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  • 'Bob' marks mission milestone

    A C-130 Hercules assigned to the 778th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron marked a milestone Jan. 26 when it reached 30,000 flying hours while performing a combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.The aircraft, from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and now serving at a forward-deployed location, achieved this feat during touchdown on an
  • Hercules has arrived

    More C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft and airmen arrived at Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, recently to provide further support for the war on terrorism. The additional aircraft will enhance the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing's ability to conduct airlift missions supporting ground forces in Afghanistan. Hercules aircraft can take off and land on austere
  • Score!

    Tech. Sgt. Gary Walden raises his arms in celebration of a score during Super Bowl XXXVII as co-workers Tech. Sgts. Van Hess (middle) and Roy Mumey stew over the play. Airmen at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, had to rise at 3:50 a.m. to catch the live event in a recreation center at Air Force Village. All three sergeants are A-10 Thunderbolt II
  • Bagram duty has its hazards

    Talk of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' win in the Super Bowl stopped abruptly Jan. 27 when a work crew uncovered an unexploded bomb at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.A team working in an area behind the base's control tower unearthed an unexploded Russian-made anti-personnel bomblet. The Air Force compound at this Army base was evacuated.While most of
  • Pilot survives U-2 crash, recovery continues

    An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady pilot ejected safely before his aircraft crashed Jan. 26 near Hwa Song city, south of Seoul.The pilot was taken to the base hospital here where his was listed in stable condition. He is being treated for a back injury and is expected to recover fully. The pilot is assigned to the 5th Reconnaissance Squadron here.Four
  • Military, civilian W-2s available on myPay

    American military members and Department of Defense civilians can now view, save and print their W-2 wage and tax statements from myPay at https://mypay.dfas.mil.Military retirees and annuitants can view, save and print their tax form 1099s as well.The myPay service provides a secure way for servicemembers, defense civilians, military retirees and
  • A patient with patience

    An Afghan boy from the Aroki Province of Kapisa in Afghanistan waits to be seen by U.S. military medics Jan. 21. Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, along with soldiers from the 48th Combat Support Hospital and the 924th Korean Medical hospital, visited the province to offer health care to local residents. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Cherie A.
  • C-5 painter explores possibilities of special art

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Mike Boutwell, a painter for the C-5 corrosion control facility here, is speaking volumes.Boutwell, who said he has been doodling ever since he can remember, has received rave reviews on his latest work, a mural of the C-5 Galaxy.Spending his days in the paint shop preparing and painting actual C-5s,
  • Fuel specialists keep Air Force flying high

    There is an old saying that "the Army runs on its stomach." Well, the Air Force runs on fuel, jet fuel, and lots of it.The Air Force's petroleum office makes sure the Air Force has fuel whenever and wherever it needs it, according to Col. David King, commander of Detachment 3 of the Air Force's petroleum office, in Fort Belvoir, Va.The airmen who
  • Rhein-Main maintains air bridge to Afghanistan

    Airman 1st Class Nate Hill had one thing in mind: getting his C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane airborne so it could get on with its mission.That is "Job 1" at this once-again busy airlift base outside Frankfurt, and if to do that means standing in a steady, cold drizzle most of the day, so be it, he said.Because Hill knew inside the aircraft were
  • Force modules give commanders 'playbook'

    The Air Force is developing a "playbook" that will allow combatant commanders to better manage their air assets, particularly in the area of opening and establishing forward bases.According to Maj. Gen. Timothy A. Peppe, special assistant for air and space expeditionary forces at the Pentagon, the key to that playbook is matching the appropriate
  • Artists document Air Force history with art

    First-time visitors to the Pentagon might expect to see star-studded generals and high-tech "war rooms." What they might not expect is that the walls of this 60-year-old building not only frame its famous catacomb hallways, but also double as an art gallery.The Air Force Art Program is responsible for acquiring and managing this dizzying array of
  • B-52 sees biggest improvement in 15 years

    After three years of planning, Air Force flight test experts here introduced a new offensive avionics system for the B-52 Stratofortress.Flight testing of the B-52 Avionics Midlife Improvement, known as AMI, began in mid-December and is scheduled to continue through March 2004, with 80 sorties averaging eight hours long and several global missions
  • Center training civilian journalists

    Air Mobility Warfare Center instructors here began training 60 journalists Jan. 20 during Joint Service Media Orientation and Training.The course, also known as "media boot camp," is a Department of Defense initiative that puts journalists through a weeklong, hands-on block of classes and field instruction.The training program teaches reporters
  • Famous military cartoonist dies

    World War II soldier-cartoonist Bill Mauldin, creator of the classic "Willie and Joe" characters, died Jan. 23 in a nursing home in Newport Beach, Calif.Mauldin, 81, was weakened by Alzheimer's disease and died of pneumonia.During World War II, then-Army Sergeant Mauldin earned fame for the cartoon exploits of his two unshaven, weary, but wry, Army
  • Fighter squadron deactivating after deployment

    "Mission complete" are familiar words of relief to military people who have completed their duty and relinquished their post.However, these words carry more meaning for 55th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron airmen as they complete their Operation Northern Watch mission here and prepare to deactivate their squadron once they return home to Shaw Air
  • FEGLI has new premiums, other changes

    Some Air Force civilian employees and retirees will see a change in the cost of their Federal Employees Group Life Insurance premiums. They may find themselves placed into a new age group.A recent review of the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance premiums by office of personnel management officials resulted in the changes that became effective
  • Footprints in the sand

    Tech. Sgt. Brian Welch tracks elevation measurements using a global positioning system on the flightline at a forward-deployed location as part of an ongoing fuel-farm expansion project. Welch is an engineering assistant with the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Nancy Kuck)
  • Doing shots

    Air Force Reserve Maj. Marty Maddox marks a Pentagon employee's arm before vaccinating her against the smallpox virus in the Pentagon's health care clinic Jan. 21. Maddox is an individual mobilization augmentee nurse who was activated last year. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)
  • Lights of Dover

    Dennis Major inspects new lights on the taxiway here. Dover is one of two Air Force installations using new diode lights that use less electricity than older models and are brighter. By design, an aircraft can hit a light and the tube will snap off the base, but the lighting unit itself will not be affected. Major works for the base's 436th
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