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  • Error fuels base service station blaze

    A 50-year-old retired technical sergeant was severely burned on both legs recently after static electricity ignited gasoline as he filled gas cans in the bed of his pickup truck at the base shoppette here.Lackland Fire Chief J.L. Ball said a placard on the gasoline pumps warns motorists to put gas cans on the ground to fill them, but people might
  • Welcome home, daddy!

    Staff Sgt. Joe Neubaur holds his 4-year-old daughter, Katlyn, in the passenger terminal here after returning from a three-month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Neubaur is assigned to Dover's 436th Aerial Port Squadron. (Photo by Alex Dorgan-Ross)
  • December issue of Airman available

    The Centennial of Flight celebration begins, learning to defend the KC-135 Stratotanker in a war zone, and the future of treating trauma victims on the battlefield highlight the December issue of Airman magazine, now available in print and online.In this month's issue:Nearly a hundred years ago, the Wright Flyer lifted off the windswept heights of
  • Science 'SEEPs' into schools

    Scientists and engineers here are on a mission to ensure there are enough scientists and engineers in the pipeline to fill hundreds of anticipated vacancies at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center in the next seven to 10 years.To accomplish this, employees got together to form the Science and Engineering Encouragement Program designed to lure
  • Group rescues man at sea

    A medical emergency at sea turned into a dramatic humanitarian mission for the 920th Rescue Group here Dec. 8. The emergency also provided the unit its first chance to use a new satellite-based tracking and communications system during a rescue.Crews from Air Force Reserve Command's 920th RQG was dispatched at 7:15 a.m. on two HH-60 Pave Hawk
  • Team heats things up while deployed

    They work around the clock, seven days a week, in subzero temperatures, with hundreds of people's lives in their hands. Members of the 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron heating, ventilation and air conditioning team at Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, will call this life for at least the next three months.They are responsible for 350 tent
  • Team delivers initial report on F/A-22 cost increases

    The team of technical and financial experts sent by the Air Force to investigate a potential cost overrun in the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the F/A-22 Raptor program recently completed its initial report. The team estimated that the cost increase would be between $700 million and $1 billion, said Dr. Marvin R. Sambur,
  • The gift's in the mail

    Tech. Sgt. Marivic Patton (left) and Staff Sgt. Marc Nickleberry distribute mail at the base post office here. During the holiday season, local postal officials expect to deliver nearly 4.2 million pounds of mail to base people. Patton and Nickleberry are both postal clerks with the base's 374th Communications Squadron. (Photo by Master Sgt. Val
  • Now showing: Dec. 9 edition of Air Force Television News

    The potential problem of recruiting members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve because of lengthy mobilization and operations tempo is featured in the latest edition of Air Force Television News. Both Assistant Defense Secretary Thomas Hall and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz discuss the potential problem.Staff Sgt. Pachari
  • Missing airman found dead

    An airman, missing since Nov. 27, was found dead Dec. 8 near Trier, Germany.German police found the body of Master Sgt. Randall D. Callison near his vehicle on Autobahn 1 at around 2 p.m.Callison, from Walcott, Iowa, was assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe headquarters here and worked in the directorate of communications and information.The cause
  • A winter wonderland

    A row of KC-10A Extenders sits idle on a snow-covered flightline here. The base was hit by a winter storm that struck most of the eastern region of the United States on Dec. 5. (Photo by Kenn Mann)
  • Officials release Global Hawk accident report

    Air Force investigators have determined mechanical failure caused an Air Force RQ-4A Global Hawk aircraft to crash July 10 during a surveillance mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.The Global Hawk, an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, was destroyed upon impact in an unpopulated area in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. No
  • Officials issue terrorist threat warning

    The U.S. State Department Dec. 5 warned Americans of a possible terrorist threat in Turkey."The U.S. government has received unconfirmed and fragmentary information that suggests unknown terrorists may be planning to conduct a terrorist incident in southeast Turkey against official U.S. government facilities or personnel," the statement says.It
  • Assignment system upgrades in progress

    The nearly 30,000 officers and enlisted members who access the online Assignment Management System each day are experiencing technology's classic "good news, bad news" story.An upgrade will improve access speed and allow AMS to support the total force development concept, but until it is complete, users worldwide only have access for 20 hours per
  • Thrift Savings Plan open season ends Dec. 31

    Civilian and military employees still have time to sign up for or change Thrift Savings Plan accounts during the current open season."With the holiday season rapidly approaching, we want to remind everyone that open season dates have changed, and this year ends earlier than in past years." said Janet Thomas of the civilian Benefits and Entitlements
  • Alaskan squadron delivers Christmas

    The 517th Airlift Squadron here made its annual pilgrimage to a remote Alaskan village Dec. 3 with Christmas gifts and cheer.The 517th AS "Firebirds" have been making the trip to Arctic Village for more than 30 years.The tradition began in 1967 when the porcupine caribou herd - the villagers' primary source of food - changed its migratory trek
  • ACC conducts flight leadership focus day

    To focus on the importance of flight leadership, Air Combat Command aircraft will not be flying Dec. 6.With increases in operations tempo and aircraft mishaps, Gen. Hal M. Hornburg, ACC commander, directed a flight leadership focus day.Commanders across ACC will conduct mandatory training focusing on basic flight discipline, task prioritization,
  • A-10 crash kills pilot

    Capt. Eric Palaro died Dec. 4 in a mid-air collision involving two A-10 Thunderbolt IIs about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas over the Nevada Test and Training Range.Palaro, from the 81st Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, was participating in a training exercise.Maj. Scott Kneip, an instructor with the U.S. Air Force Weapons
  • Doctrine outreach improves airmen performance

    In an ongoing effort to increase awareness and understanding of doctrine, the Air Force Doctrine Center here has taken on a more missionary type of role. If feedback and firsthand reports from the field are an indication, it appears AFDC's efforts to share the doctrine "gospel" have had an impact.Center workers have a mission to develop accurate,
  • Students take giant steps using new technology

    Airman David Golas is a lot more confident working with the KC-10 Extender aircraft because he has observed, close up, the systems that make the aircraft work.With the education he received here at the 373rd Training Squadron's Detachment 1, he can trace electronic circuits, track fuel flow and locate potential maintenance problems throughout the
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