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  • First Predator strike takes out anti-air threat

    A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator found and destroyed a radar-guided anti-aircraft artillery gun in southern Iraq March 22 making it the first Predator strike of Operation Iraqi Freedom, defense officials announced.The multirole Predator used one AGM-114K "Hellfire II" missile to strike an Iraqi ZSU-23-4 mobile anti-aircraft artillery gun outside the
  • Life support provides keys to success

    When aircrews find themselves in a pinch, they rely on experience and equipment to pull them through. Gaining experience is the crew's responsibility, but the 353rd Special Operations Group life support shop airmen provide a multitude of gadgets and gizmos that allow air commandos to get their job done.Master Sgt. Fred Meyer is the superintendent
  • Medics keeping troops fit, healthy, ready

    Medics assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at this forward-deployed location are helping to ensure that the airmen here stand ready for action when called upon.The combat field hospital where the medics spend their days not only serves the needs of the thousands of men and women who are deployed to this base, but is also a medical
  • Checking it out

    Senior Airman Adam Kruse communicates with a pilot about to take off on a mission March 20. Kruse is a crew chief deployed to the 363rd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at a forward-deployed location in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Hannen)
  • American Units Meet Opposition, Still Ahead of Schedule

    Coalition forces are encountering greater Iraqi resistance as they move closer to Baghdad, U.S. Central Command officials said today.News reports indicate that American units are engaging Iraqi battalions. Central Command officials said units with the 3rd Infantry Division have captured a bridge over the Euphrates River at Nasiriya.Capturing the
  • Bush Pleased With Progress, Expects Iraq to Treat POWs Humanely

    President Bush is pleased with progress the military is making in the early stages of the war to rid Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, he said during a press availability at the White House.Bush said it is going to take awhile to achieve the objective, "but we're on course, we're determined, and we're making good progress."The president
  • Iraq Campaign to Get Tougher as Troops Approach Baghdad

    U.S. and coalition forces have made great gains so far during Operation Iraqi Freedom, but the going will likely get harder in coming days.Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered that message today on the Fox News Sunday television show."Anybody who thinks this (war) is going to be quick and easy is wrong,"
  • Some Incirlik people return to United States

    The first of several flights contracted to bring more than 1,300 Air Force family members and nonmission-essential civilian employees from Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, arrived at Charleston International Airport, S.C., on March 21.Armed with teddy bears, cell phones and dog biscuits, more than 100 people from the base here plus local American Red
  • Franks: Iraq Campaign Is 'Unlike Any Other in History'

    U.S. and coalition forces will liberate Iraq, end Saddam Hussein's regime and find and confiscate the dictator's weapons of mass destruction, Operation Iraqi Freedom's senior military commander said today.At just under three days' action, American and coalition forces are conducting simultaneous military operations in the northern, southern and
  • Tons of knowledge resides in Air Force Web site

    Just about anything worth knowing about the Air Force, especially on the maintenance and acquisition side, can be found through a collaborative Web system called Knowledge Now.Knowledge Now is almost too big to describe, according to Randy Adkins, Air Force Materiel Command Knowledge Now project manager. It is a merger of three formerly large
  • Korean War vets get medals 50 years later

    Airman 2nd Class Harry Woodville, a Korean War veteran, has received a medal he waited 50 years for: the Korean War Service Medal.The Republic of Korea first offered the medal 50 years ago, but a law prevented U.S. troops from accepting medals from foreign countries. In 1999, the law was changed and the Department of Defense approved the medal to
  • B-52s strike Iraqi targets

    Bomber aircraft from this deployed location participated in their first strike operations March 21 and continue to pound targets in the U.S. Central Command theater of operations in a coalition effort to disarm the Iraqi regime.All of the bombers deployed for the mission returned without incident. B-52 Stratofortresses struck targets across
  • Rumsfeld reminds people about operational security

    When Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld started talking about the need to safeguard classified information, the studio staff flashed a World War II poster on the television.It was a picture of a young girl holding a picture of her father. The legend on it was "Don't kill her Daddy with Careless Talk."At every entrance to the Pentagon, there are
  • Bush Cautions Iraq War Could Be 'Longer, More Difficult'

    President Bush today praised the efforts of U.S. and coalition service members in Iraq, but cautioned that the campaign may take some time to conclude."A campaign on harsh terrain in a vast country could be longer and more difficult than some have predicted," the president pointed out during his weekly radio message to the nation.American and
  • 'Only a Matter of Time' Before Saddam's Regime Is Destroyed

    DoD officials today offered no timeframe when U.S. and coalition military operations in Iraq would conclude, but they emphasized that time was running out for Saddam Hussein and his regime."There are a lot of unknowns" involved in trying to predict when Operation Iraqi Freedom would end, Pentagon spokesperson Victoria Clarke told reporters.The only
  • U.S. Troops Hit Terrorist Complex In Northern Iraq

    U.S. troops yesterday attacked a terrorist complex located in northern Iraq, Army Gen. Tommy Franks said."We did strike, last evening, a terrorist complex," Franks, the senior military officer overseeing Operation Iraqi Freedom, told reporters today at his Qatar headquarters.U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has said on many occasions that
  • Maintainers unleash wave of B-52s

    More than 70 aircraft maintainers worked earnestly through the early morning March 21 to unleash the first wave of B-52 bombers on the Iraqi regime from this forward-deployed location.Later in the day they watched with the rest of the world as their "Buffs" delivered what would come to be regarded with "shock and awe."Maintainers prepared for
  • 'Shock air forces' hit Iraq

    Coalition "shock air forces" aircraft flew nearly 1,000 strike sorties March 21, hitting targets intended to end the regime of Saddam Hussein. The strikes marked the beginning of the air campaign portion of Operation Iraqi Freedom.During his first press conference since combat operations began, Gen. Tommy Franks, U.S. Central Command commander,
  • Stealth fighters use new munitions to hit Baghdad

    U.S. Air Force F-117 stealth fighters struck five strategic targets in Baghdad on March 21 using a new precision-guided munition, the EGBU-27, as coalition forces shifted the Operation Iraqi Freedom air campaign into high gear.Using the low-observable, stealth technology of the F-117 to penetrate deep into Iraq and the improved bombs, the strike
  • Medical staff provides care during exercise

    Staff Sgt. Sonia Rincon's hands are splattered with blood and pieces of torn flesh. Her patient has a sucking chest wound and a fractured leg.Despite these gruesome injuries, Rincon takes her time tending to the wounds.She is not actually dressing the wounds, but creating them. Rincon is one of two airman from the 353rd Operations Support


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