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  • Coalition forces still conducting operations

    While major combat action is certainly winding down in Iraq, coalition forces are still conducting operations in the country, said U.S. Central Command officials in Qatar today.In Al Ramadi April 15, a commander with the 3rd Infantry Division accepted the capitulation of the Iraqi regular army 12th Armor Brigade that was stationed in that area,
  • C-130 delivers medical team to Iraq

    Some aircraft credited with delivering overwhelming military capability to coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom are now distributing food, supplies and medical care to the people of Iraq, officials said April 16.One of the latest examples was the transport of a specialized medical team to an airfield southeast of Baghdad, said Army Brig.
  • Aid on the way

    Airmen deployed to Camp Sarafovo, Bulgaria, load humanitarian cargo onto pallets April 15. The cargo will be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III and delivered to the people of Iraq. The airmen are assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Ahlschwede)
  • C-130 crews keep the supplies coming

    When coalition air forces erupted in battle full force, it was business as usual for Master Sgt. John Spillane and fellow aircrew members of the 320th Air Expeditionary Squadron.As a C-130 Hercules loadmaster for the 320th AES, he and fellow cargo aircrews were busy setting the stage before the beginning of the air war over Iraq. Their efforts
  • Plotting the course

    Senior Airman Michael D. Vuyancih plots traffic-control points on a base map during a security forces exercise here. Vuyancih is with the 39th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Joseph Thompson)
  • Officials warn of flea, tick collar dangers

    Pentagon officials are, once again, advising servicemembers that flea and tick collars work great on pets, but not on humans.And officials at the Armed Forces Pest Management Board said good-intentioned citizens and family members should not include the collars in care packages to troops.Responding to reports that people and organizations are
  • Kirtland Guard, active duty work together in Bulgaria

    Supporting air-refueling operations for aircraft striking targets in Iraq has found Kirtland active-duty and Air National Guard airmen working together at Camp Sarafovo, Bulgaria.Security forces airmen from the New Mexico Air National Guard's 150th Fighter Wing and support people from the 377th Mission Support Group here arrived at the camp a month
  • Theater frequency management organizes airwaves

    Along with the thousands of planes filling the sky over Iraq are more than 5,000 different electronic frequencies used for critical communications between the systems and people who make those flights possible.With numbers like these, there are plenty of chances for something to become a problem. Keeping those systems and people from "stepping on"
  • Trip changes airman's view of Iraq

    For a combat cameraman from upstate New York, a six-hour ride from Kirkuk to Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq, was an eye-opening experience he will not forget.Trained to look for and document with his camera those moments that tell a story, Tech. Sgt. Steve Faulisi said he put away his camera and just took in what he saw.He became part of the
  • U.S. troops to be in Iraq 'not one day longer' than necessary, Myers says

    American troops will be in Iraq "as long as required and not one day longer," the U.S. military's senior officer said here today.Saddam Hussein's regime is history and "the process of returning Iraq to the Iraqi people has begun," Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Arab and Muslim journalists at the
  • CFACC provides guidance for coalition air campaign

    Before one of the most intense and precise air campaigns in the history of modern warfare began March 19, a video teleconference was held that included President Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Tommy Franks and Combined Forces Air Component Commander Lt. Gen. T. Michael "Buzz" Moseley.The meeting
  • 12 AF civilians receive presidential rank awards

    Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche honored 12 Air Force recipients of the 2002 Presidential Rank Awards in a ceremony here April 7."It's my great privilege to recognize the tremendous contributions these people have made to our Air Force and to congratulate them on their achievement," Roche said.Each recipient combines great
  • Air Force announces productivity excellence awards

    Five Air Force teams and three people recently received top honors for their money-saving improvements to the Air Force.The Air Force Productivity Excellence Award recognizes Air Force airmen, civilians and small groups who have made substantial improvements in productivity. The winners' efforts resulted in $63 million in tangible savings. Those
  • In coordination

    Staff Sgt. Marissa Richard and Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Morris coordinate an aircraft's arrival at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq. Richard is a tanker airlift control element manager and Morris works command and control. Both are assigned to the 86th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron. The squadron is part of the 86th Expeditionary Contingency
  • Bush: Coalition victory in Iraq certain but not complete

    "These are good days for the history of freedom," President Bush said during a Rose Garden ceremony this morning.In one month Iraq has transformed from being "a prison to its own people, a haven for terrorists (and) an arsenal of weapons that endanger the world," Bush said during remarks on his administration's economic proposals."Today the world
  • Rock merchants lighten up tense times

    When aircraft fly into Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq, some aircrews jump out of their plane to pick up a quick souvenir -- a rock or two.A trio of airmen who work on the flightline saw one too many of the flightsuit-wearing warriors taking little chunks of what they consider their hard-earned real estate.In classic GI fashion, they came up with
  • Heading home

    An F-117 Nighthawk and F-15E Strike Eagles prepare to launch April 14 from a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 8th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron and its F-117s are returning home to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., after supporting the war in Iraq. The F-15Es are from Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Airmen stay busy despite end of major hostilities in Iraq

    Even though hostilities in Iraq appear to be winding down, airmen who fly combat missions over that war-torn nation say their job is not finished yet."We still have pockets of resistance in various areas, and until we have complete control we need to have air power up there supporting the ground troops," said Lt. Col. Grant Bishop, an F-16CJ
  • Airlift takes toll on Bashur Airfield

    The landing of many heavy cargo aircraft at Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq, has forced the closure of 2,000 feet of runway that cracked under the constant strain.That still leaves a 5,000-foot runway, more than enough for C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 Hercules aircraft to continue the airlift into this base 255 miles north of Baghdad, said Lt.
  • Air Force begins re-deploying some forces

    The Air Force has started re-deploying some its assets supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to defense officials.The return of B-2 Spirit, F-117 Nighthawk and some F-15 Eagle aircraft has already begun, the officials said. It is all part of a process to re-deploy forces no longer required for OIF, so that the deployed aircraft can be
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