• 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
  • EOD Airmen rely on high-tech, steady nerves

    Soldiers of the 56th Brigade Combat Team encounter explosive situations daily as they travel along Iraq’s highways during convoy escort missions. But things hit closer to home when the Texas Army National Guardsmen found a suspicious package in a trailer near their headquarters recently. Security forces Airmen with the 407th Air Expeditionary Group
  • Alamo Wing charges into aeromedical evacuation effort

    Nerves of steel, the patience of a saint and the ability to forego substantial eating and sleeping for days at a time. Anyone seeking a job coordinating the aeromedical evacuation of thousands after a major disaster need not apply unless they have those traits. Some dry-erase markers, a telephone, and three white boards wouldn’t hurt either.
  • Guard, Reserve integrate seamlessly into Nellis organization

    Organizations at the Air Warfare Center here are taking the concept, “One Team, One Fight,” literally and are combining active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command personnel in all mission areas. “This is a smarter, better way of doing business, because we’re able to capitalize on the unique experience levels and stability that
  • Center “supports” one-stop service around the world

    The Air Reserve Personnel Center here is more than 7,000 miles from Baghdad but for an individual mobilization augmentee serving in Iraq, the center’s personnel services are only seconds away. Earlier this year ARPC officials released the Virtual Personnel Center for the Guard and Reserve, a Web-based personnel service portal for Air Force
  • Dobbins serves as transportation hub for evacuees

    Hurricane Katrina evacuees started arriving here by military airlift in the afternoon Sept. 1. By the morning of Sept. 5, a total of 1,205 had touched down at the Marietta base and were transported to area shelters or hospitals. In all, 17 planes – C-17s, C-141s and even some Delta commercial airliners – made the trip from New Orleans to Dobbins