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  • Airman charged with murder

    An airman from Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, was charged with murder in connection with the death of another airman.Military officials preferred charges against Staff Sgt. Jason Arindain on Aug. 25 for violating Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He allegedly strangled Staff Sgt. Shelby Orelup on or about Feb. 28. She was a
  • Coalition repels attack

    Coalition special operations forces and Afghan militia forces repelled an attack Aug. 25, with no coalition casualties and leaving more than 14 enemy dead.The attack occurred in the vicinity of Tarin Kowt in the Kandahar Province with enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.Coalition forces responded to the enemy fire with
  • DOD students score high on national test

    Results show Defense Department school system students scored consistently higher than the national average on a standardized test.Numbers from the 2003 TerraNova 2nd Edition standardized test revealed DOD third-to eleventh-graders scored higher than the national 50th-percentile average in the United States.But Joseph Tafoya, director of the
  • Tinker employee saves AF $5 million

    A logistics management specialist in the cruise missile product group came up with a suggestion to save the Air Force close to $5.5 million.In the process, Tracy Thompson earned $10,000 for himself through the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program.Thompson came up with his winning idea while working with the B-1 Lancer program
  • Kit redesign prevents parts damage

    Spare parts onboard E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system aircraft will no longer be bubble-wrapped parcels rattling around inside unpadded containers.Instead, each critical part of a spares package will be nestled into customized niches cut into polyethelene foam, said Airman 1st Class Shawn Henry. The improved kits are the result of
  • Academy ranks among nation’s best

    The U.S. Air Force Academy has one of the nation's top undergraduate engineering programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.The national news magazine released its America’s Best Colleges 2004 edition, which rated universities in a number of general areas. In the overall engineering rankings among undergraduate institutions, the Air Force
  • Cadet faces court-martial

    An Air Force Academy cadet is scheduled to be court-martialed here Aug. 28.Cadet 2nd Class Robert C. Graham II has been charged with using and distributing Ecstasy and an Ecstasy derivative. The crimes are felonies and violations of Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Graham waived his Article 32 hearing which sent his case to a
  • AFMC welcomes new commander

    Air Force Materiel Command’s new leader officially accepted command Aug. 22 during a ceremony at the Air Force Museum here.Gen. Gregory S. Martin assumed command from Gen. Lester L. Lyles who held the position since April 2000. Following the change of command, Lyles retired after 35 years of service.Martin served more than three years as the
  • Experiment decreases space-launch damage

    New technology that counteracts vibrations produced during a rocket launch may help limit damage to space-bound payloads, thanks to Air Force Research Laboratory scientists.Known as active isolation and acoustic mitigation, this new technology uses something like a home stereo speaker to counteract damaging engine vibrations and sound waves,
  • Delta II launches NASA space telescope

    NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility launched from here Aug. 25 at 1:35 a.m. EDT aboard a Delta II launch vehicle.The new observatory entered an Earth-trailing orbit about 43 minutes after launch. About 64 minutes after take-off, the NASA Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia, received the first data from the facility, according to
  • Air Force reaches recruiting goal

    The Air Force reached its enlisted-contract goal Aug. 22 with the signing of its 37,000th enlistment contract. More than 32,000 people entered basic military training since Sept. 30. The Air Force now has enough contracts to meet its goal for the fiscal year and has for the past four years, according to officials. “I salute our recruiters who are
  • Doctor awarded for work in info therapy

    A doctor here has been recognized by U.S. Medicine, a medical news organization, for his pioneering work in information therapy.Col. (Dr.) Kent Murphy, founder of the academy’s Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia, was awarded the Frank Brown Berry Prize in Federal Healthcare. His influence is far reaching in the military medical world,
  • Air Force teamwork saves U.N. lives

    Airmen from several Air Force units at Baghdad International Airport rescued seven U.N. employees injured when a terrorist bomb exploded outside their headquarters here Aug. 19. Approximately 90 minutes after the attack, 301st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron officials sent two combat search and rescue teams. Each team included one pilot and three
  • AF announces space, missile pioneer awards

    Four visionaries were selected to receive the 2003 Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Award. They will be honored in an award ceremony and hall of fame induction luncheon here Aug. 28.John Herther, retired Brig. Gen. Martin Menter, retired Navy Capt. Robert Truax, and retired Col. Albert Wetzel will receive the award from Gen. Lance Lord, Air
  • Falcons test positive for West Nile

    Four of the Air Force Academy’s falcon mascots have tested positive for West Nile virus, but pathology reports are not back yet to confirm that a fifth falcon, which died Aug. 17, had the virus.One prairie, one peregrine and two gyr falcons are infected with the virus. All 11 of the academy’s falcon mascots received an equine vaccine last winter
  • Standing watch

    Airman 1st Class Wednesday D. Brodenburger completes a pre-dawn patrol near one of the interior perimeter fences here. She and other airmen of the 822nd Security Forces Squadron are returning home after serving more than five months supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Grande)
  • IMAX film crew wraps session at Nellis

    Filming wrapped for the summer here Aug. 22 on an IMAX film based on the Air Force and the mission of Red Flag.The 45-minute, multimillion-dollar film is scheduled to be released in 2004, according to officials.“IMAX is a spectacular venue in which to showcase the Air Force,” said Maj. Gen. Steve Wood, Air Warfare Center commander. “It is such a
  • Transformation tough, important, progressing

    Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said bringing change to a department as large as the Pentagon will be tough, but change is important so that the military is not "stuck back in the 20th century.""We've worked hard at it; we've got a lot of wonderful people working on it," Rumsfeld said. "It's a difficult thing to do with a great big institution
  • Metallic name tag mandatory Jan. 1

    Personnel officials announced in a recent message to the field that the new metallic name tag will be mandatory on the service dress uniform and pullover sweaters Jan. 1.The items, which have been available for purchase since November, will be issued to enlisted airmen by their organizations, according to the message. Officers must purchase their
  • Airman’s lifestyle change reaps benefits

    With preparation for the new Air Force fitness standards underway, some servicemembers are already getting in shape.A simple challenge from his leaders was all it took for one airman here to do just that, and lose 35 pounds.Col. Jack Gundrum, 731st Air Mobility Squadron commander, made a New Year’s resolution when the wing commander here issued a


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