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  • Coalition air effort runs gamut of missions

    With their dazzling accuracy played out frequently for worldwide television audiences, precision-guided weapons have made media favorites out of strategic and tactical bombing missions.But there is a wide variety of other air operations going on around the clock that are just as important to the war effort, said the combined forces air component
  • Friendly fire incidents will be investigated

    It is unfortunate when coalition forces and equipment are lost in combat, but it is particularly tragic when those losses come as a result of friendly fire, the combined forces air component commander of Operation Iraqi Freedom said April 5.Lt. Gen. T. Michael Moseley said during a Pentagon teleconference from his headquarters in Saudi Arabia that
  • Transient-alert team keeps flightline running

    The flightline is a busy place and no one knows that better than the people who keep it all running smoothly at one forward-deployed location.The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing's transient alert team has aircraft crew chiefs who ensure all the transient aircraft -- aircraft that do not belong to the wing here -- have a place to park while ensuring
  • Team helps troops travel on stomachs

    Underscoring the value of a well-fed force, Napoleon once asserted, "An army travels on its stomach."Despite a rapid and massive buildup for Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 386th Expeditionary Services Squadron's food services team didn't flinch at the task of feeding thousands of coalition bellies for their own war travels. The staff achieved their
  • Keeping a promise to POW, MIA families

    The day before five soldiers became prisoners of war in Operation Iraqi Freedom, a meeting for relatives of some still lost from past wars demonstrated the eternal promise that everyone comes home.A "Family Member Update" brought experts working on POW and MIA cases together to share information with more than 150 Texas families."I've forgotten how
  • Lynch to rescuers: 'I'm an American soldier, too'

    The special operations mission to rescue Army Pfc. Jessica D. Lynch from Iraqi captivity was a triumph of joint planning and execution, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Victor Renuart.Renuart, operations chief at U.S. Central Command, gave more information about the Lynch rescue during a press conference in Qatar on April 5.Lynch was taken prisoner by
  • Bomber surge: 103 sorties in less than three days

    Although B-52 Stratofortresses and B-1B Lancers have become a common sight in the skies here their presence has been more visible the past few days.Bombers from the 7th Air Expeditionary Wing here, successfully completed 103 sorties in less than three days as part of a surge in operations March 30 through April 2."(This) performance is easily one
  • Pentagon revises smallpox vaccination policy

    Department of Defense officials are taking a watchful approach to the department's smallpox vaccination program after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta reported investigating whether a sequence of cardiac deaths was associated with the vaccine.Government officials have suggested that anyone with certain heart-related risk
  • Coalition aircraft strike home of 'Chemical Ali'

    Coalition aircraft struck the residence of Ali Hassan al-Majid, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's cousin, April 4.Two coalition aircraft using laser-guided munitions struck the home, located in Al Basrah, approximately 250 miles southeast of Baghdad.The strike was part of an ongoing effort to end Saddam Hussein's regime. According to defense
  • Moseley: 'Softening' not accurate description

    "Softening" Iraqi Republican Guard forces in and around Baghdad is not the way Lt. Gen. T. Michael Moseley would describe the effect of coalition air strikes."We are not softening them up. We are killing them," Moseley said April 5 in a teleconference with Pentagon reporters from his headquarters in Saudi Arabia.The effect has been dramatic, said
  • Bomber over ballpark

    An Air Force B-1B Lancer flies over the Texas Rangers first season home game at the Ballpark here April 4. The aircraft is assigned to the 28th Bomb Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. This is the third year a Dyess B-1 has flown over the team's first home game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Adam R. Wooten)
  • Maintainers get results despite tough conditions

    Approximately 1,900 coalition aircraft have launched almost 24,000 round-the-clock sorties since March 19 supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.That means 24,000 opportunities for something to go wrong mechanically."No problem," say maintainers like Senior Master Sgt. Ricky Abbott and Staff Sgt. Robert Souders who are assigned to the 321st Air
  • Dover team serves to honor fallen heroes

    With the arrival of remains from Operation Iraqi Freedom, the honor guard is performing more than its usual duties.Besides providing military funeral honors, honor guard airmen, working with the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), bring the remains to the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs here."It is a job that we never like to do," said
  • Former POW celebrates 30 years of freedom

    As U.S. prisoners of war in Iraq await their freedom, Col. Charles Brown, 439th Maintenance Group commander here recalled the end of his own POW experience 30 years earlier.On April 1, 1973, a young, Captain Brown walked off a C-9 Nightingale onto the tarmac here after spending 101 days as a prisoner of the North Vietnamese. He was imprisoned at
  • On the lookout

    Master Sgt. Eric Draper scans the desert for threats as his HC-130 flies into a U.S.-controlled airfield in southern Iraq on April 3. Draper is a loadmaster with the 39th Rescue Squadron from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and is deployed to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stefan Alford)
  • JAG discusses rules of combat

    When Americans go to war, they are armed with more than the best weapons and training the nation has to offer -- they are equipped with the "rule of law."According to the Air Force's senior lawyer, the United States fights wars differently from other nations."The Constitution governs everything we do, including the way the military fights wars,"
  • Guard, Reserve airmen testify about effects of mobilization

    Members of Congress turned to a panel of noncommissioned officers April 3 to determine the price military reservists are paying to help defend the nation.Two members of the Air National Guard and an Air Force reservist were on the multi-service panel that told members of the House Armed Services subcommittee on total force about the pros and cons
  • Agreement establishes Fighter Associate Program

    Air Force Reserve Command and Air Combat Command have joined forces to begin the Fighter Associate Program.Gen. Hal M. Hornburg, ACC commander, and Lt. Gen. James E. Sherrard III, AFRC commander, signed a memorandum of agreement that took effect April 2.The Fighter Associate Program is designed to meet the need for fighter-pilot training by
  • Renamed airport gateway to Iraq's future

    Saddam International Airport is under new management and has been renamed Baghdad International Airport, U.S. Central Command officials said today.Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, during a news conference in Qatar, said Army 5th Corps forces took the airport after heavy fighting. He said the airport will now be the "gateway to the future of
  • Team's efforts help warplanes go farther

    What do a maintenance scheduler, an information management specialist and an F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief have in common?Normally, not a whole lot. But at a desert air base, they are all part of a 16-person team sent from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., that augments the 363rd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's war readiness material section,
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