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  • IT conference set for August

    Military and industry information technology leaders will convene in Montgomery, Ala., Aug. 24 to 28 for the 2003 Air Force Information Technology Conference. Organizers estimate that 3,500 military and government employees and 1,500 vendors will attend. “This is a power-packed week of superb military and industry keynote speakers,” said 1st Lt.
  • Investigation leads to indictments

    The Defense Department’s inspector general announced July 18 criminal indictments against two former Boeing Co. managers.Joseph E. Schmitz said that a joint investigation by officials from the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations resulted in the indictments. The managers were in the evolved
  • Vietnam vet ensures others never forgotten

    As a young boy, Roberto Barrera remembers looking through stacks of pictures his father had taken while stationed in Italy as an Army infantry private during World War II. The images stirred his curiosity and interest in the military and, shortly after high school, he decided to enlist in the Marine Corps. Little did he know then how that decision
  • Air Force cyclist overcomes injuries

    On July 20, 2002, Capt. Matt Stanley was hit by a vehicle while cycling down highway near Del Rio, Texas. One year later, Stanley will celebrate recovering from serious injuries by cycling 500 miles across Iowa.Stanley, a T-6 Texan II instructor pilot here, is taking part in the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI.For the
  • Wilderness Challenge set for October

    The Mid-Atlantic Region Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department is conducting the third annual “Wilderness Challenge” outdoor extreme-sports match Oct. 2 to 4 in Fayetteville, W.V.The annual event is set to take place with the Appalachian Mountains and the Gauley River as the backdrop for more than 300 servicemembers competing for bragging rights
  • Initial SARS test results are negative

    Initial test results for all 12 people confined to their homes because of possible Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome are negative for the virus, according to officials here. But more tests are being conducted and definitive results may not be available for another two to three weeks.The airmen had been isolated after showing symptoms of a
  • Process strips paint off B-1s

    Layer by layer, a B-1 Lancer here sheds paint under a pressurized assault by tiny bits of plastic.It is the first aircraft at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center to be stripped by the dry-media process in the high-tech facility used to remove paint.The medium is a mix of plastics, each with different densities and cutting qualities. The texture
  • Legal professionals become JAG Corps

    Air Force lawyers, paralegals and court reporters are no longer part of the Judge Advocate General’s Department; they are now in the “JAG Corps.”The change is part of two secretary of the Air Force directives designed to eliminate confusion and clarify the duties and responsibilities of the JAG and the Air Force General Counsel.The name change does
  • PACAF names first responders

    Military commanders used to look at a deployment location and ask, “Who’s going in first?” Gen. William J. Begert, Pacific Air Forces commander, answered that question for PACAF by creating the 613th Contingency Response Group here. “We were developed to provide a short-notice, light and lean, easily-tailorable asset for the Air Force,” said Col.
  • CMSAF: Airmen want good leaders

    Leadership, quality-of-life issues, retention and Stop-Loss were subjects discussed by the chief master sergeant of the Air Force during a visit here recently.Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray asked airmen to tell him what they saw as positive and negative aspects of service today. One of the things that continued to come up was
  • Multinational effort rebuilds runway

    Servicemembers from five nations are working together to rebuild the runway here.Completion of this Army-funded project is anticipated for November, according to Capt. Elton Sledge, of the 455th Civil Engineer Squadron. Airmen from the 455th CES are working with Army engineers and servicemembers from Thailand, South Korea, Poland and Slovakia. The
  • Now showing: July 21 edition of AFTV News

    The Air Force supply line for troops fighting the war in Iraq is spotlighted in the latest edition of Air Force Television News. Staff Sgt. Marty Rush accompanies a C-5 Galaxy crew from California to Baghdad to illustrate the continuing role the Air Force is playing in keeping the ground troops supplied.Master Sgt. Ron Przysucha, meanwhile,
  • Medical boards not always career-enders

    Airmen may think that being medically "boarded" means an end to a military career, but that is not always the case, according to medical officials at the Air Force Personnel Center here.While the goal of the medical-review system is to maintain a fit and vital force, officials say the Air Force does not take the prospect of separating people for
  • Airman convicted of drugs, forgery

    An airman received a bad conduct discharge, 20 months confinement and forfeit of all pay and allowances after being convicted of several crimes in a general court-martial here.Airman Basic Joseph J. Loehr, of the 377th Medical Support Squadron, pleaded guilty to willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, wrongfully using cocaine, larceny
  • Guardsmen detail close-air support

    Three days into Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lt. Col. Dave Kennedy got a new mission: Go to Tallil Air Base in Iraq and ready it for A-10 Thunderbolt II missions.Kennedy, the commander of the Michigan Air National Guard's 110th Operations Group, knew the mission could be an enormous asset in the war against the regime of Saddam Hussein.If the A-10s
  • Pilot describes Baghdad crash

    Maj. Jim Ewald had just finished a close-air support mission over Baghdad when his A-10 Thunderbolt II was hit by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile April 8. It physically moved the plane "like the hand of God," Ewald said during a Pentagon interview July 16.Ewald is a pilot with the 110th Fighter Wing out of Battle Creek, Mich.The missile came up
  • Langley tests new traffic safety vests

    Gate guards here are testing a new, light-emitting, traffic safety garment called the integrated tactical traffic vest that could make directing traffic in the dark safer. The new vest uses fiber-optic light rope woven through the vest's mesh along with traditional reflective material and illuminates the wearer to make the person more visible. Air
  • Controllers receive AFA award

    Five tactical-air command and control airmen accepted the Air Force Association’s Air Force Outstanding Team of the Year award July 14 in Arlington, Va.Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray coordinates with command chief master sergeants to select the career field to receive the award. The chiefs then work with career-field managers
  • Mars rovers using AFRL batteries

    As the Mars exploration rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" race toward the Red Planet, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory is soaring with them.The two rovers, expected to touch down and explore opposite sides of Mars in early 2004, are powered by rechargeable lithium-ion batteries researched and developed by experts at the laboratory’s
  • Benefits may change for ex-POWs

    President George W. Bush has proposed legislation to Congress that would improve benefits for former prisoners of war, responding to the needs of Operation Iraqi Freedom POWs."What we're proposing is to eliminate the current requirement in federal law that a former POW must be detained for at least 30 days in order to qualify for full POW
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