Charles Everett Bullard, now 87, was a C-47 maintainer back in World War II with the 440th Troop Carrier Group that operated from Pope Army Air Field, N.C. Sixty-five years later, Bullard has taken a ride on a C-130 transport flown by the airmen of Air Force Reserve Command’s 440th Airlift Wing, the current incarnation of his old unit at Pope, now an Air Force base. Bullard got this opportunity as part of a visit sponsored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve initiative that gives employers and business leaders who employ USAF reservists an up-close look at the units in which their employees serve. Bullard was honored as a 440th AW honorary command chief for his July flight. (Pope report by Jerry Green)
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill announced Dec. 2 that they have reached a deal to extend the continuing resolution currently funding the government into February. Now, the House and Senate will have to scramble to pass the legislation by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 3 to avoid a temporary shutdown.