• A PJ’s night in New Orleans

    At the heart of the helicopter rescue portion of the Air Force Reserve Command’s contribution to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort are the crews that have been flying 10 to 12 hour missions picking up as many as 184 survivors on a single mission. At the very center of that heart can be found the pararescuemen who have risked life and limb so that
  • Local support for reservists goes international

    When Air Force reservist Staff Sgt. Tony Pieske deployed with his unit to Jackson International Airport, here to help with search and rescue efforts of Hurricane Katrina victims, little did he know his deployment would spark a local and international outpouring of generosity from thousands. Sergeant Pieske is an aerial gunner with the 920th Rescue
  • Maintenance team keeps rescue helicopters flying

    As Air Force rescue helicopter aircrews plucked survivors from flooded New Orleans and other Gulf Coast areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, they drew upon adrenaline to keep going during the 10- to 12-hour missions. However, to keep their HH-60 Pave Hawk aircraft flying, they relied on a concerted effort by Air Force Reserve Command, Air
  • Airmen, Soldiers provide joint hurricane relief support

    Air Force reservists with the 939th Air Refueling Wing here are providing around-the-clock support to airlift the Oregon Army National Guard’s 41st Brigade deploying to the area affected by Hurricane Katrina. Between Sept. 2 and Sept. 10, the 939th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 83rd Aerial Port Squadron loaded and fueled more than 34 Air
  • Hurricane Hunters fly into record season

    Despite being displaced and working out of a temporary home, the men and women of the Hurricane Hunters kept flying missions late into the 2005 hurricane season, including tracking Hurricane Wilma. The Hurricane Hunters of Air Force Reserve Command’s 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew a WC-130J into Wilma measuring top sustained winds of 175
  • Air Force Reserve C-130s fight fires in Idaho

    Two Air Force Reserve Command C-130H3 aircraft and 29 reservists from here are helping to squelch forest fires in Idaho. In the first three days since arriving Sept. 4, the specially equipped C-130s flew 14 sorties and dropped 36,500 gallons of fire retardant in support of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. The aircraft from
  • Air Force Reserve fliers to return to Keesler

    Biloxians who look to the sky Nov. 2 could see a steady flow of WC-130J and C-130J-30 aircraft bringing home the remainder of the 403rd Wing’s flying operations. Wing reservists have been operating out of Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. since Hurricane Katrina plowed through Biloxi and the surrounding area in August. “In the aftermath of Katrina, the
  • Westover C-5s airlift more Chinooks for earthquake relief

    A third C-5 aircrew from the 439th Airlift Wing here left Oct. 18 to take more help to earthquake-ravaged Pakistan. The C-5 picked up two Army CH-47 helicopters at Fort Sill, Okla., and then flew to Spain with help from aerial refueling along the way over the Atlantic Ocean. The C-5 is the largest transport aircraft in the Air Force and is capable
  • Reservists, families face uncertainties after hurricane

    (Editor’s note: Hundreds of Air Force reservists assigned to the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., and the 926th Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La., lost their homes and most of what they owned to Hurricane Katrina. A week after the storm made landfall, the men and women of these Air Force Reserve Command
  • Command wants hurricane victims to check in

    Air Force Reserve Command is extremely concerned about reservists assigned to New Orleans or Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., who have not contacted their units with their status after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast Aug. 29. “Only 63 percent of our military personnel assigned to Keesler and 56 percent who are assigned to New Orleans have