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  • More than 100,000 coalition troops in Iraq

    More than 300,000 coalition troops are deployed in support of combat operations, with more than a third of those inside Iraq, defense officials said March 31.In addition, each day about 2,000 coalition servicemembers, "flow" into the theater each day, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said at a press conference.Progress is also being made on the
  • Federal employees will see bump in pay

    Most federal employees will soon see a larger 2003 pay increase thanks to an amended Executive Order 13282 providing retroactive locality pay. The increase varies by locality from .9 to 1.7 percent and will be retroactive to Jan. 12.Officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service should make retroactive payments to Department of Defense
  • Air Force names top command post controllers

    Air Force operations and training officials here have named the following airmen as 2002 Command Post Controllers of the Year:-- Command Post Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year is Master Sgt. Joseph A. Howell Jr., Yokota Air Base, Japan.-- Command Post NCO of the Year is Staff Sgt. Rodney D. Force, Kadena AB, Japan.-- Command Post Airman of
  • C-130s are SUVs of airlift

    In a world where fighters are seen as the sleek Lamborghinis of the flying world, C-130s are still carrying the load as the SUVs of airlift. According to workers from of the C-130 system program office and the production people who maintain the aircraft here, that is just what it should be doing.While smaller jet planes may get all of the
  • Now showing: March 31 edition of Air Force Television News

    The vast array of Air Force assets contributing to Operation Iraqi Freedom are spotlighted in the latest edition of Air Force Television News.Staff Sgt. Leigh Bellinger shows all the ground and air people plus materiel making up the Air Force part of the war against Iraq; Master Sgt. Dan Robinson focuses on the dual role being played by the F-16
  • Coalition air strikes weaken Republican Guard

    Air strikes continue to weaken Iraqi Republican Guard forces, the vice director for operations on the Joint Staff told reporters during a March 31 press briefing at the Pentagon.Army Maj. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal said coalition air forces have used 3,000 precision-guided weapons since March 28, many against the Iraqi Republican Guard."We have
  • Coalition forces target Ministry of Information

    Coalition forces targeted the Ministry of Information in downtown Baghdad March 30 to reduce the Hussein regime's command and control capabilities.The ministry is located west of the Tigris River and was targeted with a Tomahawk Land Attack Munition. The strike enhances the security of coalition forces conducting operations across Iraq.Battle
  • Coalition bringing all powers to bear on Iraq

    Coalition forces are bringing all powers to bear on the Iraqi regime, Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, vice director of operations for U.S. Central Command said today during a briefing in Qatar.Coalition forces on the land, air and sea are targeting the things nearest and dearest to the regime's heart and sparing civilian infrastructure, he said.On
  • Air Force continues attacks on Iraqi regime, military

    A wide variety of Air Force aircraft played key roles in weekend missions designed to destroy Iraqi regime and military targets.The latest -- the obliteration of an enemy aircraft on a desert airfield by AC-130 gunships -- was displayed via video for reporters at a U.S. Central Command press conference March 31 at the unit's forward headquarters in
  • Coalition forces strike key target

    Coalition forces struck several key targets March 30 and 31 in an attempt to disrupt Iraqi military communications, degrade the Iraqi regime's ability to command and control military forces, and neutralize the threat from paramilitary forces.Two coalition aircraft using precision-guided munitions aided by the Global Positioning System targeted a
  • Weather clears skies for bomber pilots

    While accurate bombs, jet-propelled missiles and well-trained crews mean the difference in a war, none of it gets off the ground without good weather.As aircrews and others at a forward-deployed location will tell you, weather is paramount for the success of Operation Iraqi Freedom. No one knows that better than Staff. Sgt. Mike Wimmer, mission
  • Program offers close-up look at police work

    The last place most people want to find themselves is in a cop car, but that is exactly where one local teenager found his dream.Travis Sheets, a 17-year-old Enid High School student, is focused on an Air Force career thanks to his "Ride-Along Program" experience.The program, managed by 71st Security Forces Squadron airmen here, allows people age
  • After first week of war, airmen charged, ready

    With the first week of Operation Iraq Freedom successfully waged, 40,000 airmen spread across 30 locations stand poised for the long and difficult road ahead.But to airmen such as Senior Airman Jennifer Raney, the duration of the journey is secondary to dispelling the regime of Saddam Hussein."I'm just very proud to be here, and in my small way to
  • Strikes target Fedayeen, other regime operations

    Coalition airmen kept the heat on the Iraqi regime March 29 with precision strikes on Fedayeen, air-defense and command-and-control facilities.Coalition aircraft bombed the main training facility of the Fedayeen paramilitary forces in eastern Baghdad. The Fedayeen in this area are in charge of security functions in eastern Baghdad, defense
  • Forces not 'paused'; coalition attacks continue

    Army Gen. Tommy Franks said coalition forces are not "paused" and are not suffering from a lack of supplies.Franks, who spoke today at a press conference in Qatar, said, "Where we stand today is not only acceptable, ... it is truly remarkable."He spoke of "large and capable ground forces within 60 miles of Baghdad on multiple fronts." Coalition
  • Operations center in action

    Staff Sgt. Selena Matlock (foreground)tracks aircraft take-off and landing times at the coalition operations center. She is assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at a deployed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Terry Blevins)
  • Gas guzzler

    Tech. Sgt. George Anderson refuels a coalition aircraft from a fuel bladder at a forward-deployed location. Anderson is assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron and deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Nancy Kuck)
  • Air National Guard unit ensures safe flying

    Communication is vital. It is the key to the success of any operation. Without it, assumption and perception take over, causing malfunctions and putting lives at stake.This is something the air traffic control and radar approach control airmen at Bagram, Afghanistan know well.Listening for requests to land on the runway, watching the radar screen
  • Experience levels vary in Operation Iraqi Freedom

    The level of experience of Air Force members currently deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia runs the gamut, from battle-tested veteran to bright-eyed teenager.But whether they are new to the game or have seen it all before, the mission must go on.Maj. Scott Lambe, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot
  • U.S. troops' remains found near Nasiriyah

    The remains of American troops have been discovered in southern Iraq near where paramilitary forces loyal to Saddam Hussein have been accused by the Pentagon of executing U.S. service members after they'd surrendered.U.S. Central Command spokesman Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart told reporters today in Qatar of the situation developing in the
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