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  • Last American flag on Iwo Jima flies over Buckley

    In 1968, Old Glory was lowered on the island of Iwo Jima for the last time as the island returned to the Japanese government.A flag had flown day and night on Mount Suribachi since U.S. Marines famously raised on there during the battle for Iwo Jima.On March 27, that last flag flew here as part of a ceremony commemorating the 58th anniversary of
  • Female B-2 pilot makes history

    Military women are continuing to knock down barriers and make history.Capt. Jennifer Wilson, a B-2 Spirit pilot deployed with the 393rd Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, landed on the runway April 1 at her forward-deployed location, making her the first female B-2 pilot to fly a combat mission. "Flying is great," Wilson said. "I can't imagine doing
  • Night ops in the north

    Master Sgt. Gerritt McCrory of the 86th Expeditionary Contingency Response Group marshals cargo and people from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during night operations March 30 at an airfield in northern Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rich Puckett)
  • Wing prepares for CV-22 training

    With two CV-22 simulators on board here, 58th Special Operations Wing workers are making strides toward setting up training for the new aircraft.The Air Force officially accepted ownership of its first full-motion CV-22 simulator at the 58th Training Squadron recently.The unit will receive four simulators for CV-22 pilot and flight engineer
  • Illinois base prepares for possible war casualties

    As coalition forces zero in on Baghdad, there is a possibility of mass military casualties. If that happens, Scott AFB in America's heartland may serve as a central medical "hub" for getting wounded warriors to the care they need."If the number of casualties is great, we need to be prepared," said Col. Charles Beadling, 375th Medical Group
  • Airmen jump in, prepare airfield in northern Iraq

    As part of what may be the largest airborne assault since D-Day, 20 airmen of the 86th Contingency Response Group parachuted into northern Iraq on March 27 with more than 1,000 soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.The people who jumped into Iraq comprised a team of specialists from the intelligence, medical, communications, security, aerial port,
  • Delta rocket takes GPS satellite into orbit

    A Delta II, carrying a Global Positioning System satellite, launches from here March 31. The GPS system provides precise 24-hour navigational latitude, longitude, altitude, velocity and precise time information. In the first six days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, more than 80 percent of the munitions that hit several thousand targets were
  • Towing the line

    Airman 1st Class Adam McChord helps tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon at a forward-deployed location. McChord is a crew chief assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Terry L. Blevins)
  • Unconditional surrender demanded of Iraqi regime

    The only thing the coalition is willing to discuss with the leaders of the Iraqi regime is their unconditional surrender, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.To get an idea of the progress the coalition is making in Iraq, people must try to view the world as Saddam Hussein - if he's still alive - sees it, he said.In northern Iraq,
  • KC-135 Stratotankers keep allied forces flying

    As the Air Force's operating tempo climbs to unprecedented heights in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the efforts of refueling tankers are keeping the air war on track.With the average daily number of air sorties going from 1,000 to 1,800 in the past two days, according to a defense official, one squadron is providing round-the-clock fuel
  • Air strikes hammer remote terrorist camp

    Coalition air strikes during Operation Iraqi Freedom are not only yielding the systematic demolition of the Saddam Hussein regime, but are hammering international terrorist organizations as well.Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers, in an April 1 Pentagon press briefing, displayed images of a remote terrorist camp in
  • Hurlburt Field selected for installation excellence

    Hurlburt Field, Fla., was selected as the Air Force winner of the 2003 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence by the Department of Defense.Hurlburt is one of five installation winners announced April 1 by Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. The award comes with $1 million for quality-of-life programs at Hurlburt.The
  • Scientists, engineers vital to Air Force mission

    The Air Force is having difficulty recruiting and retaining its civilian and military scientist and engineering workforce, Gen. Lester L. Lyles, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, told senators March 31.If the service wants to retain its position as the world's premier air and space force, it must recruit and retain these scientists and
  • AWACS keep flying despite challenges

    About 45 people deployed from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., work together to make sure the E-3 Sentry, better known as the Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft or AWACS, is ready to launch within an hour if needed.That is no small task, according to the man in charge of the maintenance of the AWACS aircraft at their deployed location.Capt.
  • Troops hope their work doesn't come home

    They descended on a forward-deployed location with one focus: building bombs. Not just any bombs. They wanted to build the kind that don't come back. It is the lifeblood of any ammo troop.They didn't build for two weeks, just long enough for them to get antsy, wondering when they would get their chance. They conducted routine operations until they
  • Personnel training teams visiting bases

    Help is on the way for Military Personnel Data System users, which should lead to better customer service for airmen and commanders, according to an Air Force Personnel Center official here.Six-person training teams from the center are traveling to every base in the Air Force."We're training each (military personnel flight), some commander support
  • Air Force surgeon general: 'We are ready'

    Improvements in the deployment process since the 1991 Gulf War have resulted in a more fit and healthy fighting force, the Air Force surgeon general told a House committee March 27."Our military now finds itself engaged in war on multiple fronts -- in fact, a greater percentage of our troops are deployed, in more locations, for longer periods of
  • Senior leaders welcome independent academy review

    Even as the Air Force takes its first steps toward correcting problems that led to allegations of sexual assault at its academy, the service's leaders told lawmakers they would welcome a third-party investigation.Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper met with members of the Senate Armed
  • April issue of Airman available

    Take a look at how the Air Force entered space, learn about the A-10 Thunderbolt II mission over Afghanistan, and read about the silent wings of history. These features and more highlight the April issue of Airman magazine, now available in print and online.In the early 1950s, America slowly began embracing space technology, and today the United
  • Saddam a no-show on Iraqi television

    It's Day 12 of "Where's Saddam?"Since Sunday, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, and other senior DoD officials have noted that no one has seen Saddam Hussein since the operation to open the war.So many military and civilian personnel in the Pentagon watched a bit more intently when the news networks started announcing Hussein would make an
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