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  • Officials release U-2 mishap report

    A report released by Air Combat Command officials Dec. 12 cited installation of an incorrect part as the primary cause of an Aug. 15 mishap that damaged a U-2 Dragon Lady aircraft at Beale Air Force Base, Calif.The 9th Reconnaissance Wing aircraft was performing touch-and-go landings when the pilot lost control and the aircraft departed the runway.
  • Airman sentenced for drug use

    A 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron airman was sentenced to a bad conduct discharge, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank and 10 months confinement during a court-martial here Dec. 11.Airman 1st Class James Rotunda pleaded guilty to five specifications of violating of Article 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for wrongful use of
  • 'Spirit of Strom Thurmond' honors senator's 100 years

    The Air Force commemorated the 100th birthday of one of the longest-serving U.S. senators by naming its newest aircraft in his honor Dec. 12.The 100th C-17 Globemaster III to roll off the assembly line was christened the "Spirit of Strom Thurmond" in a ceremony here seven days after the senator's birthday.Thurmond watched as the aircraft's name,
  • Extreme cold hitting deployed airmen

    The weather is extreme at Ganci Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, just 120 miles east of the Chinese border. It is early December and snow and ice consume the landscape, and people face four-degree temperatures outside. For those airmen without the gear to keep warm, it is time to head to supply."We're trying to keep people warm. That is our biggest driving
  • Sergeant survives heart attack

    Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Dotson can tell you good timing counts to a person suffering a heart attack; he knows because he had one.In early November, Dotson, 39, recalls joining his unit for early morning physical training at the base fitness center here."I just finished warming up and had completed about 25 of 30 pushups when I felt a tightness in my
  • Andersen slowly digs out after typhoon

    Residents here felt the full force from one of nature's most destructive forces Dec. 8 as Typhoon Pongsona released its fury.Pongsona's eye passed over Andersen in the late afternoon and took more than two hours to completely pass before the full force of the typhoon ripped through the base."Pongsona turned into a super typhoon just before it hit
  • 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
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