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  • Agents recover stolen laptops; suspect in custody

    Agents of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations recovered two missing laptops containing highly sensitive U.S. military information Aug. 9.A week earlier, the laptops had been reported missing from a secure location at U.S. Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., triggering the influx of 46 OSI agents to investigate
  • 'Be safe' is course guideline

    Master Sgt. William Miller, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, maneuvers an all-terrain vehicle through the base's new safety course. The course is required before operating an ATV on Al Udeid and is taught by a certified Special Vehicles Institute of America instructor. Miller is deployed to Al Udeid from the
  • Licensing, certification info for military jobs available online

    People separating from the military can now get online help earning professional certification or licenses related to their military jobs for the civilian world before they leave the service."There are a lot of people who get out of the military only to find out that they are not prepared, even though they've probably gotten all the training and
  • Security forces first line of defense for tent city

    It is 112 degrees outside and you feel like your skin is burning off. Sweat runs down your back as you hurry into your tent to grab a nice cold bottle of water from the fridge. However, some deployed personnel do not have that luxury. They stand ever-vigilant, carrying an extra 15 pounds of gear, in the heat and wind, watching for signs of
  • Timm-berr!

    A relic of the Cold War came down here July 30 with the help of five giant earthmovers. The old air traffic control tower was completed in June 1962 at a cost of $177,000. Today, a new 10-story, $4.1 million tower takes its place.
  • Reservists demobilize to prepare for new 'steady state'

    In response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Air Force mobilized more than 30,000 Air National Guardsmen and Air Force Reservists.Nearly a year later, a large portion of them are being released as the Air Force embraces a new steady state, according to Michael L. Dominguez, assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve
  • Four selected for Financial Management Leadership Program

    Four Air Force officers were chosen recently to participate in the service's Financial Management Leadership Program, designed to develop aerospace leaders with financial management and command experience.Capts. Jeffrey Dibiasi, 52nd Munitions Support Squadron, Kleine Brogel, Belgium; John Gondol, 12th Space Warning Squadron, Thule Air Base,
  • When lightning strikes

    A rare summer storm brews over tent city at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Nearly 1,400 airmen are deployed to Incirlik in support of Operation Northern Watch. (Photo by Senior Airman Jimmy Harper)
  • Power production farm keeps OEF base running

    Just like a body needs food, a forward-deployed unit needs power.Without them, neither will survive.The 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer power production farm at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, ensures the base's electrical needs are kept well-fed."We produce every bit of power used by the military forces here," said Master Sgt. David Mose, power
  • Servicemembers help children in Philippines

    In a desolate portion of the Philippines, at a place not easily found, U.S. servicemembers are working together to make a difference.A group of Florida National Guardsmen, Army reservists, active-duty servicemen, and Philippine soldiers have begun to work together recently to provide civic outreach to Samal, a local village.The nearly two dozen
  • F-16 simulator goes high energy

    F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots here are honing their laser firing skills against airborne targets while flying their aircraft -- without ever leaving the ground.Pilots are using the high energy laser fighter simulator, an F-16 simulator modified to integrate a high energy laser weapon model into an F-16's program.The simulator evaluates design
  • OEF missions 'challenging, fulfilling' for KC-135 crew

    A steady stream of warm sweat drips from Capt. Matt Bowers' face as he preflights the KC-135 Stratotanker for a mid-day mission that will take him to the skies over Afghanistan.Temperatures in the sauna-like cockpit reach 130 degrees during the 90-minute process and won't cool off until the tanker is well into air."You never really get used to the
  • Spangdahlem tests virtual out-processing initiative

    In an effort to improve quality of life by streamlining base processes, Spangdahlem Air Base is one of four bases worldwide to test the Air Force's new virtual out-processing initiative.Throughout August, select families moving back to the United States will test a customized database system online. The system is designed to eliminate unnecessary
  • Bird watch

    Master Sgt. Lloyd Webb, 40th Air Expeditionary Wing flight safety noncommissioned officer, ensures the airfield at a deployed location is clear of birds. The base uses a combination of methods such as airfield mowing, water drainage and pyrotechnics to help reduce the number of birds, which can be a serious hazard to aircraft. (Photo by Senior
  • Setting her sights

    Airman Vanessa Dobos of the 58th Training Squadron here will become the first woman aerial gunner in the Air Force when she graduates from technical training in a few weeks. As a gunner and member of a search and rescue crew on an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, she will be performing a combat duty that was formerly closed to women. Her first duty
  • Edwards hosts Industry Outlook Conference

    Experts from an array of aerospace businesses together with Air Force senior project managers will gather here October 24 to 25 to learn how they can best support future flight-test and evaluation programs.The Industry Outlook Conference will provide an opportunity for engineers, acquisition professionals and industry executives to discuss the
  • 'Hey! What's the weather for tomorrow?'

    (From left) Maj. Tim Karmondy, Staff Sgts. Don Ripley and Nick Toren, all from the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, are silhouetted against the desert sun as they erect a tactical weather antenna. All three are deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation Southern Watch. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Jones)
  • Quarterly overseas enlisted assignment listing available

    The Enlisted Quarterly Assignment Listing for overseas assignments is now available for the April to June 2003 cycle.The deadline for updating assignment preferences is Aug. 22. Airmen will be notified of their selection by Sept. 9.EQUAL advertises upcoming assignment requirements by Air Force Specialty Code and rank. Members are instructed to
  • Lyles delivers newest C-17 to Air Force

    A critical piece of the Air Force puzzle was put in place Aug. 1 as Air Force Materiel Command's top officer delivered the newest C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.Gen. Lester Lyles, AFMC commander, delivered the aircraft, the 42nd C-17 to be delivered to Charleston. "This aircraft is literally the workhorse
  • Medical team provides care to Honduran children

    More than 130 Honduran children received free medical care in San Pedro Sula recently when an 11-person medical team from Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, came to the city on a medical readiness training exercise, or MEDRETE.This particular exercise focused on problems of the ear."We did ear surgery mainly on kids with
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