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  • 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
  • Part-time civilian jobs available for students

    Two Air Force civilian educational employment programs offer high school, college and professional school students the opportunity to earn money and gain valuable work experience while still in school."The Air Force has always looked to educational institutions to find people who have the skills needed to meet its future employment needs and
  • AFRTS brings cable to Afghanistan

    An American Forces Radio and Television Service team recently completed a month-long mission to bring cable to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.For several months, soldiers had only one channel to watch, but now, thanks to the team, they can choose from 14."The most important thing was to get troops their hometown coverage out here," said Master Sgt.
  • Out on patrol

    An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., patrols the no-fly zone in support of Operation Northern Watch. The aircraft, assigned to the 77th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, was part of an air and space expeditionary force deployment package. The unit spent the 90-day rotation protecting other aircraft and enforcing the no-fly zone
  • A cut above the rest

    Master Sgt. Ed Caffrey, superintendent of a heavy equipment section of the 219th Red Horse squadron here, has forged a new identity for himself.He is one of only 92 master bladesmiths in the world.Although he has always been interested in making knives, he did not take it up until after a visit to a friend's house in 1985."I was always interested
  • Give me a brake

    Airman First Class Derek Smith, an engine mechanic with the 776th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, operates the hand pump controlling the brake pressure on a C-130 Hercules. The aircraft was being towed to clear the parking ramp for incoming aircraft at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The 774th EAS maintenance
  • Celebrating Patriot Day far from home

    OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (AFPN) -- Chief Master Sgt. Michael Retzlaff, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, takes a moment to sign a wooden memorial board in memory of Sept. 11 victims. During the base's Patriot Day ceremony, he spoke about his experiences searching
  • Air Force tackles aging aircraft issue head on

    B-52 Stratofortress System Program Office officials here met with Boeing and Defense Department experts to discuss an aging aircraft issue that not only impacts the B-52, but possibly the entire Air Force fleet.People from Boeing, the Navy, Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Materiel Command, the Defense Energy Support Center and experts here
  • Rescue at sea

    An HH-60 Pave Hawk crew from the 56th Rescue Squadron here prepares to rescue two men from their damaged boat in the North Atlantic, 300 miles out to sea, Sept. 6. Two HH-60 helicopters were sent to rescue the crew from a 30-foot American-registered yacht, which rolled over in heavy seas and lost its mast. One of the sailors was injured but is
  • Random act of kindness rewarded

    Darby Hill, whose drawing of the American flag and the words "Thank you" inspired Virginia Air National Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing in the weeks following the attacks of Sept. 11, was honored Sept. 6 by the unit at its headquarters in Richmond, Va.Dropped off at the gate days after the terrorist attack, the drawing had been given to Col. Steve
  • Medevac provides vital service

    Maj. Janet P. Broome (left) attends to the medical needs of Army Spc. Serena L. Scott during transport from a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Servicemembers with major illnesses and injuries are evacuated from forward locations for specialized medical care unavailable in their deployed environments. Broome is a
  • Some Air Force families eligible for free child-care

    Certain Air Force people returning from overseas deployments supporting Operation Enduring Freedom are eligible for free child-care.The Extended Duty Child-Care Program will provide the service for up to 16 hours per child under 12 years old. The child-care is available to active-duty, Reserve and Guard members and is designed to help returnees as
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