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  • Making 'em smarter

    Airman 1st Class Richard Ludlum prepares an MK-84 "dumb bomb" for transition to a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition "smart bomb." Four components are added to the MK-84 turning it into a precision Global Positioning System-guided weapon. Ludlum is assigned to the 5th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron's munitions flight. (U.S. Air Force photo
  • Coalition leaflets provide safety instructions to civilians

    Coalition aircrews dropped more than 1 million informational leaflets into Iraq on March 23 providing a variety of messages, including instructions to Iraqi civilians and military troops about how to stay safe during coalition military activities.The leaflets are part of an ongoing effort to inform Iraqi civilians and military troops. More than 2
  • U.S. Soldiers 'Unaccounted For' in Iraq

    Some U.S. soldiers in Iraq are "unaccounted for," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told CNN today.Iraqi television videotape purports to show U.S. service members captured by Iraqi forces. Al Jazeera - a satellite news network based out of Doha, Qatar - broadcast the tape."Whether the ones that are being shown ... are those individuals, I'm not
  • Ammo airmen build munitions for war

    After two weeks of waiting, munitions airmen at a forward-deployed location began working day and night building M-117 and 85 GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions for the "shock and awe" phase of the war in Iraq.Arriving at this location March 6, members of the 5th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Munitions Flight are finally able to do what they
  • Predator helps in ground war success

    Flying over coalition troops racing toward Baghdad, RQ-1 Predators are providing ground commanders up-to-the-second information on what lies ahead.That is helping make the ground war a success by minimizing coalition troop losses, said Predator pilot Capt. Traz Trzaskoma by telephone."We immediately pass on any data we gather to the people on the
  • Officials urge against unsolicited troop mail

    To bolster force protection, the general public is urged not to send unsolicited mail, care packages or donations to forward-deployed servicemembers unless they are a family member, loved one or personal friend, said Department of Defense officials.On Oct. 30, DOD suspended the "Operation Dear Abby" and "Any Servicemember" mail programs because of
  • Bombers away

    B-2 Spirit bombers take off from a forward-deployed location March 21 to fly to an Operation Iraqi Freedom mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Janice Cannon)
  • Eye spy

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot assigned to the 410th Air Expeditionary Wing at a forward-deployed location checks his night vision goggles before a mission. Aircraft from the wing flew missions on "A-Day" of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis)
  • Protesters offer training for security

    Security forces here responded to nearly 50 protesters at a base gate March 22 and arrested three.Another group of military supporters gathered at the gate to lend their encouragement to the base and its people.During the weeks leading up to the protest, groups informed the base they would exercise their First Amendment right to free speech at the
  • First Predator strike takes out anti-air threat

    A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator found and destroyed a radar-guided anti-aircraft artillery gun in southern Iraq March 22 making it the first Predator strike of Operation Iraqi Freedom, defense officials announced.The multirole Predator used one AGM-114K "Hellfire II" missile to strike an Iraqi ZSU-23-4 mobile anti-aircraft artillery gun outside the
  • Life support provides keys to success

    When aircrews find themselves in a pinch, they rely on experience and equipment to pull them through. Gaining experience is the crew's responsibility, but the 353rd Special Operations Group life support shop airmen provide a multitude of gadgets and gizmos that allow air commandos to get their job done.Master Sgt. Fred Meyer is the superintendent
  • Medics keeping troops fit, healthy, ready

    Medics assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at this forward-deployed location are helping to ensure that the airmen here stand ready for action when called upon.The combat field hospital where the medics spend their days not only serves the needs of the thousands of men and women who are deployed to this base, but is also a medical
  • Checking it out

    Senior Airman Adam Kruse communicates with a pilot about to take off on a mission March 20. Kruse is a crew chief deployed to the 363rd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at a forward-deployed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen)
  • American Units Meet Opposition, Still Ahead of Schedule

    Coalition forces are encountering greater Iraqi resistance as they move closer to Baghdad, U.S. Central Command officials said today.News reports indicate that American units are engaging Iraqi battalions. Central Command officials said units with the 3rd Infantry Division have captured a bridge over the Euphrates River at Nasiriya.Capturing the
  • Bush Pleased With Progress, Expects Iraq to Treat POWs Humanely

    President Bush is pleased with progress the military is making in the early stages of the war to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, he said during a press availability at the White House.Bush said it is going to take awhile to achieve the objective, "but we're on course, we're determined, and we're making good progress."The president
  • Iraq Campaign to Get Tougher as Troops Approach Baghdad

    U.S. and coalition forces have made great gains so far during Operation Iraqi Freedom, but the going will likely get harder in coming days.Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered that message today on the Fox News Sunday television show."Anybody who thinks this (war) is going to be quick and easy is wrong,"
  • Some Incirlik people return to United States

    The first of several flights contracted to bring more than 1,300 Air Force family members and nonmission-essential civilian employees from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, arrived at Charleston International Airport, S.C., on March 21.Armed with teddy bears, cell phones and dog biscuits, more than 100 people from the base here plus local American Red
  • Franks: Iraq Campaign Is 'Unlike Any Other in History'

    U.S. and coalition forces will liberate Iraq, end Saddam Hussein's regime and find and confiscate the dictator's weapons of mass destruction, Operation Iraqi Freedom's senior military commander said today.At just under three days' action, American and coalition forces are conducting simultaneous military operations in the northern, southern and
  • Tons of knowledge resides in Air Force Web site

    Just about anything worth knowing about the Air Force, especially on the maintenance and acquisition side, can be found through a collaborative Web system called Knowledge Now.Knowledge Now is almost too big to describe, according to Randy Adkins, Air Force Materiel Command Knowledge Now project manager. It is a merger of three formerly large
  • Korean War vets get medals 50 years later

    Airman 2nd Class Harry Woodville, a Korean War veteran, has received a medal he waited 50 years for: the Korean War Service Medal.The Republic of Korea first offered the medal 50 years ago, but a law prevented U.S. troops from accepting medals from foreign countries. In 1999, the law was changed and the Department of Defense approved the medal to
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