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  • Hurry up and wait

    Staff Sgt. James Foster waits for an A-10 Thunderbolt II to taxi to its parking spot April 3 at a forward-deployed location in southern Iraq. Foster is a weapons loader currently assigned to the 392nd Air Expeditionary Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
  • Academy programs rank among nation's best

    The U.S. Air Force Academy has one of the nation's top undergraduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.The national news magazine just released its America's Best Colleges 2003 edition, which rated universities in a number of general areas. In terms of specific academic programs, U.S. News & World Report rated engineering
  • Youth claim 'Bowl by Mail' trophies

    Air Force Services Agency officials here recently announced the winners of the annual Bowl by Mail tournament.Bowl by Mail is a worldwide youth-bowling competition that allows children ages 5 through 18 to compete against others their age, but with a slight twist -- it is done via e-mail or postal mail.Although games are not bowled during league
  • Personnel data system upgrade smooth, uneventful

    One week before the end of March, in the middle of a war, the military personnel data system underwent a major database upgrade -- and nobody noticed."After some of the things we've gone through that made MilPDS almost a four-letter word throughout the Air Force, this is an important accomplishment," said Col. Anna Rivers, director of personnel
  • U.S. forces drub Baghdad defenders, WMD search continues

    U.S. military combat action in Baghdad yesterday may have inflicted thousands of casualties on the enemy, a senior U.S. Central Command spokesperson said today."It certainly demonstrated our ability to operate within Baghdad at a time and place of our choosing and to inflict severe damage on anyone that opposes the force that comes into Baghdad,"
  • St. Elmo's visit

    Capt. Rachel Tukey of the 28th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron watches a natural phenomenon known as St. Elmo's Fire on the windshield of her KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueler. The KC-135 crew had just refueled a B-52 Stratofortress bomber April 2. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Timothy Lancaster)
  • Night check

    Capt. Steven, a B-52 Stratofortress pilot from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., checks his night-vision equipment at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is deployed with the 457th Air Expeditionary Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stacia M. Willis)
  • By the setting sun

    Staff Sgt. George Gardner builds a storage facility April 5 at a desert air base supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron's structures shop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Terry L. Blevins)
  • Abu is coming

    An F-16CJ Fighting Falcon pilot who goes by the call sign "Abu" prepares to taxi out for an April 5 combat sortie in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is deployed with the 157th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Terry L. Blevins)
  • Wash day

    Staff Sgt. Michael Mariner washes down an F-15E Strike Eagle on April 5 to reduce the dust and dirt on the aircraft. Mariner is a crew chief with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Terry L. Blevins)
  • Assignment keeps recruiter, recruitee together

    When Airman 1st Class Natasha Butler reported for duty to the 463rd Airlift Group at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., in September 2000, she felt like she was coming home again.Not only was she from Little Rock, but her recruiter, Master Sgt. Lorenzo, was assigned to the same unit and she had already met most of the people in her new shop.After
  • Coalition air effort runs gamut of missions

    With their dazzling accuracy played out frequently for worldwide television audiences, precision-guided weapons have made media favorites out of strategic and tactical bombing missions.But there is a wide variety of other air operations going on around the clock that are just as important to the war effort, said the combined forces air component
  • Friendly fire incidents will be investigated

    It is unfortunate when coalition forces and equipment are lost in combat, but it is particularly tragic when those losses come as a result of friendly fire, the combined forces air component commander of Operation Iraqi Freedom said April 5.Lt. Gen. T. Michael Moseley said during a Pentagon teleconference from his headquarters in Saudi Arabia that
  • Transient-alert team keeps flightline running

    The flightline is a busy place and no one knows that better than the people who keep it all running smoothly at one forward-deployed location.The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing's transient alert team has aircraft crew chiefs who ensure all the transient aircraft -- aircraft that do not belong to the wing here -- have a place to park while ensuring
  • Team helps troops travel on stomachs

    Underscoring the value of a well-fed force, Napoleon once asserted, "An army travels on its stomach."Despite a rapid and massive buildup for Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 386th Expeditionary Services Squadron's food services team didn't flinch at the task of feeding thousands of coalition bellies for their own war travels. The staff achieved their
  • Keeping a promise to POW, MIA families

    The day before five soldiers became prisoners of war in Operation Iraqi Freedom, a meeting for relatives of some still lost from past wars demonstrated the eternal promise that everyone comes home.A "Family Member Update" brought experts working on POW and MIA cases together to share information with more than 150 Texas families."I've forgotten how
  • Lynch to rescuers: 'I'm an American soldier, too'

    The special operations mission to rescue Army Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch from Iraqi captivity was a triumph of joint planning and execution, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart.Renuart, operations chief at U.S. Central Command, gave more information about the Lynch rescue during a press conference in Qatar on April 5.Lynch was taken prisoner by
  • Bomber surge: 103 sorties in less than three days

    Although B-52 Stratofortresses and B-1B Lancers have become a common sight in the skies here their presence has been more visible the past few days.Bombers from the 7th Air Expeditionary Wing here, successfully completed 103 sorties in less than three days as part of a surge in operations March 30 through April 2."(This) performance is easily one
  • Pentagon revises smallpox vaccination policy

    Department of Defense officials are taking a watchful approach to the department's smallpox vaccination program after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported investigating whether a sequence of cardiac deaths was associated with the vaccine.Government officials have suggested that anyone with certain heart-related risk
  • Coalition aircraft strike home of 'Chemical Ali'

    Coalition aircraft struck the residence of Ali Hassan al-Majid, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's cousin, April 4.Two coalition aircraft using laser-guided munitions struck the home, located in Al Basrah, approximately 250 miles southeast of Baghdad.The strike was part of an ongoing effort to end Saddam Hussein's regime. According to defense
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