• Colonel accepts symbol of sacrifice on behalf of her wing

    Every Air Force Reservist makes sacrifices. That’s why Lt. Col. Charlene Nelson felt a little uncomfortable when she found out the Ground Zero Association wanted to honor her for the sacrifices she has made since 9/11. Colonel Nelson is the executive officer for the 315th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. When she got the call that the
  • Reservists fly final C-141 mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze

    Another chapter — a frigid one — in the storied history of the venerable C-141 Starlifter came to a close Feb. 4 as a select crew of Air Force Reservists powered aircraft number 152 away from the South Pole for the final time. For 39 years, active-duty and Reserve crews flew C-141s loaded with personnel and equipment to Antarctica in support of the
  • Flexibility a key for training, educating, assigning Airmen

    Force development for members of the Air Force Reserve will be tailored to meet the needs of Citizen Airmen and be flexible enough to satisfy the career goals of Reservists of all shapes and sizes, according to the officer overseeing the program. Maj. Dean Hicks, force development point person for the Air Force Reserve at the Pentagon, said no one
  • Cellmates: Doing time with Reserve HQ's expeditionary team builder

    The chalk scratchings on the blackboard from eighth-grade biology class still haunt the memories of many Airmen. A bespectacled teacher — between passed notes, bad jokes and marked-up Peechee folders — wrote the message sandwiched between the words mitosis, meiosis and mitochondrion: Cells are the basic building blocks of life. Fast-forward to the
  • Reservist astronaut counting down the days until he blasts into space

    One day this summer, a 48-year-old Air Force Reservist is scheduled to join one of the most elite clubs on this planet — the alliance of men and women who have traveled into space. Lt. Col. Mike Fossum, a NASA astronaut and individual mobilization augmentee assigned to the F-16 System Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will be
  • Exception-to-the-rule chief retires after 22 years occupying top enlisted rank

    For enlisted Airmen, achieving the Air Force’s highest enlisted rank, chief master sergeant, is a common career goal. But the reality is very few people actually reach this lofty goal, and those who do usually reach it at the end of their military career. Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Angel is an exception to the rule. Not only did Chief Angel succeed
  • Flying Jennies fly personnel airdrop mission in C-130J

    For the first time in about six years, since they began converting to the new C-130J aircraft, the Flying Jennies of the 815th Airlift Squadron participated in a personnel airdrop mission. Two pilots and three loadmasters traveled from the squadron’s home at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., to Hurlburt Field, Fla., in March to pick up special forces
  • Officials propose changes to Air Force's fitness program

    Air Force and outside health officials have taken a good look at the service’s new fitness program and made a number of recommendations for improvement, including adding height and weight back into the standard for measuring abdominal circumference. The new fitness program encourages all members of the Air Force team to make exercising and eating
  • Big changes on the way for Reserve's civilian employees

    Big changes are on the horizon for Air Force Reserve Command’s nearly 14,000 civilian employees. The Department of Defense is scheduled to begin implementing the new National Security Personnel System this summer, fundamentally altering the way the department hires, pays, promotes and disciplines its civilian workers. Initially, NSPS will affect
  • Junior ROTC expansion means job opportunities for AGRs

    Air Force Junior ROTC is about to embark on a major expansion, creating opportunities for retired active Guard and Reserve Airmen, as well as those within six months of retirement, to teach. This fall, Air Force JROTC is scheduled to open 48 new units in high schools in Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana,

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