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  • 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
  • Coalition aircraft strike two Iraqi targets

    Two coalition aircraft used laser-guided munitions to target a communications site west of Baghdad, while coalition aircraft with precision-guided munitions targeted a regime office complex in eastern Baghdad. Both strikes occurred April 1.The communication strike was directed against a radio relay facility near Ar Rutbah, approximately 200 miles
  • 9-11 flag inspires people at Ramstein

    Reserve Capt. Eric Szillus hangs an American flag flown at Ground Zero in a fitness center turned medical staging area here. Szillus is a clinical nurse with the 514th Aeromedical Staging Squadron from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., and a full-time New York firefighter who was at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The flag was given to
  • More than 100,000 coalition troops in Iraq

    More than 300,000 coalition troops are deployed in support of combat operations, with more than a third of those inside Iraq, defense officials said March 31.In addition, each day about 2,000 coalition servicemembers, "flow" into the theater each day, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said at a press conference.Progress is also being made on the
  • Federal employees will see bump in pay

    Most federal employees will soon see a larger 2003 pay increase thanks to an amended Executive Order 13282 providing retroactive locality pay. The increase varies by locality from .9 to 1.7 percent and will be retroactive to Jan. 12.Officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service should make retroactive payments to Department of Defense
  • Air Force names top command post controllers

    Air Force operations and training officials here have named the following airmen as 2002 Command Post Controllers of the Year:-- Command Post Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year is Master Sgt. Joseph A. Howell Jr., Yokota Air Base, Japan.-- Command Post NCO of the Year is Staff Sgt. Rodney D. Force, Kadena AB, Japan.-- Command Post Airman of
  • C-130s are SUVs of airlift

    In a world where fighters are seen as the sleek Lamborghinis of the flying world, C-130s are still carrying the load as the SUVs of airlift. According to workers from of the C-130 system program office and the production people who maintain the aircraft here, that is just what it should be doing.While smaller jet planes may get all of the
  • Now showing: March 31 edition of Air Force Television News

    The vast array of Air Force assets contributing to Operation Iraqi Freedom are spotlighted in the latest edition of Air Force Television News.Staff Sgt. Leigh Bellinger shows all the ground and air people plus materiel making up the Air Force part of the war against Iraq; Master Sgt. Dan Robinson focuses on the dual role being played by the F-16
  • Coalition air strikes weaken Republican Guard

    Air strikes continue to weaken Iraqi Republican Guard forces, the vice director for operations on the Joint Staff told reporters during a March 31 press briefing at the Pentagon.Army Maj. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal said coalition air forces have used 3,000 precision-guided weapons since March 28, many against the Iraqi Republican Guard."We have
  • Coalition forces target Ministry of Information

    Coalition forces targeted the Ministry of Information in downtown Baghdad March 30 to reduce the Hussein regime's command and control capabilities.The ministry is located west of the Tigris River and was targeted with a Tomahawk Land Attack Munition. The strike enhances the security of coalition forces conducting operations across Iraq.Battle
  • Coalition bringing all powers to bear on Iraq

    Coalition forces are bringing all powers to bear on the Iraqi regime, Army Brig. Gen. Vincent Brooks, vice director of operations for U.S. Central Command said today during a briefing in Qatar.Coalition forces on the land, air and sea are targeting the things nearest and dearest to the regime's heart and sparing civilian infrastructure, he said.On
  • Air Force continues attacks on Iraqi regime, military

    A wide variety of Air Force aircraft played key roles in weekend missions designed to destroy Iraqi regime and military targets.The latest -- the obliteration of an enemy aircraft on a desert airfield by AC-130 gunships -- was displayed via video for reporters at a U.S. Central Command press conference March 31 at the unit's forward headquarters in
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