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  • Powell predicts better day ahead for Iraq

    With Iraq's day of liberation drawing near, U.S. officials are hard at work on plans for an interim authority, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said today."We want an interim authority that is representative of all the groups who have an interest in the future of Iraq," Powell told reporters at the State Department. "We want it to include those
  • Jabara Award honors aviators' efforts

    Two Air Force helicopter pilots have earned the 2003 Col. James Jabara Award for Airmanship.Majs. Leighton Anderson and Edward Lengel, both 1992 academy graduates, earned the award for their contributions to airpower during Operation Enduring Freedom.This is the first time the award has been given to more than one graduate since 1988. The award is
  • Tower a pinnacle of support for fliers

    As B-52 Stratofortresses lift off from a deployed location, the last person to wish them well is not the commander or maintainers. It is Airman 1st Class Jeremy Beecher, an air traffic controller with the 457th Air Expeditionary Group.Air traffic controllers direct all air and runway traffic. They are the last people to talk to an aircraft before
  • Desert duty

    Tech. Sgt. Rey Rodriguez prepares support brackets for shower tent at a forward-deployed location April 1. Rodriguez is a load team superintendent with the 621st Tanker Airlift Control Element and is deployed from the 821st Air Mobility Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Quinton T. Burris)
  • Academy honors distinguished graduates

    Contributions to the Air Force and nation have earned two Air Force Academy graduates the academy's distinguished graduate awards.Retired Air Force Gen. Robert Oaks and Dr. Paul Kaminski have earned the 2002 Distinguished Graduate Award. The award recognizes graduates for contributions to the academy's Association of Graduates and the nation.Oaks
  • Reserve, active duty blend seamlessly

    Active-duty and Reserve airmen are working side by side and facing the same wartime challenges while deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.Air reserve technicians from the 917th Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., work in tandem with their active-duty counterparts as members of the 5th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron munitions flight at a
  • AF provides Congress with Raptor update

    Air dominance is the first priority of any combat commander and the F/A-22 Raptor will provide it for them, Lt. Gen. John D.W. Corley said in congressional testimony April 2.Corley is the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition at the Pentagon."Air dominance provides our forces with freedom from attack while giving
  • You've got a friend

    Tech. Sgt. Terrance Butler shares his hat with a Bulgarian child April 2. Butler is currently assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group at Camp Sarafovo, Bulgaria. More than 40 children from two orphanages in nearby Burgas toured the camp and entertained the deployed troops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Ahlschwede)
  • Highlighting cruel nature of Iraqi regime

    Since the beginning of the war in Iraq, defense officials have pointed out the Iraqi regime's policy of consistently ignoring the laws of armed conflict and the Geneva Conventions.From setting death squads on their own people to holing up in mosques and shrines, regime forces have flouted international conventions.The most recent, and a most
  • Pope people, aircraft supporting fight

    Members of Pope's Flying Tigers -- the only active-duty A-10 Thunderbolt II unit in Southwest Asia -- are bringing the fight to the enemy as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.A number of the 23rd Fighter Group's aircraft and people are deployed to a forward location and participating in combat operations. Since the beginning of the war, pilots have
  • Snow duty

    Moving a patient front of the Old Faithful ranger station here are, from left, Ranger Jan Cauthorn-Page Senior Master Sgt. Johnny Cupp (left) and Senior Airman Nathan Steele. Cupp and Steele are emergency medical technicians with the 445th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. They recently participated in a
  • Day in the life: B-52 commander's day filled with make-or-break decisions

    His day begins shortly before 6 a.m., making deposits.Each person he sees, he pats on the shoulder, shakes hands with or offers a warm greeting -- deposits of confidence, calm and comfort. He treats them all alike, from the single-stripe airman to the blue-oak-leaf lieutenant colonel.For Col. Dan Charchian, commander of the 457th Air Expeditionary
  • Tricare may change for some families

    With Operation Iraqi Freedom in full swing, deployments have become common for military members stationed at overseas locaitions. This can affect health care for family members.Health care is available for eligible family members whether they choose to stay overseas or decide to temporarily return home, said Capt. Timothy Hoiden, Tricare Europe
  • Coalition forces in commuting distance to downtown Baghdad

    Coalition forces have taken outlying areas of Baghdad "and are closer to the center of the Iraqi capital than many American commuters are to their downtown offices," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at the Pentagon today.The secretary said the people of Iraq are beginning to realize the coalition is the force that cares about the Iraqi
  • Precision munitions provide 'great capability,' carry 'great responsibility'

    Precision munitions and careful targeting have enabled Operation Iraqi Freedom planners to maximize the effects of missiles and bombs and minimize unintended Iraqi civilian casualties and collateral damage."I believe that we have proven, to date, that we have waged a very precise -- and very focused -- targeting process against the regime," Army
  • Coalition land forces approaching Baghdad

    A Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet went missing and an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq April 2, U.S. Central Command officials said this morning.According to military officials in the region, the Hornet "went down" at about 3:45 p.m. Eastern time. No further details were given on the location of the crash or disposition of
  • U.S. pledges extra $200 million for Iraqi food relief

    The United States increased its cash donation to the international community to purchase food for the Iraqi people, a senior U.S. government official said here yesterday."We would like to announce ... an additional contribution today of $200 million in cash to the [U.N.] World Food Program to purchase 324,000 tons of food locally" for Iraqis,
  • Congress ponders exchange merger

    Department of Defense leaders met with the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on total force April 2 to discuss the future of the department's three exchange services.Of specific interest was a potential merger of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Navy Exchange and the Marine Corps Exchange. Recently, DOD officials considered
  • Advanced scopes give engine mechanics an edge

    New digital borescopes are allowing mechanics here to more efficiently and accurately inspect aircraft engines getting aircraft back in warfighters' hands quicker.The fiber-optic borescopes detect, measure and retrieve damaging foreign debris from inside aircraft engines. This allows Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center maintainers to "prevent
  • Airlifters play big role in Iraqi Freedom

    A C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing was the first U.S. Air Force aircraft to land at an Iraqi airfield in the southern part of the country after it was secured by coalition forces March 27.The mission, flown by wing commander Col Rich Johnston and his crew, was the first of many that flew the Army's 82nd Airborne
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