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  • Group reviewing museum procedures

    Air Force officials announced Aug. 28 that a group will assess the operational policies and procedures used by the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The group will report findings to both Air Force Secretary Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Museum Director Charles D. Metcalf according to Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Wehrle Jr.
  • Airmen help donations reach Afghanistan

    A small contingent of airmen escorted a convoy of Kazak army trucks here from the border of Kazakhstan Aug. 27. They brought supplies for the developing Afghan national army.The convoy, consisting of 10 large cargo trucks, carried winter clothing, blankets and other field supplies donated by the Kazakhstan army.The eight-person Ganci team met the
  • Base is first to test alternative fuel cell

    A new fuel cell is giving airmen here a sneak peek at the Defense Department's proposed plan for using hydrogen as an alternative fuel source. The test unit installed here is the fifth in the Department of Defense and the first to be evaluated on an Air Force base, officials said.Thirty military installations have been selected world-wide as test
  • Jumper talks uniforms, ops, tankers

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper talked to airmen here about upcoming changes in the Air Force during a visit to the base Aug. 22.He shared his thoughts on the new fitness program, the new uniform, deployment issues and the acquisition of new tankers.All of these changes were brought on by the transition to a more expeditionary Air Force,
  • Cadet sentenced for Ecstasy use, distribution

    Cadet 1st Class Robert C. Graham II was sentenced by general court-martial Aug. 28 for using and distributing Ecstasy and an Ecstasy derivative.Graham pleaded guilty and received eight months confinement, dismissal and total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.For a cadet, dismissal is the equivalent of a dishonorable discharge, and the
  • Tarnished sword in cadet wing

    In the wake of the latest incident of cadet infractions involving alcohol, Brig. Gen. John Weida, the academy commandant of cadets, addressed the recurring alcohol and sexual harassment problems within the cadet wing Aug. 28.Three cadets were cited for underage drinking Aug. 23 at a hotel party. According to the police report, no cadets provided
  • Air Force office studies aging aircraft

    The Air Force has created an office within the installations and logistics directorate to assess the future of its aging aircraft fleet.Air Force Secretary Dr. James G. Roche asked Lt. Gen. Michael E. Zettler, Air Force deputy chief of staff for installations and logistics, to come up with a process to provide senior leaders with an unbiased
  • Recruiting, retention outlook good

    Despite predictions to the contrary, Americans are continuing to volunteer for the military, and those already in are re-enlisting at a vigorous rate.Early in the war on terrorism, many critics predicted the United States would have to return to the draft to man the forces. But in this 30th year of the all-volunteer force, the military continues
  • Fitness experts: Start training now

    Air Force fitness experts say airmen must begin preparations now if they want to pass the new fitness evaluations in January. "They need to start training today for year-round fitness to meet mission readiness. They must include running, push-ups and crunches into their program," said Sylvia Goff, an exercise physiologist at the Bolling Air Force
  • Contractor to control air traffic at Bagram

    The base here is scheduled to be the first of four supporting Operation Enduring Freedom to replace Air Force air traffic controllers and airfield managers with contracted civilians. The transition is expected by the end of September.“We expect a seamless transition with no interruption to air traffic services,” said Maj. Shelley Fuerst, 455th
  • Airmen keep Bagram protected

    Firemen always have had a lot of responsibility resting on their shoulders, from the proverbial rescue of a kitten stuck in a tree to selflessly entering towering infernos to rescue those inside. The Air Force firefighters of the 455th Expeditionary Operations Group here say they are aware of this proud heritage. Although things have been
  • Officials release accident reports

    Air Combat Command Accident officials released the results of investigations Aug. 27 for two incidents which happened in May.The first incident involved engine damage on an F-15E Strike Eagle on May 29. Air Force investigators determined incorrect installation of compressor blade locks in the engine’s core module caused the damage.In the second
  • Airmen open hearts, planes for Thai orphans

    Guy Ratchaporn had never been on an airplane before. The 6 year old never dreamed he would sit in the pilot’s seat of an MC-130 Combat Shadow until the 353rd Special Operations Group airmen from Kadena Air Base, Japan, opened their airplane and their hearts to children of Thailand’s Ban Jang Jai orphanage Aug. 21.The 21 boys and 20 girls, between
  • Americans officially end era at PSAB

    U.S. officials transferred control of portions of Prince Sultan Air Base to Saudi officials at a ceremony Aug. 26. The ceremony also marked the inactivation of the 363rd Air Expeditionary Wing."We came here under difficult circumstances following the Khobar Towers bombing (at Dhahran Air Base),” said Col. James Moschgat, the wing’s commander.
  • Former TAC commander dead at 76

    The general who led Tactical Air Command for more than six years died Aug. 26 in Las Vegas at the age of 76.Retired Gen. Wilbur L. “Bill” Creech, TAC commander from May 1, 1978, to Dec. 31, 1984, is survived by his wife Caroline A. Creech.Creech was a command pilot who flew more than 40 fighter, cargo and reconnaissance aircraft. His military
  • Airmen play in national exercise

    Operations, logistics and medical experts here continue to assist state and federal agencies in a simulated nation-wide battle against the pneumonic plague, wildfires and bad weather, which began Aug. 18.The exercise, Determined Promise ‘03, was designed to test U.S. Northern Command’s organizational structure and the military assistance to civil
  • Deployed troops get U.S. radio, TV

    Most U.S. forces deployed supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom have access to American Forces Radio and Television Service broadcasts.The Air Force Broadcasting Service provides radio and television service to servicemembers assigned within the U.S. Central Command areas of operation in Central Asia, Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa. Programs
  • Teamwork reaches back to junior ROTC

    While flying combat missions over Iraq, 1st Lt. Brian Huster is never alone.As a co-pilot on a KC-10A Extender, he is part of crew of four aviators, and he is connected with the team of thousands of U.S. and coalition troops fighting the global war on terrorism. But for this new flier, there is an additional person with whom the link is unique and
  • Laser simulator provides weapons training

    A high-energy laser weapon simulator is helping F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots gain valuable experience with high-energy weapons. The simulator is located at the Fighter Weapons Training Branch in Mesa, Ariz.The simulator allows pilots to use those simulated weapons in tactical engagements against airborne and ground targets, according to Rudy
  • Rumsfeld: Two options in terror war

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told servicemembers at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 25 the United States faced only two options in its war on terror: Fight the terrorists where they live today, or fight them in America tomorrow.Rumsfeld said the war on terrorism is unlike any the United States has fought in the past. Sept. 11, 2001,
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