• Reserve, active duty pilots battle for air superiority

    In the animal world, a 500-pound gorilla would pose relatively no threat to a 1,200-pound Mako shark swimming at 65 mph. However, when these two creatures take on the form of fighter pilots and step into an F-15 Eagle or F-16 Fighting Falcon to face off in the sky, anything is possible. For two weeks, F-15 “Gorillas” from Eglin Air Force Base’s
  • Duke Field finds recipe for repeat food award

    It was not a food fight in the traditional sense, but the 919th Services Flight at Duke Field, Fla., reclaimed the title as best dining facility in Air Force Reserve Command.The scrap began last year when the 911th SVF’s Long Dining Facility staff at Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pa., won the command’s John L. Hennessy
  • Hurricane Hunters receive awards for tracking storms

    Air Force reservists in the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron here received two awards in March for their work during the 2004 hurricane season.The Hurricane Hunters logged more than 80 flights into tropical storms in August and September. At times they tracked two storms simultaneously.Maj. Gen. James Bankers, 22nd Air Force commander, and
  • Airlift squadron retires, may come back in Alaska

    The 730th Airlift Squadron retired from service March 19, 62 years after it first stood up as a bombardment unit during World War II.“It’s a bittersweet day,” said 452nd Operations Group Commander Col. Jeffery Robertson. “We get to renew some old friendships, but it’s also a rather sad occasion when we say goodbye to a gallant, proven warrior and
  • Reserve, Guard leaders testify on Capitol Hill

    The directors of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve testified April 20 on readiness and management support before the Senate Armed Services Committee subcommittee. Lt. Gen. Daniel James III, Air National Guard director, told senators he sees positive benefits to the community basing concept. "I look forward to a day when we will have
  • New health plan extends care for activated reservists

    Health care for reservists gets a booster shot April 25. That’s when a premium-based health care plan starts for those activated for a contingency anytime since 9/11.Department of Defense officials announced Tricare Reserve Select at a Pentagon news conference March 24.“We are committed to providing the proper combination of compensation and
  • Air Force Reserve announces senior officer moves

    Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command personnel officials here announced several senior officer actions in March.Brig. Gen. Jack C. Ihle, commander of the 917th Wing, Barksdale AFB, La., will retire April 3.Col. Robert O. Tarter, mobilization assistant to the deputy chief of Air Force Reserve, Pentagon, will replace General Ihle as the 917th Wing
  • 5 compete for DOD fire & emergency services awards

    Two reservists and three civilians are representing Air Force Reserve Command in the Department of Defense Fire and Emergency Services Award competition.Maj. Gen. David E. Tanzi, AFRC vice commander, announced the command nominees March 21.The nominees by category include:Civilian firefighter -- James Covell, 94th Mission Support Group, Dobbins Air
  • 4 vie for Air Force judge advocate general awards

    Four people are representing Air Force Reserve Command in the 2004 Air Force Judge Advocate General Award competition.Maj. Gen. David E. Tanzi, AFRC vice commander, announced the command winners March 21.The winners by category are:Reserve judge advocate (Reginald C. Harman Award) -- Lt. Col. Mary J. Burns, Headquarters 22nd Air Force, Dobbins Air
  • 17 compete for annual command honors

    Seventeen bluesuiters from a dozen locations are vying for one of four spots in the 2004 Air Force Reserve Command Outstanding Airman/First Sergeant of the Year competition.They will learn April 7 who will represent the command at the Air Force level. Command officials will announce the winners of the airman, NCO, senior NCO and first sergeant