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  • B-52 pilot still flying high after 33 years

    During the evacuation of Quang Tri in 1972, 1st Lt. Bill Jankowski, an O2-A pilot, flew out of DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, to find enemy targets and bring air support assistance to South Vietnamese who were resisting North Vietnamese. Quang Tri had Americans within the area, and Jankowski's role was vital in trying to evacuate them.There was a heavy
  • Two Apache pilots missing; progress against Baghdad 'rapid'

    Two American Apache helicopter crewmen are missing in action as coalition forces continue to pound Iraqi Republican Guard units ringing Baghdad, Army Gen. Tommy Franks said today in Qatar.Franks, the combined forces commander, said coalition forces are operating throughout Iraq and that "progress toward our objectives has been rapid and in some
  • Brrrr...

    Senior Airman Josh Swisher guards an entry control point to the KC-10 Extender parking area at a forward-deployed location. The 409th Air Expeditionary Group flies air-refueling missions supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Ahlschwede)
  • Voluntary departures from Incirlik end

    Nearly 1,300 family members and nonmission-essential civilian employees packed up, processed and departed Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, March 20 to 22 as U.S. and coalition forces began Operation Iraqi Freedom.Five contracted commercial aircraft flew people from Incirlik to Charleston, S.C., where they were provided tickets to their final
  • Air Force announces maintenance award winners

    Air Force officials recently announced the winners of the 2002 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Maintenance Awards, along with the 2002 Maintenance Effectiveness Awards.The winners of the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Maintenance Awards are:For aircraft maintenance:-- Field Grade Manager: Maj. David M. Coley, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.-- Company Grade Manager:
  • Six airmen die in helicopter crash

    An Air Force HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed near Ghazni, Afghanistan, on March 23, killing all aboard, said Combined Joint Task Force 180 officials at Bagram Air Base.Six airmen died in the crash, task force spokesman Army Col. Roger King said. Names of the dead are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Enemy fire was not a
  • Wounded arrive in Germany

    Tech. Sgt. John Schiffhauer (right) of the 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and members of the 86th Aeromedical Staging Facility here unload a wounded soldier from a C-141 Starlifter on March 24. Twelve soldiers wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom were evacuated to Germany for additional medical treatment.
  • Officials discuss progress of air war

    As the number of sorties flown by coalition air forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom reaches into the thousands, officials from U.S. Central Command said March 24 they were pleased with the results of those efforts.Army Gen. Tommy Franks, CENTCOM commander, told reporters during a press briefing at the command's forward headquarters in Qatar that
  • Secretary, chief address Operation Iraqi Freedom

    The following is a joint message from Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper:"As our nation calls upon its armed forces to meet this next challenge in the war on terrorism, the men and women of the U.S. Air Force will play a pivotal role in striking our enemies, defending our coalition forces,
  • Hurry and wait

    More than 250 soldiers from the 720th Military Police Battalion based at Fort Hood, Texas, relax at the tent city here during a stop on their way to support contingency operations. In all, more than 1,300 troops gathered here March 21 to 22, filling the tent city, contingency billeting and fitness center. Rhein-Main's 726th Air Mobility Squadron
  • Making 'em smarter

    Airman 1st Class Richard Ludlum prepares an MK-84 "dumb bomb" for transition to a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition "smart bomb." Four components are added to the MK-84 turning it into a precision Global Positioning System-guided weapon. Ludlum is assigned to the 5th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's munitions flight. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Coalition leaflets provide safety instructions to civilians

    Coalition aircrews dropped more than 1 million informational leaflets into Iraq on March 23 providing a variety of messages, including instructions to Iraqi civilians and military troops about how to stay safe during coalition military activities.The leaflets are part of an ongoing effort to inform Iraqi civilians and military troops. More than 2
  • U.S. Soldiers 'Unaccounted For' in Iraq

    Some U.S. soldiers in Iraq are "unaccounted for," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told CNN today.Iraqi television videotape purports to show U.S. service members captured by Iraqi forces. Al Jazeera - a satellite news network based out of Doha, Qatar - broadcast the tape."Whether the ones that are being shown ... are those individuals, I'm not
  • Ammo airmen build munitions for war

    After two weeks of waiting, munitions airmen at a forward-deployed location began working day and night building M-117 and 85 GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions for the "shock and awe" phase of the war in Iraq.Arriving at this location March 6, members of the 5th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight are finally able to do what they
  • Predator helps in ground war success

    Flying over coalition troops racing toward Baghdad, RQ-1 Predators are providing ground commanders up-to-the-second information on what lies ahead.That is helping make the ground war a success by minimizing coalition troop losses, said Predator pilot Capt. Traz Trzaskoma by telephone."We immediately pass on any data we gather to the people on the
  • Officials urge against unsolicited troop mail

    To bolster force protection, the general public is urged not to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to forward-deployed servicemembers unless they are a family member, loved one or personal friend, said Department of Defense officials.On Oct. 30, DOD suspended the "Operation Dear Abby" and "Any Servicemember" mail programs because of
  • Bombers away

    B-2 Spirit bombers take off from a forward-deployed location March 21 to fly to an Operation Iraqi Freedom mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Janice Cannon)
  • Eye spy

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 410th Air Expeditionary Wing at a forward-deployed location checks his night vision goggles before a mission. Aircraft from the wing flew missions on "A-Day" of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis)
  • Protesters offer training for security

    Security forces here responded to nearly 50 protesters at a base gate March 22 and arrested three.Another group of military supporters gathered at the gate to lend their encouragement to the base and its people.During the weeks leading up to the protest, groups informed the base they would exercise their First Amendment right to free speech at the
  • First Predator strike takes out anti-air threat

    A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator found and destroyed a radar-guided anti-aircraft artillery gun in southern Iraq March 22 making it the first Predator strike of Operation Iraqi Freedom, defense officials announced.The multirole Predator used one AGM-114K "Hellfire II" missile to strike an Iraqi ZSU-23-4 mobile anti-aircraft artillery gun outside the
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