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The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve performs in Ogden, Utah, May 23, 2009. The 43-member concert band played several shows across the Wasatch Front over the Memorial Day weekend as a prelude to Air Force Week in Salt Lake City. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier) Setting the tone
The Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve performs in Ogden, Utah, May 23, 2009. The 43-member concert band played several shows across the Wasatch Front over the Memorial Day weekend as a prelude to Air Force Week in Salt Lake City. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier)
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2009
Brayden Flink hugs his father, Staff Sgt. Jacob Flink, a 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, upon his return to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 28, 2009. Sergeant Flink was among nearly 300 Airmen from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings who returned after a four-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kyle Brasier) Daddy's home
Brayden Flink hugs his father, Staff Sgt. Jacob Flink, a 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, upon his return to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, May 28, 2009. Sergeant Flink was among nearly 300 Airmen from the 419th and 388th Fighter Wings who returned after a four-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Air Force
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Policy helps reservists keep per diem, avoid paperwork
About 3,000 Air Force reservists will not have to submit a waiver this summer to keep getting per diem.The Air Force has authorized reservists on active-duty orders for more than 180 days at one location supporting Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom to continue to get per diem until Sept. 30, 2009, without submitting a
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2009
Lt. Col. Joe Alcorn, an HH-60G Pave Hawk pilot, speaks to his son's 2nd grade class at Gemini Elementary in Melbourne Beach, Fla. Colonel Alcorn and other reservists from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., spent four months in Afghanistan supporting joint operations. Colonel Alcorn showed the class images of an Afghan school he visited. The Afghani children received school supplies donated by the 2nd graders. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Rob Grande) Lessons about Afghan culture

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2009
Space Shuttle Atlantis made a pit-stop, to a parking area near the 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland AFB, Texas, today (June 2, 2009). The shuttle is on its way home to Kennedy Space Center, Fla., from the landing site at Edwards AFB, Calif. According to Ms. Candrea Thomas, public affairs officer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Atlantis was returning from "STS Mission 125" where the crew serviced and upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope on the International Space Station. Weather caused a delay and relocation of the landing site. After landing at Edwards AFB, Atlantis was "piggybacked" onto a modified Boeing 747 called a shuttle carrier. The 747 then flew from Edwards to El Paso, Texas and spent the night waiting for severe thunder storms to pass. Next stop was the Lackland AFB flight line. The shuttle carrier took on fuel while parked near the Alamo Wing"s C-5 Galaxy parking ramp. From here, the shuttle plans a stop in Columbus, Ohio and is expected back in Florida early in the evening.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Collen McGee) Pit stop for Shuttle Atlantis

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2009
Tech. Sgt. Ted Fussell, 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron structural craftsman, gets doused with flour and water during a surprise promotion ceremony for him at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq, May 21, 2009. Sergeant Fussell is a firefighter with the Anchorage, Alaska, Fire Department, and recently promoted to senior captain. The act of dousing a firefighter with flour and water is a long-standing tradition within the fire department. Sergeant Fussell is a reservist with Air Force Reserve Command's 477th Fighter Group, an F-22 classic associate unit, at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. (Courtesy photo) 'Cake' ceremony for firefighter

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KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq -- Tech. Sgt. Mark Gilding, 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron heavy equipment NCOIC, installs new speed bumps here May 22.  The speed bumps are meant to not only control speed mitigation, but increase the safety of the security forces Airmen manning the gates and protect more than 6,000 servicemembers deployed here. Sergeant Gilding, a Colorado Springs, Colo., native, is deployed here from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Eunique Stevens) Speed bumps help make base safer
Up, over and down. Drivers here may find speed bumps annoying but they are helping to thwart terrorists at security checkpoint gates. After Airmen in the 506th Air Expeditionary Group's antiterrorism force protection section identified a vulnerability in base security, the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron tackled the problem by
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2009
Default Air Force Logo Budget request calls for more people, money
President Barack Obama recommended more people and more funding for Air Force Reserve Command in his fiscal 2010 defense budget request. Under the proposal released May 7, the command's military personnel account would increase by 7.4 percent. The account represents about a third of the command's overall budget. If approved, the Air Force's
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2009
Look for these stories and more in the June issue of Citizen Airman Magazine: Shark Attack -- A new Reserve associate unit is teaming up with the world-famous Flying Tigers and their shark teeth-sporting A-10s at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.  Failure is Not an Option: Explosive ordnance disposal specialists destroy captured ordnance to prevent it from being used against coalition troops. Down and Dirty -- Airmen and Sailors team up for helicopter training near Maxwell AFB, Ala. June issue of Citizen Airman now available

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Maj. Gen. Mike Scaparrotti, 82nd Airborne Division commanding general, pins an 82nd Airborne Division Parachute Badge on Col. Merle Hart, 440th Airlift Wing commander, as the division's Command Sgt. Maj. Tom Capel looks on. Colonel Hart was named an honorary member of the division on April 24, 2009. (U.S. Army photo) Fort Bragg honors Air Force Reserve neighbor
Attending Army functions is part of the job for Col. Merle D. "Maddog" Hart, 440th Airlift Wing commander. The Air Force reservist from here internalizes strategic partnerships with the Army. "It is kind of like visiting with your neighbors," said Colonel Hart, who frequently visits the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C. At a recent 82nd Airborne
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