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  • Team reduces civilian casualties with exact targeting

    So "all's fair in love and war?" Not to the Time Sensitive Targeting Team -- at least the "war" part.Team members do everything they can to minimize civilian casualties in the Operation Iraqi Freedom air campaign. They work in Iraqi Freedom's Combined Air Operations Center at a desert air base in Southwest Asia.Before a strike can happen, the
  • President OKs independent panel to review academy

    President George W. Bush signed into law April 16 legislation establishing a panel to review allegations of sexual misconduct at the Air Force Academy.The independent panel's creation was part of the fiscal 2003 Supplemental Appropriations Act to Support Department of Defense Operations in Iraq, funding military operations, relief and
  • Lynch asks public to redirect gifts

    Pfc. Jessica Lynch, the former Iraqi prisoner of war now receiving treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, has asked the public to send cards and letters in lieu of gifts and flowers.In a statement released by the medical center, Lynch said the outpouring of gifts from well-wishers around the world has deeply touched her."While she
  • Spouses make flags to honor ultimate sacrifice

    Two Air Force spouses are helping revive an old tradition to honor the families of servicemembers killed in battle.Julie Gindhart and Claudia Schmucker, both wives of Air Force majors, have joined with other members of the Military and Civilian Spouses Club here to make "gold star service flags." The gold star flag is a variation on the blue star
  • AAFES serving troops in Iraq

    The Army and Air Force Exchange Service's "Team Iraq" was on hand during the first days of Operation Iraqi Freedom in that country at logistic support areas in Adder and Tallil.In less than a day after arriving in Tallil Air Base on April 6, the AAFES team was able to begin serving the troops.Craig Sewell, who has responsibility for all operations
  • Airman sent home to donate bone marrow

    While the war is waged and aircraft launch in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, another kind of mission is taking place ... a potentially life saving mission.Col. Erik Hearon, the regional air movement and control center director, jumped aboard an Air Mobility Command aircraft recently in hopes of saving not his own, but the life of someone he
  • JSTARS team always training for battle

    As military action continues in Iraq, coalition ground troops are in many ways counting on their guardian angels to guide the way.Those guardians, crewmembers from the 116th Air Control Wing here, are always ready. They are armed with the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System.Tech Sgt. Jim Anderson, an airborne intelligence
  • Schriever navigator makes movie magic

    He has been a Confederate infantryman, a Union surgeon and a prisoner of war killed at the Battle of the Bulge, but his best role is a navigator with the Air Force Space Command Battle Lab here.As a Hollywood extra, Maj. Allen Vickrey enjoys working in historic epics that bring the past to life.Vickrey's journey to the silver screen began in 1980,
  • Bound for glory

    A Malmstrom missile maintenance team removes the upper section of an ICBM at a Montana missile site. The missile section was picked at random for a "glory trip," a test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in August. The launch allows Malmstrom and Vandenberg officials to gather data on the intercontinental ballistic missile's
  • Officials announce 2002 operations awards

    Air Force officials announced the winners of the 2002 Air Force Airfield Operations Awards on April 14.The unit award winners are:-- Airfield Operations Flight Complex of the Year -- 51st Operations Support Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea.-- D. Ray Hardin Air Traffic Control Facility of the Year -- 75th OSS, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.--
  • 2002 contracting award winners announced

    Air Force officials will honor recipients of 2002 contracting awards in an April 22 ceremony at the Pentagon.The recipients of this year's awards are:-- Supervisory category: Lt. Col. Vincent J. Feck, 31st Contracting Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy.-- Non-supervisory category: Master Sgt. William A. Greary, 81st CONS, Keesler Air Force Base,
  • U.S., U.K. medical forces work together

    Wounded British forces may speak the same language as some of their new medics, but they definitely have a different accent.Air Force medical teams have joined British forces to receive and care for British soldiers evacuated to a deployed Operation Iraqi Freedom location. While United Kingdom medical teams care for the victims in the air, once
  • Bands orchestrate aviation's first 100 years

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of powered flight, Air Force Band of Flight musicians here are working with five professional composers to set history to music.This year marks the 100th anniversary of powered flight and celebrations are scheduled across the nation to honor the Wright brothers' achievements. Band of Flight musicians were called
  • Coalition forces still conducting operations

    While major combat action is certainly winding down in Iraq, coalition forces are still conducting operations in the country, said U.S. Central Command officials in Qatar today.In Al Ramadi April 15, a commander with the 3rd Infantry Division accepted the capitulation of the Iraqi regular army 12th Armor Brigade that was stationed in that area,
  • C-130 delivers medical team to Iraq

    Some aircraft credited with delivering overwhelming military capability to coalition forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom are now distributing food, supplies and medical care to the people of Iraq, officials said April 16.One of the latest examples was the transport of a specialized medical team to an airfield southeast of Baghdad, said Army Brig.
  • Aid on the way

    Airmen deployed to Camp Sarafovo, Bulgaria, load humanitarian cargo onto pallets April 15. The cargo will be loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III and delivered to the people of Iraq. The airmen are assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Dave Ahlschwede)
  • C-130 crews keep the supplies coming

    When coalition air forces erupted in battle full force, it was business as usual for Master Sgt. John Spillane and fellow aircrew members of the 320th Air Expeditionary Squadron.As a C-130 Hercules loadmaster for the 320th AES, he and fellow cargo aircrews were busy setting the stage before the beginning of the air war over Iraq. Their efforts
  • Plotting the course

    Senior Airman Michael D. Vuyancih plots traffic-control points on a base map during a security forces exercise here. Vuyancih is with the 39th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Joseph Thompson)
  • Officials warn of flea, tick collar dangers

    Pentagon officials are, once again, advising servicemembers that flea and tick collars work great on pets, but not on humans.And officials at the Armed Forces Pest Management Board said good-intentioned citizens and family members should not include the collars in care packages to troops.Responding to reports that people and organizations are
  • Kirtland Guard, active duty work together in Bulgaria

    Supporting air-refueling operations for aircraft striking targets in Iraq has found Kirtland active-duty and Air National Guard airmen working together at Camp Sarafovo, Bulgaria.Security forces airmen from the New Mexico Air National Guard's 150th Fighter Wing and support people from the 377th Mission Support Group here arrived at the camp a month
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