• Ring Tale: Earned vs. Entitled

    My grandfather and I were extremely close. He was a great storyteller, and the stories I cherished the most were his tales as a military policeman in the Army during World War II. The source of his favorite story was a ring he acquired during the war. During his deployment to France, my grandfather

  • Manas NCO donates art to fund surgeries for needy children

    Where most just see trash, Tech Sgt. Robert Sommers, 376th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, sees possibility. On any given day, the Operations Management NCOIC could be found sorting through leftover wood scraps and paints in his shop to create paintings and donate the proceeds to help pay for

  • Guard unit pounds desert dust

    They traded in their suits and police uniforms and the cool mist of Niagara Falls for Air Force cammo and the desert dust of Baghdad. They knew about the desert. They'd heard about the heat and the sand. They'd trained and prepared for four months in Iraq protecting America. For some, it's not the

  • Airpower Summary for February 4

    Coalition airpower integrated with Coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Feb. 4, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. In Afghanistan, British GR7 Harriers performed shows of force in

  • Airpower Summary for February 4

    Coalition airpower integrated with Coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Feb. 4, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. In Afghanistan, an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle conducted a show

  • SECAF thanks Balad Airmen for their service, dedication to mission

    Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne recently stopped at here to talk to deployed Airmen during a luncheon and Airmen's Call Feb. 2. During his visit, Secretary Wynne discussed topics including in-lieu-of taskings, the medical miracles of Iraq and current and future changes on the horizon for

  • Young pilot shares vision for Iraqi Air Force

    Inside the newly opened Iraqi Flying Training school here, Iraqi Lt. Abdul applies fluid motions to gently land his aircraft on a digitized strip of runway. His trainer, a U.S. Air Force major, stands silently in the background and nods with a sense of unconcerned approval, like a calculus teacher

  • SECAF addresses deployed Airmen

    "On behalf of the president of the United States and the American people, we salute you," Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne told more than 400 Airmen during his visit to an air base in Southwest Asia Feb. 1. "You are the front lines of freedom." Secretary Wynne addressed Airmen in an open

  • Airmen mentor Afghan National Police

    Close interaction with the Afghans residing in Parwan and Kapisa Provinces is part of a normal day for the Airmen assigned to the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team. Part of that interaction includes the assistance the Kohistan II district Afghanistan National Police received Jan. 25. "Working