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  • Walking the beat, 10,000 km from home

    Ask most cops why they went into law enforcement, and they will say it is about people -- helping people, meeting people, even just talking with people.For a people-focused cop, Staff Sgt. Travis Hartzell has a dream job. As patrolmaster for the 376th Air Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, he has spent the last 90 days walking the dusty
  • Aircraft storage center refurbishes German F-4s

    The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center here is in the business of aircraft storage and regeneration plus aircraft parts reclamation for various agencies, including the U.S. military and its allies.Recently, AMARC technicians have assumed a slightly different role by taking on the renovation of seven German F-4F Phantom II aircraft that
  • Two ideas save money, net airmen $10,000 each

    Two airmen here each earned $10,000 recently through the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program.Master Sgt. Jon Newsom, from the 315th Maintenance Squadron, and Senior Airman Michael Morris, of the 437th Operations Support Squadron, are Charleston AFB's most recent recipients.Newsom, an aircraft fuels system mechanic, said his
  • Keep 'em flying

    Airman 1st Class Robert Parson, a 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew chief, inspects the rear turbine of a C-130 Hercules before the aircraft departs on a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Parson and other members of the 777th EAS are from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and are currently serving at a
  • Coalition forces strike Iraqi air defense site

    Operation Southern Watch aircrews responded Sept. 4 to recent Iraqi hostile acts against coalition aircraft monitoring the southern no-fly zone. They used precision-guided weapons to strike an air defense command and control facility at a military airfield 240 miles west and slightly south of Baghdad, at approximately 2:30 a.m. EDT.Target battle
  • Help on the way for parents of military-connected children

    Help is on the way for parents who want to be advocates for their military-connected schoolchildren but do not know where to go when they move from place to place around the world.The Military Child Education Coalition heard parents' pleas and created a Parent Workshop program to help them. The first workshop is slated Sept. 24 and 25 at Fort
  • Greater access to pay information through E/MSS

    The Defense Finance and Accounting Service Employee/Member Self-Service system has been expanded to allow greater access to pay information and more changes to pay records.The new enhancements provide more options to employees, are user-friendly, and help give employees more control over their pay information, said Jim Pitt, deputy director of
  • Pals for life

    Senior Airmen Lisa Leonard (left) and Desere Daniel, from the 379th Expeditionary Services Squadron, serve lunch at a forward-deployed location. The two Ohio Air National Guardsmen became best friends in the second grade and have since joined the Girl Scouts together, played on the same sports teams, and graduated from the same high school in
  • Thirsty Tomcat

    A KC-10 Extender, assigned to the 44th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron based at a forward-deployed location in the Arabian Gulf region, refuels a Navy F-14 Tomcat over Afghanistan. The 44th EARS has flown more than 2,200 missions, delivering more than 225 million pounds of fuel in the war on terrorism. (Photo by Navy Capt. Dana Potts)
  • Roche reviews first year of war on terrorism

    "Looking back at what we've achieved over the past 11 months, we can all be proud to call ourselves airmen."That was the bottom line of Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche's speech at the Tuskegee Airmen's 31st Annual National Convention recently in Atlanta."Often, our legacy is driven by events beyond our control, by circumstances we
  • Guardsman avoids traffic by rowing to work

    Living and working in the nation's capital for most people means having to battle some of the worst road congestion anywhere in the United States.However, one ingenious Air National Guard member, who lives on Bolling Air Force Base in southeast Washington, D.C., and works in Arlington, Va., uses the waters of the Potomac River to his
  • Reservists must report extension to keep benefits

    Mobilized reservists who are extended into a second year must report the extension to their servicing military personnel unit to ensure they receive continuous health care and other benefits.If deployed overseas, reservists can go to their personnel support for contingency operations team to update information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility
  • Heavy metal

    A four-man crew, from the Air Force Reserve Command's 622nd Combat Logistics Support Squadron, replaces a piece of sheet metal on the tail of C-141 Starlifter during depot-level repair at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean P. Houlihan)
  • Intern program develops future AF scientists, engineers

    While their friends were flipping burgers at fast food joints or hanging out at the mall this summer, a group of young scientists were experimenting with their futures in the Air Force Research Laboratory here.Working as research assistants, 27 "Wright Scholars" joined a team of scientist and engineer mentors in the lab's propulsion, air vehicles
  • Pay information available at your fingertips

    Anything you ever wanted to know about your military pay but didn't know who to ask is now available with a couple of mouse clicks. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has a military compensation Web site.The site explains the differences between pay and allowances and describes the intended purpose for the various allowances. For instance,
  • Radiation check

    Master Sgt. Sean Meenagh (left) takes a radio frequency radiation measurement while Lt. Col. Mike Elliott records the data. Both are assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group's bioenvironmental engineering section and periodically check radiation levels near radio frequency emitters for dangerous levels at this forward-deployed location.
  • Exercising their right

    (Left to right) Airmen 1st Class Matt Martinez and Alvin Gutierrez, Airmen Stephen Tarouilly and Ruben Martinez, and Airman 1st Class Drew Mueller, all members of the 568th Security Forces Squadron here, register to vote for the first time. Federal Voting Assistance Program officials are sponsoring Armed Forces Voters' Week from Sept. 1 to 7.
  • Transitional health care hinges on updating records

    Demobilizing reservists who wish to receive transitional health-care benefits need to update their records and obtain transitional medical care cards for their family members when they outprocess. Reservists called to active duty for more than 30 days to support a contingency operation are eligible for transitional health-care benefits, which are
  • Air Force officials to cancel 100,000 travel cards

    More than 100,000 of the Air Force's government travel cards will be canceled in early October for lack of use, according to the service's travel card program manager.The move, said Michael Weber, is part of a servicewide effort to "clean up the books" and will affect those people who have not used their card for a year or more. He added that
  • First test of 'Net Decoy' system shows promise

    The airmen of the 100th Communications Squadron here hosted the first-ever demonstration of the pioneering "Net Decoy" system, combining two defensive information systems that detect, track and potentially identify cyberspace intruders.During the latter part of August the Air Force Information Warfare Battlelab, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, has
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