Air Force

January 31, 2014

Air Force News – January 31, 2014

Alaska

While recently deployed to Papua New Guinea for a Joint Prisoner of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command mission, Staff Sgt. Joseph Riemer, 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, put his combat life-saver skills to work to save the life of an injured local.

Florida

Fire detailers from the U.S. Forest Service recently conducted a prescribed burn at the Silver Flag Exercise Site at Tyndall Air Force Base. The burns clear undergrowth and allow for healthier forest growth while lowering the possibility of wildfires.

Southwest Asia

While sheltering in a concrete bunker during an enemy mortar attack, members of the Air Force Central Command Band assisted in calming troops by taking requests for music. ‘Systems Go’ forward deploys from Al Udeid Air Base throughout the area of responsibility to support troop morale and international partnership building.

Japan

American and Japanese members of the 35th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, Ground Security and Office of Special Investigation Detachment 623 were recently honored by Toshiyuli Adachi, Chief of Misawa Police Station in Misawa City for their contributions to the Misawa community. Base members work side-by-side with members of the Misawa Police to enforce safety regulations, traffic standards and assist with investigations.




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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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