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  • You are not forgotten

    Cool September breezes and overcast skies set the somber tone for Friday afternoon, as the Iceman Team gathered to honor those servicemembers lost but not forgotten during National POW/MIA Recognition Day at Heritage Park here. The 354th Fighter Wing assembled at the site for a recognition and retreat ceremony; the weather a subtle and fitting
  • Wake Island assessment nears completion

    The damage assessment team from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, has moved into its second phase of operations here. After three days of comprehensive walk-through inspections on more than 135 facilities, the team has gathered enough data to begin putting together estimates. When Super Typhoon Ioke swept over the atoll Aug 31, it destroyed many of
  • Eagles, Falcons take to Hawaii skies

    Eagles and Falcons, the U.S. Air Force's premier "birds of prey," faced off in a two week air to air exercise called "Sentry Aloha" over the skies of Hawaii. F-15 Eagles from the Hawaii Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron and F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing participated in the exercise that
  • Young Airman excels, learns at Wake Island

    Super Typhoon Ioke left Wake Island in shambles. The category 5 storm raged through the atoll on Aug 31, demolishing buildings and tossing around anything that wasn't bolted down--and many things that were. Assessing the damage includes some repair work, and it's a mission that calls for the most experienced of civil engineers. But don't tell that
  • 90th FS returns home from Guam AEF tasking

    When almost 300 people returned with the 90th Fighter Squadron from Andersen Air Force Base recently, some didn't understand why an Aerospace Expeditionary Force went to Guam instead of Southwest Asia. In these days of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, it can be difficult for some to get the connection between "Guam" and "deployment."
  • Tech to Master in one STEP

    Tech. Sgt. Ruben M. Vazquez, an independent duty medical technician from the 36th Medical Operations Squadron received another shock to his Air Force career Sunday when Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Paul V. Hester and his wife Lynda surprised him and his wife, Jennifer with an instant promotion to master sergeant. The promotion, awarded under
  • KC-135 turns 50; withstands test of time

    The farthest north Tanker Wing celebrated the 50th birthday of the KC-135 Stratotanker in a Sept. 9 ceremony at the 168th Air Refueling Wing's maintenance hangar. The celebration honored the Stratotanker as a premier refueling aircraft in the Air Force's, Navy's and Marine Corps' heritages; its original mission was to refuel long-range bombers. The
  • Airmen add up damage at Wake Island

    Airmen from the 15th Civil Engineering Squadron and the 15th Communications Squadron are working around the clock to provide accurate estimates of the storm damage here. Super Typhoon Ioke brought 155 mph winds and 190 mph gusts to the small atoll on Aug 31, just days after the 188 residents had been evacuated on two of Hickam's C-17 Globemaster
  • C-17 Returns to Wake Island

    Three weeks after evacuating 188 people out harms way from a category 5 typhoon Trek 15, a C-17 Globemaster III from the 535th Airlift Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii is returning and bringing back some of its residence and a team to asses the damage. "I flew the mission that brought the people out three weeks ago. When we picked the people