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  • Air Force Reservist balances deployment, family and highway patrol duties

    Any Air Force Reservist who has visited Death Valley may as well have spent time in Djibouti, Africa, as the two locations, though thousands of miles apart, share many characteristics: blistering year-round temperature, a climate dry enough to suck moisture from a rock, annual rainfall of less than five inches, and insufferably harsh terrain.
  • SERE instructors teach survivor instinct

    You're flying mission critical supplies to troops in the field behind enemy lines. Suddenly and without warning, your aircraft is rocked by a surface-to-air missile. The number two engine groans as oil pressure plummets and flames lick the cowling. The pilot radios a distress call and tells you and your fellow Airmen to ready for a possible
  • Reservist may be first to fill Central Command's deployed command chief position

    Chief Master Sgt. Gerald Delebreau is taking on a job that may be a first for an Air Force Reservist. He deployed this week to serve as a command chief in the U.S. Central Command's 27-country area of responsibility. Chief Delebreau is the command chief for the 920th Rescue Wing here.  However, the deployed position represents new challenges not
  • Dragon tales: Reserve spouse's fantasy novel published

    The mythological, reptilian-winged beast found in the heroic tales such as "Saint George and the Dragon" has fascinated Bonnie Then since childhood. The allure of these magical, serpentine beasts combined with a love of writing prompted the novice author to write a book of her own, "Familiar Origins."Released in April, it's the first published
  • Giving the breath of life

    They called Iraq's Camp Anaconda "Mortaritaville." On April 10, 2004, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Blonde found out why.He and another medical technician were walking back to their tent after their shift ended at the hospital when a mortar whooshed overhead, flashing as it exploded into a tent a few hundred yards away.Sergeant Blonde remembers dashing into
  • Airman shares 30 years of service with first KC-10

    Aircraft 79-0434, the first KC-10 Extender delivered to the Air Force, landed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on March 17, 1981. At the same time, four hundred miles away, a young trainee enduring the rigors of basic training was unaware that his career - and his life - would be so deeply tied to that aircraft.The KC-10 is closing in on its 30th
  • An extraordinary partnership, forged by the bonds of survival

    At first glance, Bill McPherson appears to be a simple, outgoing, southern Colorado community leader with a deep appreciation for local military members.But it's only after you get to know this highly-decorated Army veteran who retired as a colonel after 30 years of service and his story of being shot down in Vietnam that you learn just how close
  • Reservist's Kilimanjaro climb a mountain of a cause

    Most people dream of traveling the world, or conquering large obstacles. Maj. Lisa Reaver, a reservist with the 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, was able to do both in a trip that took her halfway around the world to climb Tanzania's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro."A teammate of mine from rugby did the climb a couple of
  • Legend has it, "mules" can fly

    Mission: deliver cargo and troops into an austere and possibly hostile location via an improved airstrip approximately 3,000 feet long and 60 feet wide.Who would dare accept such an assignment? The Reserve Airmen of the 815th Airlift Squadron, "The Flying Jennies," a tactical airlift unit with the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., are
  • Reservists train, give back to Americans

    Air Force reservists from the 433rd Civil Engineering Squadron here left the Lone Star State for a couple of weeks in June to perform humanitarian work for the Red Lake band of Chippewa at the Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn.In the crisp, spring air of the North Star State, the 433rd CES worked at two separate sites a few miles apart on the
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