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  • Artists document Air Force history with art

    First-time visitors to the Pentagon might expect to see star-studded generals and high-tech "war rooms." What they might not expect is that the walls of this 60-year-old building not only frame its famous catacomb hallways, but also double as an art gallery.The Air Force Art Program is responsible for acquiring and managing this dizzying array of
  • Force modules give commanders 'playbook'

    The Air Force is developing a "playbook" that will allow combatant commanders to better manage their air assets, particularly in the area of opening and establishing forward bases.According to Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Peppe, special assistant for air and space expeditionary forces at the Pentagon, the key to that playbook is matching the appropriate
  • Rhein-Main maintains air bridge to Afghanistan

    Airman 1st Class Nate Hill had one thing in mind: getting his C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane airborne so it could get on with its mission.That is "Job 1" at this once-again busy airlift base outside Frankfurt, and if to do that means standing in a steady, cold drizzle most of the day, so be it, he said.Because Hill knew inside the aircraft were
  • Fuel specialists keep Air Force flying high

    There is an old saying that "the Army runs on its stomach." Well, the Air Force runs on fuel, jet fuel, and lots of it.The Air Force's petroleum office makes sure the Air Force has fuel whenever and wherever it needs it, according to Col. David King, commander of Detachment 3 of the Air Force's petroleum office, in Fort Belvoir, Va.The airmen who
  • C-5 painter explores possibilities of special art

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Mike Boutwell, a painter for the C-5 corrosion control facility here, is speaking volumes.Boutwell, who said he has been doodling ever since he can remember, has received rave reviews on his latest work, a mural of the C-5 Galaxy.Spending his days in the paint shop preparing and painting actual C-5s,
  • A patient with patience

    An Afghan boy from the Aroki Province of Kapisa in Afghanistan waits to be seen by U.S. military medics Jan. 21. Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, along with soldiers from the 48th Combat Support Hospital and the 924th Korean Medical hospital, visited the province to offer health care to local residents. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Cherie A.
  • Military, civilian W-2s available on myPay

    American military members and Department of Defense civilians can now view, save and print their W-2 wage and tax statements from myPay at https://mypay.dfas.mil.Military retirees and annuitants can view, save and print their tax form 1099s as well.The myPay service provides a secure way for servicemembers, defense civilians, military retirees and
  • Lights of Dover

    Dennis Major inspects new lights on the taxiway here. Dover is one of two Air Force installations using new diode lights that use less electricity than older models and are brighter. By design, an aircraft can hit a light and the tube will snap off the base, but the lighting unit itself will not be affected. Major works for the base's 436th
  • Doing shots

    Air Force Reserve Maj. Marty Maddox marks a Pentagon employee's arm before vaccinating her against the smallpox virus in the Pentagon's health care clinic Jan. 21. Maddox is an individual mobilization augmentee nurse who was activated last year. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)
  • Footprints in the sand

    Tech. Sgt. Brian Welch tracks elevation measurements using a global positioning system on the flightline at a forward-deployed location as part of an ongoing fuel-farm expansion project. Welch is an engineering assistant with the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Nancy Kuck)
  • FEGLI has new premiums, other changes

    Some Air Force civilian employees and retirees will see a change in the cost of their Federal Employees Group Life Insurance premiums. They may find themselves placed into a new age group.A recent review of the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance premiums by office of personnel management officials resulted in the changes that became effective
  • Fighter squadron deactivating after deployment

    "Mission complete" are familiar words of relief to military people who have completed their duty and relinquished their post.However, these words carry more meaning for 55th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron airmen as they complete their Operation Northern Watch mission here and prepare to deactivate their squadron once they return home to Shaw Air
  • Famous military cartoonist dies

    World War II soldier-cartoonist Bill Mauldin, creator of the classic "Willie and Joe" characters, died Jan. 23 in a nursing home in Newport Beach, Calif.Mauldin, 81, was weakened by Alzheimer's disease and died of pneumonia.During World War II, then-Army Sergeant Mauldin earned fame for the cartoon exploits of his two unshaven, weary, but wry, Army
  • Center training civilian journalists

    Air Mobility Warfare Center instructors here began training 60 journalists Jan. 20 during Joint Service Media Orientation and Training.The course, also known as "media boot camp," is a Department of Defense initiative that puts journalists through a weeklong, hands-on block of classes and field instruction.The training program teaches reporters
  • B-52 sees biggest improvement in 15 years

    After three years of planning, Air Force flight test experts here introduced a new offensive avionics system for the B-52 Stratofortress.Flight testing of the B-52 Avionics Midlife Improvement, known as AMI, began in mid-December and is scheduled to continue through March 2004, with 80 sorties averaging eight hours long and several global missions
  • Air commandos perform mission of mercy

    Quick actions of three airmen helped save a Japanese woman's life following an auto accident outside the base gate here Jan. 15.While returning to Kadena from another military installation about 4 p.m., three members of the 353rd Special Operations Group were stopped at a traffic light about a mile from the base."We heard tires squealing and then
  • Tweaking tankers

    Tech. Sgt. Michael Mickens works on a KC-135 Stratotanker after an air refueling mission over Afghanistan on Jan 20. Mickens is assigned to the 376th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The base is home to forces from seven coalition countries who conduct airlift,
  • Keeping fuel flowing

    Senior Airman Johnathan Seifert inspects a gauge that indicates the operational status of the fuel system. Seifert is assigned to the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron's fuels management flight here. The flight provides nearly 33 million gallons of fuel annually to the 100th Air Refueling Wing's KC-135 Stratotankers, 352nd Special Operations
  • New simulator provides medical training

    Thirty-three students from the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine here recently simulated caring for sick and injured patients aboard a Boeing 767 without ever leaving the ground.In an effort to provide realistic hands-on training, school officials recently acquired a full-size 767 fuselage that has been configured as a patient-transport
  • Just passing through

    An MV-22 Osprey stopped here Jan. 17 for fuel on its way from Amarillo, Texas, to Patuxent Naval Air Station, Md. It is the second low-rate initial-production Osprey airframe. Pilots Lt. Col. Tom Currie and Maj. Tom Goodrough, from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., flew the aircraft. (Photo by 1st Lt. Tana R. Hamilton)


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