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  • Air Guard's leaders discuss top concerns at Midwest summit

    Safety, culture and the Air National Guard's future were among topics adjutants general, wing commanders, command chief master sergeants and others from around the nation discussed at a recent conference in Wisconsin. More than 500 Air National Guard senior leaders and safety experts met at the Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center Aug. 11-15
  • Air Force chief of staff discusses leadership goals

    The Air Force chief of staff shared his vision concerning Air Force leadership and discussed his goals for the direction of the Air Force during the Air Force Sergeants Association's Professional Airmen's Conference Aug. 25 in San Antonio. Gen. Norton A. Schwartz began his speech discussing the importance of noncommissioned officer leadership to a
  • Arizona Air Guard demonstrates new night-vision initiative for tankers

    Members of the Air Mobility Battlelab (AMB) here have helped KC-135 Stratotanker aircrews to see in the dark through the KC-135 Exterior Night Vision Imaging System-compatible Lighting initiative. Teaming with the Air Force Research Laboratory's Night Vision Center of Excellence of Mesa, Ariz., a light-emitting diode, or LED-based system was
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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