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  • Airman dies of injuries in Kuwait

    An Idaho Air National Guardsman has died of injuries received from a grenade attack on his tent in Kuwait on March 22.Officials announced Maj. Gregory L. Stone died March 25 at a U.S. Army field hospital in Kuwait.Stone had been serving as an air liaison officer with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division at Camp Pennsylvania in northern Kuwait
  • The ultimate line dance

    C-17 Globemaster IIIs await orders to load and launch in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom at a forward-deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac G.L. Freeman)
  • Diversity stressed for civilians

    As the Air Force takes the first steps toward transforming the way it develops its civilian employees, its leaders are stressing the importance of diversity in the workplace.Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche said ensuring diversity in the work force is much more than a legal obligation or correction of historical injustices."It is a
  • Baghdad marketplace not a target

    A Baghdad marketplace reportedly rocked by an explosion killing 14 people was not targeted by coalition forces, Defense Department officials said March 26 during a Pentagon press briefing.Army Maj. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, vice director for operations on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said coalition forces did not aim at the northern Baghdad
  • General: Iraqi regime showing 'true colors'

    The Iraqi regime has "shown its true colors" in recent days with brutality and disregard for international rules of warfare, a U.S. Central Command official said today.Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, deputy director of operations at CENTCOM's deployed headquarters in Qatar, said Iraqi forces are repressing the Iraqi population and deliberately
  • Coalition progress 'phenomenal,' DOD officials say

    Six days into the campaign against Iraq and the coalition progress has been "phenomenal," Pentagon spokeswoman Victoria Clarke said today.Clarke, briefing at a Pentagon news conference with Army Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, said the coalition is making progress on the sea, land and air."On the sixth day of this campaign, going against a regime
  • Coalition forces strike missile launchers

    Coalition aircraft used precision-guided weapons to target nine Iraqi surface-to-surface missiles and launchers in Baghdad on March 26.The missiles and launchers were placed within a civilian residential area. Most of the missiles were positioned less than 300 feet from homes. A full assessment of the operation is ongoing.Military targets - such as
  • Sands of time

    Senior Airman Lisa Jones loads air-to-ground missiles for an F-16 Fighting Falcon on the flightline at a forward-deployed location March 25. Jones is a precision-guided munitions crew member with the 363rd Expeditionary Equipment Maintenance Squadron. She is deployed from the 18th Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Iraq's Umm Qasr port opens for aid shipments

    An influx of humanitarian aid is en route to the Iraqi port town of Umm Qasr, a military official said March 26."The port is being prepared for reopening and port workers have been invited to come back and begin work," said Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, deputy director of operations for U.S. Central Command. An Australian-led maritime coalition force
  • SECDEF: Air strikes not aimed at civilians

    U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lauded the air coalition's unsurpassed ability to avoid collateral damage during a March 25 press conference in the Pentagon.Speaking directly to Iraqi civilians about the intent of coalition air strikes, the secretary said that there can be no mistake about the coalition's intent."By now you have seen and
  • U.S., aid agencies ready to assist impoverished Iraqis

    United States and international relief workers are poised to enter the Umm Qasr port to address acute shortages of public drinking water and unsafe sanitary conditions in southern Iraq, particularly in the city of Basra to the northwest.Andrew Natsios, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, provided this assessment in a
  • K-9 partners operate on vigilance, trust

    At base gates, military working dogs and handlers are doing their part in the war with Iraq while guarding against the threat of terrorism.These threats mean there are more reasons than ever to suspect that America's enemies will target its most valuable resources with explosives or hazardous materials. Air Force K-9 teams are on guard to detect
  • Load 'em up

    A weapons load crew from the 22nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron loads a GBU-31 precision-guided bomb on an F-16 Fighting Falcon on March 24 at a forward-deployed air base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick C. Goode)
  • Coalition pilots strike satellite guidance jammers

    Coalition airmen struck Iraqi equipment used to jam satellite guidance systems March 24, according to defense officials.B-1B Lancers and F-117 Nighhawks bombed six Global Positioning System jammers during coalition strikes. Iraq was using the jammers in an attempt to disrupt the guidance system of satellite-guided munitions.Initial battle damage
  • Lancer crews describe B-1 missions over Iraq

    B-1B Lancers, combining the latest in technology with old-fashioned elbow grease, are taking the air war of Operation Iraqi Freedom to regime and military targets in every inch of that country.Four members of the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing described their mission to Pentagon reporters in a March 25 teleconference. The 405th is currently deployed
  • Reserve taps 776 for promotion to major

    Air Reserve Personnel Center officials here selected 776 captains for promotion to major, they announced March 25.The officers were selected from the 2004 Air Force Reserve line and health professions major promotion selection boards held at the center Feb. 3 to 7.Board members reviewed the records of 1,797 captains. The complete list of officers
  • Act may protect active-duty reservists

    Guardsmen and reservists called to active duty to fight the global war on terror may seek credit protection under a law passed to aid GIs in an earlier global war.The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 protects military members from certain legal obligations while they are actively engaged in national defense.Among the Act's chief
  • Navy, Air Force sink Iraqi patrol boat

    U.S. Navy and Air Force assets teamed together to target and sink a fast-attack Iraqi patrol boat in the Arabian Gulf on March 21 using precision-guided ordnance.A Navy P-3C Orion long-range patrol aircraft located and tracked the patrol boat and then relayed the information to an Air Force AC-130 gunship, which targeted the boat. The P-3C is
  • Coalition aircraft flew more than 1,500 sorties over Iraq

    Coalition aircraft flew more than 1,500 sorties in the continuing air war against the regime in Iraq on March 24, coalition officials in the region said today.More than 800 were strike sorties, with 200 of those being flown against "preplanned" targets. The rest were flown against "emerging targets" -- targets of opportunity.Coalition aircraft
  • Bush calls wartime supplemental budget request 'urgent'

    The president said today his $74.7 billion wartime supplemental budget request is urgent and "directly related to winning this war and to securing the peace that will follow this war."President Bush visited the Pentagon and told a roomful of senior defense officials that the money, once appropriated by Congress, would pay for "needs directly


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