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  • Unfathomable heroics of airman left behind by SEAL Team 6

    08/28/2016 6:08:17 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 33 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 28 August 2016 | By Ariel Zilber For
    The United States could be on the verge of posthumously awarding its highest military honor to a soldier who was killed in action in Afghanistan – and the news is stirring controversy. Sgt. John Chapman, an air force technician who was serving as a radioman for the elite SEAL Team 6 during mission in Afghanistan, died in fierce combat against Al Qaeda gunmen on an Afghan mountaintop on March 4, 2002. The Americans led a coalition of nations in the military effort to destroy Al Qaeda and the Taliban following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • New Report Details What 31 US Air Force Pilots Who Flew the F-35 Really Think

    08/06/2016 9:39:08 AM PDT · by Mariner · 58 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 6th, 2016 | John Venable
    Air Force Gen. Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, commander of Air Combat Command, this week declared the F-35A fighter jet ready for combat. While many pundits and politicians have questioned the worth of this jet, the only people who know the ground truth are the pilots themselves. A total of 174 U.S. pilots currently have been trained to fly Lockheed Martin’s F-35A Lightning II. The Heritage Foundation recently interviewed 31 of these former F-15C, F-15E, F-16C, and A-10 pilots. Each expressed a high degree of confidence in the F-35A, their new fifth-generation platform. Here are nine insights gleaned from those conversations: 1....
  • Is Incirlik Air Base being held hostage by Turkey? (Trunews - Rick Wiles)

    07/20/2016 6:23:16 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 48 replies
    TruNews ^ | 07/20/2016 | Edward Szall Is Incirlik Air Base being held hostage by Turkey? July 20, 2016 Is Incirlik Air Base being held hostage by Turkey? Vero Beach, FL - (TRUNEWS) For a fifth consecutive day, Turkey has intentionally withheld power and vital supplies from the U.S.-NATO joint installation Incirlik Air Base. According to our sources, verified by TRUNEWS as parents and spouses of U.S. airmen currently stationed at Incirlik Air Base, no supplies have been flown or driven into the installation since Saturday, food and water are being strictly rationed, and only one week of fuel reserves remain to power their electric generators....
  • Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik

    07/20/2016 12:12:11 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 33 replies
    debka ^ | 7/20 | debka
    Erdogan locks US airmen, nuclear arms in Incirlik DEBKAfile Special Report July 20, 2016, 11:29 AM (IDT) Tags: Erdogan, Barack Obama, Incirlik air base, Turkey, US Air Force, Turkish army, US, Some 1,500 US airmen and their families have been locked in the southern Turkish air base of Incirlik together with a stock if tactical nuclear bombs since President Reccep Erdogan crushed an attempted coup on Saturday, July 16. In the four days up until Wednesday, July 20, therefore, no air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq have been staged that Turkish base.
  • Dying... Spitfire engineer, 95, gets last wish granted to be reunited with iconic plane....

    07/14/2016 1:49:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 59 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15th July 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A terminally ill former World War Two Spitfire engineer's 'last wish' to be reunited with the iconic plane was granted after top brass saw him looking forlornly through a fence at one from his wheelchair. Ken Farlow, 95, was an electrical engineer during the war, carrying out vital work to keep Spitfires and Hurricanes in the air in Syria and Palestine. But after being diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, the father-of-three asked daughter Helen if he 'could see a Spitfire - one last time'. Helen, 52, took him to Gloucestershire Airport where the vintage planes were being maintained by the...
  • Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack

    03/31/2016 10:26:00 AM PDT · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Spero News ^ | MAR 31, 2016 | MARTIN BARILLAS
    Wife of Air Force officer among the dead in Brussels terror attack POLITICS | MAR 31, 2016 | BY MARTIN BARILLAS Identified among those killed by Muslim terrorists in Brussels was the wife of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kato Martinez. Defense Department officials identified Gail Minglana Martinez, 41, of Corpus Christi TX as among the four Americans murdered in a suicide bomb attack at the international airport outside the Belgian capital. Lt. Col. Martinez had been stationed in Brunssum in the Netherlands. The couple had been married 21 years. The Air Force officer, and the couple's four children, were...
  • Remains of Americans killed in Afghanistan attack returning to the US

    12/23/2015 11:55:40 AM PST · by NCDragon · 33 replies ^ | December 23rd, 2015 |
    The remains of the six Americans killed by a Taliban attacker in Afghanistan Monday were due to arrive back in the U.S. on Wednesday after an emotional ceremony at Bagram Air Field. Some U.S. servicemembers kneeled in front of the victims' photos, guns and helmets. Others saluted. Service members from several units at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, pay their respects during a fallen comrade ceremony held in honor of six Airmen Dec. 23, 2015. The six Airmen lost their lives in an improvised explosive attack near Bagram Dec. 21, 2015. (DVIDS) The six soldiers, one woman and five men, died...
  • Four men awarded the Legion d'Honneur by President Francois Hollande

    08/24/2015 11:58:49 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    UK Dail Mail ^ | 8/24/15 | By Simon Tomlinson
    Three Americans and a British grandfather who prevented 'carnage' by tackling the French train terrorist have been awarded France's highest honour for bravery. U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their friend Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman were presented with the Legion d'Honneur at the Elysee Palace in Paris. French President Francois Hollande, who pinned on their medals, praised the men for taking action in the face of terrorism. The ceremony was held as the first heroic passenger who wrestled a machine gun from the terrorist was today revealed to be an American professor.
  • Air Force pilot killed participating in Operation Inherent Resolve

    12/01/2014 6:10:13 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 47 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Dec 1, 2014 | Jon Harper
    A U.S. Air Force pilot taking part in Operation Inherent Resolve was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed due to maintenance problems, according to the Pentagon. The crash occurred late Sunday Washington time. The Defense Department is calling it a “noncombat-related incident”, but acknowledged the aircraft was on its way to Iraq or Syria to participate in ongoing operations against the Islamic State when things went wrong. “The aircraft was returning to its base in the Middle East” when the crash occurred, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said. “Apparently there were some maintenance problems on takeoff. It turned around...
  • JBLM airmen delivering supplies to Liberian Ebola mission

    10/09/2014 3:36:36 PM PDT · by Prospero · 14 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 10/9/2014 | Adam Ashton
    Airmen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., are among the U.S. service members joining efforts to stem the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Air Force said Wednesday. Aircrew and maintenance personnel from JBLM’s 62nd Airlift Wing have been involved with the humanitarian assistance mission, said a spokesman for the active-duty wing. They are not in direct contact with Ebola patients, but they have been delivering supplies and troops to support the humanitarian mission in Liberia and Senegal. At this stage, military personnel in Liberia are building 18 Ebola treatment facilities and preparing infrastructure for the arrival of American troops and...
  • Military told not to read Obama-scandal news

    06/09/2013 9:34:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 40 replies
    WND ^ | 6/9/2013 | Gina Loudon
    President Obama has said the outrage over the federal government’s decision to monitor citizens’ phone activity is all “hype.” He might want to share his opinion with the Air Force, which is ordering members of the service not to look at news stories about it. WND has received an unclassified NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) that warns airmen not to look at news stories related to the data-mining scandal. The notice applies to users of the Air Force NIPRNET (Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network), which is the only way that many troops stationed overseas and on bases in the U.S. are...
  • US troops take part in LGBT Pride Month reception at US Embassy in Tokyo

    06/06/2012 5:46:16 AM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 5, 2012 | Charlie Reed
    TOKYO — Master Sgt. Marc Maschhoff revels in the turns his life has taken in the last year. Last summer, Maschhoff had to keep his sexuality a secret or risk being kicked out of the Air Force. On Monday, he was happily introducing his boyfriend to diplomats and politicians from around the world as the U.S. ambassador to Japan held a reception in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month. . . Maschhoff traveled with his boyfriend — who is also an airman — from Misawa Air Base in northern Japan to Tokyo for the event. Maschhoff said...
  • Killer at 70,000 Feet

    04/05/2012 1:28:58 AM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Mark Betancourt
    U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Henry thought the tiny red dots on his skin were insect bites. But as he relaxed at a Florida beach house with a fellow pilot on a day off in 1990, he noticed he was the only one getting bitten. Henry wouldn’t learn until later that the dots were capillaries breaking under the strain of nitrogen bubbles that had formed during his latest flight in a Lockheed U-2 spyplane, 10 hours earlier. He would find out the hard way how much worse it could get. Henry had been flying the U-2 since 1987, and...
  • Red Tails: Film Review [Hollywood re-writes history again!]

    01/19/2012 6:23:52 AM PST · by Bender2 · 105 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 7:53 PM PST 1/18/2012 | Todd McCarthy
    Red Tails: Film Review 7:53 PM PST 1/18/2012 by Todd McCarthy The Bottom Line: Action-and-effects version of the Tuskegee airmen's story flies only when it's off the ground. The George Lucas-produced labor of love stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard as Tuskegee airmen in World War II. The experience of black American aviators in World War II gets a whitewash in Red Tails. The story of the 996 pilots (and some 15,000 ground personnel) who distinguished themselves in the air in the face of institutional racism is a great one and, at least, will come to the attention of...
  • George Lucas: Hollywood Wouldn't Back My Film About Tuskegee Airmen Due to All Black Cast

    01/11/2012 10:44:12 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 11, 2012 | Noel Sheppard
    Star Wars creator George Lucas said Monday that Hollywood studios refused to back his new film Red Tails - about World War II's Tuskegee Airmen - because the cast was all black. ... Hollywood balked given the message Lucas was trying to convey. “I wanted to make it inspirational for teenaged boys. I wanted to show that they have heroes, they’re real American heroes, they’re patriots that helped to make the country what it is today. And it’s not Glory where you have a lot of white officers running these guys into cannon fodder. It’s like a real, they were...
  • US crew rescued after Libya crash

    03/22/2011 9:54:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies
    bbc ^ | 22 March 2011
    Two US airmen have been rescued after ejecting from their F-15E Eagle warplane just before it crashed during allied operations in eastern Libya. The plane appeared to suffer mechanical failure near the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the US military said. It came down after a third night of US-led coalition attacks on Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces, aimed at enforcing a UN resolution to protect civilians. Debate is continuing in the coalition over who should take command.
  • Family mourns Anderson airman killed in Frankfurt shooting

    03/03/2011 9:13:49 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 13 replies ^ | 3 Mar 2011 | Kirk Brown
    Cathy Garner was worried that her son Nick Alden would be in danger in Afghanistan. Alden, a U.S. Air Force airman, didn’t make it to Afghanistan. He died Wednesday when a gunman whom authorities are describing as an Islamic extremist began shooting on a bus at an airport at Frankfurt, Germany. Alden was 24. Garner got the news in a telephone call from her ex-husband, who told her that their youngest son charged the gunman after seeing him fatally shoot the bus driver. At least 10 airmen dressed in civilian clothes were on the bus at the time of the...
  • Germany: Gunman Shouts 'Allahu Akbar,' Kills 2 US Airmen

    03/02/2011 8:22:24 PM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Israel nNtional News ^ | March 2, 2011 | Gil Ronen
    In an apparent Muslim terrorist attack, a gunman opened fire on a U.S. Air Force bus outside Frankfurt airport Wednesday, killing two airmen and wounding two others. A source told Fox News that the shooter yelled "Allahu Akbar" - the Muslim battle cry - as he began firing. Kosovo's interior minister told The Associated Press that German police have identified the suspect as Arif Uka, a citizen of Kosovo from the northern town of Mitrovica.
  • Two U.S. Airmen Killed in Shooting at Germany's Frankfurt Airport

    03/02/2011 12:01:15 PM PST · by Mozilla · 73 replies
    foxnews ^ | 3-2-11 | Associated Press
    The attack came as the bus sat outside Terminal 2 at the airport, according to Frankfurt police spokesman Manfred Fuellhardt. The bus driver and a passenger were killed, and one person suffered serious wounds and another light injuries, he said. A source tells Fox News that the shooter yelled "Allah Akbar" when opening fire on the U.S. military personnel. He then dropped his gun at the scene, ran into the terminal and was subdued. U.S. Air Force Europe spokeswoman Maj. Beverly Mock said all four victims were airmen. They were all based at the Lakenheath military base in Britain. A...
  • What The USAF Learned From Iraq

    11/17/2010 5:45:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/17/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Over a third of U.S. Air Force (active and reserve) have taken the new PT (Physical Training), and the results are better than expected. As of September, only 17.5 percent failed the test. It was only four months ago that the air force began enforcing new physical fitness standards. Initially, a little over 20 percent failed. The air force expected as many as 40 percent to flunk. Those who fail have 90 days to get ready for another try. An airman is subject to discharge if they fail two tests in a row, or four in 24 months. Each airman...
  • Please pray today for the unsung heroes

    09/11/2010 10:58:40 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 9 replies ^ | September 11, 2010 | Tom Hoefling
    The thousands of men and women who have died in their country's service since 9-11, and the hundreds of thousands who have served without having to pay the ultimate price for liberty, are, in my view, the unsung heroes of this day. I would ask everyone who reads this to stop for at least a moment and pray for all of those who have served or who are serving, and their loved ones. There are still many who are of their own free will going into harm's way. On a personal note, please pray for my eldest son, Matthew. His...
  • Mistakes Become Career Enders During Drawdown

    05/23/2010 9:06:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 40 replies · 1,297+ views
    Jacksonville Observer ^ | 5/23/2010 | Michelle Tan
    Nearly every airman has forgotten to salute, missed a meeting, showed up for work late or flubbed a test. By and large, those moments strike fear in airmen’s hearts — and for good reason. A little thing, or a seemingly little thing, can kill a career as much as a big thing. You don’t have to commit a crime to get kicked out of the service. You can be handed your walking papers for simply being in an overmanned career field or flunking the PT test. And in these times when the Air Force is looking to get rid of...
  • Raptors Coming Back to Guam, Okinawa

    05/21/2010 6:10:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 490+ views
    Pacific News Center ^ | 5/22/2010 | Pacific News Center
    The U.S. Air Force is scheduled to deploy F-22A Raptors to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, and Kadena Air Base, Japan, in late May for approximately four months. Twelve F-22As will deploy from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., to Andersen AFB and another 12 will deploy from Holloman AFB, N.M., to Kadena AB. Approximately 250 Airmen will accompany the Raptors to each location. The F-22A is a transformational combat aircraft that can avoid enemy detection, cruises at supersonic speeds, is highly maneuverable, and provides the joint forces an unprecedented level of integrated situational awareness. As part of continuing force posture adjustments...
  • Manas Airmen help support disabled children in Kyrgyzstan

    04/30/2010 5:08:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 208+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Carolyn Viss, USAF
    4/30/2010 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan (AFNS) -- Airmen from the Transit Center at Manas helped disabled children at a Kyrgyz children's center learn to sign, draw and study during a visit April 27. Some of the children have autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy; some are just physically handicapped, said Sam Duechenbi, a German translator for the Nadjeshda Children's Center, who met with Airmen during their visit. Some board at Nadjeshda; some go home to their parents at night. But they all benefit from the myriad therapy techniques provided by the children's center, he added. "Many Kyrgyz people...
  • The Last Member of the Forgotten 500 Halyard Mission Video

    04/01/2010 12:26:26 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 4 replies · 505+ views
    Vimeo ^ | March 31, 2010 | Interviewer: Vladimir Bibic
    Art Jibilian, the last US member of the WWII Halyard Mission passed away last week. But before he died, there was a video made of his testimony that was just posted to Vimeo today and it is well worth watching. Jibby tells the story of what happened not only in WWII, but of his struggles to get credit for those Serbs who saved him. The video is kind of wonky until the 27 second mark, so just advance to there to begin watching.
  • Predator passes 700,000 hours

    03/20/2010 8:35:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 413+ views
    Air Attack ^ | 3/19/2010 | Air Combat Command
    -- Airmen of the 432d Air Expeditionary Wing made history March 12 when they surpassed the 700,000 flight hour mark in the MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft. The last 200,000 Predator hours were flown in just over 12 months compared to 19 months to fly the previous 250,000 hours and 12.5 years for the first 250,000 hours. Remotely piloted aircraft are one of the highest demanded assets on today's battlefield, said Col. Peter Gersten, 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing commander. "Over the past year, our Predator fleet has averaged over 16,500 hours per month," Colonel Gersten said. "This...
  • Bagram Airmen respond to aircraft emergency

    03/08/2010 5:10:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 76+ views
    Air Force News | Staff Sgt. Richard Williams, USAF
    3/8/2010 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Group here were some of the first responders on the scene after an Airbus A300 crew performed an emergency landing March 1 here. The aircraft, contracted to DHL International, was carrying mail and cargo when an unsafe gear indicator alerted the crew to a problem. The crew touched down after a visual inspection by tower members to ensure the landing gear was extended. Upon landing, the main landing gear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a stop between the runway and a taxi area. "We were...
  • Dover Airmen fly first C-5M to Iraq

    02/03/2010 3:40:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 755+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Staff Sgt. Chad Padgett, USAF
    2/3/2010 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AFNS) -- A Dover Air Force Base C-5M Super Galaxy aircrew delivering over 85,000 pounds of equipment for troops supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and was the first C-5M to land in Iraq in late January. Dover AFB officials have three C-5M aircraft that have completed the operational testing phase and are about to enter the conversion phase. "It's satisfying to get the aircraft into the fight delivering much needed supplies to the troops in the field," said Lt. Col. Mike Semo, the 709th Airlift Squadron pilot and C-5M Program Office chief. The aircraft...
  • U.S. Air Force Having Serious Trouble Keeping F-22 Raptor Pilots

    02/01/2010 10:57:41 PM PST · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 1,323+ views
    Defense Review ^ | October 28, 2008 | David Crane
    According to a recent Air Force Times article, the F-22 Raptor has the lowest pilot-retention rate of any U.S. fighter or attack aircraft measured, at a rather abysmal 33%. Compare this to 81% for F-15E Strike Eagle pilots and 68% for F-15 Eagle pilots respectively, and, gentlemen, we’ve got a problem. Think about that for a second. If those numbers are correct (and we’re not sure about them, yet), the F-15E, a much older and less-technologically-advanced aircraft, enjoys almost 2.5 times the pilot retention rate of the vaunted F-22. The article didn’t give an explanation, just the brutal facts. However,...
  • Airmen in combat zone work with, rely on Soldiers

    01/26/2010 4:39:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 229+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Senior Airman Jarrod R. Chavana, USAF
    1/26/2010 - CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AFNS) -- A normal convoy run by the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Detachment 3 team would have been a routine 20-minute drive for Army Spc. Tommy Turner, a combat medic attached to the unit, if not for an improvised explosive device that detonated, ripping through a Humvee Sept. 15, 2009. As the convoy drove through an underpass, an improvised explosive device filled with ball-bearings and hidden within a concrete pillar, detonated, penetrating the back hatch of a Humvee. Shrapnel hit one Airman in the shin and embedded in the back, face and upper abdomen...
  • Women Airforce Service Pilots to get Congressional Gold Medals

    01/24/2010 2:31:31 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 442+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | January 24, 2010 | By Nancy Bartley,
    SEATTLE — They were mavericks of their day, taking to the skies when the nation was at war and most women were at home caring for families. At a ceremony this spring, 11 Washington state women will join the 200-some surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in receiving Congressional Gold Medals for service during World War II. Sixteen more medals will be given to local WASPs posthumously. Congressional Gold Medals have been awarded nearly 150 times since the nation was born in 1776. The women join polio-vaccine inventor Dr. Jonas Salk and poet Robert Frost, as well as two other...
  • Thunderbird returns to Nellis for final farewell

    01/15/2010 3:28:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 795+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Russ Martin, USAF
    1/15/2010 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- A Thunderbird pilot killed in Southeast Asia and listed as missing in action for more than 40 years returned to the location of his last Air Force assignment Jan. 14 for a celebration of his life among a sea of family and peers. "Today, we welcome Maj. Russell C. Goodman home," said Brig. Gen. Russell J. Handy, the 57th Wing commander during a funeral service with full military honors at the Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron hangar at Nellis Air Force Base. "We welcome him home to the United States, welcome...
  • Special Tactic Airmen provide humanitarian relief to Haiti

    01/14/2010 7:40:16 AM PST · by Terrence DoGood · 19 replies · 1,063+ views
    US Air Force Special Operations Command ^ | 13 January 2010 | by Senior Airman David Salanitri
    Capability One, Airfield "We are scheduled to be among the first people on the ground over there and we don't know the extent of damage done to the airfield," said Major Daniels. "Our goal is to have the airfield ready to take on full traffic by tonight. We bring our own lights and communication equipment so we are prepared." In addition to opening up the International Airport at Port-au-Prince, combat controllers are trained to survey other areas to look for potential airdrop and landing zones so other cargo and personnel can be accepted into the country if required. Capability Two,...
  • Airmen leave a footprint in Afghanistan

    01/08/2010 3:55:00 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 236+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Capt. Dustin Doyle, USAF
    1/8/2010 - JOINT BASE McGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AFNS) -- Twenty-one Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing here recently returned from a 60-day deployment to Afghanistan where they augmented port operations at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Daniel Krall, the commander of the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron, requested help from 621st CRW Airmen to deploy to the central hub for military operations within Afghanistan. 621st CRW Airmen answered the call. Bagram Airfield hosts one of Afghanistan's busiest aerial ports. On average, the 455th EAPS moves approximately 500 tons of cargo and 1,000 passengers per day. "I was honored to be...
  • York County airman's remains recovered from Vietnam four decades after his plane was downed

    12/31/2009 4:58:27 PM PST · by csvset · 15 replies · 717+ views
    Daily Press ^ | December 27, 2009 | Jon Cawley
    YORK It took 41 years, but a York County airman missing in action since the Vietnam War has finally been laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery after his remains were positively identified earlier this year. Melvin Douglas Rash, of Grafton, was buried with full military honors Dec. 7 at the revered Washington-area cemetery. He had been missing since 1968, when his Air Force C-130 airplane was presumably shot down over Vietnam. After years of dead ends, the plane's wreckage was finally positively identified in 2002 in a jungle area near the Laotian border. It took six years before military...
  • Air Force Medical Personnel Train Iraqi Counterparts

    12/31/2009 3:35:37 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 250+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Airman 1st Class Allison Boehm, USAF
    JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2009 – Members of the U.S. Air Force Theater Hospital here are training Iraqi defense ministry medical personnel as part of the new American-Iraqi Air Medical Evacuation and Medical Provider Training Course. The training enables Iraqis to study burn care as well as to observe and practice proper medical evacuation techniques. Classes are scheduled every two weeks. Topics vary to achieve the goal of helping the Iraqi Ministry of Defense strengthen its military medical program. “The ultimate goal of this military-military medical capacity-building program is to help establish an Iraqi military air medical evacuation...
  • 2,000 line up at Elmendorf for Palin's Alaska book signing

    12/14/2009 8:23:43 AM PST · by skeptoid · 11 replies · 1,191+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | December 14th, 2009 01:46 AM | KYLE HOPKINS
    Jeffrey Judge of Eagle River has a Sarah Palin superfan in the family: his father. "He took down the family pictures and put her on the wall," said Tammy, Judge's wife. "So now when you go over there, she's like, staring at you," his daughter added.
  • Thunderbirds announce their 2009 schedule

    12/08/2009 4:36:44 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 23 replies · 899+ views ^ | December 8, 2009 | (by Lieven Dewitte)
    The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, "Thunderbirds," has announced its 2010 air show schedule. The team's 57th show season is scheduled to take them to more than 65 shows in 27 states and Canada. The 2010 schedule is as follows: March 20-21: Davis Monthan AFB, AZ 27-28: Maxwell AFB, AL April 10-11: Eglin AFB, FL 17-18: Lakeland, FL 24-25: Barksdale AFB, LA May 1 Dyess AFB, TX 2 Altus AFB, OK 8-9 Shaw AFB, SC 15-16 Columbus AFB, MS 22 Grand Forks AFB, ND 26: USAFA, CO 29-30 Janesville, WI June 5-6 Ocean City, MD 12-13 Quebec City, Canada...
  • Air Force says goodbye to Camp Bucca

    12/07/2009 3:44:16 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Shaun Emery, USAF
    CAMP BUCCA — The 586th Air Expeditionary Group's 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron ended operations during a deactivation ceremony here, Dec. 3. The furling of the squadron’s colors marked the end of the its three-year partnership with the Army providing counterinsurgency, detainee operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. The 887th ESFS was activated in May 2007. Since that time, the squadron endured 40 improvised explosive device detonations, cleared another 16 IEDs, and withstood multiple small arms attacks. As a result of their accomplishments, they've been awarded more than 1,000 medals, including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Meritorious Service...
  • Airmen decrease base threats with random antiterrorism measures

    11/12/2009 5:07:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 404+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Senior Airman Andria J. Allmond, USAF
    11/12/2009 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- All Airmen are responsible for protecting against terrorism, but the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen here have it down to a science -- through random antiterrorism measures. The measures are designed to consistently change the look of an installation's force-protection plan, and is part of a Department of Defense-wide program to defeat surveillance attempts and make it difficult for terrorists to accurately predict the actions of their intended targets. "All servicemembers on base execute RAMs to a certain degree," said Tech. Sgt. Thomas Williamson, the 332nd ESFS NCO in charge of...
  • Aviano airman named top fighter aviator in USAFE

    08/17/2009 11:01:37 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies · 635+ views ^ | August 17, 2009 | SSgt. Lindsey Maurice
    One Aviano Airman received some exciting and surprising news recently when he was told of his selection as the 2008 U.S. Air Forces in Europe Fighter Aviator of the Year. Capt. Joshua Kubacz, 510th Fighter Squadron F-16 pilot and chief of weapons and tactics, was informed by 31st Fighter Wing leadership of his achievement on Aug. 12, with the actual award to come later. "Captain Kubacz stands out from a group of truly outstanding Airmen in the 510th Fighter Squadron," said Lt. Col. Gregory Sarakatsannis, 510th FS commander. "His unique mixture of technical competence, polished leadership skills and unbridled enthusiasm...
  • Airmen assist Iraqis with gunner training

    08/10/2009 4:40:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 221+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski, USAF
    8/10/2009 - CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AFNS) -- A trio of Airmen here are teaching Iraqi air force aerial gunners to defend their crew and cargo against threats. The three Airmen are part of the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron, whose mission is to "train, advise and assist" the Iraqis at the helicopter squadrons. The Iraqi gunners train using PKC machine guns mounted to makeshift metal platforms. "The Iraqi gunners are as integral a part of the crew for their helicopter, as we are for ours back home," said Tech. Sgt. Michael Burt, a flight engineer from Andrews Air Force Base,...
  • Air Force family's 'Extreme' home revealed

    08/10/2009 4:37:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 1,011+ views
    8/10/2009 - BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AFNS) -- Amid a hearty "welcome home" shout-out from Airmen and volunteers, an employee from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, fought back tears as he and his family saw their new, custom-built home for the first time Aug. 6 here. James Terpenning, a civilian computer specialist, received the house after being selected by producers of the popular ABC-TV series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which is an Emmy award winning reality television series that provides home renovations for deserving families. Mr. Terpenning, who is confined to a wheelchair, said the experience was a dream come true. "We...
  • Airmen aid coalition with multilanguage skills

    07/28/2009 4:56:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 483+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Olufemi Owolabi, USAF
    7/28/2009 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFNS) -- Thought not traditional Air Force linguists, two multilingual Airmen bring a unique skill to Manas Air Base. Capt. Jecek Dempnaik and Staff Sgt. Maria Hudgeons, who speak a combined seven languages, reduce communication barriers between Air Force members and coalition forces through written translations and verbal interpretations. They are the ears and eyes to the director of the Transit Center here. When acting in this capacity, they are referred to as the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing coalition coordinators and linguists. Shifting tongues between English, French and Spanish is as easy as breathing...
  • ‘Flying Tigers’ Take Mission to Afghanistan

    07/22/2009 10:38:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 734+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. John Jung, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, July 22, 2009 – American volunteers flying shark-faced P-40 Tomahawks protected China during World War II, and their legacy has become a fixture in the war in Afghanistan. Air Staff Sgt. James Irvin performs an air-cycle machine inspection on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to ensure the A-10 Thunderbolt functions properly, July 20, 2009. Irvin is deployed from the 23rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Felicia Juenke  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. In homage to the storied airmen of the past, the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, deployed from...
  • Wounded Warrior Diaries: Airman, Wife Hope to Help Others

    07/22/2009 10:25:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 470+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 22, 2009 – A wounded airman and his wife plan to use the lessons they’ve learned about marriage and friendship through military service and adversity to help servicemembers who might be struggling after deployment or injury. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon – an explosive ordinance disposal technician who was severely wounded in Iraq – and his wife, Annette, hope to use their experience to help servicemembers and their families cope with deployment and injuries. U.S. Air Force photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon was wounded Oct. 24, 2007, while inspecting...
  • More Surgery For Texas Airman After Medical Mishap (Colton Read)

    07/22/2009 11:49:56 PM PDT · by iowamark · 24 replies · 3,013+ views
    CBS11 TV ^ | 07/22/2009 | Jay Gormley
    GRAND PRAIRIE TX - It's another day and another surgery for Airman Colton Read of North Texas. Wednesday the 20-year-old had more dead tissue removed from one of two amputated legs. Read lost his legs after a routine procedure took a turn for the worst at an Air Force hospital in Sacramento. Now the airman is fighting for his life and much of that fighting spirit can be traced back to Texas. "He was mature enough not to get into any trouble," said Read's grandfather, Sam DeBrow. "He was older than his years when he looked at things," DeBrow said...
  • U.S. F-15 fighter crashes in Afghanistan (Two Crew Killed)

    07/17/2009 10:57:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 32 replies · 2,481+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2009 | N/A
    A U.S. F-15 fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the military said in a statement. The condition of the two crew was not known, the statement said, adding the crash was not due to hostile action.
  • Airmen keep communication flowing

    06/29/2009 5:08:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 240+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Dilia Ayala, USAF
    6/29/2009 - CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AFNS) -- It is often said communication consists of three parts: the sender, the message, and the receiver of the particular message. It is also said that if there is a glitch with any of the three parts, the communication cycle is broken. A team of joint expeditionary tasking Airmen here work to make sure the vital cycle is not broken, thus contributing to overall mission accomplishment. Overall, 1,500 JET Airmen with the 732nd Air Expeditionary Group serve at the more than 60 locations throughout Iraq. "Our job as computer-system administrators is to issue, maintain...
  • Face of Defense: Airman Defuses Commercial Airline Incident

    06/29/2009 4:49:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 1,213+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace, USAF
    DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del., June 29, 2009 – It was enough to make even the calmest airline passengers nervous: an irate man pacing the aisles of a commercial flight shouting, “I want to slit the captain’s throat!” Col. Thomas Kauth, Logistics Assessment Branch chief, presents Senior Airman Nicholas Barker, 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, a certificate of appreciation for his excellence during Dover Air Force Base’s Logistics Standardization and Evaluation Program inspection. Two months later, Barker showed his excellence again by subduing an irate man on an international commercial flight. U.S. Air Force photo by Tom Randle  (Click photo...