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  • 'Primetime Thursday' featuring Alaska Air Guard

    ABC News program "Primetime Thursday" features airmen of the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th Air Rescue Squadron and their part in the rescue of two climbers on Mount St. Elias. The climbers witnessed two other climbers in their party die on the mountain. The show is scheduled to air Jan. 16.The news crew flew aboard an HC-130N rescue tanker
  • Air Force Museum displaying aviation art

    More than 250 original paintings by aviation artists will be featured when the Air Force Museum here offers "A Centennial Celebration of Aviation Art" for a limited engagement during 2003.To commemorate the Centennial of Flight, this art collection epitomizes the aviation history and recalls a century of courage and pioneer spirit, according to
  • Association offers scholarships to children

    The Military Officers Association of America will give $1,000 college scholarships at random to sons and daughters of military people, including reservists.Deadline to complete the online application is March 1.Formerly known as The Retired Officers Association, the MOAA will honor 100 college-bound or current undergraduate students with individual
  • Explosive business

    Senior Airman Douglas Frey uses a mine detector to locate buried ordnance here Jan. 9. Frey is assigned to the 39th Civil Engineer Squadron. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Henry Jr.)
  • Ready or not, here we come

    Staff Sgt. Kyle Truelsen marshals a U-2 Dragon Lady out of a hangar here. Upgraded U-2s with sensors and data links that improve the aircraft's data-collecting capability are deploying from Beale to support Operation Enduring Freedom and other reconnaissance operations overseas. Truelsen is a crew chief assigned to the 9th Aircraft Maintenance
  • Quarterly assignment listing available

    The Enlisted Quarterly Assignment Listing for people returning from overseas May through July will be available Jan. 13.Individuals need to work through their military personnel flights to update their preferences since the update process is not yet totally automated, according to Air Force Personnel Center officials here.The deadline for updating
  • Comedian donates $1m for welcome center

    Bob and Dolores Hope have donated $1 million to the Air Force Enlisted Foundation to build a facility here to honor retired Col. Robert W. Gates, a pilot on many of the comedian's United Services Organization jaunts across the globe.The 6,500 square foot welcome center will be built next to the Dolores Hope All Faiths Chapel, with a formal garden
  • Rocket launches from Vandenberg

    The Air Force launched a Boeing Delta II Rocket from here Jan. 12. The rocket carried an Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, and a Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer.The ICESat will help scientists determine if the global sea level is rising or falling. It will observe the ice sheets that blanket the Earth's poles to determine if
  • Mounted security forces patrol Little Rock

    Base security got a boost recently with the addition of three horses to form the 314th Security Forces Squadron mounted patrol.The horse patrol covers a designated area of Little Rock Air Force Base every day and focuses on remote areas of the perimeter, wooded areas behind housing and hunting areas that normally do not receive routine law
  • Keeping mail flowing while deployed

    On a daily basis, the morale of people deployed to the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing weighs on the minds of the base postal flight, and they want nothing more than to deliver."We're big-time morale boosters," said Airman 1st Class Jonathan Morgan, an information manager by trade. "That's our main mission."Saturday through Thursday, the seven-person
  • Pope combat controller awarded Air Force Cross

    Senior Air Force leaders awarded the Air Force Cross to Tech. Sgt. John Chapman here Jan. 10. Chapman, a combat controller killed in Afghanistan while saving the lives of his entire team, was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, which is second only to the Medal of Honor as an award for valor. Secretary of the Air Force James G. Roche said Chapman was "an American's American" and a hero.
  • Air Force survival instructor shows Marines the ropes

    Huddled with a group of shivering students on a recent cold morning, an Air Force survival instructor from the 374th Operations Support Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan, demonstrates the proper way to rappel from a 70-foot tower. The group watches carefully as he attaches a rope to his harness and safely plunges toward the ground.Staff Sgt.
  • Art contest deadline approaches

    Elementary school artists of military families have until Jan. 27 to enter the 2003 Armed Services YMCA Art Contest and earn a chance to win a $500 U.S. Savings Bond.The annual talent hunt is open to kindergartners through sixth graders of active and reserve-component military families in all the services, including the Coast Guard. Winners are
  • Let it snow!

    As the first major snowfall of the season covers Aviano Air Base, Italy, on Jan. 9, Airman 1st Class Brian Hirsch of the 31st Security Forces Squadron maintains security at the base's gate. (Photo by Master Sgt. Dave Ahlschwede)
  • Team erects B-2 shelters at deployed location

    Twenty members of the 49th Materiel Maintenance Squadron here spent more than 70 days at a deployed location working 12-hour shifts to erect portable shelters for B-2 Spirit bombers.The Air Force now has two transportable hangar systems that will allow the B-2 to deploy overseas. Moving the B-2s to forward locations will significantly shorten
  • Good morning ...

    A C-130 Hercules takes a sunrise flight near a tent city at a deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The Pentagon announced Jan. 8 that thousands of American servicemembers are deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen)
  • The paint is flying

    A member of the Turkish air force security forces squadron here surrenders after being hit with a paintball. U.S. and Turkish security forces team up once a quarter for paintball training to practice combat tactics, fire-control measures and cover and concealment procedures. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Dennis Henry)
  • Wings of Blue strike gold

    The U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue parachute competition team won gold medals in each skydiving event and received 31 out of 44 total medals at the National Collegiate Parachute Championship in Eloy, Ariz., recently.The team competed in three events: style, accuracy and four-way. The style event is a race against the clock in which divers
  • Operation Gray Eagle unites military people with retirees

    Veterans and new recruits seldom move in the same circles. But that has changed here.The base has started a trial program, Operation Gray Eagle, which unites veterans living in the Denver area with students in the base's airmen leadership school for a session that seeks to pass experience and advice on leadership to the young troops."Operation
  • Air Force begins smallpox vaccines

    The Air Force chief of staff has directed the immediate implementation of the smallpox vaccination program.In a Jan. 6 policy memorandum to major command commanders, Gen. John P. Jumper outlined details of the commanders' force protection program against the deadly biological warfare agent.The first Air Force people to be vaccinated will be medical


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