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  • U.S. troops to be in Iraq 'not one day longer' than necessary, Myers says

    American troops will be in Iraq "as long as required and not one day longer," the U.S. military's senior officer said here today.Saddam Hussein's regime is history and "the process of returning Iraq to the Iraqi people has begun," Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Arab and Muslim journalists at the
  • CFACC provides guidance for coalition air campaign

    Before one of the most intense and precise air campaigns in the history of modern warfare began March 19, a video teleconference was held that included President Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Tommy Franks and Combined Forces Air Component Commander Lt. Gen. T. Michael "Buzz" Moseley.The meeting
  • 12 AF civilians receive presidential rank awards

    Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche honored 12 Air Force recipients of the 2002 Presidential Rank Awards in a ceremony here April 7."It's my great privilege to recognize the tremendous contributions these people have made to our Air Force and to congratulate them on their achievement," Roche said.Each recipient combines great
  • Air Force announces productivity excellence awards

    Five Air Force teams and three people recently received top honors for their money-saving improvements to the Air Force.The Air Force Productivity Excellence Award recognizes Air Force airmen, civilians and small groups who have made substantial improvements in productivity. The winners' efforts resulted in $63 million in tangible savings. Those
  • In coordination

    Staff Sgt. Marissa Richard and Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Morris coordinate an aircraft's arrival at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq. Richard is a tanker airlift control element manager and Morris works command and control. Both are assigned to the 86th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron. The squadron is part of the 86th Expeditionary Contingency
  • Bush: Coalition victory in Iraq certain but not complete

    "These are good days for the history of freedom," President Bush said during a Rose Garden ceremony this morning.In one month Iraq has transformed from being "a prison to its own people, a haven for terrorists (and) an arsenal of weapons that endanger the world," Bush said during remarks on his administration's economic proposals."Today the world
  • Rock merchants lighten up tense times

    When aircraft fly into Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq, some aircrews jump out of their plane to pick up a quick souvenir -- a rock or two.A trio of airmen who work on the flightline saw one too many of the flightsuit-wearing warriors taking little chunks of what they consider their hard-earned real estate.In classic GI fashion, they came up with
  • Heading home

    An F-117 Nighthawk and F-15E Strike Eagles prepare to launch April 14 from a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 8th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and its F-117s are returning home to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., after supporting the war in Iraq. The F-15Es are from Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Airmen stay busy despite end of major hostilities in Iraq

    Even though hostilities in Iraq appear to be winding down, airmen who fly combat missions over that war-torn nation say their job is not finished yet."We still have pockets of resistance in various areas, and until we have complete control we need to have air power up there supporting the ground troops," said Lt. Col. Grant Bishop, an F-16CJ
  • Airlift takes toll on Bashur Airfield

    The landing of many heavy cargo aircraft at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq, has forced the closure of 2,000 feet of runway that cracked under the constant strain.That still leaves a 5,000-foot runway, more than enough for C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules aircraft to continue the airlift into this base 255 miles north of Baghdad, said Lt.
  • Air Force begins re-deploying some forces

    The Air Force has started re-deploying some its assets supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to defense officials.The return of B-2 Spirit, F-117 Nighthawk and some F-15 Eagle aircraft has already begun, the officials said. It is all part of a process to re-deploy forces no longer required for OIF, so that the deployed aircraft can be
  • Rumsfeld says U.S. will find Iraqi WMD materials

    Saddam Hussein's scientific adviser surrendered to U.S. forces Saturday, proclaiming that Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction."Do you believe it?" NBC's "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on today's edition."No, goodness no," the secretary responded.Rumsfeld said he is convinced the Iraqi regime has
  • Shape of coalition forces will change as war winds down

    As the war in Iraq winds down, the shape and number of coalition forces in the area will change, DoD officials said during a briefing in the Pentagon.Two carrier battle groups centered around the USS Constellation and Kitty Hawk will leave the area, Navy officials said today. This still leaves three carrier battle groups in the region: the USS
  • Extreme sports

    Senior Airman Ian Garcia takes a break at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq. Garcia is part of a six-man explosive ordnance disposal team at the base. He said he put up the sign next to a mud hole because he was tired of seeing people walk by frowning, and he wanted them to smile. Garcia is deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air
  • Now showing: April 14 edition of Air Force Television News

    The Air Force's role in Operation Iraqi Freedom and an update by two Air Force senior leaders on what is being done to address the rape and sexual assault issue at the Air Force Academy highlight the latest edition of Air Force Television News.Most of the program's focus is on Operation Iraqi Freedom. Master Sgt. Dan Robinson and Staff Sgt. Leigh
  • Reservists provide medical care on POW's return flight

    Seven Air Force reservists provided medical care aboard the C-17 Globemaster III flight that brought Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch and 45 other patients to the United States on April 12.The crew consisted of five airmen from Wright-Patterson's 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, one from McChord AFB, Wash., and one from Charleston AFB, S.C. Together
  • Moody AFB attorneys support 'Operation I Do'

    Dressed to the nines in his best desert camouflage uniform and surrounded by his security forces family, a nervous but calm deployed senior airman took part in "Operation I Do."Even though they were separated physically, Senior Airman James Evans and his fiance, Andrea, were reunited via fax and phone April 8 to exchange wedding vows. They owe
  • Support network available for families of deployed airmen

    For many years, families of active and reserve component airmen, along with Air Force civilian employees, have had to deal with the stresses associated with deployments and remote tours.However, families no longer have to endure these separations alone, according to Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Tester, personnel and family readiness noncommissioned
  • AGE keeps maintainers in business

    They are the veins and arteries that carry the lifeblood to hundreds of workers keeping the coalition bombing effort pumping on time.The maintainers and bomb loaders depend on the airmen of the aerospace ground equipment shop to keep the flightline moving. Because of them, the heart of the mission continues to beat on.The AGE shop airmen provide
  • War sharpens air traffic control mission's focus

    Operation Iraqi Freedom is providing students attending the Air Force's only air traffic control school real-world examples of how their training will be used after graduation.The air traffic control school here trains about 1,000 airmen and international students each year, including new airmen, prior-service members and cross-trainees.Since the
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