“Staggering” Number of Missions

Airmen of the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and their KC-10 tankers deployed to Southwest Asia amassed a “staggering” 4,760 combat missions for 2009, according to Ralph Jackson with the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing history office. Of that number, he...

Over the Olympics

Air Mobility Command KC-135s and KC-10s have flown 14 air refueling sorties, as of Feb. 12, to support the US and Canadian aircraft providing overflight patrols for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, refueling principally USAF E-3 AWACS and Canadian CF-18...

Guiding Avalanche Relief Work

Airmen deployed from the 552nd Air Control Wing at Tinker AFB, Okla., employed their E-3 AWACS to aid relief operations in Afghanistan after a series of 17 avalanches struck Parwan Province Feb. 8, killing dozens and leaving hundreds injured and...

Massachusetts ANG Begins New Mission

The 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard on Monday began its air sovereignty alert mission, sitting on 24-hour alert with its new force of F-15 fighters. The unit, based at Barnes Municipal Airport, switched from the A-10...

Space Supports Haiti Mission

The Joint Functional Component Command for Space, headquartered at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., has some 200 personnel within its staff, the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), and Air Force Space Command units, supporting relief operations in Haiti, following the devastating Jan....

Haiti, First Real-World Mission

HaitiFirst Real-World Mission: Airmen of the 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Holloman AFB, N.M., are among those USAF forces deployed to support relief operations in earthquake-ravaged Haiti—just four months after standing up as an MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted vehicle training squadron. The 849th AMXS teamed with airmen from the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech AFB, Nev., to form "Team Predator" to support ground forces in Haiti. "Neither squadron could have supported this deployment by ourselves, but by combining assets from both … we are able to get the job done," said MSgt. Marlin Tatom, 849th AMXS production superintendent. Team Predator, operating unarmed MQ-1s, began flying missions over Haiti from Puerto Rico on Jan. 27, marking the first use of the Predator in a humanitarian operation. (Holloman report by A1C Sondra Escutia)

Flying Extended-Hour Missions

USAF’s RQ-4 Global Hawk has flown six missions—about 130 hours—and provided more than 3,600 images to support relief operations in earthquake-devastated Haiti, states a Northrop Grumman Feb. 12 release. According to Northrop, on the day after the Jan. 12 earthquake,...

From Negative to Positive

An collaboration that included airmen from various units of Air Combat Command, Air Force Materiel Command, and the Air National Guard, and technicians of ITT Electronic Systems has improved the requisition objective (RO) fill rate for the B-1B electronic warfare...

Badly Burned Airman Reenlists

During a special ceremony last week at Randolph AFB, Tex., TSgt. Israel Del Toro, who had been severely burned after his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device during a 2005 deployment to Afghanistan, reenlisted even though he has a 100-percent...

Air Sorties from SWA 021610

Air Sorties in Southwest Asia, Feb. 9-10, 2010 Sortie Type OIF OEF OIF/OEF Total YTD ISR 56 79 135 2,258 CAS/Armed Recon 36 155 191 3,534 Airlift 306 306 6,407 Air refueling 80 80 1,694 Total 712 13,893 OIF=Operation Iraqi...