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  • Act gives commissary, other benefits

    The fiscal 2004 National Defense Authorization Act offers reservists and their families unlimited commissary privileges, better health benefits and an overall average military pay raise of 4.15 percent.President George W. Bush signed the defense bill Nov. 24. It allows reservists in the Selected Reserve, reserve retirees under age 60 and their
  • Online voting offers alternative

    Potentially hundreds of airmen serving worldwide may be eligible to vote online in 2004 based on a major government initiative to simplify the absentee-ballot process.The secure electronic registration and voting experiment program is part of the Federal Voting Assistance Program. Program organizers hope the experiment will encourage as many as
  • Cadet named Rhodes Scholar

    An academy senior added a Rhodes Scholarship to her growing list of accomplishments Nov. 22.Cadet 1st Class Delavane Diaz was one of 32 U.S. citizens who will take post-graduate degree courses at the University of Oxford, in Oxford, England. Diaz, who was also an Academic All-District Team volleyball player and Marshall Scholarship finalist, excels
  • SG: Lessons learned in OEF help in Iraq

    Lessons learned in Operation Enduring Freedom have resulted in better patient care and better interoperability with other services during Operation Iraqi Freedom, said the Air Force surgeon general. He recently completed a 10-day tour visit to the OEF and OIF theaters.“We learned a large number of lessons in OEF on how to better operate with
  • Students welcome back 'Baghdad Buddy'

    Fourth-grade students Allison Foster and Rebeca Reyes, both 9, said they were sad to see the military go off to war in Iraq. Reyes said she really did not know much about the war, other than what her mother told her: "That my grandpapa was in the last one."However, on Nov. 21 any sadness the two shared about the war turned to smiles when the "Air
  • SOCSOUTH moving to Homestead

    U.S. Special Operations Command officials announced that Special Operations Command, South will move from Roosevelt Roads Naval Base, Puerto Rico, to a new headquarters site at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., within a year.Gen. Bryan D. Brown, USSOCOM commander, made the decision the week of Nov. 17. The commander selected Homestead over other
  • Bush signs defense authorization act

    Calling it a landmark piece of legislation that sends the clear message that "Americans stand with the United States military," President George W. Bush signed the fiscal 2004 National Defense Authorization Act in a Pentagon ceremony here Nov. 24.A bipartisan group of legislators and Department of Defense civilian and uniformed leaders attended the
  • Airman found guilty of indecent acts

    An airman here received 24 months confinement and a bad conduct discharge from the Air Force on Nov. 20 after being found guilty of indecent sexual acts involving minors.Airman James Hinton Jr., an entry controller with the 78th Security Forces Squadron, pleaded guilty of committing indecent acts with a 15-year-old female and having sex with his
  • Pave Low crashes in Afghanistan

    An Air Force MH-53 Pave Low helicopter crashed Nov. 23 near here, a U.S. Central Command official said. The status of the servicemembers on board is being determined. At the time of the crash, they were supporting Operation Mountain Resolve.The cause of the crash is under investigation.
  • Gunship crew earns MacKay trophy

    An AC-130H Spectre gunship crew from the 16th Special Operations Squadron here was awarded the Clarence MacKay Trophy recently for most meritorious flight of the year.The 14 airmen of “Grim 31” received the Air Force-level award for saving the lives of 82 U.S. soldiers and two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters and crews during a close-air support
  • Falcons’ loss finishes season

    The San Diego State end zone was Falcon-free as the Aztecs dealt Air Force a 24-3 loss to end the Falcons’ football season Nov. 22.“It’s the first time since the 2001 opener that Air Force has been held without a touchdown,” said Tom Craft, San Diego State head coach. “We were glad that we were able to come back and play the way we did against a
  • Implant restores instructor’s hearing

    After serving 22 years on active duty, retired Maj. Robert Graves was stricken with sudden hearing loss in 1990."I woke up, and everyone sounded like they were a block away in a tunnel even though they were in the same room with me," he said.Stationed at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas, at the time, he found out five weeks later that he was suffering
  • Doctrine summit focuses on lessons learned

    Doctrine Summit IV gave Air Force leaders the chance to discuss lessons learned from recent and on-going operations and to assess practices for better educating, organizing, training and equipping the service to fight the next fight.The summit was held Nov. 17 and 18 at the Air Force Doctrine Center’s Air Force Wargaming Institute here.Maj. Gen.
  • Civilians earn their 'stripes'

    The noncommissioned officers academy here is one of two Air Force test sites allowing civilians to learn the ropes of leadership by working side-by-side with enlisted airmen.Robins and Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., are part of a yearlong trial phase that could change the way professional military education is handled in the future, Chief Master
  • New protection ahead in helmets, body armor

    New, reinforced helmets and body armor currently being fielded to the military represent just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what is on the drawing board for protecting warfighters of the future.The future fighting force will have far superior protective systems that provide enhanced capabilities while imposing less weight on the user, said
  • SecDef addresses military at Osan

    Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld spoke with nearly 1,000 airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines and family members here Nov. 18 during a town hall meeting.“It’s a real privilege for me to be with those who are doing so much to keep the peace in such an important part of the world,” Rumsfeld said.Rumsfeld acknowledged the pledge servicemembers
  • Twins help save girl's life

    Teamwork and the immediate actions of two 7-year old boys here helped save a girl's life recently. The twin brothers, Mark and Matthew Jordan, are second-graders at Cummings Elementary School and were playing at a playground when they noticed something out of the ordinary. A 7-year-old girl was hanging from a piece of playground equipment by her
  • Cadet court-martialed for drug use

    Cadet 2nd Class Jacob Billeter pleaded guilty to drug use and distribution, and was sentenced Nov. 20 to 13 months confinement and dismissal from the Air Force during a general court-martial here.Billeter was charged Nov. 5 with use, possession and distribution of drugs. The charges included using Ecstasy, cocaine, an Ecstasy derivative and
  • Air Force band musical goes Hollywood

    The U.S. Air Force Band from Bolling Air Force Base, D.C., performed its musical “Born of a Dream” before full houses Nov. 18 to 20 at the Kodak Theatre here.All of the 2,500 free seats were reserved before the start of the first performance. The band’s final performance Nov. 20 was a private show for the annual Gathering of Eagles, which honors
  • Travelers may donate airline miles

    Operation Hero Miles allows travelers to donate frequent-flier miles to help servicemembers on leave from Iraq reach their destinations. Servicemembers participating in the two-week "rest and recuperation" leave program are flown free to airports at Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany; Atlanta; Baltimore; and Dallas, but must pay for connecting flights


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