Air Force

June 15, 2012

Air Force News June 15, 2012

Mississippi

Don’t mess with an Air Force nurse. That may be what a purse-snatcher thought after 2nd Lt. Stacy Thomas and a friend thwarted an attempted theft May 24 in the William Carey University campus parking lot. The lieutenant said she came to the woman’s aid because she believed anyone in a similar situation would do the same.

 

Estonia

The Michigan Air National Guard has landed in Estonia as part of Saber Strike 2012, a multinational exercise based in Estonia and Latvia. The Michigan ANG landed a KC-135 Stratotanker and an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft at Amari Air Base.

 

Afghanistan

The C-130 Hercules continues to play an integral role transporting troops and cargo throughout Afghanistan. In addition to hauling cargo and passengers to forward operating locations, the aircrews of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing are often tasked to fly airdrops, delivering much-needed supplies to remotely located posts, or to fly aeromedical evacuations, transporting injured coalition members from field hospitals to the joint theater hospital at Bagram.

 

Japan

Eight Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing recovered two external fuel tanks from the Draughon Range bombing facility June 1 which had been inadvertently released from a Misawa Air Base F-16 Fighting Falcon at 9:15 a.m. May 17 while on a training sortie.




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Senior Airman
JAMES HENSLEY

F-35 pilot training underway

Senior AirmanJAMES HENSLEY Travis Byrom, Lockheed Martin instructor pilot, briefs students in the first F-35 Lightning II training course before the start of class May 5 at Luke Air Force Base. The students are Lt. Col. Sean Ho...
 
 
Senior Airman 
DEVANTE WILLIAMS

Wild Weasels reunite

Senior AirmanDEVANTE WILLIAMS The Wild Weasels gather for a group photo during their reunion May 1 at Luke Air Force Base. The Wild Weasels were formed during the early days of the Vietnam War. Their mission was to seek out and...
 
 
Courtesy Photo

LRS Airmen undertake unusual engine repair

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Kyle Saunders, 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, works on a destroyed valve inside the engine of a 2006 Ford Bobtail at Luke Air Force Base. The type of maintenance on t...
 

 

Air Force News – May 15, 2015

Germany Gen. Frank Gorenc, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, presented the 86th Airlift Wing in Ramstein a $250,000 check and a trophy May 1, for winning the USAFE-AFAFRICA Innovation Madness tournament. The tournament-style match determines which wing promotes the best innovative culture. Bulgaria The 159th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron was...
 
 

People First – May 15, 2015

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, click on the link in the title. AF establishes four new key reporting identifiers...
 
 

Next Week in History, May 21, 1960: B-25 retires

Editor’s note: The Thunderbolt will not be published May 22 due to the holiday down day. The following was provided for that edition. Fifty-five years ago next week, the Air Force retired its last World War II North American Aviation B-25 Mitchell bomber. The B-25’s first flight was 20 years earlier on Aug. 29, 1940....
 




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