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BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) -- Armament specialist Airman 1st Class Casey Guilmette cleans the mini gun on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. The Airman is one of more than 30 64th Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Squadron troops that keep helicopters here ready for their around-the-clock combat search and rescue missions, whether they are routine or a matter of life and death. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Pamela Anderson) Airmen keeping search and rescue ‘choppers’ flying
Whether it’s for a matter of life and death or a routine mission, 64th Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit troops here keep their combat search and rescue helicopters ready. The unit’s more than 30 Airmen never stop working to maintain and repair the HH-60G Pave Low helicopters that fly from this base. "The big thing is to stay on top of it
0 12/13
2005
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- A Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey lands here April 2 on its way to an air show at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  Air Force Special Operations Command is expected to get 50 CV-22s, an Air Force-modified version of the MV-22, starting November 2006.  Designed to conduct long-range missions, the tilt-rotor aircraft offers increased speed and range over other rotary-wing aircraft.  Two CV-22s are currently at Edwards AFB, Calif., undergoing operational testing.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Davis) Osprey flies spec ops forces into future
In addition to riding on the wings of Eagles, Falcons and Hawks, the Air Force will also fly with the Ospreys soon. The CV-22 Osprey, that is. The Air Force will buy 50 of the tilt-rotor aircraft for use by Air Force Special Operations Command. The Osprey will first go through several developmental and operational test phases both at Edwards Air
0 12/05
2005
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AFPN) -- Tech. Sgt. Chris Robertson attempts to contact his command unit in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron at Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage, Alaska, are supporting the humanitarian relief operation in Pakistan. Sergeant Robertson is a pararescueman. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Erick Saks) Pararescuemen continue Pakistan humanitarian relief
Above the mountainous countryside of northern Pakistan, two Air Force pararescuemen aboard a Russian-made MI-8 helicopter survey areas where people may need relief supplies. These Airmen, known as PJs, are part of a unit that traveled halfway around the world to participate in the ongoing humanitarian relief effort here. The country experienced a
0 11/28
2005
BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Iraq -- Airmen 1st Class Travis (left) and Terence Mimms are identical twins deployed here from separate bases in Florida.  Travis, who works in supply, deployed first from Hurlburt Field, Fla., and did not know his twin was deploying to the same location.  Terence deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., where he works in security forces.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Randy L. Mitchell)



Brothers in arms
Some brothers live near each other, some take vacations together and some enjoy grand adventures with one another. But seldom do two deploy in order to see more of one another.Travis and Terence Mimms did. Identical twins, born only eight minutes apart, they found themselves deployed here to the same location.Strange enough in itself, but it gets
0 11/18
2005
Default Air Force Logo Little Rock helping put LIDS on decon
Airmen from four major commands converged here this week to test the effectiveness of a new decontamination system during an exercise ending today.The team, including officials from Air Mobility Command and Air Force Special Operations Command, is testing how the Lightweight Inflatable Decontamination System can effectively accomplish aircrew and
0 11/17
2005
Capt. Abby Ruscetta, 16th Aircraft Maintenace Squadron, nears the finish line of the IronMan Triathalon Championship Oct. 15 in Kona, HI. Capt Ruscetta was one of two Hurlburt Airmen who participated in the event. Just another day of exercise – or was it?
Imagine swimming in the ocean for two miles then hopping on a bike for a quick 112- mile race and finishing with a 26-mile run. And, completing all these events in less than 12 hours.Impossible? Not for two Hurlburt Field Airmen.Abby Ruscetta, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Spencer Cocanour, 720th Operations Support Squadron, were two of
0 11/17
2005
Default Air Force Logo Bone marrow registry finds matches for those in need
Approximately 500 children and adults affiliated with the Department of Defense are diagnosed each year with leukemia or other fatal blood diseases. A bone marrow transplant is likely their only hope. This happens to be the case with Kadin, 3, who’s family is stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. When he was 5 months old, he was diagnosed with
0 11/17
2005
Default Air Force Logo Special ops reservist helping rebuild Iraqi air force
During a deployment to Iraq, Brig. Gen. Frank Padilla led a team of Air Force and coalition partner experts to plan for and help to rebuild a more robust and effective Iraqi air force. The group’s mission is to help the Iraqis establish the very best air force possible with the resources they have available, said General Padilla, mobilization
0 11/08
2005
DJIBOUTI, Africa (AFPN) -- Airmen from the 449th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron prepare an HC-130 for a Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa mission. The New York Air National Guardsmen are from the 102nd Rescue Squadron, the oldest ANG unit. While deployed to Djibouti, Africa, the unit performed pararescue drops, air refueling for Marine CH-53s and stayed on alert, ready to recover any downed servicemembers. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Shannon Collins) HC-130 team trains to save lives during Africa mission
With ears pricked, they listen for the slightest sign of an alert. This Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa team knows it gets the call, it is a life-or-death situation. Approximately 65 aircrew and maintainers from the New York Air National Guard’s 102nd Rescue Squadron are deployed here with the 449th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron where they
0 11/08
2005
Senior Airmen Christopher Freeman and Robert Gutierrez, 321st Special Tactics Squadron, pararescueman and combat controller respectively practice alternate extraction tactics dangling from the MH-53M Pave Low IV's hoist and cable during the 352nd Special Operation Group's Operational Readiness Inspection held at RAF Machrihanish in Scotland as Tech. Sgt. Jason Lydon, 321st STS, pararescue team leader ensures the two-man team operate safely. The device used to hoist two men quickly out of harms way was developed by airmen serving during the Vietnam conflict.    352nd SOG closes out ORI deployment at RAF Machrihanish
Members of the 352nd Special Operations Group with augmentation from the 100th Air Refueling Wing deployed to RAF Machrihanish, Scotland, to prove their professional mettle under the critical gaze of the Air Force Special Operations Inspector General’s team from Oct. 15 to 29. More than 500 special operators and expeditionary combat support airmen,
0 11/03
2005
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