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  • U.S. pledges extra $200 million for Iraqi food relief

    The United States increased its cash donation to the international community to purchase food for the Iraqi people, a senior U.S. government official said here yesterday."We would like to announce ... an additional contribution today of $200 million in cash to the [U.N.] World Food Program to purchase 324,000 tons of food locally" for Iraqis,
  • Congress ponders exchange merger

    Department of Defense leaders met with the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on total force April 2 to discuss the future of the department's three exchange services.Of specific interest was a potential merger of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Navy Exchange and the Marine Corps Exchange. Recently, DOD officials considered
  • Advanced scopes give engine mechanics an edge

    New digital borescopes are allowing mechanics here to more efficiently and accurately inspect aircraft engines getting aircraft back in warfighters' hands quicker.The fiber-optic borescopes detect, measure and retrieve damaging foreign debris from inside aircraft engines. This allows Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center maintainers to "prevent
  • Airlifters play big role in Iraqi Freedom

    A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing was the first U.S. Air Force aircraft to land at an Iraqi airfield in the southern part of the country after it was secured by coalition forces March 27.The mission, flown by wing commander Col Rich Johnston and his crew, was the first of many that flew the Army's 82nd Airborne
  • Air Force helps rescue Army private

    Air Force pilots and combat controllers played a part in the rescue of Army Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch from the hands of her Iraqi captors during a mission into the town of Nasiriyah, U.S. Central Command officials said April 2.Coalition special operations forces rescued Lynch who was held at the Saddam Hospital -- a facility used by the regime as a
  • B-52 crews use 'smart-guided' cluster bomb

    Air Force B-52 Stratofortress crews made history April 2 when they dropped six sensor-fused cluster bombs on a column of Iraqi tanks headed south out of Baghdad.The bombing runs resulted in the destruction of the tanks and marked the first time in history that CBU-105 Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers have been used in combat, officials from the
  • CENTCOM: Republican Guard division 'destroyed'

    With divisions divided and divisions destroyed, April is off to a bad start for Iraq's famed Republican Guard.An official from U.S. Central Command confirmed in an April 2 press briefing at the unit's forward headquarters in Qatar that the Baghdad division of the guard "has been destroyed" in fighting south of the capital city that bears its name.
  • Fix nets new stripes for 23 airmen

    Nearly two dozen enlisted airmen will receive an unexpected promotion since personnel officials discovered systemic errors involving people who returned to the Air Force after a break in service.While no stripes will be taken away, officials discovered that 35 "prior-service" airmen had -- unknown to them -- incorrect service dates, including
  • Letterman features Alaska airmen

    Ten members of the 962nd Airborne Air Control Squadron here will share the spotlight with David Letterman when they present a "top 10 list" on his TV show April 4. The airmen will give late-night audiences the "Top 10 Cool Things about Being Stationed in Alaska." The segment was taped in front of an E-3 Sentry Feb. 26, but is just now being aired
  • Last American flag on Iwo Jima flies over Buckley

    In 1968, Old Glory was lowered on the island of Iwo Jima for the last time as the island returned to the Japanese government.A flag had flown day and night on Mount Suribachi since U.S. Marines famously raised on there during the battle for Iwo Jima.On March 27, that last flag flew here as part of a ceremony commemorating the 58th anniversary of
  • Female B-2 pilot makes history

    Military women are continuing to knock down barriers and make history.Capt. Jennifer Wilson, a B-2 Spirit pilot deployed with the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, landed on the runway April 1 at her forward-deployed location, making her the first female B-2 pilot to fly a combat mission. "Flying is great," Wilson said. "I can't imagine doing
  • Night ops in the north

    Master Sgt. Gerritt McCrory of the 86th Expeditionary Contingency Response Group marshals cargo and people from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during night operations March 30 at an airfield in northern Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rich Puckett)
  • Wing prepares for CV-22 training

    With two CV-22 simulators on board here, 58th Special Operations Wing workers are making strides toward setting up training for the new aircraft.The Air Force officially accepted ownership of its first full-motion CV-22 simulator at the 58th Training Squadron recently.The unit will receive four simulators for CV-22 pilot and flight engineer
  • Illinois base prepares for possible war casualties

    As coalition forces zero in on Baghdad, there is a possibility of mass military casualties. If that happens, Scott AFB in America's heartland may serve as a central medical "hub" for getting wounded warriors to the care they need."If the number of casualties is great, we need to be prepared," said Col. Charles Beadling, 375th Medical Group
  • Airmen jump in, prepare airfield in northern Iraq

    As part of what may be the largest airborne assault since D-Day, 20 airmen of the 86th Contingency Response Group parachuted into northern Iraq on March 27 with more than 1,000 soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.The people who jumped into Iraq comprised a team of specialists from the intelligence, medical, communications, security, aerial port,
  • Delta rocket takes GPS satellite into orbit

    A Delta II, carrying a Global Positioning System satellite, launches from here March 31. The GPS system provides precise 24-hour navigational latitude, longitude, altitude, velocity and precise time information. In the first six days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, more than 80 percent of the munitions that hit several thousand targets were
  • Towing the line

    Airman 1st Class Adam McChord helps tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon at a forward-deployed location. McChord is a crew chief assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Terry L. Blevins)
  • Unconditional surrender demanded of Iraqi regime

    The only thing the coalition is willing to discuss with the leaders of the Iraqi regime is their unconditional surrender, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.To get an idea of the progress the coalition is making in Iraq, people must try to view the world as Saddam Hussein - if he's still alive - sees it, he said.In northern Iraq,
  • KC-135 Stratotankers keep allied forces flying

    As the Air Force's operating tempo climbs to unprecedented heights in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the efforts of refueling tankers are keeping the air war on track.With the average daily number of air sorties going from 1,000 to 1,800 in the past two days, according to a defense official, one squadron is providing round-the-clock fuel
  • Air strikes hammer remote terrorist camp

    Coalition air strikes during Operation Iraqi Freedom are not only yielding the systematic demolition of the Saddam Hussein regime, but are hammering international terrorist organizations as well.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, in an April 1 Pentagon press briefing, displayed images of a remote terrorist camp in
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