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  • Random act of kindness rewarded

    Darby Hill, whose drawing of the American flag and the words "Thank you" inspired Virginia Air National Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing in the weeks following the attacks of Sept. 11, was honored Sept. 6 by the unit at its headquarters in Richmond, Va.Dropped off at the gate days after the terrorist attack, the drawing had been given to Col. Steve
  • Rescue at sea

    An HH-60 Pave Hawk crew from the 56th Rescue Squadron here prepares to rescue two men from their damaged boat in the North Atlantic, 300 miles out to sea, Sept. 6. Two HH-60 helicopters were sent to rescue the crew from a 30-foot American-registered yacht, which rolled over in heavy seas and lost its mast. One of the sailors was injured but is
  • Air Force tackles aging aircraft issue head on

    B-52 Stratofortress System Program Office officials here met with Boeing and Defense Department experts to discuss an aging aircraft issue that not only impacts the B-52, but possibly the entire Air Force fleet.People from Boeing, the Navy, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, the Defense Energy Support Center and experts here
  • Celebrating Patriot Day far from home

    OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (AFPN) -- Chief Master Sgt. Michael Retzlaff, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, takes a moment to sign a wooden memorial board in memory of Sept. 11 victims. During the base's Patriot Day ceremony, he spoke about his experiences searching
  • Give me a brake

    Airman First Class Derek Smith, an engine mechanic with the 776th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, operates the hand pump controlling the brake pressure on a C-130 Hercules. The aircraft was being towed to clear the parking ramp for incoming aircraft at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The 774th EAS maintenance
  • A cut above the rest

    Master Sgt. Ed Caffrey, superintendent of a heavy equipment section of the 219th Red Horse squadron here, has forged a new identity for himself.He is one of only 92 master bladesmiths in the world.Although he has always been interested in making knives, he did not take it up until after a visit to a friend's house in 1985."I was always interested
  • Out on patrol

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., patrols the no-fly zone in support of Operation Northern Watch. The aircraft, assigned to the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, was part of an air and space expeditionary force deployment package. The unit spent the 90-day rotation protecting other aircraft and enforcing the no-fly zone
  • Blood donor restrictions also apply to retirees

    Some military retirees have been surprised to find that they are no longer eligible to give blood, according to officials at the Armed Forces Blood Program Office here. A substantial number of active-duty and retired military personnel cannot donate blood because of past duty assignments in the United Kingdom and Europe.Officials from the Armed
  • Teach the teachers

    Capt. Kristen Leist, an air surveillance officer deployed from the 970th Air Control Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., briefs Department of Defense Dependents Schools teachers about the airborne warning and control system aircraft and mission during an annual orientation day and tour here recently. The orientation gave base leaders the
  • Gas-n-go

    An Air Force F-15 Eagle pilot tops off his tanks with help from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender on a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Capt. Tim White)
  • Packing to go

    Staff Sgt. Rob Thompson, a radar maintenance technician from the 31st Communications Squadron here, prepares an antenna mast for an upcoming deployment to Sardinia. More than 550 people, 27 aircraft and 569 short tons of cargo will temporarily relocate to Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia, while Aviano's runway is being renovated. (Photo by Senior
  • Inspectors keep an eye on Raptor production

    Master Sgt. Richard Bailey and Staff Sgt. Mike Bedtelyon are administratively assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., but they are playing key roles in another state to ensure the base's future F-22 Raptors are delivered with the right stuff.Bailey and Bedtelyon, both from the 325th Operations Support Squadron, are inspectors on the Air Combat
  • Falcons win in overtime

    A tipped pass in the end zone, trick plays and the nation's leading rushing attack sealed a 38-31 overtime win for the Falcons against a determined University of New Mexico team.Air Force pulled out all the stops in Saturday's game, having lost to New Mexico's Lobos the past three years."We brought the kitchen sink today. We brought the house, "
  • Some Air Force families eligible for free child-care

    Certain Air Force people returning from overseas deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom are eligible for free child-care.The Extended Duty Child-Care Program will provide the service for up to 16 hours per child under 12 years old. The child-care is available to active-duty, Reserve and Guard members and is designed to help returnees as
  • Medevac provides vital service

    Maj. Janet P. Broome (left) attends to the medical needs of Army Spc. Serena L. Scott during transport from a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Servicemembers with major illnesses and injuries are evacuated from forward locations for specialized medical care unavailable in their deployed environments. Broome is a
  • Improving quality of life one of AF's top challenges

    Acknowledging that the current operations tempo has placed a severe strain on airmen, the secretary of the Air Force told the service's first sergeants that supporting quality of life issues is one of his top priorities. "I view this as one of the Air Force's most critical challenges," said Dr. James G. Roche at the Worldwide First Sergeant's
  • Officials release supplemental board results

    Fourteen airmen, out of 243 considered, were selected for promotion during the latest senior enlisted supplemental board.This was the largest pool of candidates in years, said officials at the Air Force Personnel Center here.The large number reflects an unusual year. The pace of current operations, Stop- Loss, and a January supplemental board that
  • Snow job

    An F-22 Raptor spends time in sub-zero temperatures during testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory here. The lab has been conducting climatic tests since 1947. Some of the conditions simulated in the lab include scorching sunlight, rain, sleet and snow, day or night, humid or dry, plus temperature ranges from negative 70 degrees to plus 180
  • Promotion study list now available

    Promotion-eligible enlisted people can now find out which materials to study for the 2003 testing cycles.The most current Weighted Airman Promotion System catalog, which lists the materials used by test writers to develop the 2003 promotion tests, is now available on the Air Force Personnel Center Web site. The catalog lists study references for
  • Air Force striving to get airmen paid right

    More than a year after a new personnel data system began to trigger an "unacceptable" number of pay problems, Air Force leaders have appointed a "pay czar" and mobilized personnel and finance people to fix and prevent pay problems.A recent success: ensuring more than 150 new retirees -- some just released from Stop-Loss -- received their first
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