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  • 'It's just heartbreaking' what Saddam did to Iraq, Rumsfeld says

    The neglect and damage deposed dictator Saddam Hussein inflicted on Iraq and its people "is just heartbreaking," U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters here today.Back after his one-week, whirlwind trip to the Gulf region -- which included visits to Iraq and Afghanistan -- Rumsfeld gave his impressions on post-Saddam Iraq and
  • Jamming squadron accomplishes mission

    After more than 220 sorties, almost 2,000 combat flying hours and more than 6,000 jammed enemy signals in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the airmen of the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron can call it a day.As part of the 64th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed to Southwest Asia, the 41st EECS played a key role during the war by
  • Domino effect began with weather forecast

    Trace any Operation Iraqi Freedom mission back to its origin, and you will find the first action in the series of events was a weather forecast, said the senior weather officer for U.S. Central Command Air Forces.“We’re domino pushers,” said Lt. Col. Tom Frooninckx, commander of the 28th Operational Weather Squadron during a telephone interview
  • Iraq's future in hands of its own people, U.S. officials say

    Three senior U.S. government officials agreed that humanitarian efforts to renew and restore Iraq have gone well so far, and movement will continue to return Iraq to the Iraqi people.Undersecretary of Defense Dov Zakheim, DoD comptroller and chief financial officer, Undersecretary of State Alan Larson and Undersecretary of Treasury John Taylor,
  • Family members can return to Incirlik

    State Department officials announced May 1 that family members who were part of the authorized departure instituted March 18 are now allowed to return here.Family support centers in the area of departed airmen will be advising them how to coordinate a government travel request and will answer other questions family members might have.“I’m very
  • Air Force earns environmental awards

    Two Air Force installations and one Air Force archaeologist are winners of Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for 2002.Representatives from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Tinker AFB, Okla., along with Karlene Leeper of the 611th Air Support Group at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, will receive their awards during a Pentagon ceremony May 7.Tinker AFB
  • Ceremony ends Operation Northern Watch

    The Combined Task Force Operation Northern Watch guidon was encased May 1, in a ceremony signifying the successful end to its mission of enforcing U.N. Security Council Resolutions north of the 36th parallel. Gen. Charles F. Wald, U.S. European Command deputy commander, officiated the ceremony -- an irony since he was the first U.S. officer on the
  • Air Force preparing for next contingency

    Even as deployed airmen return home from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Air Force officials are focusing on what they need to do to reload the service for the next contingency.According to Lt. Gen. Ronald E. Keys, deputy chief of staff for air and space operations, the three priorities in reconstituting the Air Force are people, units and the overall Air
  • Youth center goes global

    Children at the youth center here are going global -- the old-fashioned way.In a world of e-mail, modems and ever-changing technology, the center's “Journey Around the World” club gives its members the chance to make friends with others their age who live on Air Force bases worldwide, by simply using pen and paper."The pen pal club not only
  • Air Force announces OTS selections

    The Air Force is giving 18 enlisted members the chance to trade in their stripes for gold bars after being chosen to attend Officer Training School.Air Force Recruiting Service officials conducted OTS Selection Board 0305, which considered 239 total applications, selecting 164 for a 67-percent selection rate.As part of the selection process, board
  • Rumsfeld: We can't know how many troops needed in Iraq

    The number of American and British forces needed to secure Iraq in the long and short term is "not knowable," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in London today.Rumsfeld met with British Defense Minister Geoffrey Hoon during a short stop in London following a weeklong tour through the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. The two held a press
  • President Bush proclaims end to major combat operations in Iraq

    Major combat operations in Iraq are over, and America and her allies have prevailed, President Bush said this evening on the flight deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier. "In this battle we have fought for the cause of liberty and for the peace of the world. Our nation and our coalition are proud of this accomplishment," Bush said aboard the deck of
  • Cheney declares Iraqi Freedom 'most extraordinary military campaign'

    Vice President Richard Cheney knows what it takes to launch a war in the Persian Gulf. He did just that in 1991 as the nation's 17th defense secretary. Who better then to compare operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom 12 years later? In a speech to the Heritage Foundation today, Cheney called Operation Iraqi Freedom "one of the most
  • Cadet suspected of organizing inappropriate parties

    Officials here announced May 1 that a senior cadet is under investigation for suspected misuse of government equipment and Internet services while organizing inappropriate activities off the installation.Charges have not been filed. The name of the cadet is being withheld pending completion of the ongoing investigation."Be assured we are
  • Success in Iraq result of lessons learned

    The reason the Air Force performed so well during Operation Iraqi Freedom can be traced back to lessons learned from earlier conflicts, according to the deputy chief of staff for air and space operations at the Pentagon.“We were better trained, better organized and better equipped than we have ever been,” Lt. Gen. Ronald E. Keys said. “We took
  • Powell thanks Spain for political, material support in Iraq

    Secretary of State Colin Powell today thanked one of America's staunchest allies for their support before and during the war in Iraq."I hope that the Spanish people will understand that their government and their leader was on the right side of history in this matter," Powell said in a joint media appearance with Spanish Foreign Minister Ana
  • Air Force starts assessment survey

    After a short delay because of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 2003 Air Force Community Assessment survey is under way.According to the director of family advocacy research, the agency responsible for conducting the assessment, the survey is now being sent out to more than 180,000 randomly chosen active-duty and Reserve airmen and their spouses.Maj.
  • Air Force earns two public service awards

    Organizations at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and Schriever AFB, Colo., recently earned Public Service Excellence Awards from the Public Employees Roundtable.The 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron’s airman’s attic at Davis-Monthan, earned the award in the community service category.The airman’s attic was recognized for its efforts in helping
  • Focus yields 98 percent mission-capable rate

    An “extra shot of adrenaline” let aircraft maintainers ensure that nearly every scheduled aircraft was available to fly when needed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.The chief of logistics for the combined forces air component commander said the performance by maintainers during OIF has been nothing less than superb.“We’re downright amazed at the results
  • POL troops fuel massive air campaign

    Equipped with not much more than grit and determination, deployed airmen have dispensed jet fuel at a pace up to nine times faster than their stateside counterparts.According to Col. Duane A. Jones, chief of logistics for the Combined Forces Air Component Command, three bare-base airfields supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom have issued more than a


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