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  • U.S. forces support Japanese earthquake drill

    U.S. military forces based in Japan cooperated with Japanese officials in a major earthquake disaster response exercise here Sept. 1. The annual drill was based on a large-scale earthquake in the Tokyo area and helped Japanese government officials examine national, regional and local levels of

  • Airmen sailing to Wake Island for damage check

    Airmen and Sailors from Andersen will sail 1,500 miles to Wake Island to see how well the U.S. territory survived Super Typhoon Ioke. The Air Force evacuated all 188 island residents on two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft Aug. 28 before the typhoon arrived Aug. 31 with 155 mph winds and gusts to

  • Damage on Wake less than feared, flyover shows

    A U.S. Coast Guard aerial assessment of Wake Island Sept. 2 showed less destruction than expected from Super Typhoon Ioke, but the Air Force needs people on the ground at Wake to determine the full extent of damage, officials said. The Coast Guard flew the mission to check for pollution releases.

  • Wake Evacuated; Hickam C-17s airlift 188 people from tiny Pacific Island

    In a total force effort, 15th Airlift Wing and Hawaii Air National Guard members flew two C-17s to evacuate 188 personnel from Wake Island Monday, prior to Super Typhoon Ioke reaching the tiny U.S. Territory. The evacuees were active-duty Airmen, DoD and Thai national contactors. The evacuees filed

  • Whiteman B-2s complete successful Andersen deployment

    After more than 140 sorties and 330 released weapons, B-2 Spirit aircraft, pilots, maintainers and support staff from the 509th Bomb Wing are returning home having completed another successful deployment here. Aircraft and Airmen from the 393rd and 13th Bomb Squadrons and 509th Maintenance Group at

  • Ulchi Focus Lens kicks off

    Exercise Ulchi Focus Lens '06 kicked off Monday at Osan and across the Korean peninsula. UFL, as the exercise is commonly known, takes place each year in the late summer. It's a command post exercise designed to provide simulated combined training for U.S. and Korean forces and to strengthen the

  • Iceman Team mourns lost comrade

    Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons was a man of determination - a determination that guided him throughout his life and his Air Force career, both cut tragically short when he died Aug. 21 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Clemmons, an explosive ordnance disposal craftsman from the 354th

  • Airman dies during convoy operation in Iraq

    An Air Force explosive ordnance disposal craftsman from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, died Aug. 21 when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. The vehicle was part of a transportation convoy en route to Taji, Iraq. Master Sgt. Brad A. Clemmons, 37, of Chillicothe, Ohio, was assigned to