• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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