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  • Reservists begin spraying for insects in Gulf Coast

    Air Force reservists continue to save lives in Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath by conducting aerial spray missions in an attempt to reduce mosquito and filth fly populations. A C-130H aircrew flew the first of many flights over Louisiana Sept. 12. The Department of Defense’s only fixed-wing aerial spray unit, the 910th Airlift Wing, was requested by
  • No life left behind – rescuers save people, pets

    Lately when Senior Master Sgt. James Sanchez goes on a rescue mission, he makes sure some basics are in order – a secure hoist, communication with his helicopter, ear protection, water, dog biscuits and a can of cat treats. To him, every life is worth saving. Sergeant Sanchez is a pararescue jumper or PJ with Air Force Reserve Command’s 306th
  • Americans place in NATO competition

    An Air Force reservist from Cincinnati and two American teammates took the silver medal in overall competition at the NATO Military Skills Competition in Elsenborn, Belgium, in August. Air Force Reserve Command Maj. Joel Winton, Naval Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Grant Staats and Army Reserve Maj. Larry Gnewuch, along with 52 other three-person teams from 17
  • Services reservists deploy to support hurricane relief

    Twenty-four services reservists deployed to Keesler AFB, Miss., during the first week of September to provide food service and field lodging support in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. “Twenty of our people are to work in food service, and the others are to do field lodging,” said Chief Master Sgt. Von Putman, chief of services readiness at
  • Air Force Reserve general responds to call to duty

    When the mobilization assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command retired from his civilian job March 31, he could have taken a long summer vacation. Instead, Maj. Gen. Keith W. Meurlin, former manager of Washington’s Dulles International Airport, took an extended summer job as the acting AFMC vice commander at Wright-Patterson AFB,
  • Air Force helicopter search goes into 11th day

    After saving more than 4,200 people, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and active duty airmen are finding far less survivors who need their skills than during the initial response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Rotating fresh crews in, Air Force Reserve Command is keeping about 100 people at Jackson to support the rescue mission and to
  • Rescue crews add new cyber-tools to search

    After saving more than 4,200 people, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and active duty airmen are finding innovative ways to check for survivors and people who need help. Using the internet, Web sites, e-mails, personal interviews and calls from families and friends, the helicopter-borne rescuers are working every lead they get to save more
  • 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
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