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  • Rose Hill Cookie Lady sends more than 30,000 cookies overseas

    Three Airmen received some “sweet” support from the “Rose Hill Cookie Lady” while they were deployed.Since Feb. 5, Merry Debbrecht, nicknamed the Rose Hill Cookie Lady, has baked more than 30,000 cookies for deployed troops all over the world.Mrs. Debbrecht’s baking project began after her grandson, Army Private 1st Class Andrew Webb, deployed
  • A PJ’s night in New Orleans

    At the heart of the helicopter rescue portion of the Air Force Reserve Command’s contribution to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort are the crews flying 10 to 12 hour missions picking up as many as 184 survivors on a single mission.At the very center of that heart pararescuemen can be found who have risked life and limb so that others may
  • Air traffic controllers perform dual mission, put fighters on target

    Air traffic controllers here are breaking new ground –- or space, as one might say in the air traffic control world.Not only do controllers balance their normal workload of ensuring the safety of civilian airplane traffic in the area, but they also direct fighter aircraft to engage the enemy in the southern third of Iraq.It is a first for the
  • Lakenheath Airman weathers Hurricane Katrina

    The world watched helplessly as Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast and left many people homeless or dead. Many people have watched the television news and seen video footage and photographs of the damage to Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., but one Airman here knows what it actually felt like to ride out Hurricane Katrina.Staff Sgt.
  • Saving lives, losing lives through eyes of medics

    The faces of Air Force medics serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom are often the first, and sometimes the last, seen by those who are left hurt and bleeding by an enemy fighting against peace and freedom. It is these same medics who see the pain and suffering of the injured, and the skill, dedication and compassion of the doctors, nurses and other
  • Air refueling missions essential to ground troops

    Airman 1st Class Philip Inmon scoots forward and quickly turns his head back and forth. He is on his stomach, straining to scan left and right at 28,000 feet, looking for the incoming fighter. “I don’t see him,” he said into the headset to the pilot. Through the two panes of glass at the rear of the aircraft, all he can see is brown terrain over
  • Hurricane aftermath extends to Germany

    Nineteen years of growing up around the capricious hurricanes of Pascagoula, Miss., kept a staff sergeant here relatively calm upon hearing the news that a surge in the Gulf of Mexico was on the way. But the reality of Hurricane Katrina’s wrath soon set in. Following the devastation and displacement of thousands of hapless victims since the Aug.
  • Fresh eyes focused on deployment

    It has been said by old hats in the Air Force that the service is getting younger by the day. While this may not actually be the case, there is a group of Airmen who are new to both the Air Force and deployments. But they are ready to gain experience in their career fields and in the mission abroad aiding in the war on terrorism.For Senior Airman
  • Living legends celebrate Air Force heritage

    Wearing an Air Force uniform from the 1960s is a completely different experience from seeing a black and white picture of one in a text book.Living Legends will soon offer Airmen here the opportunity to experience what it was like to wear heavy cotton khaki uniforms instead of a camouflage battle dress uniform or a service cap instead of a flight
  • Airmen use emergency vehicles for rescue ops

    With 35-inch tires and an 8.5-inch rock crawling lift kit, he could easily run over a Honda Civic.But Staff Sgt. Jonathan Gengnagel’s vehicle is a means to save and protect, not destroy.Although Hurricane Katrina has incited many people to volunteer and donate their time to help those suffering in its wake, it was an earlier storm that first


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