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Capt. Jason Howk outside Oman’s capital of Muscat. (U.S. Air Force photo). Captain gains knowledge, appreciation of Oman
There's a stretch of land about the size of Kansas in the Middle East. It's surrounded by countries like Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Yet it has as much land covered by tropical jungles and mountain ranges as desert. It has a government with a financial surplus instead of debt, despite the build-up boon that took the country
0 11/09
2006
Tech. Sgt. Kevin Richmond of Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Master Sgt. Chris Liszewski of the Maryland Air National Guard establish a plumb line from the rear landing gear to make an "x" on the floor while Master Sgt. Lewis Godfrey of the Air Force Reserves looks on. They do this on both of the rear gears and place a chalk line between the marks as part of the balancing an aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert Fox) Weighing in
Anyone with an inner ear infection can understand how important a center of gravity is as things seem to swirl about and maintaining balance becomes a survival skill. Now imagine piloting an aircraft that has no center of gravity and trying to land it. A three-day course here trains crew chiefs how to ensure those aircraft are weighed and balanced
0 11/09
2006
While base residents are asleep in their beds, the 82nd Security Forces Squadron is out ensuring their safety. Here, an 82nd SFS patrol car races to an emergency on base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert Fox) To protect and serve
The call of a crow is the only thing that interrupts the steady symphony of a street light, an air conditioner and crickets as three 82nd Security Forces Squadron Airmen crouch behind their cars and two more wait by an unlocked door. What began as an exercise of a perimeter sweep turned into a waiting game for the five people outside as four of
0 11/08
2006
Default Air Force Logo Soldier discusses military service after training at Sheppard Field
As each day passes, the United States loses more and more veterans of World War II. Fate would have it that a Soldier would reconnect with a letter he wrote to his mother 63 years ago that was found in the wall of a home in Smith County, Texas - at least by a telephone conversation. Jack C. Coursey, an 82-year-old resident of Tulsa, Okla., was a
0 11/08
2006
Default Air Force Logo Writing in a wall
Jack Coursey is no different than any other young enlisted member sitting in the barracks waiting for the next set of military training. His thoughts are consumed with his surroundings and the surroundings he once knew before he made the decision to join the military. But in 1943, much like today's Airmen, Pvt. Jack Coursey was serving a greater
0 11/08
2006
Default Air Force Logo Like father, like son
"Vela, time to go do your 'I love my Daddy' thing," Tech Sgt. Eric Nicholson yelled when it was time for Airman 1st Class Mathew Vela's interview. Airman Mathew Vela was stationed here for technical school with the 361st Training Squadron until Sept. 15. At the same time, his father was a training manager for the 365th TRS. Airman Vela said during
0 11/03
2006
Sharon Wilkerson, an employee at the civilian personnel flight, holds a table cloth that bears the names of people who have worked in the flight. The cloth has been signed by members of the office during Christmas since 1948. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert Fox) A stitch in time
The table cloth is old, dingy and stained, but they are afraid to wash it. They are afraid to launder it for fear the signatures from years ago will be washed away. Sharon Wilkerson and Pat Leard aren't talking about just any table cloth. The 82nd Mission Support Squadron Civilian Personnel Flight's Christmas table cloth has been signed by the
0 11/03
2006
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