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Three student pilots from the United Arab Emirates practice emergency egress procedures as part of their F-16 flight training at the 162nd Fighter Wing in Tucson, Ariz. The Air Guard unit has trained foreign pilots since 1989. (Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Dave Neve) Building capable allies, strong bonds: Arizona Air Guard teaches U.S. allies to fly, fight and win
Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their landscapes, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are allies, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at an Air National Guard base in Arizona. With more
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Alaska National Guard Rescues Injured Climber
The Alaska Air National Guard rescued an injured climber off Root Glacier in the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park Wednesday. An Alaska Wilderness guide called the National Park Service from a satellite phone to request help after his client, a 57-year-old male, fell 50-feet off the Root Glacier and sustained multiple injuries. A National Park
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Study spurs reassessment of alcohol awareness programs
Defense Department officials are assessing ways to better prepare servicemembers, particularly members of the reserve and National Guard, for the stresses of combat so they're better able to avoid alcohol-related problems when they return home, defense officials said today. The goal, officials said, is to beef up existing strategies to address
0 8/14
2008
Default Air Force Logo Company focuses on families to support military employees
Kim Robinson knows that when military members deploy, they face a lot of stress overseas on top of worrying about their families at home. To help alleviate that stress, Robinson has committed to do what he can to ease the burden on the families of his employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Robinson's company, Robinson Transport, of
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Official travelers can claim reimbursement for excess baggage fees
Servicemembers traveling for official business, including deployments, will continue to receive full reimbursement for reasonable, authorized excess baggage fees, defense officials said. A recently updated fact sheet from the Department of Defense Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Committee explains department policy regarding excess baggage in
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Air and Army units provide bare base communications for Patriot 2008 exercise
Providing and maintaining communications during a major exercise was the challenge taken on recently by National Guard units participating in exercise Patriot 2008. Split between three locations - Camp Ripley, Minn., Fort McCoy, Wis., and Volk Airfield, Wis., - Patriot '08 was a 21-day, large-scale military exercise featuring more than 45 units
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2008
Three Tuskegee Airmen members wearing red jackets, sit among the audience during a ceremony, August 6, 2008 inside the Pentagon Auditorium, hosted by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, not shown, honoring the 60th Anniversary commemorating the signing of Executive Orders 9980 and 9981. The orders were signed in 1948 to desegregrate the armed forces and the federal civil service. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Molly A. Burgess National Guard's diversity found in states, territories, communities
Today's diversity in the Army and Air National Guard reflects the diversity of the communities its members serve and live in, the National Guard Bureau's equal opportunity and civil rights director said. Felton Page added that gone are the days when an all-white Guard unit would go into a prominently black neighborhood to maintain order like during
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2008
Default Air Force Logo America Supports You: Scholarship Keeps Military Families 'In the Fold'
A military child's education is one of many things a servicemember's injury or death in the line of duty could jeopardize. To make sure that never happens, retired Air National Guard F-16 pilot and Iraq War veteran Maj. Dan Rooney created Oklahoma-based "Folds of Honor." "Folds of Honor is dedicated to providing deserving families with tailored,
0 8/06
2008
Tech. Sgt. Michael Bendle (left) and Staff Sgt. Seth Zweben (right), pararescuemen from the 131st Rescue Squadron, prepare to transfer a firefighter off of the 129th Rescue Wing-based HH-60G Pave Hawk to an awaiting ambulance at the Chico Municiple Airport, Calif., Aug. 4. The firefighter was working in the Feather River Complex near French Bear, Calif., when he suffered a heat stroke. The 129th Rescue Wing aircrew and pararescuemen hovered over steep terrain and hoisted the firefighter up in to the Pave Hawk. The total number of people saved by the 129th RQW is 561. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brock Woodward) 129th helps another firefighter in need

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2008
Default Air Force Logo Air Guard clears airfield operations for a Total Force horizon
Air National Guard officials here recently said their knowledge and resources in airfield operations is "successfully" training the Air Force's next air base managers. The Air Guard's Airfield Operations Officer Training (AOOT) Program trains active-duty officers in airfield operations through its 10 air traffic control squadrons. Today, some of
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2008
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