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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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,
  • ‘Guardian Angels’ swoop down from above to save lives

    To Hurricane Katrina victims pararescuemen were angels. To injured Airmen they’re saviors. Known as “PJs,” these Airmen are part of an elite team specially trained in combat recovery and rescue. For 16 PJs with the 58th Rescue Squadron here, the military training they have paid off when they plucked civilians and pets off rooftops after Hurricane