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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Ramping up …

An F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter prepares to land Aug. 5 at Luke Air Force Base. This is the fifth F-35 aircraft currently assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron with more on the way before the end of the year.
 
 

Contract signed to improve base for years to come

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Knocking it out of park means excellence

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Gut check: Where do you stand?

Since the beginning of our Air Force careers, the majority of us have been taught that in order to lead, we need to lead by example and lead from the front. Today, that has not changed. However, as we all know, it is virtually impossible for all to be in front at the same time,...
 
 
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Nursing fellows take on trauma training

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, and Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander, congratulate the 56th Medical Group nurses who graduated from the Critical Care and Eme...
 
 

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