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  • Falcons sink Navy 48-7

    Forty-eight unanswered points let Air Force sink Navy 48-7 and advance in the national rankings following the Oct. 5 game.The Falcons advanced from No. 25 to No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN college football poll, and cracked the Associated Press Top 25 poll at No. 21.Undaunted by Air Force's previous and potential national rankings, Navy came in and
  • Board announces cause of F-15 crash

    Investigators have determined that structural failure led to the April 30 crash of an F-15 Eagle into the Gulf of Mexico about 60 miles south of Panama City, Fla.James A. Duricy, from the 46th Test Wing here, was declared dead following the crash after search and rescue efforts were unsuccessful.Investigators concluded he likely ejected under
  • Operation Goodie Bag

    Tech. Sgt. Michael Sullo (left) and Staff Sgt. Steven Brettler, both from the 81st Services Division here, load candy, snacks, toiletries and other items donated by base exchange and commissary shoppers for deployed servicemembers. Keesler's 81st Support Group and the American Red Cross sponsored the effort, dubbed Operation Goodie Bag. (Photo by
  • Air Force reduces number of deployed security forces

    Air Force officials have reduced the number of security forces needed at deployed locations by 10 percent, allowing more than 200 airmen to come home earlier than originally planned.The adjustment was the result of a manpower assessment and helps reduce the operations tempo for this critically manned career field. Following the review, officials
  • Coming home

    Fifteen C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing taxi down the runway here toward a crowd of anxious families Oct 1. Coming home were more than 250 Air Force Reserve members who were deployed in support of operations Joint Forge, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. A ceremony afterward signified the demobilization of the wing, which was called to
  • Malmstrom airman's idea earns $10K

    Everyone likes to save money and the Air Force is no exception. So when Master Sgt. Bruce Ronke submitted a price challenge saving the Air Force $400,000 annually, the Air Force awarded him $10,000.Ronke, the former noncommissioned officer in charge of weapons and tactics codes operations here, challenged the price of mechanical code units through
  • Scott crews evacuate patients away from Lili's path

    The crews of two C-9 Nightingale aircraft, loaded with medical specialists and gear, evacuated 41 elderly critical care patients early Oct. 3 from Lake Charles, La., to Shreveport, La.As Hurricane Lili took aim for the Louisiana coast, Governor Mike Foster determined many medical patients could be in grave danger and requested the assistance of the
  • A bite out of crime

    Military working dog Aghbar works with Tech Sgt. Chris Jakubin, from the 10th Security Forces Squadron here, to take a bite or two out of crime. The addition of military working dogs such as Aghbar is the latest increase in security at the academy, which is the Air Force's only open installation. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Norm Vujevic)
  • Air Force releases A-10 accident report

    An accident investigation board determined pilot error caused an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft accident June 27 near Nancy, France. The aircraft belonged to the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.The pilot of the aircraft was killed when his A-10 crashed in a rural area a half-mile southwest of the town of Domptail.According to the
  • Hurricane Hunters monitor Lili

    The "Hurricane Hunters" of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, a Reserve unit here have been busy, flying their WC-130 Hercules aircraft into Hurricane Lili, gathering data about the storm for the National Hurricane Center.The hurricane, with winds in excess of 145 miles per hour, was expected to reach the Louisiana coastline Oct. 3.The
  • Rescue ready

    Capt. Esther Bley, an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter pilot, starts up her aircraft at a forward-deployed location Sept. 27. Bley is deployed with the 129th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. The 129th ERS performs search and recovery operations throughout the world. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Anna Hayman)
  • Eye in the sky

    An E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft flies over the Turkish mountains during a sortie from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, recently. The aircraft is deployed in support of Operation Northern Watch. ONW has been enforcing the no-fly zone over northern Iraq since 1997. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Anna Hayman)
  • Guard, Reserve forces cope with active-duty extension

    For Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard troops, the jab "weekend warrior" lost relevance long ago.As many as 14,000 such troops, more than 60 percent of them in the security forces career field, have been on active duty for more than a year now as a result of the war on terrorism. Recently, Reserve and Guard troops learned they would remain
  • Airmen brave hazards inside fuel tanks

    Keeping fuel flowing to an aircraft engine is an essential part of flight. Fuel systems specialists from the 374th Maintenance Squadron here operate around the clock ensuring Air Force aircraft fuel systems are safe and in peak operating condition.The 14-person team is responsible for diagnosing fuel system and component malfunctions for various
  • 'Oh say can you see...'

    Senior Airman Marcie Mascaro and Airman 1st Class LaTanza Meabon, both touring performers with Tops In Blue, invite an airman to help sing the "Star Spangled Banner" during the opening of their performance at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom recently. Tops In Blue, an active-duty Air Force special unit, is made up
  • New TV ads available online

    The latest Air Force television commercials are now available online.The four-spot series, which continues the "Cross Into the Blue" theme, depicts teen-agers with particular skills or interests applying them in an Air Force specialty. The commercials tell viewers, "We've been waiting for you."In one spot, a young girl fixes her family's satellite
  • ROTC offers airmen education, commissioning opportunities

    Enlisted people interested in becoming commissioned officers may want to consider Air Force ROTC.Airmen have four Air Force ROTC commissioning programs from which to choose. If selected, they will enroll and will receive a commission when they complete the program.The programs are the Airman Education and Commissioning Program, the Airman
  • Loss turns fireman into renter's insurance advocate

    An off-duty firefighter driving on base here waved casually as a Robins fire truck passed by. Within minutes, he learned that the truck was headed for his house.Airman 1st Class Michael P. Lecik would soon learn that he and his wife, Tiffany, had lost all but their kitchen table in a fire that happened before he got around to purchasing renter's
  • Falcons stun Utah Utes 30-26, advance to 4-0

    A 20-yard play-action pass from quarterback Chance Harridge to halfback Don Clark in the corner of the end zone with 17 seconds left preserved Air Force's perfect season.Clark's game-winning score was his second touchdown reception of the game, and marks the emergence of a passing game into the Falcons' arsenal.The mainstay of the Falcon's offense
  • Latest issue of Citizen Airman magazine now available

    A little more than a year into the nation's war on terrorism, Air Force leaders are in the midst of a transition from a "crisis-response" mode, with heavy reliance on mobilized Guard and Reserve members, to a new steady state, which relies mainly on volunteer reservists and guardsmen to help meet mission requirements.As part of that transition,
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