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  • First Hispanic woman grad credits academy for her success

    Not only was Linda Garcia Cubero the first Hispanic woman to graduate the Air Force Academy, she was the only Hispanic woman to graduate from any of the nation's service academies in 1980, when the first classes with women graduated.President Gerald R. Ford signed legislation Oct. 7, 1975, allowing women to enter the nation's military academies.
  • AFRL tests new firefighting technology

    A new method of extinguishing fires is currently being tested and may revolutionize the way the Air Force and the nation fight fires.The Air Force Research Laboratory’s deployed base systems branch here has been developing new firefighting technology for nearly two years. Dubbed the ultra-high pressure system, the experiment combines high pressure
  • Partnership brings space to classroom

    More than 300 students and teachers boarded yellow buses for a field trip like no other. No, they did not visit the zoo or any of the local tourist attractions; they ventured all the way to space -- well, Air Force Space Command headquarters here.The students were invited as part of the “Space in the Classroom” program held by Space Foundation and
  • Airmen remain in control of their futures

    In spite of the Air Force’s force-shaping measures, Airmen are learning they remain in control of their futures, even in over-manned career fields.There are choices for those whose re-enlistments are coming up soon: retrain, join the Guard or Reserve, join the Army with “Operation Blue to Green” or separate, officials said.“Any Airman in an
  • Deployed contracting makes it happen

    It is hard to believe that a stroke of a pen can cost the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars; it is even harder to believe that it is a staff sergeant’s pen that does this nearly every day.Such is the job of 379th Expeditionary Contracting Squadron Airmen at a forward-deployed location. Since most of them arrived in early September, the 15
  • AF officials announce marathon results

    Helped by cool temperatures and a sunny sky, more than 3,800 runners from 48 states and 10 foreign countries ran in the eighth annual U.S. Air Force Marathon here Sept. 17, with about 2,000 spectators and more than 1,800 volunteers assisting.Wheelchair competitors began the 26.2-mile race at 7 a.m., pursued by individual runners at 7:05 a.m.; relay
  • AETC commander gives education update

    Right number, right skills, right training and right quality.That is the bottom line, said Gen. Donald G. Cook, commander of Air Education and Training Command, when he gave his stakeholders’ report at the Air Force Association’s 2004 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15.AETC’s three main missions are recruiting, training
  • Military astronaut trainees excited, ready

    When Maj. James Dutton Jr. returns from his first space mission, he hopes to bring back a U.S. flag -- but not just any U.S. flag.He is to focus on the one planted on the moon 35 years ago by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. At least, that is the request Major Dutton's oldest son, J.P., 7, made after learning his father was selected in
  • Leaders, compelling mission keep AF strength high

    Air Force leaders are struggling with a problem. The service has 20,000 more people than it is authorized. And as its leaders work to pare the numbers by 16,000 by the end of fiscal 2005, Airmen and would-be Airmen are standing in line to enlist or re-enlist."It's a fascinating problem for us," said Air Force Secretary Dr. James G. Roche. "Where
  • Latest AFIT graduates earn degrees

    More than 70 scientists and engineers are the recipients of graduate and doctoral degrees from the Air Force Institute of Technology.AFIT’s Graduate School of Engineering and Management held its graduation ceremony Sept. 14. The graduating class earned 67 master’s degrees and four doctorates.Air Force majors composed the majority of the Class of
  • AEF still an evolving concept

    While the air and space expeditionary force construct is not new, it is not finished growing yet either, according to the Air Force deputy chief of staff for air and space operations.“(It is likely) we’re not going to fight a war (in the United States),” said Lt. Gen. Ronald E. Keys on Sept. 14 at the Air Force Association’s 2004 Air and Space
  • Not-so-common POW: Grandmother tells of imprisonment

    The many stories about American prisoners of war usually detail the experiences of servicemembers captured during combat overseas.The little-known tale of a teenage girl, now a grandmother in San Antonio, is also among the accounts deserving acknowledgement.Liz Lautzenhiser Irvine has scrapbooks full of original documents and mementos of her three
  • POW/MIA day provides time to reflect, thank

    “However long it takes, wherever it takes us, whatever the cost.”Those words reflect the pledge of the more than 600 people who work every day to locate and identify 88,000 American servicemembers still missing from World War II through today.They are also apt words to describe the theme of the annual observance of the National Prisoner of
  • Command chiefs address Airmen’s concerns

    The chief master sergeant of the Air Force joined command chief master sergeants from Air Force major commands at a forum during the Air Force Association’s 2004 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition here Sept. 13.“As I travel around the Air Force, I (stress) that one of the most important parts of our jobs as senior enlisted leaders
  • General to head DOD sexual assault task force

    Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness David S.C. Chu announced the selection of Brig. Gen. K.C. McClain Sept. 9 as the commander of the Joint Task Force for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.The task force will support Dr. Chu in advising the secretary of defense on all policy and program development, budget and program
  • New training program for navigators, EWOs begins soon

    A new combat systems officer training program for Air Force navigators and electronic warfare officers begins here Sept. 30 with the 562nd and 563rd Flying Training Squadrons.The new program responds to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper’s request to redesign the current training to produce an aviator skilled in advanced navigation
  • Officials complete F-15 accident investigation

    Air Force officials completed their investigation of the F-15 Eagle crash that happened May 21 on the shoreline of St. George Island, Fla.The accident investigation board determined the accident was caused by a chain of events that led to the pilot’s unintentional ejection, which ultimately led to the crash.The pilot, Lt. Col. Patrick Marshall, was
  • Student pilots find new meaning to phrase 'taking the bus'

    What has a wing, four tires, steer horns, tan couch cushions and makes animal noises?The answer is a bus for students attending a specialized undergraduate pilot training class here.“(We) came up with the idea for the bus when we met the night before pilot training started,” said Capt. Andy Builta, the senior-ranking officer of the class. “We
  • Air Force ROTC detachment commanders' board meets Nov. 8

    The Air Force ROTC detachment commanders’ board, originally scheduled for Sept. 8, has been rescheduled to Nov. 8 at the Air Force Personnel Center here.The board will select Air Force ROTC detachment commanders for July 2005 reporting dates.Lieutenant colonels and colonels interested in applying must submit their nomination packages to Air
  • Airmen will receive AEF ID cards

    The Air Force chief of staff directed all major command officials to issue air and space expeditionary force identification cards before the beginning of Cycle 5 in September. Card usage ended during the height of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom because six to eight AEFs were deployed at the same time, said Col. Vincent Wisniewski,
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