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  • Airmen graduate Air Assault Course with Soldiers

    Three Airmen graduated the Army Air Assault course here May 11, after 11 days of training. Five Airmen from the 647th Security Forces Squadron from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and 309 Soldiers, many from the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, started the course, and only about

  • Air traffic controllers discuss road ahead in Iraq

    Ten Air Force and Army air traffic controllers advising their Iraqi counterparts at major installations around Iraq convened here April 28 to discuss airfield plans for the final months before U.S. troops leave Iraq under a Dec. 31, 2011, mandate. "(The meeting) was an excellent opportunity to see

  • Airmen run to honor EOD fallen, injured

    Service members and coalition partners at an air base in Southwest Asia gathered May 7 for a 5K 'fun run' to celebrate the first national Explosive Ordnance Disposal Day. More than 220 participants gathered in physical training clothes, uniforms, tactical gear and body armor with members of the

  • EOD memorial ceremony honors 15 fallen heroes

    "We assemble here today to remember the sacrifice of (explosive ordnance disposal) technicians and comfort their loved ones left behind."With those words, Navy Capt. Adam Guziewicz, the Naval School EOD commander, welcomed almost 3,000 people to the 42nd annual memorial service honoring EOD

  • Building a better tomorrow, one NCO at a time

    Airmen serving with the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Air and 447th Air Expeditionary Group are focused on building the foundation of the Iraqi air force. Equipment transfer and technical training are important, but a small group of NCOs are also teaching enlisted professional development as

  • Airmen help make Iraq a little greener

    Members of the 321st Expeditionary Logistical Readiness Squadron Vehicle Maintenance Flight created a volunteer project called Operation Kirkuk Regional Air Base Cleanup at Contingency Operating Site Warrior, Iraq.On any given Sunday, the program allows anyone from any unit to spend a few hours

  • Bin Laden raid will help defeat al-Qaida, Obama says

    The death of Osama bin Laden and the unprecedented collection of intelligence material from the raid that killed the terrorist leader will help the U.S. deal a serious blow to al-Qaida, President Barack Obama said May 8 in a recent television interview.President Obama discussed the operation that

  • ESC trifecta will enable autonomous Iraqi air defense

    Because a strong Iraqi air force capable of flying and fighting starts with a solid foundation of planning and control of forces, an Electronic Systems Center team has taken on three major projects of an ESC master plan to ensure the Iraqi air force is capable of providing its own air

  • Afghans graduate from first Mi-17 "Train the trainer" course

    Seven Afghan Mi-17 instructors graduated from the first Mi-17 "Train the Trainer" upgrade course May 4 taught by AAF and U.S. Air Force instructors at the Afghanistan Premier Flight Training Center here."Afghan aircrew instructors are pivotal to growing independent combat flying forces, ultimately

  • U.S., Congolese military complete MEDLITE 11

    Airmen and Democratic Republic of the Congo service members finished a joint-medical exercise here May 5.The MEDLITE 11 exercise focused on aeromedical evacuation to improve the readiness of personnel. According to Lt. Col. June Oldman, the director of MEDLITE 11, the exercise focused on five key

  • Common interests, challenges discussed at African Air Chiefs Conference

    Shared interests and common challenges topped discussions between African air chiefs from 24 nations and their U.S. counterparts during the 2011 African Air Chiefs Conference April 26 through 28 here.The conference aims to foster communication and dialogue between regional and multilateral partner

  • U.S. will defeat terrorists, Obama tells troops

    The skill and courage of countless American military and intelligence professionals are why Osama bin Laden can never threaten America again, President Barack Obama told a cheering group of 101st Airborne Soldiers May 6 at Fort Campbell, Ky.President Obama told them about meeting yesterday with

  • Aeromedical evacuation saves lives in Afghanistan

    An aeromedical evacuation capacity unrivaled anywhere in the world is saving the lives of wounded warriors in Afghanistan, said the officer here who oversees the effort at the combat theater's busiest aeromedical evacuation point.Equipment and procedures are being improved continually to move

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," Airmen pitch in to help fight wildfires raging across Texas. Plus, you'll see how Air Force leaders are helping lay the groundwork for a successful partnership in Africa. And you'll get an in-depth look at the large-scale contingency response exercise, Eagle

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Registry yields life-saving treatment lessons

    A registry established six years ago to track casualty information from Iraq and Afghanistan is providing valuable data that's saving wounded warriors' lives, the commander of the theater hospital here said.Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Guillermo Tellez, commander of the Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig Joint

  • Memorial honors fallen warriors

    Hundreds of military and civilian personnel packed a dimly-lit hangar April 30 to pay their final respects to eight Airmen and one retired Army civilian contractor killed April 27 when a gunman opened fire during a meeting with NATO trainers."We come together to mourn the loss of nine brave

  • Report outlines progress in Afghanistan

    READY FOR REVIEWLast year's surge of U.S. and coalition forces into Afghanistan, with the simultaneous growth of Afghan forces, is leading to tangible progress for peace and prosperity in Afghanistan, according to a biannual Defense Department report recently released.The final component of 30,000

  • Iraqi air force primed for power

    More than 30 Iraqi service members graduated from an introductory power production course taught by U.S. service members here May 2.Through the course, the instructors taught the basics of running generators, enabling the Iraqi military to safely generate their own power. The students, who come from

  • Air advisers' feedback to shape future deployment training

    Representatives from the air adviser course at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., were in Iraq recently to query course graduates on the effectiveness of the course. Their efforts are intended to help shape future education and training the Air Force provides to Airmen who will engage in

  • Airmen assists Kabul girls' school

    Returning from Afghanistan for mid-tour leave April 14, Col. Bob Wicks was excited to share his experiences as the only Air Force O-6 to command one of six Regional Support Commands under the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.Although the mission and the military accomplishments he's seen in the

  • Survivors call bin Laden's death 'Bittersweet'

    When Wendy Duffman first heard that Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida's leader and the mastermind behind 9/11, was dead, she said she felt a sense of elation, and then relief.Her brother, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott Eric Duffman, died four years ago in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. And as an American

  • Al-Qaida remains dangerous, Panetta says

    Osama bin Laden is dead, but al-Qaida still is dangerous, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said May 2 in a letter to the agency's employees."Today, we have rid the world of the most infamous terrorist of our time," Mr. Panetta wrote in a letter posted on the CIA's website.Mr. Panetta, who has been

  • Bin Laden buried at sea, official says

    Osama bin Laden received a Muslim ceremony as he was buried at sea, a senior defense official said here May 2.The religious rites were performed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian Sea, the official said, and occurred within 24 hours of the terrorist leader's

  • Pilot killed in Afghanistan

    An Airman assigned to the 12th Flying Training Wing here was killed April 27 in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a shooter opened fire at the Kabul International Airport, killing eight U.S. service members and one contractor.Maj. Jeff Ausborn, a 99th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, was deployed

  • Obama declares 'Justice has been done'

    "Justice has been done," said President Barack Obama in announcing the death of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. military operation in Pakistan.An American counterintelligence and counterterrorism team killed bin Laden yesterday during a firefight near Islamabad, the president said during a short statement

  • U.S. kills bin Laden in intelligence-driven operation

    An intelligence-driven U.S. operation in Pakistan killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden yesterday, President Barack Obama announced in a nationally televised address from the White House late last night."Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound

  • Logistics Airmen play crucial dual-role before Kirkuk transition

    As U.S. military forces pack up their things and transition out of Iraq, Airmen from the 321st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron have their hands full.With less than eight months remaining before the security agreement deadline, 321st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen are

  • Shura gives voice to women's role in Paktika

    An all-female delegation of women from Paktika province convened here April 25 for the first time since the Taliban's grip was lifted and the country was liberated. Female Afghan representatives, including the director of women's affairs for Paktika, were in attendance. Their presence symbolized a

  • Korean soldiers integrate into Bagram's base defense

    South Korean special forces soldiers will begin standing watch at various security towers around the airfield here starting May 1.The 30 South Korean soldiers are currently training with Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron in preparation for South Korean integration into the

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," you'll see how Airmen are strengthening bonds with the people of Japan as Operation Tomodachi continues. Plus, you'll get a look at how a group of female Airmen learned to defend themselves from an attacker.  And, you'll see how one Airman takes time to help a

  • MEDLITE 11 benefits from experiences of Air National Guard members

    Air National Guard officials are bringing a critical depth of experience and demonstrating its ability to be a seamless player as part of total force during the MEDLITE 11 exercise here, the director of operations for MEDLITE 11 said April 26."MEDLITE is showing that we can execute our mission,

  • Aerial porters unload cargo for all of Iraq

    When a runway closed in Turkey, officials scrambled to find another way to get supplies to U.S. forces in Iraq.The answer was quite simple; the Federal Aviation Administration-approved flightline at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, which is the only place in country where civilian U.S. flagged aircraft can

  • Air Force evacuation team carries wounded warriors home

    By many accounts, 20-year-old Army Spc. Dustin Morrison is a living miracle and a testament to the military medical system that's getting medical care to wounded warriors and moving them to progressively advanced levels of care faster than ever before.Specialist Morrison, an Iowa Army National

  • Theater security unit stands up at Manas

    Transit Center officials and the assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and Reserve affairs stood up the Theater Security Cooperation Division April 23 here as part of an ongoing effort to build and expand relationships with global partners.Daniel B. Ginsberg toured the transit center and

  • Army, Air Force maintainers keep helicopters flying

    Many people might not think of the Air Force if they look out onto the rows of helicopters that stretch across the ramps of Kandahar Airfield. Most of them belong to the U.S. Army.A handful, however, belong to the helicopter crew chiefs of the 451st Expeditionary Air Maintenance Squadron. Many of

  • Iraqi air force leaders thank U.S advisers, celebrate 80th anniversary

    U.S. Air Force and Iraqi officials opened a state-of-the-art air operations center here as the Iraqi air force celebrated its 80th anniversary April 21. The grand opening of a $9 million AOC at Hawk Base here kicked off a series of festivities celebrating the anniversary of the founding of Iraq's

  • Iraq withdrawal agreement still stands, Mullen says

    All American troops will be out of Iraq at the end of the year in accordance with the security agreement signed in 2008, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today."There are no plans, nor has there been any request from the Iraqi government, for any residual U.S. force presence here

  • Mullen: Meeting reaffirms U.S.-Pakistan ties

    Reaffirmation of the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistani militaries was the most important aspect of his meeting last night with his Pakistani counterpart, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today. The meeting at Army House in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad was the first

  • Yokota AB Airmen provide Afghan military with 'props'

    Airmen from here helped airmen in the Afghan National Army Air Corps get off the ground and take control of maintaining Afghan national security.The Yokota AB Airmen were tasked to package and ship 15 sets of propellers, three blades per set, to the ANAAC for their growing fleet of C-27A

  • Mullen cites Pakistani cooperation in Afghanistan

    Cooperation between U.S. and Pakistani service members on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is better than it has ever been, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here April 19. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters traveling with him to Afghanistan and Pakistan that the

  • Deployed Airmen replace money stolen from little girls in Georgia

    Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron here collected $160 April 14 to replace money stolen from three girls in Warner Robins, Ga. Capt. Charles Marquez, the 455th EAPS Air Terminal Operation Center officer in charge, read an article about how the girls setup a lemonade stand to

  • Total force 'calico' wing supports world-wide operations

    Airmen serving in the 313th Air Expeditionary Wing at an air base here are from myriad places, but they are "one team."Those Airmen, and the planes they use for air refueling and airlift during Operation Unified Protector, are not only active duty, but also Air National Guard and Air Force

  • Teamwork essential to safely recovering aircraft

    Their job is to get planes in the air as quickly as possible, but once a plane is gone, they wait for it to come back.The more than 130 Airmen who work on ground crews here ensure when an aircraft lands after completing a 10-hour mission over the area of responsibility, it receives the best care to

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Medical team saves life with 'cool' procedure

    Members of the Air Force Theater Hospital emergency staff here recently performed an unconventional medical procedure to help save a Soldier's life. The 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group staff used therapeutic hypothermia to ensure the patient, who had suffered cardiac arrest, would fully

  • Kandahar Air Wing achieves medical evacuation milestone

    A combined team of Afghan air force and coalition members conducted the first dedicated Mi-17 medical evacuation mission April 11 here. The team moved an Afghan National Army officer, who incurred a compound leg fracture, from Camp Bastion back to Kandahar.The planning for the inaugural mission

  • Security forces train Iraqi air force security forces

    Members of the 447th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron spent several weeks in March and April training 12 Iraqi security forces airmen from New Al Muthana Air Base on force protection techniques. Fourteen security forces members trained the Iraqis on procedures and techniques used every day by

  • AFCENT band entertains Kyrgyzstan youth

    The Air Forces Central band, Wild Blue Country, arrived here April 3, ready to take the sound of American country music to the people of Kyrgyzstan. "One of the most important missions of the AFCENT band is to bring joy and goodwill to international partnering communities," said Senior Master Sgt.

  • Stavridis: National Guard State Partnership Program resources well-spent

    The National Guard's State Partnership Program is a good return on investment, the commander of U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe said here last month.During testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on March 29 on the topic of the Fiscal Year 2012 European

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Iraqi, American firefighters team up for joint exercise

    A dozen Iraqi Air Force and U.S.-contracted firefighters conducted a joint coordination exercise for a simulated C-130 Hercules crash here April 3. The exercise, led by the U.S. Air Force's base transition team, marked the initial steps in preparing Iraqi partners for increasing responsibilities as

  • Airmen keep Yokota AB safe, healthy for relief efforts

    A group of Airmen here are working to keep the people at Yokota AB safe.Members of the 374th Aerospace Medicine Squadron ensure that Airmen around base are safe during operations by ensuring prudent safety precautions are implemented.To do this, technicians visit worksites where harmful elements are

  • Total-force Airmen simultaneously support worldwide operations

    Mobility Airmen are playing significant roles supporting the NATO no-fly zone over Libya, as well as humanitarian relief efforts in Japan, all while continuing to support U.S. operations around the world, including in Iraq and Afghanistan.Since the March 11 natural disasters in Japan, AMC-controlled

  • Fairchild AFB Airmen support Odyssey Dawn at different operating locations

    Airmen from the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings have recently stood alert for missions supporting Japan, sent KC-135s forward to support Operation Odyssey Dawn, and continue to be the lead wing supporting the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan."And we're doing this from three different

  • NATO troops deliver supplies to Afghan refugee camp

    Several troops from NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, in conjunction with members of Sozo International, a non-governmental organization, delivered supplies to a refugee camp here March 31 as part of a volunteer community relations program.The supplies included beans, rice, sugar, blankets, cooking

  • All-female team launches historic mission over Afghanistan

    A team of female Airmen made history here March 30 when the F-15E Strike Eagles of "Dudette 07" blazed down the runway to provide close air support for coalition and Afghan ground forces.The two-ship formation consisted of all females, two pilots and two weapons system officers, but more

  • U.S., Iraqi air force officials discuss T-6's future in Iraq

    Iraq air force officials took a step closer to self-sustainment after hosting their first T-6 Texan trainer aircraft program management review at New Al Muthana Air Base just days before a historic instructor pilot flight. The conference held March 17 brought together more than 30 representatives

  • Project Crossbow enhances capabilities

    A collaborative U.S. Air Force and United Kingdom Royal Air Force program is making it easier for the two services to share information collected via intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.The program, dubbed Project Crossbow and modeled on the U.S. Air Force's Distributed Common

  • Partners from Down Under

    Airmen station in Japan have received a rare opportunity recently to work hand-in-hand with the Royal Australian Air Force.Airmen from Yokota and Kadena air bases have been working together to perform sorties with the RAAF's 36th Squadron, in a unified attempt to aid the people of Japan after the

  • Maintainers build mount for Fukushima sensors

    Since March 11, Airmen all over Yokota Air Base have performed key tasks in support of Japanese relief efforts, but for two Airmen the work took a greater personal significance March 28. The two Airmen, aircraft structural maintainers with the 374th Maintenance Squadron, worked overtime building a

  • Commander discusses Yokota's role in Operation Tomodachi

    Yokota Air Base's role as the sole airlift hub of the western Pacific increased in significance following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.Col. Otto Feather, the 374th Air Wing commander here, discussed the importance of the wing's partnership with Japan to ongoing relief

  • Photo essay: Guardsmen deploy in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn

    Members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Air Refueling Wing here prepare a KC-135 Stratotanker for deployment March 25, in support Operation Odyssey Dawn. The KC-135s will provide air-refueling support to coalition aircraft enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya.View the slideshow.

  • AAF officials graduate first weapons safety NCO

    The Afghan air force recently saw an improvement in its safety program with the graduation of the first weapon safety airman in the entire force.AAF Sgt. Yosufzai Hamayattullah completed the two-month basic explosives hazards course on a AAF base here, establishing with him the foundation of a

  • Air National Guard supports coalition operations over Libya

    The Air National Guard is contributing to Operation Odyssey Dawn with Airmen from 11 air refueling wings supporting the international coalition enforcement of a United Nations authorized no-fly zone, National Guard officials said March 22 here.Aircraft and crews from Alaska, Arizona, Illinois, Iowa,

  • First Iraqi air force instructor pilot begins training students

    The first Iraqi air force instructor pilot to be certified since American forces ousted Saddam Hussein took a major step forward for the Iraqi air force March 19 here. Lt. Col. Hussein Hamid, Iraqi air force Squadron 203 commander, flew a training mission with an Iraqi student pilot in a T-6 Texan,

  • McConnell AFB Airmen take flight to support Libya operation

    Airmen packed and loaded pallets into deploying KC-135 Stratotankers March 19, 2011, here to support Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn members. The U.S. Africa Command task force was established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international

  • Coalition continues to defend Libyan civilians

    Coalition forces continue to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, striking air defense capabilities and regime forces that threaten Libyan civilians, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney said here March 24.The director of the Joint Staff said during a Pentagon news conference that the coalition

  • 766th AES deactivates, marks change for JET Airmen

    With the deactivation of the 766th Air Expeditionary Squadron here March 23, the administrative and operational control of joint expeditionary tasked and individual augmentee Airmen in Afghanistan will consolidate under the 966th Air Expeditionary Squadron. The 766th AES formerly based at Sharana

  • Officer discusses today's military at American Legion conference

    An Air Force officer shared her experiences in modern warfare with more than 700 veterans during the American Legion mid-winter conference here March 22.Maj. Allison Black, the first female AC-130H Spectre navigator to shoot in combat operations and the first female Air Force Combat Action Medal

  • F-15E incident in Libya; crew recovered

    Two crew members ejected from their U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction over northeast, Libya, March 21, at approximately 5:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Both crew members ejected and are safe. The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath,

  • AFGSC Airmen support Operation Odyssey Dawn

    Airmen piloting three B-2 Spirits returned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., after striking targets in Libya in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.The B-2s returned after a more than 25-hour mission in support of the international response to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.The B-2s employed 45

  • Mildenhall tankers refuel aircraft supporting Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn

    Maintainers with the 100th Air Refueling Wing at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, prepare a KC-135 Stratotanker for a refueling mission March 19, 2011, in support of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn. JTF Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and

  • B-2 enforces no-fly zone

    One of three B-2 Spirit bombers returns to Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., from a mission in support of enforcing Operation Odyssey Dawn no-fly zone over Libya March 20, 2011. The no-fly zone was imposed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 authorizing military action. (U.S. Air

  • Mullen says no-fly zone 'effectively in place'

    Initial operations in Libya have been very effective, with French, British and U.S. air strikes crippling Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's capabilities, the U.S. military's top-ranking officer said March 20.Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs

  • Coalition launches 'Operation Odyssey Dawn'

    Coalition forces launched "Operation Odyssey Dawn" March 19 to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 to protect the Libyan people from the country's ruler.The goal of the military coalition is to prevent further attacks by regime forces on Libyan citizens, officials said, adding that the

  • CMSAF Roy visits sunny Soto Cano Air Base

    It was 25 degrees at Joint Base Andrews, Md., when Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy boarded a plane and headed to Honduras where when he joined Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines at sunny Soto Cano Air Base Jan. 30 and 31.The visit was packed with tours and meet-and-greets, but the

  • DOD officials identify Air Force casualty

    Department of Defense officials announced March 17 the death of an Airman who was supporting Operation New Dawn. Senior Airmen Michael J. Hinkle II, 24, of Corona, Calif., died March 16 due to a non-combat related incident in Southwest Asia. He was assigned to the 28th Communications Squadron,

  • High-altitude chamber replaced by new mask for Iraqi air force

    A team of aerospace physiologists from several Air Force installations are here to help the Iraqi air force install and train with its newest piece of training equipment. The team held a demonstration March 14 to showcase how the device will assist in training, as well as save time and money in the

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," Airmen respond to the massive earthquake and tsunami that have left much of the east coast of Japan in ruins. Plus, a new Air Force satellite program designed to aid in missile warning and defense takes one step closer to completion. And, in honor of Women's

  • NTM-A troops participate in reading program in Kabul school

    Several NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan members visited a local school March 15 here to read to school children as part of an outreach program."This program is good for the children," said Army Capt. David Zielinski, NTM-A Afghan media outreach branch chief. "It gives them the opportunity to

  • Air advisory firefighters key to AAF future

    Afghan airmen are frequently seen piloting Afghan air force MI-17 helicopters throughout the Herat Province.However, at Shindand Air Base, they've discovered it takes more than pilots to keep their air force moving forward and are learning self-sustaining support skills.Deployed Airmen and their

  • First flight a success for future Afghan flying crew chiefs

    Four Afghan airmen attached to the Kandahar Air Wing recently flew their first flights as part of the inaugural flying crew chiefs course here.The month-long course pairs U.S. flying crew chiefs and Afghan crew chief trainees and focuses on the operational capability of the MI-17 transport

  • Department makes 'great strides' in brain-injury care

    The Defense Department is making great strides in the field of traumatic brain injury that will benefit not only the department, but also its global and civilian partners, a TBI expert said March 11."The department is committed to fast-tracking promising research and to improving the diagnosis and

  • Space team improves GPS capability for warfighters

    Joint force warfighters around the globe will soon be able to assess real-time and future GPS accuracy, both where they are and where they're going, with a new capability developed by the 2nd Space Operations Squadron's Global Positioning System User Operations team here.The new capability uses the

  • Air Force civil engineer visits Academy

    The Air Force civil engineer visited the U.S. Air Force Academy March 4 to speak to civil engineer officers and cadets about the state of civil engineer operations in Afghanistan and the effects of force management on the civil engineer officer corps.Maj. Gen. Timothy Byers and his staff looked at

  • AFRICOM personnel bid farewell to Ward, welcomes Ham

    Members of the Defense Department's newest combatant command bid farewell to their inaugural commander here March 9.Army Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward passed the reins of U.S. Africa Command to Army Gen. Carter F. Ham after nearly three years at the helm.Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates officiated at

  • Airmen transport refugees back to Egypt

    Two Air Force C-130s will transport Egyptian refugees from Tunisia to Cairo March 9, Defense Department officials said."The aircraft should be on the ground in Djerba now," said Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan, referring to the Tunisian island where crews are picking up the refugees. "The plan is for

  • Secretary Gates sees progress in Afghanistan

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said March 8 that he finds conditions here "very encouraging," as he ended his second full day of high-level meetings, troop visits and commander briefings in Afghanistan.Secretary Gates spoke to reporters at this outpost in the Arghandab district of southern

  • Airmen showcase mission in Australia

    Visitors got an up-close look at Air Force aircraft and Airmen during the Avalon 2011 Australian International Airshow here March 4 to 6.Several Airmen participated in the event, one of the largest airshows in the world."Engagement with our allies, especially one as close as Australia, is key to our

  • Airmen deliver weather gear to Iraqi air force

    Members of an Air Force weather team set up a new tactical weather radar and tactical meteorological observation system for the Iraqi air force at Qayyarah West Airfield, Iraq, March 2.The job, which took about four hours, is part of an ongoing process to set up a stable weather program for the

  • Airmen deliver aid to Libyan evacuees

    Airmen from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, delivered humanitarian aid March 4 to Libyan evacuees and foreign nationals, who have fled here due to recent political uprising in Libya.The Airmen, assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, piloted two C-130J Super Hercules and received 2,000 wool blankets, 40