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Lt. Col. (Dr.) Philip Bales gives 8-year-old Pedro Mayen an injection before extracting a tooth while Tech. Sgt. Rose Hartzell comforts the boy Aug. 18 in Santa Rosa Guatemala. Colonel Bales is assigned to the 173d Medical Group of the Oregon National Guard, and Sergeant Hartzell is a 163rd Medical Group dental technician from the California Air National Guard. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Al Bosco) 
Guard members bring medical relief to Guatemalan citizens
Thirty-one Airmen from the California Air National Guard's 163rd Medical Group traveled to Guatemala Aug. 18 for a two-week medical readiness training exercise in and around Santa Rosa. Hosted by Guatemala and with the cooperation of the Guatemalan military and public health department, the American medics, translators and assistants traveled to
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Default Air Force Logo Special developmental education opportunities available
Air Force officers interested in 2009 special developmental education programs must apply for the Olmsted Scholarship, White House Fellowship, Mansfield Fellowship or Information Assurance Scholarship programs by Sept. 15. A completed Air Force Form 3849 and senior rater nomination must be received by Air Force Personnel Center officials by that
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Default Air Force Logo Eielson rescue squadron celebrates 10,000 mishap-free-flying hours
Detachment 1, 210th Rescue Squadron reached 10,000 mishap-free-flying hours Aug. 6. A milestone their squadron's commander said is a direct result of the hardworking Airmen within the unit. "It's not just the aircrews that made this happen," said Maj. William Kupchin, 210th RQS commander. "It was everyone to include the maintainers and the
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USAF Photo of the 153rd Medical Group members along with local nationals of Jalapa Guatemala. The medical group deployed to Jalapa  providing humanitarion medical  services to local nationals at three sites in the district during there two week deployment. The 153rd Medical Group along with Guatemala Armys medic and security forces worked together to provide medical treatment to the expected 8000 Guatemalian nationals during their deployment. Wyoming Air Guard medical technicians provide care in Guatemala
More than 40 members of the 153rd Medical Group from the Wyoming Air National Guard recently returned from Guatemala, where they provided medical care for about 7,000 residents. Care was provided at three sites in the Jalapa District of Guatemala: Chaguite, San Manuel Chaparron and San Pedro Pinula. At all three sites, patients were seen for many
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An MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft prepares to taxi out of a hangar Aug. 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. A Reaper employed a 500-pound GBU-12 laser-guided bomb against anti-Iraqi forces Aug. 16, marking the Reaper's first weapons engagement since it began flying combat sorties over Iraq July 18. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson) 
Reaper drops bomb on anti-Iraqi forces
An MQ-9 Reaper dropped a 500-pound bomb against an anti-Iraqi target Aug. 16 in one of the first weapons engagements for the unmanned aerial system. The Reaper began flying combat sorties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom July 18 and joined the MQ-1 Predator as another UAS patrolling the sky to protect coalition forces. The successful
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An MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system taxies down a runway Aug. 13 at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. The Predator recently passed 400,000 flight hours during missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Larry E. Reid Jr.) 
Predator passes 400,000 flight hours
The MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system surpassed 400,000 flight hours during a mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Aug. 18. Members of the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron, part of the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., flew the milestone mission in support of continuing operations in Iraq and
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Default Air Force Logo TDY per-mile rate increases
In response to the mid-year rise in gasoline prices, General Service Administration officials raised the temporary-duty mileage rate from $0.505 per mile to $0.585. The increase applies to all uniformed personnel and civilian employees traveling on official business by privately owned automobile or motorcycle, effective Aug. 1. GSA officials
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2008
Default Air Force Logo Tricare beneficiaries can "stay alert" by e-mail
Officials with the Tricare Management Activity are now providing benefit news electronically. From the latest beneficiary newsletters and changes in coverage, to pharmacy updates and news releases, all 9.2 million Tricare beneficiaries now have an easy way to stay informed by e-mail. A new electronic delivery system is up and running and
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Default Air Force Logo Updating education just clicks away for civilians
Air Force civilian employees who wish to update education information in their civilian personnel records have a new, easier way to do so: through the "MyBiz" Web site. MyBiz is the self-service module in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System. Instead of faxing their transcripts and waiting for someone to update their record, employees can now
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California Air National Guard MQ-1 Predator pilots meet in their hanger at March Air Reserve Base in November 2006 following the activation ceremony for the 196th Reconnaissance Squadron. The Air Guard squadron operates three combat air patrols in Iraq from the squadron's base operations center. (Photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith, National Guard Bureau) Air Guard Predator pilots increase combat air patrols
Although they are some of the busiest pilots in the U.S. military, Air National Guard pilots who are now flying unmanned aircraft from the ground said they still climb into the cockpit and get some flight time whenever they can. Lt. Col. Rick Gibney, squadron commander and MQ-1 Predator pilot for the North Dakota Air Guard's 178th Reconnaissance
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