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  • AFA Reserve Council needs members

    Active Guard and Reserve members, unit reservists and individual mobilization augmentees in any Air Force specialty and pay grade have until January to apply for membership on the Air Force Association Reserve Council.Council members serve for two years and develop AFA policy recommendations on quality of life, equipment modernization and military
  • Icemen elves answering Santa's mail

    Children around the world can get a signed letter from Santa Claus, thanks to elves from the 354th Operations Support Squadron's combat weather flight here.For nearly 50 years, people at Eielson AFB have helped Santa answer the mail. Each year, the flight answers thousands of letters, sending responses postmarked "North Pole, Alaska.""Last year,
  • A clean delivery

    Senior Airman Nathan Setser, a fuels operator at a forward-deployed location, checks the purity and odor of a liquid oxygen sample to ensure it is operational. Setser is assigned to the 321st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron's fuels management flight. The flight's mission is to provide clean, dry fuel and cryogenics for coalition
  • CAP national commander, vice receive stars

    Civil Air Patrol National Commander Major General Richard L. Bowling addresses the audience following his promotion here Dec. 3. The position was upgraded to major general by the Air Force chief of staff in November because of the organization's planned role in homeland security. The CAP is the Air Force's official auxiliary and is a nonprofit
  • Eyes on target

    Staff Sgt. Cary Gibson (top) explains aiming procedures for the .50-caliber sniper rifle to 1st Lt. Hong Kim during an explosive ordnance disposal demonstration held at a deployed location in Southwest Asia on Nov. 27. Both airmen are from the 320th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. Gibson is assigned to the squadron's explosive ordnance
  • Afghanistan base holds 'Minefield Marathon'

    In a land accustomed to war, it was only fitting that a mine detonating sounded the start of a marathon at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on Nov. 29.Servicemembers from Poland, Germany, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Slovakia and the United States competed in the race.With Humvees on either side of the road and a Black Hawk helicopter hovering,
  • Coalition forces drop leaflets in Iraq

    Operation Southern Watch aircrews dropped 240,000 leaflets Dec. 2 over communication facilities in Iraq. The drops occurred between Al Kut and An Nasiriyah, approximately 100 to 150 miles southeast of Baghdad. These sites were damaged or destroyed by coalition strikes on December 1.Three separate leaflets were combined for this drop. Two
  • Caring in Cairo

    Staff Sgt. Josh Smith (foreground), a medical evacuation technician, checks the flow of antibiotics being given to Staff Sgt. Jason Lambert through a triple channel monitor. Lambert suffered a ruptured appendix while deployed to Bahrain and is being flown on an Air Force C-9 Nightingale to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he will receive post
  • Bandsman showcases talent on TV

    Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Trimmins talks with Jay Leno before showcasing his talents for playing a trumpet and flugelhorn simultaneously on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" which aired Nov. 28. Trimmins was the sole Air Force performer on Leno's second annual military Thanksgiving program. He is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the ceremonial
  • Guarding the skies

    A coalition forces E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft flies a mission over Afghanistan recently in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Morrison)
  • Civil engineers keep Bagram's airfield in shape

    Before the runway gets potholes large enough to swallow an airplane, the members of the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Element ensure the pilots have a smooth ride when they land.The CE element, a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force made up of nearly 20 people from four different CE units from Langley Air Force Base, Va.; Robins AFB, Ga.;
  • Jumper emphasizes total force development during visit

    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper met recently with airmen here who support operations Northern Watch and Enduring Freedom.The stop was one of many Jumper and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray are making to observe overseas operations and visit troops during the holiday season."You could argue Incirlik may be the most
  • Troops celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

    While millions of Americans gathered around tables Thanksgiving day for a traditional holiday feast, so too did the thousands of servicemembers supporting Operation Enduring Freedom at military bases across Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.But instead of finding family and friends seated at the table, the servicemembers here found themselves surrounded
  • WW II veteran receives Distinguished Flying Cross

    On Jan. 11, 1944, a young first lieutenant helped land a battle-damaged B-17 Flying Fortress on a small rural airfield near Cambridge, England.Almost 60 years later, Francis Hoad, 80, was recognized for his heroic efforts during a ceremony here Nov. 22 when U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and U.S. Congressman Frank Lucas presented him with the
  • Gravy train

    Col. Steve Cameron, commander of the 412th Test Wing here, pours gravy for a diner at the wing's annual Turkey Day festivities. Hundreds of volunteers took time out to bake and serve the traditional Thanksgiving meal to more than 1,000 airmen and base people. (Photo by Phil Kocurek)
  • Vandenberg launches Scuds on data-seeking mission

    The Missile Defense Agency launched two Scud missiles from here to learn more about the infamous Persian Gulf killer.The agency is collecting data as part of a three-year research program to aid in the development of missile defense technologies designed to intercept and destroy Scuds and Scud-type missiles before they can reach their intended
  • Contact center expands hours

    Airmen stationed overseas can now get real-time help with personnel issues without having to wake up at 3 a.m. thanks to the expanded hours of the contact center at the Air Force Personnel Center here.Beginning Dec. 2, the new hours, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. CST, will give people overseas a chance to talk with a customer service representative or chat via
  • U.K. pet quarantine no longer required

    Starting Dec. 11, military members bringing dogs and cats to the United Kingdom will no longer have to place their animals in a six-month quarantine period upon entering the country if they meet certain criteria.The Pet Travel Scheme, or PETS, is a new system created to help those who are moving to the country with animals. It also means that
  • Twenty-ton pit stop

    Staff Sgt. Mark Day changes the tire on a 20-ton dump truck at a forward-deployed location. Day is an equipment operator for the 819/219th Expeditionary Red Horse Squadron and is deployed from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Deb Alvarado)
  • Top chief sends Thanksgiving message

    The following is a Thanksgiving Day message to all airmen from Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray:"My wife, Sherry, and I are thankful for many blessings this season -- our children, our faith, our health -- but as we bow our heads to give thanks, it is you who often comes to our hearts and minds."As your chief master sergeant of
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