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  • 'Hey! What's the weather for tomorrow?'

    (From left) Maj. Tim Karmondy, Staff Sgts. Don Ripley and Nick Toren, all from the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, are silhouetted against the desert sun as they erect a tactical weather antenna. All three are deployed to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia, in support of Operation Southern Watch. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Jones)
  • Quarterly overseas enlisted assignment listing available

    The Enlisted Quarterly Assignment Listing for overseas assignments is now available for the April to June 2003 cycle.The deadline for updating assignment preferences is Aug. 22. Airmen will be notified of their selection by Sept. 9.EQUAL advertises upcoming assignment requirements by Air Force Specialty Code and rank. Members are instructed to
  • Lyles delivers newest C-17 to Air Force

    A critical piece of the Air Force puzzle was put in place Aug. 1 as Air Force Materiel Command's top officer delivered the newest C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.Gen. Lester Lyles, AFMC commander, delivered the aircraft, the 42nd C-17 to be delivered to Charleston. "This aircraft is literally the workhorse
  • Medical team provides care to Honduran children

    More than 130 Honduran children received free medical care in San Pedro Sula recently when an 11-person medical team from Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, came to the city on a medical readiness training exercise, or MEDRETE.This particular exercise focused on problems of the ear."We did ear surgery mainly on kids with
  • Air Force releases all specialties from Stop-Loss

    The last officer and enlisted specialties on Stop-Loss will be released beginning Sept. 1.In making the announcement, Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche said the release will be phased in during a one-month period to allow both the Air Force and affected personnel time for transition."We have arrived at a new steady-state," Roche said.
  • PERSCO team is mini personnel office

    First impressions can leave lasting effects and at a deployed location, the Personnel Support for Contingency Operations team, or PERSCO team, makes it their business to provide a positive experience and help deployed newcomers.At this location in the Arabian Gulf region, for example, the PERSCO team meets each plane that arrives and are among the
  • Sergeant creates dragons in Japan

    Staff Sgt. Eric Suan often wears a white uniform, but he is not a medic and he does not work in a snowy climate. If you think he sells ice cream, think again -- or you might get kicked in the teeth.Six nights a week, this 34-year-old aviation resource manager with the 17th Special Operations Squadron here, suits up in his martial arts outfit to
  • Base uses worms to destroy waste

    The environmental management office is started a new program here that has upped the base population by 250,000. But these new base inhabitants are unlike any other. They have no eyes or ears, and can eat about 250 pounds of food a day.People from the environmental office have acquired a worm farm to recycle food waste from the commissary.The
  • Lowest bidder wins this auction

    It is similar to any other auction, but with a twist. In the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence's version, the lowest bidder wins, not the highest.The environmental center is trying out a "reverse auction" procedure that allows contractors to bid on some center work via the Internet.It is called a reverse auction because firms try to
  • Idea earns employee $10,000, saves millions

    A telephone call that rudely interrupted Joseph Heinig's hour-and-a-half rest recently ended up with him getting a $10,000 check for a good idea.The telephone call came from Lt. Gen. Dick Reynolds, Aeronautical Systems Center commander here, asking Heinig to be at a recent F-22 systems program office meeting.Heinig, the SPO's radar integrated
  • Board determines F-15E fire causes

    An accident investigation board recently determined an F-15E Strike Eagle engine stall and fire Feb. 12 was caused by several factors.Factors include operating the engine in secondary mode, a reduced stall margin and a high fuel-flow rate into the engine.The F-15E, assigned to the 492nd Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England,
  • Forward bound

    Capt. Kirk Peterson, a logistics planner with the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Group at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, inventories a forklift bound for Afghanistan. The 379th ELG prepared, inspected and forward-deployed more than 1,300 short tons of coalition equipment during July. Peterson is deployed to Al Udeid from Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
  • High-volume encouragement

    Cadet 1st Class Scott Johnson offers some high-volume encouragement to a basic cadet trainee during a tug-of-war competition at the U.S. Air Force Academy here. (Photo by John Van Winkle)
  • Air Force chaplains ensure religious freedom

    One of the main reasons for the settlement of the 13 colonies that eventually grew into the United States of America was religious freedom. The challenge of religious diversity is the ultimate test of whether people believe in that right, according to the Air Force's top chaplain."This is why I'm a chaplain in the military," said Chaplain (Maj.
  • Maintainers keep C-5 Galaxy fit for duty

    The mission almost sounds simple. Put a crew on the plane, fly it into the area of operations, pick up the cargo and head home.Sending the C-5 Galaxy into the international airport in Kandahar, Afghanistan, not only takes the skilled precision of aircrews, it also takes the airmen behind the scenes to make sure the aircraft is ready and safe to fly
  • Family tradition inspires deployed NCO

    The word "family" speaks to the hearts of everyone.When some think of family, they think of an old home, a childhood memory or a relative. When Staff Sgt. Ernesto E. Diaz thinks of family, he thinks of the U.S. military.A food service specialist with the 379th Expeditionary Services Squadron at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Diaz is the fifth generation
  • F-15 Eagles still flying high at 30

    The F-15 Eagle turned 30 years old July 27, but those who fly it or maintain it say this bird is as spry as ever.Considering the numbers that really count, the aircraft is mission perfect. It currently boasts a combat record of 104 kills without a loss, a score that includes Israeli and Saudi Arabian air force F-15s."It's holding up very well for
  • Transition assistance programs good for troops

    Transition assistance programs do a lot more than help servicemembers make a successful departure from the military. A top Department of Defense personnel expert called such programs good for recruiting and retention and for U.S. economic well-being. Charles Abell, assistant secretary of defense for force management policy, told attendees at the
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