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  • Snow job

    An F-22 Raptor spends time in sub-zero temperatures during testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory here. The lab has been conducting climatic tests since 1947. Some of the conditions simulated in the lab include scorching sunlight, rain, sleet and snow, day or night, humid or dry, plus

  • Officials release supplemental board results

    Fourteen airmen, out of 243 considered, were selected for promotion during the latest senior enlisted supplemental board.This was the largest pool of candidates in years, said officials at the Air Force Personnel Center here.The large number reflects an unusual year. The pace of current operations,

  • Improving quality of life one of AF's top challenges

    Acknowledging that the current operations tempo has placed a severe strain on airmen, the secretary of the Air Force told the service's first sergeants that supporting quality of life issues is one of his top priorities. "I view this as one of the Air Force's most critical challenges," said Dr.

  • Coalition forces strike Iraqi air defense site

    Operation Southern Watch aircrews responded Sept. 4 to recent Iraqi hostile acts against coalition aircraft monitoring the southern no-fly zone. They used precision-guided weapons to strike an air defense command and control facility at a military airfield 240 miles west and slightly south of

  • Keep 'em flying

    Airman 1st Class Robert Parson, a 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron crew chief, inspects the rear turbine of a C-130 Hercules before the aircraft departs on a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Parson and other members of the 777th EAS are from the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess Air

  • Two ideas save money, net airmen $10,000 each

    Two airmen here each earned $10,000 recently through the Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program.Master Sgt. Jon Newsom, from the 315th Maintenance Squadron, and Senior Airman Michael Morris, of the 437th Operations Support Squadron, are Charleston AFB's most recent

  • Aircraft storage center refurbishes German F-4s

    The Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center here is in the business of aircraft storage and regeneration plus aircraft parts reclamation for various agencies, including the U.S. military and its allies.Recently, AMARC technicians have assumed a slightly different role by taking on the

  • Walking the beat, 10,000 km from home

    Ask most cops why they went into law enforcement, and they will say it is about people -- helping people, meeting people, even just talking with people.For a people-focused cop, Staff Sgt. Travis Hartzell has a dream job. As patrolmaster for the 376th Air Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, he

  • Help on the way for parents of military-connected children

    Help is on the way for parents who want to be advocates for their military-connected schoolchildren but do not know where to go when they move from place to place around the world.The Military Child Education Coalition heard parents' pleas and created a Parent Workshop program to help them. The

  • Roche reviews first year of war on terrorism

    "Looking back at what we've achieved over the past 11 months, we can all be proud to call ourselves airmen."That was the bottom line of Secretary of the Air Force Dr. James G. Roche's speech at the Tuskegee Airmen's 31st Annual National Convention recently in Atlanta."Often, our legacy is driven by

  • Thirsty Tomcat

    A KC-10 Extender, assigned to the 44th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron based at a forward-deployed location in the Arabian Gulf region, refuels a Navy F-14 Tomcat over Afghanistan. The 44th EARS has flown more than 2,200 missions, delivering more than 225 million pounds of fuel in the war on

  • Pals for life

    Senior Airmen Lisa Leonard (left) and Desere Daniel, from the 379th Expeditionary Services Squadron, serve lunch at a forward-deployed location. The two Ohio Air National Guardsmen became best friends in the second grade and have since joined the Girl Scouts together, played on the same sports

  • Greater access to pay information through E/MSS

    The Defense Finance and Accounting Service Employee/Member Self-Service system has been expanded to allow greater access to pay information and more changes to pay records.The new enhancements provide more options to employees, are user-friendly, and help give employees more control over their pay

  • Intern program develops future AF scientists, engineers

    While their friends were flipping burgers at fast food joints or hanging out at the mall this summer, a group of young scientists were experimenting with their futures in the Air Force Research Laboratory here.Working as research assistants, 27 "Wright Scholars" joined a team of scientist and

  • Heavy metal

    A four-man crew, from the Air Force Reserve Command's 622nd Combat Logistics Support Squadron, replaces a piece of sheet metal on the tail of C-141 Starlifter during depot-level repair at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center here. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Sean P. Houlihan)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Launch marks new era of space vehicles

    A new era of space launch vehicles began when the first Lockheed-Martin Atlas V lifted off the pad at Cape Canaveral Aug. 21.This launch begins the operational start of the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, the latest in technology for launching critical payloads into space.EELV

  • Mr. Sandman

    Staff Sgt. Jon Slingerland, from the 379th Expeditionary Comptroller Squadron at a forward deployed location, sands wood on a hole his unit is building for the base's new miniature golf course. Once complete, the course will be added to a growing list of activities offered by the 379th

  • Air Force seeks partnerships

    Get Air Force people off the lawn mowers and onto the flightline.That is the essential goal behind the Air Force's public-private partnership initiatives, according to Fred Kuhn, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations."We've got too much money (being spent) and too many people

  • New facility for airborne laser ground testing

    With the airborne laser flight test program under way, members of the ABL Integrated Test Force here are putting the finishing touches on a new facility that will be key to upcoming ground tests.The $18.5 million test support structure, known as the Ground Pressure Recovery Assembly, will allow the

  • Aircraft storage center receives first B-1

    The first of two dozen B-1 Lancers to be stored as part of the Air Force's B-1 fleet reduction plan arrived at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center here Aug. 20.The arrival starts a reduction process that will take the Air Force's B-1 fleet to 60 from its current 92 count. Twenty four

  • Let there be light!

    Senior Airman Jeremy Tripp, an electrical power production journeyman from the 438th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Flight, works on an air compressor Aug. 17 that boosts a telescopic floodlight unit into position to illuminate a new laundry facility at a forward-deployed location. (Photo by Staff

  • Clear communication

    Tech Sgt. Jimmy Kuwahara, 40th Expeditionary Communication Squadron radio maintenance journeyman, installs a UHF antenna that will be used for ground to air communication at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Kuwahara is a member of the Hawaii Air National Guard.

  • New radar keeps skies safe

    A new radar is improving safety for aircraft landing at a forward-operating location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.The AN/MPN-25 Rapid Deployment Radar System was deployed in January."We brought it here to prove the system and provide a higher level of safety for the aircraft around the

  • Thrift Savings Plan offering improvements

    The Thrift Savings Plan's new computerized record-keeping system, now set to kick off in November, will provide more control of accounts for investors and faster processing of transactions, said officials at the Air Force Personnel Center here.During the transition period Aug. 19 to Sept. 16, access

  • Team recovers Korean War remains

    Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars pay their final respects during a repatriation ceremony here Aug. 20. The remains are believed to be those of Americans missing in action from the Korean War. A joint team recovered the remains believed to be of soldiers from the 7th Infantry Division who

  • Mom, son fight war on terrorism together

    The Schnichels family has done a great job of sticking together.Not only are three of them bearing the same last name stationed together at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., but two are fighting the war on terrorism at the same forward-deployed location in the Arabian Gulf region.Master Sgt. Carol

  • Peterson airman stars in AF commercial

    The moment Airman 1st Class Jessica Sanchez stepped onto the Hollywood sound stage recently, she was "crossing into the blue" at the same time.The missile warning intelligence analyst with the 21st Operations Support Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., won the role of a young Hispanic woman

  • Spouse's program takes off

    McConnell graduated its first spouses recently from a new program designed to increase spouses' and caregivers' awareness of the Air Force mission, customs, traditions, protocol, support resources and other services available to them."I thought (Heartlink) was very informative, especially for a

  • 'Go ahead, make my day'

    Staff Sgt. Rich Kelley loads rounds of 7.62 mm bullets into a GAU-2B minigun Aug. 15. Kelley, from the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., is currently serving at a forward-deployed location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon)

  • Wing practicing sound resource management

    The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing has established new resource management forums that comptroller officials at this forward-deployed location say will be a benchmark for large contingency bases.The wing recently held its first Financial Working Group and Financial Management Board to ensure

  • Airman donates hair to charity

    Senior Airman Terry Ide, from the Electronic Systems Center public affairs office here, has two choices when it comes to wearing her hair in uniform: either cut it or wear it up. For the past four years, Ide has worn her hair, more than a foot long, in a tight bun.This changed recently when she had

  • Operation Pillowcase softens sting of family separation

    An award-winning program designed to make children feel less anxious is softening the sting while a parent is away from home on military duty.Operation Pillowcase, developed by the 439th Airlift Wing family support center staff here, provides children of activated reservists with a pillowcase

  • SATCOM delivers critical info for war on terrorism

    In today's information age, satellites are a vital link for global communication. Commanders and troops rely on them to ensure information is at least one step ahead of the enemy in the war on terrorism. At this forward deployed location, that job falls to a satellite communications team from the

  • Disciplinary authority for friendly fire incident changed

    Disciplinary authority over the April 17 friendly fire incident near Kandahar, Afghanistan, that resulted in the deaths of four Canadian paratroopers was passed Aug.16 to the U.S. Air Force's 8th Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson.Gen. Hal M. Hornburg, Air Combat Command commander,

  • ROTC cadets shadow pilots

    Cadet Jeffery Hill, from the University of Alaska-Anchorage's ROTC Detachment 1, receives an incentive flight in an F-15 Eagle. ROTC cadets are shadowing 19th Fighter Squadron pilots and other support people here as part of a working agreement between the squadron and university to show future

  • U.S. Northern Command setup becomes clearer

    When U.S. Northern Command stands up Oct. 1, the new organization in charge of homeland defense will have "combatant command" of a small number of specialized units.Combatant command, or COCOM, gives combatant commanders the authority to organize, train and operate units. It is different from

  • AMC sends pet shipping reminders

    It is the middle of the moving season, and it is important that people follow a few simple guidelines to have their cat or dog travel smoothly with them. Air Mobility Command has arranged a very liberal pet policy with the air carriers that fly the Patriot Express missions, said Master Sgt. Nikki

  • Help desk 'makes bits flow' to support war on terrorism

    They call it "making bits flow." That is how members of the 379th Expeditionary Communications Squadron help desk refer to assisting customers at this forward deployed location.The help desk is responsible for troubleshooting and repairing computer problems for about 2,000 warfighters here.The

  • Remembering close air support's humble beginnings

    Even the most complex of systems often begin with a simple idea.Case in point: close air support.While today's soldier can expect aerial support from fighter aircraft, specially designed gunships and helicopters -- even heavy bombers dropping laser guided munitions from several miles away -- the

  • Reserve aircrew honored for heroic mission

    When the call for help came the evening of Dec. 7, the MC-130E Combat Talon crew from the 919th Special Operations Wing here, did not hesitate to fly through enemy territory to assist their fellow special operators.The 711th Special Operations Squadron crew's actions earned them one of the Air Force

  • Cable guy

    Staff Sgt. Lonnie Gonzales, from the 363rd Expeditionary Communications Squadron, works with limited space while laying fiber and copper cable for the new base theater here. Gonzales is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (Photo by Senior Airman Shannon Kluge)

  • Detachment activated to support V-22 testing

    A new detachment was activated here recently to support V-22 Osprey testing.Detachment 2 was created to operationally test the MV-22 from the special operations perspective to assess its value as a baseline for the special operations variant, the CV-22."I'm proud to be part of the outstanding team

  • Resume requirements clarified for Air Force civilian employment

    Palace Compass officials here recently clarified whether or not applicants need a resume when applying for civilian employment."Applicants for job vacancies filled by the Air Force Personnel Center may not need a resume," said Lee McGehee, technical director. "But all applicants must self-nominate

  • Yokota airmen stay ready

    Tech. Sgt. Michael Cannon, an electrical power production technician from the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron here, installs a barrier cable at the flightline during a readiness exercise here. The barrier is used to assist aircraft during emergency landings. Yokota is the primary airlift resource

  • ROTC encampment includes Reserve TIs

    A sea of blue uniforms fills a drill pad while Air Force Reserve military training instructors hover nearby looking for training moments. The young, sweating faces of Air Force ROTC cadets in parade formation are intensely watching their interval and distance, hoping not to draw attention to

  • CCAF offers FAA certification for engine maintainers

    After four years in development, a new certification program offered by the Community College of the Air Force could replace the title"aircraft mechanic" with "Federal Aviation Administration-certified aviation maintenance technician" in for airmen working on military aircraft.The Joint Service

  • Busy engine shop keeps F-15s flying

    Airman 1st Class Joshua Spainhoward, from the 325th Maintenance Squadron engine flight, inspects an F-15 Eagle engine. The 30-person engine flight provides maintenance on 183 engines used on some 75 F-15s stationed here. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Albert Bosco)

  • Air Force announces OTS selections

    The Air Force is giving 92 enlisted members the chance to trade in their stripes for gold bars after being chosen to attend Officer Training School.Headquarters Air Force Recruiting Service conducted OTS Selection Board 0207, which met here June 25 to 28. The board considered 654 total applications,

  • Identity theft criminals can steal lives

    Air Force members need to be cautious with personal information, said agents from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations headquarters at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.Information, including Social Security number, bank account and credit card numbers, account passwords, telephone numbers and

  • Dyess NCO nets $10,000 for idea

    A Dyess senior noncommissioned officer is $10,000 richer thanks to his suggestion which will save the Air Force more than a quarter of a million dollars annually.Master Sgt. Stephen Schwartz, NCO in charge of the 7th Component Repair Squadron's engine shop here, submitted his suggestion through the

  • Deployed medics train U.S. embassy employees in Qatar

    A group of medics deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, provided emergency medical training recently to employees of the U.S. embassy in the country.More than 70 U.S. citizens and foreign-service nationals who work at the U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar, attended the self aid buddy care training given by

  • B-1 consolidation begins

    A year after the B-1 Lancer consolidation plan was first announced, people here are seeing the first steps take shape.The plan, announced last year, calls for the B-1 fleet to be consolidated here and at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The other three bases where B-1s were assigned have already

  • Agents recover stolen laptops; suspect in custody

    Agents of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations recovered two missing laptops containing highly sensitive U.S. military information Aug. 9.A week earlier, the laptops had been reported missing from a secure location at U.S. Central Command headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.,

  • 'Be safe' is course guideline

    Master Sgt. William Miller, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, maneuvers an all-terrain vehicle through the base's new safety course. The course is required before operating an ATV on Al Udeid and is taught by a certified Special Vehicles Institute of America

  • Licensing, certification info for military jobs available online

    People separating from the military can now get online help earning professional certification or licenses related to their military jobs for the civilian world before they leave the service."There are a lot of people who get out of the military only to find out that they are not prepared, even

  • Security forces first line of defense for tent city

    It is 112 degrees outside and you feel like your skin is burning off. Sweat runs down your back as you hurry into your tent to grab a nice cold bottle of water from the fridge. However, some deployed personnel do not have that luxury. They stand ever-vigilant, carrying an extra 15 pounds of gear,

  • Timm-berr!

    A relic of the Cold War came down here July 30 with the help of five giant earthmovers. The old air traffic control tower was completed in June 1962 at a cost of $177,000. Today, a new 10-story, $4.1 million tower takes its place.

  • Reservists demobilize to prepare for new 'steady state'

    In response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Air Force mobilized more than 30,000 Air National Guardsmen and Air Force Reservists.Nearly a year later, a large portion of them are being released as the Air Force embraces a new steady state, according to Michael L. Dominguez, assistant secretary

  • Four selected for Financial Management Leadership Program

    Four Air Force officers were chosen recently to participate in the service's Financial Management Leadership Program, designed to develop aerospace leaders with financial management and command experience.Capts. Jeffrey Dibiasi, 52nd Munitions Support Squadron, Kleine Brogel, Belgium; John Gondol,

  • When lightning strikes

    A rare summer storm brews over tent city at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Nearly 1,400 airmen are deployed to Incirlik in support of Operation Northern Watch. (Photo by Senior Airman Jimmy Harper)

  • Power production farm keeps OEF base running

    Just like a body needs food, a forward-deployed unit needs power.Without them, neither will survive.The 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer power production farm at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, ensures the base's electrical needs are kept well-fed."We produce every bit of power used by the military

  • Servicemembers help children in Philippines

    In a desolate portion of the Philippines, at a place not easily found, U.S. servicemembers are working together to make a difference.A group of Florida National Guardsmen, Army reservists, active-duty servicemen, and Philippine soldiers have begun to work together recently to provide civic outreach

  • F-16 simulator goes high energy

    F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots here are honing their laser firing skills against airborne targets while flying their aircraft -- without ever leaving the ground.Pilots are using the high energy laser fighter simulator, an F-16 simulator modified to integrate a high energy laser weapon model into an

  • OEF missions 'challenging, fulfilling' for KC-135 crew

    A steady stream of warm sweat drips from Capt. Matt Bowers' face as he preflights the KC-135 Stratotanker for a mid-day mission that will take him to the skies over Afghanistan.Temperatures in the sauna-like cockpit reach 130 degrees during the 90-minute process and won't cool off until the tanker

  • Spangdahlem tests virtual out-processing initiative

    In an effort to improve quality of life by streamlining base processes, Spangdahlem Air Base is one of four bases worldwide to test the Air Force's new virtual out-processing initiative.Throughout August, select families moving back to the United States will test a customized database system online.

  • Bird watch

    Master Sgt. Lloyd Webb, 40th Air Expeditionary Wing flight safety noncommissioned officer, ensures the airfield at a deployed location is clear of birds. The base uses a combination of methods such as airfield mowing, water drainage and pyrotechnics to help reduce the number of birds, which can be a

  • Setting her sights

    Airman Vanessa Dobos of the 58th Training Squadron here will become the first woman aerial gunner in the Air Force when she graduates from technical training in a few weeks. As a gunner and member of a search and rescue crew on an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter, she will be performing a combat duty

  • Edwards hosts Industry Outlook Conference

    Experts from an array of aerospace businesses together with Air Force senior project managers will gather here October 24 to 25 to learn how they can best support future flight-test and evaluation programs.The Industry Outlook Conference will provide an opportunity for engineers, acquisition

  • '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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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