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Korean War veterans, families and friends and community members honored 87 "Forgotten Heroes" of a tragic Air Force C-124A Globemaster crash nearly six decades ago, at what was then Larson Air Force Base, during a memorial dedication ceremony at the Grant County International Airport here June 9, 2012. As the personnel transport took off Dec. 20, 1952, it experienced difficulties as its flight controls locked up. The aircraft, carrying 106 servicemembers and crew, crashed in a fiery blaze at the intersection of the runways on a cold, windy early Saturday morning. The flight was part of a continuation trip from Korea called "Operation Sleighride," bringing servicemembers home for the holidays. A staggering 87 of those aboard were killed leaving but 19 to tell the story.
Master Sgt. Ted Buit, the 92nd Operations Group standards evaluations NCO in charge and career boom operator, reached for the sky plucking a dream from the heavens making it his reality. The 92nd OG boom operator, who has served in the Air Force for more than 23 years, attained an occupational milestone of more than 7,500 ﬂying hours Nov. 15, a feat most pilots only dream of. "Honestly, I've just been doing my job," he said with a smile.
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 coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan," said Lt. Col. Seth Graham, the 34th EBS commander. "They're able to focus on executing their various missions because of the air support we provide 365, 24/7." The colonel said it's hard to put into words the importance of what his unit does, but instead explained in a vignette the importance of his units air support to the nation's ground forces.
A Minot Airman graced with a special gift explains his art and dedication to the comic book industry. Staff Sgt. Eric Henson, 5th Force Support Squadron base personnel reliability program monitor, works magic every time he sets down to his drawing desk. But how does he do it? What brings him back each time with greater vigor than before? "It's a huge portion of who I am," said Sergeant Henson. "It's just part of my natural build." The sergeant began drawing when he was 5-years-old. His father, Jim Henson, was an amateur artist himself and greatly influenced his son. So much that Sergeant Henson said, "He's my number one mentor by far."
A U.S. Pacific Command air contingent began flying operations at Clark Air Base on April 19 with the successful launch of four A-10C Thunderbolt IIs and two HH-60G Pave Hawks. The aircraft are part of the newly stood up air contingent here conducting operations ranging from air and maritime domain awareness, personnel recovery, combating piracy, and assuring all nations have access to air and sea domains throughout the region in accordance with international law.
Nondestructive inspection Airmen assigned to 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron here specialize in finding fatal cracks in aircraft parts before they lead to catastrophic failure.
The United States and Republic of Fiji Military Forces along with several nongovernmental organizations joined ranks to kick off Pacific Angel 2017 with humanitarian assistance and subject matter expert exchanges July 11 to 24. PACANGEL missions consist of several concurrent civil-military assistance activities including medical programs, various subject-matter expert exchanges and civic and engineering assistance programs.
The Command Chief Master Sergeant for United States Forces Japan and Fifth Air Force visited Misawa Airmen alongside Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, the USFJ and 5th AF commander, here Oct. 10 and 11. During this tour, he shared his perspective on how the 35th Fighter Wing supports the broader strategic objectives in the defense of Japan and continues strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance. The chief’s visit included down-to-earth conversations with Airmen from across the installation, allowing him an opportunity to hear their stories and communicate with them in a one-on-one setting.
Asian-Pacific Americans have fought and served with the U.S. military for more than two centuries. The legacy continues for three Filipino-American Airmen deployed with U.S. Pacific Command’s air contingent at Clark Air Base, where they fulfill a number of roles ranging from medical support to aircrew flight equipment and aircraft maintenance.
Republic of Korea military leaders invited 60 U.S. service members in country for Key Resolve 2017 on a tour of Seoul March 18 where they experienced the Korean culture first-hand. With stops at the War Memorial of Korea, a traditional Korean restaurant and the Namsan Seoul Tower, the Americans gained new friends broadening their understanding of the culture and people they’re here to protect.
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