Deployed maintainers return damaged aircraft to combat operations

by Staff Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 9/25/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — The ability to quickly return battle damaged weapon systems to combat has been a critical and sometimes decisive factor in successful military campaigns. The side that can rapidly reconstitute its forces to an operationally effective state after anContinue reading “Deployed maintainers return damaged aircraft to combat operations”

Nondestructive inspection: Finding the cracks

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/14/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — While playing football during physical training, an Airman hurts his arm. Thinking nothing of it, he brushes it off and continues playing. Though after weeks of excruciating pain and a visit to the medical group’s radiology section, an x-rayContinue reading “Nondestructive inspection: Finding the cracks”

B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 6/14/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1B Lancer is the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force and is flown here by the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. “We have a lot of coalitionContinue reading “B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye”

Day on the Job: EOD techs

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 5/30/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Explosive ordnance disposal technicians deployed to Afghanistan perform counter-improvised explosive device operations in harsh conditions daily. Equipment and supplies are an essential element to this mission and without the modular supply depot here at the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron’s EOD flight, safe,Continue reading “Day on the Job: EOD techs”

Oldest jet in AF operated, maintained by youngest crews

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 5/23/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — For more than 50 years Airmen have flown the KC-135 Stratotanker to more places and supported more missions than most people experience in three, even four, life times. One such refueler, “57-1419,” recently visited the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing en route to supportContinue reading “Oldest jet in AF operated, maintained by youngest crews”

Fairchild Airman receives Bronze Star

A Fairchild physician was awarded the Bronze Star Medal here recently for her service during Operation Enduring Freedom at Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul from June 2011 to March 2012. When asked about her medal, Capt. (Dr.) Leslee Kane, a Bozeman, Mont., native humbly said, “I was just doing my job like everyone else.” The captainContinue reading “Fairchild Airman receives Bronze Star”