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  • Reservists must report extension to keep benefits

    Mobilized reservists who are extended into a second year must report the extension to their servicing military personnel unit to ensure they receive continuous health care and other benefits.If deployed overseas, reservists can go to their personnel support for contingency operations team to update information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility
  • Guardsman avoids traffic by rowing to work

    Living and working in the nation's capital for most people means having to battle some of the worst road congestion anywhere in the United States.However, one ingenious Air National Guard member, who lives on Bolling Air Force Base in southeast Washington, D.C., and works in Arlington, Va., uses the waters of the Potomac River to his
  • Transitional health care hinges on updating records

    Demobilizing reservists who wish to receive transitional health-care benefits need to update their records and obtain transitional medical care cards for their family members when they outprocess. Reservists called to active duty for more than 30 days to support a contingency operation are eligible for transitional health-care benefits, which are
  • Exercising their right

    (Left to right) Airmen 1st Class Matt Martinez and Alvin Gutierrez, Airmen Stephen Tarouilly and Ruben Martinez, and Airman 1st Class Drew Mueller, all members of the 568th Security Forces Squadron here, register to vote for the first time. Federal Voting Assistance Program officials are sponsoring Armed Forces Voters' Week from Sept. 1 to 7.
  • Radiation check

    Master Sgt. Sean Meenagh (left) takes a radio frequency radiation measurement while Lt. Col. Mike Elliott records the data. Both are assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group's bioenvironmental engineering section and periodically check radiation levels near radio frequency emitters for dangerous levels at this forward-deployed location.
  • Pay information available at your fingertips

    Anything you ever wanted to know about your military pay but didn't know who to ask is now available with a couple of mouse clicks. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has a military compensation Web site.The site explains the differences between pay and allowances and describes the intended purpose for the various allowances. For instance,
  • Refuelers at rest

    The sun sets behind KC-10 Extenders assigned to the 44th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The 44th EARS has flown more than 2,000 sorties in support of the war on terrorism and delivered more than 225 million pounds of fuel to U.S. and coalition aircraft over Afghanistan.
  • Student pilots learn basics of aerospace physiology

    While most people think of parasailing as a vacation sport, it is just another part of training for specialized undergraduate pilot training students here.Experts from the 14th Medical Operations Squadron spend eight and a half days with students during their first phase of training. The instructors conduct classes that teach the students about
  • E-tools tested for maintenance use

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., hosted a rodeo recently, but instead of bulls, broncos and clowns, participants corralled laptop and handheld computers, personal digital devices and tablet personal computers.Arranged by the Standard Systems Group here, the E-Tools Rodeo was designed to test the usability of various hand-held electronic devices under
  • First test of 'Net Decoy' system shows promise

    The airmen of the 100th Communications Squadron here hosted the first-ever demonstration of the pioneering "Net Decoy" system, combining two defensive information systems that detect, track and potentially identify cyberspace intruders.During the latter part of August the Air Force Information Warfare Battlelab, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, has
  • Air Force officials to cancel 100,000 travel cards

    More than 100,000 of the Air Force's government travel cards will be canceled in early October for lack of use, according to the service's travel card program manager.The move, said Michael Weber, is part of a servicewide effort to "clean up the books" and will affect those people who have not used their card for a year or more. He added that
  • Falcons kick off season Aug. 31

    Falcons free safety Larry Duncan (29) makes an interception over wide receiver Chris Charron during Falcons practice at the Air Force Academy. Last season, Duncan tied for the team lead in interceptions, with three for 113 yards and one 95-yard touchdown. Duncan will be roaming the field in search of more turnovers this season, starting with the
  • Raptor redefines maneuverability

    "Turning on a dime" brings to mind images of a split-second change of direction. Imagine doing that in a jet hurtling through the sky. That is the F-22 Raptor.The F-22 design, with its stealth, supercruise and integrated avionics, provides a high degree of assurance that a "dogfight" will not be the typical experience for combat air force
  • Research lab applies robotic technology to mission

    On June 25, 1996, the military community was devastated when several American military members were killed and many more injured, including some local civilians, when the Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, were bombed.Following this tragic event, Air Force officials identified a need to safely remove or disable terrorist bombs, called
  • Keep out!

    Staff Sgt. James L. Walters, from the 405th Air Expeditionary Wing's security forces squadron, installs concertina wire on top of a barrier at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Walters is an Air National Guard member deployed from the 129th Security Forces Squadron at Moffett Field, Calif. (Photo by Staff Sgt.
  • Dentist keeps airmen in fight against terrorism

    Capt. Zindell Richardson is "all smiles" because he has the corner on the dental market at this forward-deployed location.As the only military dentist in this country, the Campbellsville, Ky., native is responsible for providing dental care to thousands of U.S. and coalition warfighters."The concept of field dentistry is completely different from
  • Hill experts renovate F-16s for Thailand's air force

    The first five F-16 Fighting Falcons of 16 being renovated by aircraft experts here left for Thailand recently. The remainder of the modified fighters are scheduled to join the Royal Thai air force by January.The F-16s, which will be used as air defense fighters, were brought here from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in pieces on flatbed
  • Air Force extends per diem entitlement for reservists

    Reservists in Air Force Reserve Command called to active duty in support of operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom may now receive per diem for up to 730 days at one location.Michael L. Dominguez, assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs, signed a waiver Aug. 21 extending his original entitlement waiver for the
  • Supply flight keeps parts moving at OEF base

    The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing is one of the largest units in the Persian Gulf region to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Its primary aircraft are KC-10 Extenders and KC-135 Stratotankers. The wing has delivered almost 300 million pounds of fuel to U.S. and coalition aircraft in the war on terrorism.The 379th Expeditionary Supply Flight is
  • Haute cuisine desert style

    (Left to right) Senior Airman Garth K. Courtney, Tech. Sgt. Ken A. Pronti, Staff Sgt. James L. Hallmark and Tech. Sgt. John A. Barone, assigned to the 407th Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron, look for "customers" on the deck they constructed at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The four are from the New York
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