft by fuel trucks, according to RAF Warrant Officer 2nd Class Paul Lelliott, who oversees the coalition fuel
  • Water flowing into southern Iraq; food on the way

    With the help of the Kuwaiti government, fresh water is flowing into coalition-held areas of southern Iraq, and food is on the way, the American officer in charge of these efforts said today.Coalition forces are coordinating delivery of water from a pipeline the Kuwait government set up into southern Iraq to the port city of Umm Qasr and other
  • Powell predicts better day ahead for Iraq

    With Iraq's day of liberation drawing near, U.S. officials are hard at work on plans for an interim authority, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said today."We want an interim authority that is representative of all the groups who have an interest in the future of Iraq," Powell told reporters at the State Department. "We want it to include those
  • 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
  • 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
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