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Congressional staff members embark on a 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron C-130 Hercules on the Joint Base Andrews, Md., flight line June 29, 2016. In honor of the 100th anniversary of U.S. air reserve power, congressional staff members were invited to an event showcasing special missions conducted by C-130s in the Air Force Reserve Command, to include weather surveillance, firefighting and aerial spraying. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kat Justen) AFRC celebrates 100 years of Reserve Air Power with C-130 special mission demo
Congressional staff members embark on a 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron C-130 Hercules on the Joint Base Andrews, Md., flight line June 29, 2016. In honor of the 100th anniversary of U.S. air reserve power, congressional staff members were invited to an event showcasing special missions conducted by C-130s in the Air Force Reserve Command, to
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Chief Master Sgt. Josephine Keller, 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron chief enlisted manager with the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, treated wounded members during the terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, June 25, 1996. Then a senior airmen, she worked 30 hours non-stop to care for injured Airmen. She received a Purple Heart for the injuries she sustained. In this photo, she poses with other vetarans who received Purple Heart from other conflicts and operations. (Courtesy photo) Chief recalls Khobar Towers bombing 20 years later
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, which occurred June 25, 1996. For one 403rd Wing member, that day proved to be a vivid and marked experience.Chief Master Sgt. Josephine Keller, 403rd Aeromedical Staging Squadron chief enlisted manager, was a senior airman at the time who had been
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A U.S. Air Force Reserve 815th Airlift Squadron C-130J aircrew completes fly-overs of historical sites in France for the D-Day commemoration, June 3, 2016.  More than 380 service members from Europe and affiliated D-Day historical units are participating in the 72nd anniversary as a part of Joint Task Force D-Day 72.  The Task Force,  based in Sainte-Mère-Église, France, is supporting local events across Normandy, from May 30 - 6 June, 2016 to commemorate the selfless actions by all of the allies on D-Day that continue to resonate 72 years later.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jessica L. Kendziorek) Flying Jennies take part in D-Day 72nd anniversary events
C-130's were seen flying over many towns, villages, and historical sites near here Friday in honor of the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day today.The U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 815th Airlift Squadron, along with 400 U.S. troops, participated in several ceremonial events Wednesday through Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the largest multi-national
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The U.S. Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron will participate in NOAA's Gulf Coast Awareness Tour May 16-20, touring five U.S. coastal cities to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for the upcoming huricane season. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech.Sgt. Ryan Labadens) Hurricane Hunters fly Bonnie, prepare to investigate storm in Caribbean Sea
Hurricane season started early for the U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters who began flying storm missions May 27, five days before the official start of the season June 1.   The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, assigned to the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, flew five missions into Bonnie, which started out as Invest 91L
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Maj. Shane Devlin, 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron pilot, briefs employers from across the nation about the Hurricane Hunter mission and WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft used to collect weather data sent to the National Hurricane Center in Miami for use in their forecasts.The 403rd Wing hosted 15 employers of Air Force reservists from across the nation as part of the Air Force Reserve Command Employer Appreciation Day May 20, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Marie Floyd) Employers tour 403rd Wing, Keesler
The 403rd Wing hosted 15 employers of Air Force reservists from across the nation as part of the Air Force Reserve Command Employer Appreciation Day May 20. Citizen Airmen nominated their employers for the event, which gave the employers the opportunity to learn about the missions of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Air Force Reserve
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The Air Force Reserve's 403rd Maintenance Squadron Isochronal Inspection Dock at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, received new maintenance platforms, commonly referred to as “stands,” April 14, 2016.The previous stands became outdated, not meeting fall protection limits, and they were not configured all the way around the aircraft. The new stands are placed completely around the aircraft to include the nose and tail sections, provide more working area and access to power and lighting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) New maintenance stands cut C-130J inspection times
Maintaining the C-130J Super Hercules fleet here became a more efficient process for the 403rd Maintenance Squadron Isochronal Inspection Dock.The ISO Dock received new maintenance stands April 14.The first aircraft to undergo an inspection using the new stands is enabling maintainers to test out their new equipment, said Master Sgt. Steven Dahl,
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Jon Bryant “JB” Orso poses for a photo while touring the Keesler Fire Department during the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day event April 26, 2016, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Orso, who served as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant, is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pilot for a Day is a community outreach program for children with a chronic or life-threatening disease or illness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue) 403rd Wing hosts first Pilot for a Day
Jon Bryant “JB” Orso poses for a photo while touring the Keesler Fire Department during the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day event April 26, 2016, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Orso, who served as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant, is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pilot for a Day is a
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Jon Bryant “JB” Orso of the Mobile, Alabama, area became the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 26, 2016. The purpose of the Pilot for a Day program is to reach out to the community by providing activities to children who live with a chronic or life-threatening disease or illness. Orso is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Boy becomes first 403rd Wing Pilot for a Day
Nine-year-old Jon Bryant “JB” Orso of the Mobile, Alabama, area became the 403rd Wing’s first Pilot for a Day today. Orso, who was sworn in as an honorary Air Force Reserve second lieutenant this morning, is in remission after receiving treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the U.S.A. Children's and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. The
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Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Italian Folgore Brigade and U.K.’s 16th Air Assault Brigade conduct airborne operations on the Maneuver Rights Area near Hohenfels, Germany during exercise Saber Junction 16, April 12, 2016.The Air Force Reserve's 815th Airlift Squadron, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, participated in the exercise, which assessed the readiness of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade to conduct land operations in a joint, combined environment and to promote interoperability with participating Allied and partner nations. Countries participating in the exercise include Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. (U.S. Army photo/Gertrud Zach) Flying Jennies participate in U.S. Army exercise Saber Junction 16
The Air Force Reserve’s 815th Airlift Squadron returned April 20 from Aviano Air Base, Italy, after participating in the U.S. Army Europe’s Saber Junction 16 exercise since April 5.Saber Junction is the Army’s annual combat training center certification exercise to evaluate the readiness of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.The exercise, which included
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The Air Force Reserve's 815th Airlift Squadron, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, teamed up with the U.S. Navy "Leap Frog" Parachute Team April 8-18, 2016. The squadron airdropped the team as part of several high-profile events, to include the Philadelphia Philles home opening game April 11, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo) Flying Jennies haul Leap Frogs to Phillies home opener
An 815th Airlift Squadron C-130J Super Hercules aircrew spent April 8-18 assisting the U.S. Navy Parachute Team with some high-profile events to include airdropping the team over Citizens Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies home opener April 11.While it was a 4-3 Phillies loss to San Diego, it was a win for the 815th AS aircrew who honed their
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