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  • Combat search, rescue team saves two soldiers

    A U.S. Air Force combat search and rescue team saved the lives of two critically wounded U.S. Army special operations soldiers despite severe weather conditions April 7 about five miles south of Baghdad.The soldiers were transferred to a hospital in Kuwait, where it was determined that they have a 95 percent chance of survival thanks to the joint
  • 2 airmen missing after F-15E goes down in Iraq

    Two coalition airmen are missing after their F-15E Strike Eagle went down in Iraq, officials announced April 8.The aircraft went down on April 7 at approximately 7:30 p.m. EDT, but the announcement was withheld for security reasons, according to U.S. Central Command officials.The pilot, weapon systems officer and their aircraft were deployed from
  • Hercules in Iraq

    A C-130 Hercules delivers cargo to an airfield in northern Iraq on April 8. The aircraft and crew from the 37th Airlift Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, delivered more than 14,000 pounds of supplies to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Phillip Ulmer)
  • Injured arrive at Wilford Hall

    Forty-seven servicemembers injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom arrived here April 9 while waiting for flights to medical centers near their home stations.The patients arrived aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft after an 11-hour, non-stop flight from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Once here, they were moved onto ambulances and specially-modified
  • SGLI provides war-related coverage

    Military members covered by the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance are covered in the event of death in a military conflict. But surviving family members of those who choose commercial life-insurance policies instead of SGLI coverage may not be so lucky.Many commercial life-insurance policies carry what is called a "war clause" or "military
  • Air Force team adopts local school

    It was the unimaginable plight of children in Bagram, Afghanistan, that spawned the latest in a long line of humanitarian visits to local villages, according to an Air Force captain.Capt. Michael Friebel, a critical care nurse deployed from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, his family and the Shino family from Sandy, Utah, donated approximately
  • Nuclear forces transform to meet requirements

    The Air Force is modernizing its strategic systems even as the nation reduces its nuclear stockpile, the director of Air Force nuclear operations said April 8.Brig. Gen. Robert L. Smolen, director of nuclear and counterproliferation at the Pentagon, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee strategic forces subcommittee, outlining the
  • Initial enlistment bonus program on track

    New recruits are now getting signing bonuses within days instead of months thanks to a completely revamped process, according to Air Force Personnel Center officials here."It's a tremendous success story," said Master Sgt. Robert Tullgren, superintendent of the center's enlisted accessions and special bonuses section. "New recruits are getting the
  • Munitions tool passes wartime test

    A new munitions-tracking program has passed the wartime test at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.The command and control concept of operations software allows real-time tracking of the number and status of munitions worldwide.The program was developed for wartime, but Air Force officials had only tested it during
  • B-52 dons new upgrade

    Aircrews flying the Air Force's oldest aircraft can now better verify targets and pick them themselves thanks to experts integrating a targeting pod on the B-52 Stratofortress.Maj. Keith Colmer, one of the original operational test pilots here for the Litening II targeting pod that was developed for fighters in the 1990s, recently traveled to
  • Airman pulls man from burning building

    When fire roared through an off-base house here, the actions of a 1st Special Operations Squadron pilot saved a 94-year-old man's life.Capt. Tom Geiser was on a cordless phone late April 2 outside his house about three kilometers from Kadena Air Base."I saw smoke rising from a house about 50 yards away," he said. "But I figured someone was burning
  • Cops on the beat

    Tech. Sgt. Frank Brown takes a break from the heat while performing perimeter security April 4. Brown is a security forces craftsman with the 363rd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at a forward-deployed location. He is deployed from the 12th Security Forces Squadron at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.
  • IRS provides combat zone tax assistance

    Servicemembers serving in a combat zone can learn about the tax benefits available to them by logging onto a new section of the Internal Revenue Service's Web site.The information is available on the front page of www.irs.gov by clicking on "Armed Forces Tax Benefits."The new Web section provides questions and answers on exclusions, extensions and
  • A-10 crashes in Baghdad

    An A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot ejected safely before the aircraft crashed in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 8. The pilot was rescued by coalition ground forces, according to a U.S. Central Command official.During a press briefing from Qatar, Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks said, "The aircraft is believed to (have been) shot down by a surface-to-air
  • Lancer hits regime leadership target

    An Air Force B-1B Lancer struck a building in a residential area in Baghdad, Iraq, on April 7 where a high-level Iraqi leadership meeting was believed to be ongoing.Officials at U.S. Central Command confirmed the attack during the daily press briefing at their forward headquarters in Qatar on April 8. Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, CENTCOM deputy
  • Officials name manpower, organization winners

    Officials from the Air Force's directorate of manpower and organization have named the winners of the 2002 Air Force Manpower and Organization Awards. They are:Field Grade Officer of the Year -- Maj. Troy L. Hawk, 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.Company Grade Officer of the Year -- Capt. Christopher M. Hart, Air Mobility Command headquarters,
  • Park it

    A crew chief from the 392nd Air Expeditionary Wing marshals an A-10 Thunderbolt II to its parking spot April 3. The 392nd AEW is at a forward-deployed location in southern Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
  • 3 armed forces vacation spots closing

    The war in Iraq, increased force protection and a declining dollar value overseas has forced Army officials to close three of its armed forces recreation centers in Europe a year earlier than planned.The Von Steuben Hotel in Garmisch will close April 15, while the Chiemsee Lake and Park hotels will remain open through Sept. 1 and close permanently
  • B-1 crew describes taking out 'The Big One'

    An Air Force B-1 Lancer crew rode an "adrenaline rush" as they prepared to strike a recently discovered target of opportunity believed to be the site of a high-level Iraqi leadership meeting April 7."There wasn't a lot of time for reflection," Lt. Col. Fred Swan told Pentagon reporters via telephone from his deployed location. Swan is a B-1 Lancer
  • Air Force announces transportation awards

    Air Force officials recently announced the winners of the 2002 U.S. Air Force Transportation Awards.Unit winners include:-- Vehicle maintenance unit: 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.-- Vehicle operations unit: 86th LRS, Ramstein AB, Germany.-- Combat readiness unit: 18th LRS, Kadena AB, Japan.-- Traffic
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