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  • Packing to go

    Staff Sgt. Rob Thompson, a radar maintenance technician from the 31st Communications Squadron here, prepares an antenna mast for an upcoming deployment to Sardinia. More than 550 people, 27 aircraft and 569 short tons of cargo will temporarily relocate to Decimomannu Air Base, Sardinia, while Aviano's runway is being renovated. (Photo by Senior
  • Gas-n-go

    An Air Force F-15 Eagle pilot tops off his tanks with help from a 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-10 Extender on a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Capt. Tim White)
  • Teach the teachers

    Capt. Kristen Leist, an air surveillance officer deployed from the 970th Air Control Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., briefs Department of Defense Dependents Schools teachers about the airborne warning and control system aircraft and mission during an annual orientation day and tour here recently. The orientation gave base leaders the
  • Blood donor restrictions also apply to retirees

    Some military retirees have been surprised to find that they are no longer eligible to give blood, according to officials at the Armed Forces Blood Program Office here. A substantial number of active-duty and retired military personnel cannot donate blood because of past duty assignments in the United Kingdom and Europe.Officials from the Armed
  • Air Force striving to get airmen paid right

    More than a year after a new personnel data system began to trigger an "unacceptable" number of pay problems, Air Force leaders have appointed a "pay czar" and mobilized personnel and finance people to fix and prevent pay problems.A recent success: ensuring more than 150 new retirees -- some just released from Stop-Loss -- received their first
  • Promotion study list now available

    Promotion-eligible enlisted people can now find out which materials to study for the 2003 testing cycles.The most current Weighted Airman Promotion System catalog, which lists the materials used by test writers to develop the 2003 promotion tests, is now available on the Air Force Personnel Center Web site. The catalog lists study references for
  • Snow job

    An F-22 Raptor spends time in sub-zero temperatures during testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory here. The lab has been conducting climatic tests since 1947. Some of the conditions simulated in the lab include scorching sunlight, rain, sleet and snow, day or night, humid or dry, plus temperature ranges from negative 70 degrees to plus 180
  • Officials release supplemental board results

    Fourteen airmen, out of 243 considered, were selected for promotion during the latest senior enlisted supplemental board.This was the largest pool of candidates in years, said officials at the Air Force Personnel Center here.The large number reflects an unusual year. The pace of current operations, Stop- Loss, and a January supplemental board that
  • Improving quality of life one of AF's top challenges

    Acknowledging that the current operations tempo has placed a severe strain on airmen, the secretary of the Air Force told the service's first sergeants that supporting quality of life issues is one of his top priorities. "I view this as one of the Air Force's most critical challenges," said Dr. James G. Roche at the Worldwide First Sergeant's
  • Coalition forces strike Iraqi air defense site

    Operation Southern Watch aircrews responded Sept. 4 to recent Iraqi hostile acts against coalition aircraft monitoring the southern no-fly zone. They used precision-guided weapons to strike an air defense command and control facility at a military airfield 240 miles west and slightly south of Baghdad, at approximately 2:30 a.m. EDT.Target battle
  • Keep 'em flying

    Airman 1st Class Robert Parson, a 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew chief, inspects the rear turbine of a C-130 Hercules before the aircraft departs on a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Parson and other members of the 777th EAS are from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and are currently serving at a
  • Two ideas save money, net airmen $10,000 each

    Two airmen here each earned $10,000 recently through the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program.Master Sgt. Jon Newsom, from the 315th Maintenance Squadron, and Senior Airman Michael Morris, of the 437th Operations Support Squadron, are Charleston AFB's most recent recipients.Newsom, an aircraft fuels system mechanic, said his
  • Aircraft storage center refurbishes German F-4s

    The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center here is in the business of aircraft storage and regeneration plus aircraft parts reclamation for various agencies, including the U.S. military and its allies.Recently, AMARC technicians have assumed a slightly different role by taking on the renovation of seven German F-4F Phantom II aircraft that
  • Walking the beat, 10,000 km from home

    Ask most cops why they went into law enforcement, and they will say it is about people -- helping people, meeting people, even just talking with people.For a people-focused cop, Staff Sgt. Travis Hartzell has a dream job. As patrolmaster for the 376th Air Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, he has spent the last 90 days walking the dusty
  • Help on the way for parents of military-connected children

    Help is on the way for parents who want to be advocates for their military-connected schoolchildren but do not know where to go when they move from place to place around the world.The Military Child Education Coalition heard parents' pleas and created a Parent Workshop program to help them. The first workshop is slated Sept. 24 and 25 at Fort
  • Roche reviews first year of war on terrorism

    "Looking back at what we've achieved over the past 11 months, we can all be proud to call ourselves airmen."That was the bottom line of Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche's speech at the Tuskegee Airmen's 31st Annual National Convention recently in Atlanta."Often, our legacy is driven by events beyond our control, by circumstances we
  • Thirsty Tomcat

    A KC-10 Extender, assigned to the 44th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron based at a forward-deployed location in the Arabian Gulf region, refuels a Navy F-14 Tomcat over Afghanistan. The 44th EARS has flown more than 2,200 missions, delivering more than 225 million pounds of fuel in the war on terrorism. (Photo by Navy Capt. Dana Potts)
  • Pals for life

    Senior Airmen Lisa Leonard (left) and Desere Daniel, from the 379th Expeditionary Services Squadron, serve lunch at a forward-deployed location. The two Ohio Air National Guardsmen became best friends in the second grade and have since joined the Girl Scouts together, played on the same sports teams, and graduated from the same high school in
  • Greater access to pay information through E/MSS

    The Defense Finance and Accounting Service Employee/Member Self-Service system has been expanded to allow greater access to pay information and more changes to pay records.The new enhancements provide more options to employees, are user-friendly, and help give employees more control over their pay information, said Jim Pitt, deputy director of
  • Intern program develops future AF scientists, engineers

    While their friends were flipping burgers at fast food joints or hanging out at the mall this summer, a group of young scientists were experimenting with their futures in the Air Force Research Laboratory here.Working as research assistants, 27 "Wright Scholars" joined a team of scientist and engineer mentors in the lab's propulsion, air vehicles
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