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  • 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
  • Pope medevac C-130 crew overcomes double engine failure in AOR

    A C-130 pilot could fly more than 5,000 hours in their career and more than 4,800 in the Hercules, yet still go an entire career without ever having to fly with something as catastrophic as double engine failure. Prior to March 19, that was the case for Lt. Col. Brian Jurkovac, 43rd Operations Group. Colonel Jurkovac is currently serving in support
  • Not so silent: McConnell exhibits speak of child abuse prevention

    People may notice crowds of "abuse victims" stand quiet and motionless at various locations though the base in April in honor of Child Abuse prevention month. While these victims may not talk, they will share personal stories of abuse with McConnell members in hopes of preventing others from suffering their fate. Several McConnell volunteers
  • Aerial porters keep convoys off the road

    Although most people credit medical professionals with saving lives, another group of people here are helping to reduce patient numbers: the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Aerial Port Flight. "Although we are mainly in charge of unloading, loading and tracking everything coming in and out of Iraq, I believe our most important
  • Fairchild Airman chosen for recruiting magazine

    At 16 years old, Darron Kain knew he was destined to join the Air Force. He wanted to do something important with his life, support his country and make his parents proud. One month out of high school, at 17 years old, he raised his right hand to recite the oath of enlistment. Almost four years later, the Stockton, Calif., native is a senior airman
  • Air Force warriors: MWD team trains for Afghanistan deployment

    (Editor's note: This is the first in a series of three stories highlighting a military working dog team training in the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's Phoenix Warrior Training Course then following the team through its deployment.) He's thinks to himself, "We don't have weather like this in Florida." However, even though it's hovering around
  • Contingency skills training instructor returns from year-long deployment training Afghan army

    For Tech. Sgt. Samuel Schmitz, going to Kabul, Afghanistan, for a year was by far one of the longest deployments he's ever been on in his 12-year Air Force career. However, he said it was well worth the effort. In January 2007, Sergeant Schmitz, a contingency skills training instructor with the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's 421st Combat
  • Marine trains at Dover, guns for '09 Senior Olympics

    What do the Marine Corps, senior citizens and the Olympics have in common with Dover Air Force Base? The answer is Bill Dawkins, a 79-year-old former Marine Corps private first class. The Marine, who served in World War II, practices and sharpens his racquetball skills at the Dover Air Force Base Fitness Center to prepare for the National Senior
  • Scott ASF returns injured servicemembers home

    As one of three aeromedical evacuation distribution hubs in the nation, servicemembers from Scott Air Force Base's Aeromedical Staging Facility play a vital role in the Air Force's AE mission, which moves more than 12,000 patients yearly. "Our mission is two-fold," said Lt. Col. Terry Prizer, 375th ASF flight commander. "We transfer patients from
  • By air, sea or land - TQ warriors fight as one

    The only sound resonating in the silent, desert air was that of Old Glory, blowing in the wind with the 'eagle, globe and anchor,' gently rustling below and the clanking of the flag's cleat against the flagpole. Suddenly, the silence was broken with the commanding voice of a barrel-chested man, who shouted, "Sound retreat!" A company of Marines
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