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  • 700-plus coalition aircraft pound Iraq

    About 700 coalition aircraft flew missions against more than 100 targets in Iraq on March 20, said defense officials.The strikes flew even as planners in the area attempted to determine the results of the strikes against the Iraqi leadership the day before. Targets included command and control facilities, early warning radar sites and
  • The thunder rolls

    An A-10 Thunderbolt II assigned to the 104th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron banks to the right after takeoff from here March 20. Coalition forces in Afghanistan launched another offensive, dubbed Operation Valiant Strike, on March 20 aimed at villages and cave complexes east of Kandahar in the Sami Ghar mountains, defense officials said. A-10
  • Building bridges

    Lt. Col. Greg Staten, commander of the 349th Tanker Airlift Control Element, checks on current operations as his team unloads C-17 Globemaster IIIs from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., and McChord AFB, Wash. Operating 24 hours a day, the TALCE is key to maintaining troop and equipment movement for the Operation Iraqi Freedom air bridge. (U.S.
  • Safe return

    Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons return to a forward-deployed base in Southwest Asia supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt Terry L. Blevins)
  • Missile on its way

    Ammunition specialists from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron roll out an AGM-130 missile headed toward the flightline at this forward-deployed location supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on March 21. The squadron has built more than 5,000 weapons in the past four weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Derrick Goode)
  • 'Gray Eagle' awards presented to longest-serving pilots

    Just minutes after airmen deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom began the highly anticipated "shock and awe" attack on Baghdad on March 21, Air Force leaders paused to pay tribute to two of the service's longest-serving pilots.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers and Maj. Gen. John J. Batbie, Jr., vice commander of Air Force
  • Legendary group enhances defense at Fairford

    Security here has taken on a formidable new dimension.After adding layers of concertina wire, K-9s and four contingents of law enforcement, officials at this British installation have added a regiment nothing short of legendary.The Gurkhas, the world-renowned Nepali special forces contingent of the British Army, have hunkered down at Fairford,
  • Leaders tell Congress relationships key in war on terrorism

    Leaders from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command spoke to members of Congress on March 19 on the personnel issues their organizations face in fighting the global war on terrorism.Lt. Gen. Daniel James III, the director of the Air National Guard, told the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee on military personnel that
  • Buffing it up

    Staff Sgts. John Beldin (left) and Landon Favors, B-52 Stratofortress weapons loaders, prepare an air-launched cruise missile for loading on a B-52 March 20. Aircraft and people from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., are deployed here as part of the 7th Air Expeditionary Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christina M.
  • Bush Lauds Operation Iraqi Freedom Troops, Congress

    The commander in chief today saluted U.S. service members involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and members of Congress for endorsing a resolution supporting those troops."All of us involved here in Washington are extremely proud of the skill and bravery of our young Americans who are willing to sacrifice for something greater than themselves,"
  • Rumsfeld Lists Operation Iraqi Freedom Aims, Objectives

    Defense of the American people is primary among the goals and objectives of U.S. actions in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon press conference today.Further goals are to eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and to liberate the Iraqi people.To achieve these aims, the military coalition is focused of specific
  • Myers Charts Coalition Military Actions to Date

    American ground forces are 100 miles inside Iraq and driving on Baghdad, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard Myers said today during a Pentagon news conference.The U.S. air campaign against Saddam Hussein's regime began with a tremendous bombing campaign against military targets against Baghdad, Kirkuk and Mosul, he
  • DoD Leaders Urge Iraqis to Surrender

    Over the past month, coalition aircraft have dropped more than 15 million leaflets over Iraq urging soldiers not to fight and telling civilians how to protect themselves.As Operation Iraqi Freedom began, there had been some results.Coalition troops are driving toward Baghdad and while some Iraqi troops have been surrendering, U.S. officials are
  • Coalition continues leaflet, radio campaign

    Aircrews dropped more than 2 million leaflets across Iraq on March 21 encouraging the surrender of Iraqi military forces and to minimize risk and harm to Iraqi civilians.The leaflets were dropped as part of ongoing coalition air operations.More than a million of the leaflets were dropped on Iraqi military forces encouraging them to surrender, to
  • Roche urges civilians to register contact data

    Air Force civilian employees can benefit from the same next-of-kin notification process provided to the families of injured or killed uniformed airmen by providing their emergency contact information in a secure electronic file."So far very few of our civilians have registered. This is a great service to our total force that has never existed
  • Saddam's Days Numbered, Rumsfeld Says

    U.S. Central Command exercised "flexibility" in attacking a senior Iraqi leadership compound last night, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.Rumsfeld spoke to a packed house at the Pentagon and answered questions about Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also spoke directly to Iraqi soldiers and civilians. His press conferences are transmitted
  • Rumsfeld Praises Troops, Cites Iraq War As 'Necessary, Just'

    Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today praised American troops deployed overseas to disarm and oust Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, noting that their efforts support a just cause."It is essential to world peace and our security that we act against the regime of Saddam Hussein," Rumsfeld said in a taped message to service members, as U.S. and
  • Leaders tell Congress about new aircraft, missions

    The Air Force's senior leaders presented their vision of the service's next-generation fighter and a new mission for an old warhorse to members of Congress on March 19.Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper briefed members of the House Appropriations Committee subcommittee on defense on the
  • Stealth bomber joins team

    The B-2 Spirit multirole bomber has joined forces with the B-52 Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker at a forward-deployed location.As forces build up throughout the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility, the B-2 adds another asset to the coalition team."Every airframe and every team member brings different skills and different abilities
  • Pilot dies in T-38 crash

    An instructor pilot assigned to the 100th Flying Training Squadron was killed March 19 after his T-38 Talon crash here at approximately 4 p.m.The pilot, Maj. Pete Jahns, was pronounced dead at 4:52 p.m. at Brooke Army Medical Center.The second pilot, Lt. Col. Frank Gebert, survived the crash, apparently with no significant injuries. As a
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