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  • Airmen support counterdrug mission in Manta

    America has 1.4 billion reasons to have a base in this Andean country.That is the amount of drugs -- in dollars -- that did not find their way onto American streets, in part because of counterdrug operations from here.“The war against drugs is important for everyone, not just the United States of America,” said Col. Pat Richardson, the U.S.
  • U.S. security forces work alongside Ecuador airmen

    It is not Iraq or Afghanistan. That is just fine for Staff Sgt. Eric Adams, from Langley Air Force Base, Va., and the other security forces Airmen who rotate through here every six months during air and space expeditionary force deployments.Instead of facing mortar attacks in Afghanistan or bullets in Iraq, security forces Airmen here can shake
  • Airmen teach children English, show compassion

    Senior Airman Darious Harper peered out the window of a contracted government van as it squeezed its way through the narrow, congested streets of Manta.Here on a 120-day air and space expeditionary force deployment from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., the information manager was about to learn more about the people of Ecuador, and a few children
  • Ortho resident brings athlete's perspective to medicine

    With the grueling hours that most medical residents work, many are content to spend their precious “free” hours catching up on sleep.Capt. (Dr.) James Bales, an orthopedics resident with the 859th Surgical Operations Squadron here at Wilford Hall Medical Center, is no exception. But he is just as likely to spend his rare moments of free time
  • Ospreys, Eagles share airspace at Langley

    Tom Olexa does not wear “blues” or a battle dress uniform. But in his blue jeans and brown worker’s boots the wildlife biologist has a key job at this busy F-15 Eagle fighter base.His job is to protect and ensure the safety of everything that flies here – pilots, planes and Chesapeake Bay ospreys that claim the same airspace over Hampton Roads,
  • Air Force OSI: The truth is out there

    An Airman opens the door marked “OSI Waiting.” He goes in, picks up the phone receiver by a 2-inch-thick glass reception window and waits for someone to answer.“May I help you?” said a quiet voice.“Yes, I have an appointment with Special Agent Smith.”“OK, have a seat and I’ll let him know you’re here,” she replies. The line goes silent.The Airman
  • Training foreign forces in Air Force special ops

    The 6th Special Operations Squadron here is the only unit in the U.S. military with a wartime mission to assess, train, advise and assist foreign aviation forces. The squadron’s Airmen are constantly operating in the most dangerous corners of the world where terrorists, warlords and criminals thrive. In these environments, the air commandos in
  • With a will, there’s always a weigh

    With the prospect of being kicked out of the Air Force for failing to meet fitness standards, Senior Airman Brian Graack, of the 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here, was forced with a tough decision: shape up or ship out.With five failed fitness tests looming in his past and with scores averaging between 30 to 40 points -- a poor rating --
  • Airman returns from deployment, back to motherhood

    Many parents dread the thought of their children leaving the nest, and some are portrayed as a bit crazed about their children leaving for the first time.Now imagine if it was not the children leaving the nest, but the parent. In today’s diversified military of frequent deployments, more and more mothers and fathers are being called away from home
  • Vietnam vet shares photography skills with next generation

    It’s just one of the stops; after picking up groceries at the commissary he ducks into the visual information office here. He never stays for long because his food would spoil and he doesn’t want to interrupt their mission.For 31 years he has walked in, dropped off his photography magazines to share with others and left. But it wasn’t until the
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