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  • Chief's challenge motivates Airman to run in marathon

    During a temporary duty assignment to Robins AFB, Ga., I met "that" guy who makes everyone else look as physically fit as Jabba-the-Hut on a stair-climber. Over the next few months, a challenge made by this seasoned athlete would reinvent my views on challenging myself, overcoming obstacles and instilling me with a renewed sense of pride. Chief
  • Tragedy propels brothers to train for AF Marathon

    Charlie Witt and his brother had plans. When Charlie retired from the Air Force in September 2007 as a master sergeant after a 20-year career, he and his brother agreed to run the 2008 U.S. Air Force Marathon together. An avid marathon runner who completed the U.S. Air Force Marathon in three hours and seven minutes in 2007, Charlie's brother
  • Up close and personal with a hurricane

    I had to ask, "Is it always this bumpy?" The response from Senior Airman Danielle Ellis, loadmaster aboard this C-130-J Hurricane Hunter spoke volumes about what the crew regularly faces. "This is very mild compared to some of the storms we've flown into," she said. "Oh," I replied, while coveting a nearby airsickness bag. This was my first trip
  • Bird chasers help keep March skies clear of unwanted birds

    Birds and aircraft don't mix. Nearly 77,000 mid-air collisions between birds and aircraft since 1985 cost the Air Force $755,721,425, according to bird strike statistics kept by Air Force Safety Center's Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard Team at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. A strike by a 12-pound bird, says the Federal Aviation Administration,
  • Tinker reservist is 'home' at last

    "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America..." Airman 1st Class Nimsi Garza had spoken the words hundreds, maybe thousands of times. Day after day in different elementary school classrooms across south Texas she stood at attention, hand over heart, and declared her loyalty to the flag, to the ideals it represents and to the
  • Nebraska medics use battlefield experiences in field training

    Reservists in the 710th Medical Squadron, one of the 442nd Fighter Wing's two geographically separated units at Offutt AFB, Neb., took to the field during their April unit training assembly to hone their deployed-operations skills. The field-training exercise at Offutt's base lake has been something of an annual tradition for the medics. Although
  • Wounded warriors find comfort at Andrews AFB

    Dedicated nurses, doctors and medical technicians; a premier medical facility; caring civilian volunteers; and a clean bed are the comforts wounded soldiers have to look forward to when they arrive here to the 79th Aeromedical Staging Flight. Patients like U.S. Army Pfc. Kenneth Adkins, Bravo Troop, 101st Airborne Division, sat silently in a
  • Critical testing ensures space systems work properly

     New systems in Air Force Space Command are expensive, complex and sometimes difficult to fix. Ensuring they work correctly and meet the needs of the user are the Regular Air Force's 17th Test Squadron and its fully integrated counterpart, Air Force Reserve Command's 14th Test Squadron. Together, these squadrons work to provide independent
  • Course teaches Airmen how to be chiefs

    It takes years of training to become a chief master sergeant, the ultimate achievement for an enlisted Airman. In addition to this preparation, Air Force Reserve Command conducts a Chief's Orientation Course at the AFRC Professional Development Center to help people succeed and to make the process less stressful. "We know our chiefs are ready for
  • Operation Arctic Care brings medical support to Kodiak Island

    Despite unfavorable weather, Operation Arctic Care 2008 kicked off March 3 when half of a medical team left Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, for remote villages of Kodiak Island. "Weather conditions prevented our planned air transportation from reaching Kodiak," said Lt. Col. Jerry Arends, mission director of the operation, from Bolling Air
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