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Initial cadre from the 317th Airlift Squadron at Charleston AFB gather on the flightline following the first C-17 all-reserve mission. As a team, the 315th and 437th Airlift Wings have more than 157 years of total time in Globemaster IIIs. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Master Sgt. Bill Murton) "Reliability, maintainability and availability:" a challenge fulfilled
A former squadron commander here made a list of characteristics, which included military commitment and availability, experience and rank with retainability. He also expected excitement from his Airmen for the new C-17. Summing it all up he said, "I need a squadron of locomotives." It is safe to report that 15 years later, having current Airmen
0 6/18
2008
Default Air Force Logo Deployed Pope C-130 crew saves severely burned Iraqi woman
What does the recipe for an extraordinary human feat call for? For those involved in the mission of a severely burned Iraqi woman it called for one pound of hard work, a dash of know-how and a pinch of never quit. In the early morning hours of April 30, the flight crew of the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, deployed from Pope, received word
0 5/27
2008
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Capt. Kerri Rochman, 375th Mission Support Squadron chief of career development, spends some quiet time on the porch with her 3 1/2 year old daughter Elise on May 19. Elise was diagnosed more than two years ago with Tays-Sachs disease, an inherited incurable disease of the central nervous system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Maurice Hessel) Preparing for the unthinkable
New parents often complain with love that their babies grow up too quickly. But at around seven months old, Elise Rochman's parents began to worry the opposite -- that she wasn't growing up quickly enough. Elise still wasn't sitting up on her own, a task normally mastered between four and seven months. Not wanting to be an overanxious mother, and
0 5/22
2008
Courtney Woods, granddaughter of former missing in action Airman Maj. Robert F. Woods, lays a flower on the casket of her grandfather during the funeral for Major Woods at Arlington National Cemetery April 9, 2008.  Major Woods, who was buried nearly 40 years after disappearing in Vietnam on June 26, 1968, was someone Ms. Woods never knew, but knows a lot about thanks to her grandmother, the major's wife, Mary Woods.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) Remembering Major Woods: How a granddaughter learns about a man through 'Nana'
Courtney Woods wasn't around when her grandfather, Maj. Robert F. Woods, disappeared in Vietnam on June 26, 1968. As a matter of fact, her father Chuck was only eight years old when the major disappeared. Now living in Rochester, Minn., after growing up in Albuquerque, N.M., the young adult and soon-to-be bride of Mr. Brian Liwski says she knows a
0 5/21
2008
Maj. Robert F. Woods sits in the pilot seat of an 02-A Skymaster in Vietnam in 1968.  On June 26, 1968, Major Woods disappeared in the Quang Binh Province in Vietnam after the 02-A Skymaster he was flying crashed in a remote mountainous region.  A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Major Woods was in the military for 20 years when he disappeared. His career began in June 1948 as an enlisted aircrew member on a C-74 Globemaster in the Berlin Airlift.  In 1951 he became an officer and a pilot flying KC-97 Stratotankers in the Korean Conflict.  In Vietnam, he served as a forward air controller in the Skymaster with the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron in DaNang Air Base, South Vietnam. He earned his first of eight Air Medals in Korea and also earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam.  On April 9, 2008, he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery nearly 40 years after he disappeared.  (Photo courtesy of the Woods family)  Remembering Major Woods: A daughter recalls memories of an Air Force hero
On June 26, 1968, Maj. Robert F. Woods disappeared in the Quang Binh Province in Vietnam after the O2-A Skymaster he was flying crashed in a remote mountainous region. On that same day, then 24-year-old Lana Taylor was living in Manassas, Va., with her husband Tom of a few years. Her mother Mary, sisters Rene and Charlene and brother Chuck were
0 5/21
2008
Maj. Phil Heseltine, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center executive officer to the commander, Fort Dix, N.J., shows the POW/MIA bracelet he wore for 18 years.  Major Heseltine presented the bracelet to the family of Maj. Robert F. Woods, whose name is on the bracelet, during the funeral for Major Woods at Arlington National Cemetery April 9, 2008.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) Remembering Major Woods: A bracelet finds a home after 18 years
For as long as he's been in the military, Maj. Phil Heseltine wore a very special bracelet. After 18 years though, the original patina of the aluminum bracelet began to wear off. Additionally, when he flew combat missions in the KC-135R Stratotanker for Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he
0 5/20
2008
Staff Sgt. Christopher Dion and his military working dog Dena, both from the 6th Security Forces Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., stop for a photo prior to leaving for a mission May 15, 2008, from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.  On his first deployment as an MWD handler, Sergeant Dion trained at home station and in the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's Phoenix Warrior Training Course to get ready for to deploy.  In his words, Sergeant Dion says he's "excited to finally do what I've desired and trained to do for so long -- be an MWD handler."  (U.S. Air Force Photo) Air Force Warriors: MWD team arrives in Afghanistan for special duty
Climbing down the stairs of the commercial DC-10 in near darkness on the tarmac was a stirring moment for Staff Sgt. Chris Dion. The early-May Afghanistan air at Bagram is dryer and cooler than many places in the world. This is mainly due to the majestic mountains rising up around this base blocking out warmer air. The first experience of it in the
0 5/19
2008
Airman 1st Class Brittany Goff, 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, kisses her husband Army Sergeant Jimmy Goff, upon arrival back to Pope after eight months away. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Mindy Bloem) Convoy work a different world for LRS Airmen
When Airman 1st Class Brittany Goff, 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, joined the Air Force as part of her desire to explore the world, she probably didn't foresee that desire coming true quite so quickly. For the past seven months, Airman Goff has spent her days moving supplies around to different bases in order to do her part for the war effort.
0 5/15
2008
Dorothy Lewis visits a C-9A Nightingale outside the Air Mobility Command Museum. The AMC Museum honored this 92-year-old heroine for donating her dress uniform and bronze star during a ceremony May 9. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik) WWII Army Nurse at Dover AFB, AMC Museum honors bronze star recipient
At the age of 25, Dorothy Richter joined to serve her country honorably during World War II. But today, near the age of 92, this combat nurse has retired an emblem of honor. More than 100 people came to recognize the military heroine in a ceremony May 7 at the Air Mobility Command Museum. Ms. Richter, now Mrs. Lewis after marrying Maurice Lewis in
0 5/15
2008
Blindfolded competitors navigate the minefield challenge using third-party vocal cues to stay on course. Senior Airman Eric Camacho, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, uses hand signals to guide his spotter teammates, who then give the verbal cues. (Photos by Abner Guzman.) Survival of the fittest: Inaugural Northwest Skunkworks event tests Airmen's wilderness survival, leadership skills
A day without the use of cell phones, text messaging and the Internet might qualify to some as day void of productivity and fruitful communication. But don't tell that to the group of 25 Airmen who participated in the inaugural Northwest Skunkworks 48-hour survival event April 30 to May 2 hosted by the 62nd Security Forces Squadron. The event
0 5/13
2008
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