Air Force

April 4, 2014

Air Force News – April 4, 2014

Nebraska

A new tool called the Wolf Blending Scope, no bigger than a yard stick, is making work a lot easier for maintenance professionals of the 55th Wing who are responsible for keeping Offutt Air Force Base aircraft flying. The tool is used to fix damaged compressor blades and stands to save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Poland

Two F-16 Fighting Falcon captains walked out to the flightline joking and reminiscing about their days spent at undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. When the Polish and American pilot ran into each other after nearly four years, they picked up like no time had passed. They embraced the opportunity to train together once again, this time in the skies over Poland.

Qatar

Airmen and members of the Qatar Emiri air force participated in a base-wide major accident response exercise March 21 at Al Udeid Air Base to hone the skills of first responders. The simulated scenario included a C-130 Hercules which crashed at the end of a runway with 20 service members aboard.

Kyrgyzstan

Airmen from the 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron recently loaded cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III as part of the pending closure of the Transit Center at Manas.

Afghanistan

Service members at Bagram Airfield participate in monthly exercises to sharpen their base defensive skills and maintain vigilance. The exercise program blossomed after a 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airman approached the maintainer group offering assistance and advice.




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James Hensley

No one flies until flight med gives OK

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News Briefs August 29, 2014

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