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  • Airmen dispose of enemy ordnance

    Crawling over more than a ton of explosives the way a child would go over a jungle gym requires a little something special, but it is just another day for explosive ordnance disposal airmen here.The 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron’s EOD flight airmen have recovered and blown up about 1.5 million pounds of Iraqi ordnance in the past four
  • Airmen win 2003 Armed Forces Marathon

    The Air Force team won the 2003 Armed Forces Marathon, conducted as part of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington on Oct. 26.Maj. Mark Cucuzzella finished first for the Air Force with a time of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 37 seconds. He finished 11th overall among more than 18,000 runners in this event. Cucuzzella is assigned to the 140th Medical
  • American forces join Qatari basketball league

    Varsity basketball and history are in the making here, and the host nation’s king may be the reason why.The newly formed American Forces basketball team, made up of servicemembers in the area, will play a Qatari army team in the nation’s capital city, Doha on Nov. 9. The game will mark the first time Americans have played in the league.The team’s
  • Quality of life improving at Kirkuk

    Airmen supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom here will leave their dusty tents for the last time when new modular dormitories open.The dorms, scheduled to open Dec. 1, will house up to 1,664 airmen in 13 buildings with six to eight people to a room.The construction project is moving rapidly, said Lt. Col. Steven Smith, of the 506th Expeditionary Civil
  • Latest enlisted AFIT nominations due

    Air Force Institute of Technology officials are again offering noncommissioned officers the opportunity to pursue an advanced science, engineering or management degree at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.Eight NCOs from around the Air Force will be selected in early 2004 to attend the Enlisted-to-AFIT program. The program is designed to
  • Web site helps with school, deployment issues

    A Web site created to help servicemembers, spouses and children navigate the challenges associated with military moves and deployments is now available.Sponsored by the Defense Department, the site offers advice and resource assistance for school transition issues, military deployments and more, said John Molino deputy undersecretary of defense for
  • Airmen mentor Kyrgyz NCOs

    Airmen here had a chance to shape the development of the Kyrgyzstan’s noncommissioned officer corps when 20 local NCOs attended a daylong seminar here Oct. 24.The visit by Kyrgyz NCOs followed a tour taken by 19 host-nation officers in August. The combined visits exposed all the active components of the Kyrgyz military to the U.S. system of
  • Teams getting civilians hired faster

    It has been taking up to 200 days to get some vacant Air Force civilian jobs filled, and senior leaders have said those long delays have to stop.Three process-improvement teams researched ways to reduce the total time a job request is in the system, and the administrative-handling time spent on each."The teams identified more than 40 policy,
  • Airmen help fight California wildfires

    Airmen are helping combat the wildfires raging in California, officials said Oct. 28.Two C-130 Hercules equipped with modular airborne firefighting systems began operations Oct. 27, and more will follow. The system is a self-contained, 3,000-gallon aerial fluid dispersal system that fits in the back of a C-130.Crews from California Air National
  • Airmen help Iraqi return home

    U.S. airmen helped bring an Iraqi man back to his homeland now free of Saddam Hussein’s rule.As part of a U.S.-sponsored media trip Oct. 19 to 23, British-Arab journalists traveled to Basra and Baghdad, Iraq. Khalid Kishtainy, an Iraqi columnist and novelist who has lived in London for many years, returned to his homeland for the first time in 14
  • Deployable civilians provide expertise

    When their units are called to deploy, they line up for their smallpox and anthrax shots, they pack camouflage uniforms and dog tags, they get weapons training, and brush up on their self-aid and buddy-care skills. But these warriors are not airmen -- at least not in the traditional sense.They are Air Force Engineering and Technical Services
  • Edwards program wins DOD award

    The Drug Demand Reduction program here received the 2002 Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award on Oct. 27 at the Pentagon.The Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Award is an annual award presented to one base within each branch of the armed forces."The award is given to the base that has the best programs established for
  • Falconer major player in Red Flag

    The airmen from U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s Falconer Air Operations Center are here integrating their craft with pilots and controllers who fly the missions over the “enemy” during Red Flag.The center is comprised of 100 airmen, mostly from the 32nd Air Operations Group at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and its sister unit, the Air National Guard’s
  • Airmen keep theater mail flowing

    Eighteen airmen, most wearing two or three stripes, spend several hours a day in a sun-baked warehouse just off the tarmac here. They are touching the lives of each deployed servicemember and civilian in Iraq.“We’re responsible for all mail, in and out,” said Tech. Sgt. Darrin Robertson, mail control activity team chief with the 447th
  • Welch receives Fubini award

    Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz presented the 2003 Eugene G. Fubini Award to retired Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Larry D. Welch on Oct. 23.The Fubini Award is given annually to individuals from the private sector who have made significant contributions to the Department of Defense in an advisory capacity during a sustained period of
  • Cadet faces drug charges

    An academy cadet was charged Oct. 24 with illegal use and distribution of drugs.Cadet 1st Class Jacob Billeter was charged with allegedly using Ecstasy, an Ecstasy derivative, cocaine and ketamine. Billeter was also charged with allegedly distributing the drugs and mushrooms containing psilocybin and/or psilocyn. Use and distribution of each
  • Now showing: Oct. 27 edition of AFTV News

    The work of airmen preparing Tallil Air Base, Iraq, to become a major supply link with the United States highlights the latest edition of Air Force Television News. Staff Sgt. John Somheil reports on major construction at the base by the new Air Force landlord.President George W. Bush uses a trip to Portsmouth, N.H., to praise efforts by Air
  • Military works on all-digital targeting system

    The U.S. military is developing an advanced communications capability for tactical fighters that will tightly connect the sensors and cockpits of many aircraft.The 2-year-old Tactical Targeting Network Technologies program links tactical jet fighters' sophisticated sensors and avionics with real-time, digital communications, said Peter Highnam. He
  • Tinker couple fosters future service dogs

    McIntosh came from the streets; Greer from a local breeder. Then there was Atoka. Love came from Purina. And Dottie is a temporary placement from another foster home that did not work out.For all their differences, the five Labrador retrievers have one thing in common -- they spent their formative puppy months learning the basics of a service
  • POW/MIA talks end in Bangkok

    The four nations involved in accounting for Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War ended a meeting in Bangkok on Oct. 24.The senior-level talks were held by officials from the United States, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. They exchanged ideas, experiences and techniques that have been productive in accounting for missing Americans, and set
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