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  • Airlift takes toll on Bashur Airfield

    The landing of many heavy cargo aircraft at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq, has forced the closure of 2,000 feet of runway that cracked under the constant strain.That still leaves a 5,000-foot runway, more than enough for C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules aircraft to continue the airlift into this base 255 miles north of Baghdad, said Lt.
  • Air Force begins re-deploying some forces

    The Air Force has started re-deploying some its assets supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to defense officials.The return of B-2 Spirit, F-117 Nighthawk and some F-15 Eagle aircraft has already begun, the officials said. It is all part of a process to re-deploy forces no longer required for OIF, so that the deployed aircraft can be
  • Rumsfeld says U.S. will find Iraqi WMD materials

    Saddam Hussein's scientific adviser surrendered to U.S. forces Saturday, proclaiming that Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction."Do you believe it?" NBC's "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert asked Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on today's edition."No, goodness no," the secretary responded.Rumsfeld said he is convinced the Iraqi regime has
  • Shape of coalition forces will change as war winds down

    As the war in Iraq winds down, the shape and number of coalition forces in the area will change, DoD officials said during a briefing in the Pentagon.Two carrier battle groups centered around the USS Constellation and Kitty Hawk will leave the area, Navy officials said today. This still leaves three carrier battle groups in the region: the USS
  • Extreme sports

    Senior Airman Ian Garcia takes a break at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq. Garcia is part of a six-man explosive ordnance disposal team at the base. He said he put up the sign next to a mud hole because he was tired of seeing people walk by frowning, and he wanted them to smile. Garcia is deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air
  • Now showing: April 14 edition of Air Force Television News

    The Air Force's role in Operation Iraqi Freedom and an update by two Air Force senior leaders on what is being done to address the rape and sexual assault issue at the Air Force Academy highlight the latest edition of Air Force Television News.Most of the program's focus is on Operation Iraqi Freedom. Master Sgt. Dan Robinson and Staff Sgt. Leigh
  • Reservists provide medical care on POW's return flight

    Seven Air Force reservists provided medical care aboard the C-17 Globemaster III flight that brought Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch and 45 other patients to the United States on April 12.The crew consisted of five airmen from Wright-Patterson's 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, one from McChord AFB, Wash., and one from Charleston AFB, S.C. Together
  • Moody AFB attorneys support 'Operation I Do'

    Dressed to the nines in his best desert camouflage uniform and surrounded by his security forces family, a nervous but calm deployed senior airman took part in "Operation I Do."Even though they were separated physically, Senior Airman James Evans and his fiance, Andrea, were reunited via fax and phone April 8 to exchange wedding vows. They owe
  • Support network available for families of deployed airmen

    For many years, families of active and reserve component airmen, along with Air Force civilian employees, have had to deal with the stresses associated with deployments and remote tours.However, families no longer have to endure these separations alone, according to Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Tester, personnel and family readiness noncommissioned
  • AGE keeps maintainers in business

    They are the veins and arteries that carry the lifeblood to hundreds of workers keeping the coalition bombing effort pumping on time.The maintainers and bomb loaders depend on the airmen of the aerospace ground equipment shop to keep the flightline moving. Because of them, the heart of the mission continues to beat on.The AGE shop airmen provide
  • War sharpens air traffic control mission's focus

    Operation Iraqi Freedom is providing students attending the Air Force's only air traffic control school real-world examples of how their training will be used after graduation.The air traffic control school here trains about 1,000 airmen and international students each year, including new airmen, prior-service members and cross-trainees.Since the
  • Bashur Airfield on roll; future still not set

    After two weeks of living on the edge of the noisy flightline, the airmen at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq, moved their camp to higher ground.But the move -- 100 yards farther away from the airstrip - does not mean the 86th Expeditionary Contingency Response Group is planting roots at this windswept base.Group commander Col. Steve Weart said the
  • B-52 still a force to be reckoned with

    More than 50 years after the first B-52 bomber rolled off a Boeing assembly line, the Stratofortress is still making believers out of those who would oppose the United States.The latest convert? Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.The B-52H has topped 100 missions flown in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, ranging from strategic attack to close-air
  • F/A-22 provides technological leap forward

    One cannot view the F/A-22 Raptor as only a replacement for current Air Force fighters, the service's top acquisition official told lawmakers April 11."(The F/A-22) is basically a technological leap forward to counter the threats we perceive (we will face) in the future," said Dr. Marvin R. Sambur, assistance secretary of the Air Force for
  • My Hero

    Staff Sgt. Chad Reemtsma, a military working dog handler, and Hero spend quality time together while waiting for more vehicles to search during a mobile security patrol April 8. Both are deployed to the 363rd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron from the 18th Security Forces Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 363rd ESFS search crews work
  • Care packages raise morale at deployed location

    When you're deployed in the middle of nowhere, there are few things that can brighten your day like receiving a care package. After being deployed for more than two weeks, members of the 86th Expeditionary Contingency Response Group received a bundle of care packages from home April 12."Getting a care package brightens your day," said Staff Sgt.
  • Air Force band members become 'warehouse warriors'

    Six Air Force band members traded their musical instruments for power tools recently as they competed in an episode of "Warehouse Warriors."Warehouse Warriors is a DIY (Do It Yourself) network television show that pits two teams against one another in a race against the clock to see who can complete a project in less than eight hours.The U.S. Air
  • Dust, noise, heat not beating down Bashur airmen

    As airmen continue to unload cargo around the clock in the blazing sun, dust and noise at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq, others ensure they stay healthy.A team of bioenvironmental engineers and public health troops look out for their welfare, preventing the things that could make them sick or cause them injury.As a result, not a single airman
  • Motorcycle safety leaves no margin for error

    In December, a young airman was visiting his family for the holidays. After dinner and a movie with his mother, he told her he was going for a ride on his motorcycle. That was the last time she saw her son alive.He was 10 minutes from home when he lost control of his bike and was killed instantly. He was wearing the necessary protective gear,
  • Spitting incident reminds airmen to stay safe

    The wife of a military member here received an unexpected message recently from an anti-war protester.Jessica Resendez, who was wearing a sweatsuit printed with an Air Force emblem, was walking through a shopping center parking lot when a woman grabbed her sleeve and asked her if she was in the military.After explaining that she was the wife of an
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