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  • Russian aircraft transports rescue helicopters to Afghanistan

    Air National Guardsmen here worked with an aircraft April 20-22 that was vastly different from the MC-130P Combat Shadow tankers, HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and other U.S. Air Force aircraft they're accustomed to. 129th Rescue Wing Airmen were deploying to Afghanistan and needed aircraft to transport HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.
  • August 2009 Portrait of a Professional

    Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. Senior Airman Darius Abasta, 129th CEF, is featured in this month's Portrait of a Professional.What is your favorite memory in the AF? Being TDY to Spangdahlem AB, Germany in Feb. 2003 and visiting other European countries (France, Belgium, and
  • Student flight mentors needed

    Perhaps you recently completed your professional military education and pinned staff sergeant rank on. Or maybe you've recently commissioned. One thing all military members have in common is this: We were all once new to the military. And with that in mind, you might want to hear of an opportunity to put your leadership skills into practice. "We
  • Carry on military traditions by joining the wing honor guard

    Bringing the military "snap" and professionalism to most solemn, patriotic moments, the honor guard provides a challenge that isn't for everyone. "But if you're high-speed and value prestige and esprit-de-corps, we're looking for you," said Tech. Sgt. Rachel M. Velasco, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 129th Rescue Wing's honor guard.
  • Sonora rocks "The Rock"

    Members of the 386th Air Expeditionary wing were treated to a night of entertainment by the U.S. Air Forces Central Expeditionary band Sonora July 21 here. For the past thirty days, this group of classically trained musicians traveled the region unleashing their inner-rock star and putting smiles on their audience's faces. These multi-talented
  • PJs reconnect, train with Canadian counterparts

    Seven members from the 129th Rescue Wing, including a combat rescue officer, four pararescuemen and two parachute riggers, trained with the 442nd Transport and Rescue Squadron on Vancouver Island in Comox, British Columbia, June 21 to 27. "The goal of the trip was to connect and reestablish ties with the Canadian rescue forces," said Capt. Damon
  • Flight engineers: Critical component to combat search, rescue mission

    If the actions of a combat search and rescue crew were viewed as a symphony, flight engineers would be the conductors. They are experts on the aircraft's weapons systems, know how to operate the hoist, serve as radio operators and operate the .50 caliber machine gun. In many ways, it's man in harmony with machine. As members of rescue operations in
  • July 2009 Portrait of a Professional

    Portrait of a Professional is a monthly profile of an outstanding Staff Sgt. and below. Staff Sgt. Dehua Li, 129th FSS, is featured in this month's Portrait of a Professional.What is your favorite memory in the AF? Not really an Air Force memory, but as an Army watercraft operator I would stand on the bow of the craft at night keeping watch and
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