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  • Officials announce OTS selections

    The Air Force is giving 42 enlisted members the chance to trade in their stripes for gold bars after being chosen to attend Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.Officials from Air Force Recruiting Service headquarters conducted OTS Selection Board 0208, which met here Aug. 6 to 9. The board considered 584 total applications,
  • ID cards prepare airmen for deployment

    An airman's projected deployment information can fit inside his or her wallet thanks to the new air and space expeditionary force identification card available online.Officials at the AEF Center here recently introduced the cards as a way to help airmen understand the details of their deployments."The cards were designed because many airmen don't
  • Airman sets world bench press record

    Gene Bell recently set world and national records with a 514-pound bench press at the USA Powerlifting National Bench Press Championships in Bedford Heights, Ohio.The quarter-ton-plus lift gave Bell, a master sergeant assigned to the Air Force Services Agency, the Master's World Bench Press and USA National record in the 198-pound division."To be
  • Sergeant returns home after lengthy surgery ordeal

    Early assessments indicate he is the only person in medical history to survive the removal of a large brain-stem tumor and have few side effects afterward. The tumor was the size and density of a baseball.Tech. Sgt. Michael Newell, 47th Mission Support Squadron group training manager here, underwent two surgeries to remove the enormous mass. His
  • Academy reopens to public

    The U.S. Air Force Academy reopened its gates to the public Sept. 13.Visitors will be allowed to visit the academy from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m., but could be subject to routine photo identification card checks and random vehicle searches.Events, such as concerts and athletic events, will be open to the public, but attendees will be subject to metal
  • Maintenance backshop takes center stage

    It is a little known fact that if you connected the KC-135R Stratotanker's nearly 5,000 electrical wires end to end, the result would stretch to more than 14.5 miles in length.Combine those numbers with the amount of electronics on the aircraft, its generator, battery, pressurization equipment, liquid oxygen and nitrogen and gaseous oxygen and
  • Phoenix Readiness to become 'graduate-level' training

    Expeditionary combat support personnel throughout the Air Force will soon have more opportunities to get "graduate-level training" in the art of building and operating an air base from scratch.Phoenix Readiness, the Air Mobility Command-run training program operated by the Air Mobility Warfare Center at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., has been
  • Deployed servicemembers complete playground for local children

    Volunteers at a forward-deployed location in the Arabian Gulf region completed hours of hard work in the blazing sun recently to build a playground for children in a neighboring town.More than 100 volunteers participated in the project, which included removing jagged rocks and shattered glass from the site and then installing three playground sets
  • Refresher course allows pilots to hone survival skills

    Out among unknown landscape, pilots scramble to evade potential captors by hiding under bushes and trees until they can escape enemy territory. It will take all their survival skills not to get caught, even if this is only an exercise.About seven times a year, pilots are brought together here for a refresher course in combat survival training.
  • Teleconferencing IDEA earns employee $10,000

    A suggestion to change the way in which video teleconferencing is provided has earned an Air Force Research Laboratory employee here a $10,000 award from the Air Force Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program.Gregory J. Howe, a telecommunications specialist in the AFRL information directorate's communications and computers branch,
  • 10 years later, ALS continues to evolve

    A little more than a decade old, airman leadership school has evolved in much the same way the rest of the Air Force has. Although the school and curriculum have changed with the times, one thing has not, said Tech. Sgt. Pamela Jones, an instructor and director of education at the Senior Master Sgt. David B. Reid Airman Leadership School here."Our
  • Test Pilot School updates admission requirements

    Pilots, engineers and navigators applying for slots at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School here are finding some of the school's requirements have changed recently.The biggest difference for applicants comes in the easing of experience requirements for pilots and navigators.Beginning with this application cycle, which runs through Sept. 19, pilots
  • 'Light Bulb' brightens the flightline

    He is been called 'Light Bulb' for so long that only a handful of people know his real name. When asked, he tells them he is sure 'Light Bulb' is his real name.Randy Westervelt, a high voltage electrician with the 437th Civil Engineer Squadron's exterior electric shop here, works day and night to keep the airfield lights burning bright."We work
  • Academy closes to public

    In response to heightened national security conditions, the U.S. Air Force Academy closed its gates to the public Sept. 10 until further notice.Access to the academy is limited to personnel holding a valid Department of Defense identification card. This includes military and dependent, civilian employee and USAFA contractor ID cards.Exceptions are
  • ARPC selects 1,877 for promotion

    Air Reserve Personnel Center officials here announced Sept. 12 the results of the fiscal 2003 Air Force Reserve Line and Health Professions Captain and Lieutenant Colonel Promotion Selection Board. Board members selected 1,877 officers for promotion.A selection board convened at ARPC from June 24 to 29 to determine those officers qualified for
  • Over, under, inside, out

    Senior Airman Alden L. Garlitz, with the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing security forces squadron, inspects the underside of a vehicle Sept. 10 before permitting it to drive onto the base at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Garlitz is an Air National Guardsman deployed from the 173rd Security Forces Squadron at
  • B-1B finds home at Air Force Museum

    One of a fleet of aircraft commonly identified as the backbone of America's long-range bomber force and a vital enabler of U.S. global power projection found a new home at the U.S. Air Force Museum Sept 10 when a B-1B Lancer landed on a runway behind the museum here.Flown in directly from the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, the B-1B
  • Technology symposium highlights turbine engine successes

    Nearly 100 years after the Wright brothers changed the future with their first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., a new generation of American scientists and engineers gathered here to tackle the challenges of powering flight for the next century.Nearly 700 Defense Department, NASA and aerospace industry participants joined forces Sept. 9 to 12 in
  • School children send patriotic support to 'home team'

    Handmade posters and drawings depicting the American flag have made the journey from Dothan, Ala., to special operations troops forward-deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.Children from Dothan's Girard Elementary School wanted to show their support for the military, especially the men and women of Air Force Special Operations
  • Casualty services keep families first

    The war on terrorism has not changed the priorities of Air Force casualty services people at the Air Force Personnel Center here; families of hurt or killed airmen come first.Operation Enduring Freedom has only made the always-open casualty office staff's work more important to the promise that the Air Force cares for its own."No one likes to
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