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Achive Event News Jan-Feb 2002

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USAF News Rodeo postponed until 2003

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFPN) -- The war on terrorism and other missions have forced the postponement of an Air Mobility Command tradition.
Air Mobility Rodeo, the command's biennial international readiness competition, was canceled for this year due to current operations tempo, Gen. John W. Handy, AMC commander, announced Jan. 2. Rodeo 2003 is scheduled for June 21 to 28 at McChord Air Force Base, Wash.

Posted by: Francois Date: 01/10/2002

JOKE : F-14 Comment

Subject: F-14 Comment

AT A RECENT Navy retirement ceremony the guest of honor was asked what it was like to spend so many years in an F-14 fighter squadron. "Well," he replied, "I guess it's just like being in a motorcycle gang -- except your mother's still proud of you."

Posted by: FN Date: 02/07/2002

Reservists make historic landing in Antarctica

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFPN) -- When an Air Force Reserve Command C-141 Starlifter cargo plane touched down in Antartica recently, it was not only the command's first Operation Deep Freeze mission of 2002, but also a chance to test a new approach to landing on Pegasus, a hard ice runway near McMurdo Station. Operation Deep Freeze is joint-military operation of the U.S. Armed Forces and the New Zealand Defence Forces, providing logistic support for the U.S. National Science Foundation's Antarctic Program.

Posted by: FN Date: 02/08/2002

Air Force Pilot Earns Navy Wings Aboard

From Us Navy News
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, At Sea (NNS) -- Pilots from Strike Fighter Squadron 106 gathered in Ready Room 6 recently to witness a special ceremony during which USS George Washington's (CVN 73) commanding officer, Capt. W. J. McCarthy, presented Air Force Maj. Phillip Malebranche with his naval aviator wings. For additional information about USS George Washington, go to

Posted by: FN Date: 02/15/2002

KC-10 refuelers set milestone

USAF Official News - OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (AFPN) -- A refueling tanker from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., marked 875 KC-10 Extender combat sorties this month over
the skies of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. People from the 32nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, mostly made up of aircraft and people from McGuire have offloaded more than 85,000,000 pounds of jet fuel since KC-10 aircraft began operations Sept. 22. Since then,aircrews from the 32nd EARS, and the revious 60th EARS from Travis AFB, Calif., have refueled more than 7,000 aircraft from the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, as well as from several coalition forces.

Posted by: FN Date: 02/21/2002

The US Navy's Newest Helicopter to the Fleet

NS020226-03. CNO Introduces the Navy's Newest
Helicopter to the Fleet CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) --The Navy introduced its newest fleet aircraft, the MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, in a ceremony held here recently. Against a background of Sailors and helicopters at Naval Air Station (NAS) North Island, naval aviators and industry executives joined Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark in formally introducing the Knighthawk to the fleet. The CNO praised the men and women of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 3 for their hard work and dedication in making the Knighthawk's fleet introduction a reality. The"Packrats" of HC-3, stationed at NAS North Island, were the first squadron to fly the aircraft.

Posted by: FN Date: 02/27/2002

USAF Female officer breaks new ground

Air Force Print News
WASHINGTON -- Brig. Gen. Teresa Marné Peterson, director of Air Force Transportation at the Pentagon, will become the first active-duty woman to command an operational wing March 1 when she assumes command of the 305th Air Mobility Wing at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. "Words can't express the excitement that my family (and I) have for this tremendous opportunity," said Peterson, a command pilot with more than 2,500 hours in the C-141 Starlifter, T-37 Tweet and T-38 Talon. Peterson began her Air Force career as a maintenance officer and later went on to complete pilot training, earning her wings. She has held positions as an instructor pilot, flight commander and support group commander.
However, this command is not Peterson's first "first." She was also the first active-duty woman in the Air Force to command a flying squadron and then a flying training wing.

Posted by: FN Date: 02/28/2002