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  • Air Force reservists reducing hurricane-born insects

    Hurricane Katrina did more than claim lives and destroy property. The deadliest storm in U.S. history flooded acres of land with standing water, prime breeding ground for mosquitoes and filth flies. To counter a mass increase in mosquitoes in the Gulf Coast region, Air Force reservists sprayed more than a million acres of New Orleans between Sept.
  • C-141 approaches historical conclusion as last flight nears

    Since its first flight Dec. 17, 1963, the C-141 Starlifter has had a prestigious history. The last chapter of that history begins in October when the Air Force’s last C-141 unit, the 445th Airlift Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, starts replacing its Starlifters with C-5 Galaxy planes. Over the years, C-141s have carried cargo, passengers and
  • Wright-Patt reservists evacuate patients from Rita’s path

    A C-141 aircraft from the 445th Airlift Wing here airlifted 59 patients to safety from Beaumont, Texas, Sept. 23 before Hurricane Rita slammed the Gulf Coast. The crew and plane returned to Wright-Patt late that night. “We were the last plane, period, out of Beaumont,” said Lt. Col. Steve Bastian, one of the three pilots from the wing’s 356th
  • Air Force reservists fly last C-141 mission to combat zone

    C-141 Starlifter aircraft began shuttling sick and wounded from combat zones more than 40 years. That ends Sept. 30 when the plane’s last war-time mission returns from Iraq. An aircrew from Air Force Reserve Command’s 445th Airlift Wing left here Sept. 25 to take cargo to Europe and bring military patients out of the Middle East. The flight will be
  • Units fly relief missions before Hurricane Rita hits

    Air Force Reserve Command airlift crews from at least three states flew to Beaumont, Texas, in preparation for Hurricane Rita before the storm made landfall. A C-17 crew from the 446th Airlift Wing, McChord AFB, Wash., took off Sept. 22 heading for Travis AFB, Calif., to pick up 400 patient litters and 800 cargo straps. The crew then flew to
  • Rebuilding of Hurricane Hunters’ home begins

    Reservists of the 403rd Wing at Keesler AFB, Miss., are flying their airlift and hurricane tracking missions despite conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Although many of their neighborhoods were wiped out by the Aug. 30 devastation, the Hurricane Hunters continued to track other storms Philippe, Ophelia and Rita. “It is amazing to see
  • Technology for war helps save lives in New Orleans

    Night-time flying through the darkened, flooded streets of New Orleans presented unique challenges to rescuers from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. The HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crews constantly had to look out for power lines, buildings and other rescue aircraft in the area. Air Force Reserve Command has some of the
  • Command seeks greater climate survey participation

    Air Force Reserve Command leaders want everyone in the command – military and civilian – to participate in the 2005 Air Force Climate Survey. The survey runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 23. “Last year was the first time AFRC participated in the survey, and the results were tremendous,” said Lt. Gen. John A. Bradley, AFRC commander. “The 33-percent
  • ELTP provides civilians opportunity to assist Katrina victims

    Air Force civilian employees who want to assist people who bore the wrath of Hurricane Katrina may do so through the emergency leave transfer program. ELTP permits U.S. government employees to donate unused annual leave for transfer to fellow employees adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina. Leave transfer recipients who need additional time off
  • Government civilians offered way to help Katrina survivors

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many Americans want to do whatever they can to help those directly affected, and now government civilians have another way to help in this effort. Government civilian employees may now volunteer to help the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hurricane Katrina efforts through the Federal Employee Volunteer
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