• AF Reserve Command vice commander retires

    Maj. Gen. John J. Batbie Jr., Air Force Reserve Command vice commander, retired after nearly 39 years of military service in a ceremony today at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Ga. Retired Lt. Gen. James E. Sherrard III, former Air Force Reserve chief and AFRC commander, officiated the ceremony. General Batbie’s retirement will take effect
  • Frigid chapter closes for C-141

    Another chapter closed in the storied aviation history of the venerable C-141 Starlifter as a 452nd Air Mobility Wing-based crew from here flew aircraft number 152 from the South Pole for the last time.For 39 years, crews have flown C-141s loaded with people and equipment to Antarctica for the National Science Foundation and its research efforts
  • McChord reservists recognized for extraordinary achievement

    Two Air Force reservists here were presented medals for extraordinary achievement Jan. 11 for their heroic acts that resulted in saving lives and two $200 million aircraft. Tech. Sgt. Eric Olson, a loadmaster with the 313th Airlift Squadron here, was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation in safely landing a C-17 after it
  • Robins, local community team up to celebrate Black Heritage Month

    The base and local communities are celebrating Black History Month by observing the 100th anniversary of the Niagara Movement. The civil rights movement started in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1905 and attempted to obtain equal rights for blacks. The Niagara Movement was a precursor to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The
  • Command announces mission support award winners

    People in California, Georgia and Michigan came up big winners in competition for 2004 Air Force Reserve Command mission support awards. Command officials announced the top units and individuals Jan. 12. The best units are: Mission support squadron – 927th Mission Support Flight, Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich. Geritt D. Foster Jr.
  • C-130J circumnavigates globe

    Crossing 33 time zones, and stopping in nine locations and seven countries, a Reserve crew from the 403rd Wing here circumnavigated the planet in a C-130J Hercules. This was a first for the new airlifter.The global trek was the culmination of a series of events that included the Aero India International Air Show in Bangalore, a showcase of military
  • Little Rock reservists receive homecoming salute

    Family, friends and co-workers turned out Jan. 8 to honor 65 reservists in the 96th Aerial Port Squadron here. The Airmen were activated in 2004 and deployed to Pope AFB, N.C., and to Southwest Asia to support Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. For their service, each received the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal during a
  • President asks for more money, fewer Air Force reservists

    The president’s proposed defense budget for next year seeks $3.9 billion in funding for Air Force Reserve Command and an end-strength of 74,000 reservists.The fiscal 2006 request covers the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, 2005. It asks for 2,100 fewer Air Force reservists than the 76,100 authorized in fiscal 2005.Senior Department of Defense officials
  • Air Force Reserve crews, aircraft aid tsunami victims

    Air Force Reserve Command C-5 and C-17 aircrews and support people from around the United States are supporting the tsunami disaster relief efforts. AFRC units participating in the humanitarian mission include the 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.; 433rd AW, Lackland AFB, Texas; 439th AW, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.; 446th AW, McChord
  • More teamwork, technology drive Air Force transformation

    Air Force officials will use more teamwork and technology in transforming the service into a more agile and efficient force for the 21st century, a senior Air National Guard officer said here Feb. 7.The Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard will stay very much a part of current and future Air Force missions, said Brig. Gen. Charles Ickes II,