• K-911: nothing more vital to battlefield survival

    The night was bitter cold on the barren landscape as the platoon stealthily made its way across a dusty field. All but one of the Soldiers gazed hard through their Night Optical Devices, scanning the backdrop for insurgent presence. The final Soldier didn't needs NODs to see, his nose alone could detect Taliban from across a field. That Soldier was
  • Looking through fresh eyes

    Imagine: The sirens and giant voice announce the defensive postures. You struggle to don your gas mask, and you feel your heart beating out of your chest and the sweat dripping in your eyes. For a moment you are scared that you won't make it.You feel the pressure of the wing inspection team members, or WITs, as they evaluate you. Knowing you are
  • Mustache Madness at Mountain Home

    They can take the appearance of wiry broom bristles or overgrown chia pets, and are mostly visible in March. If you haven't guessed, Mustache March made its appearance on Mountain Home Air Force Base.Mustache March is an honored tradition that started with legendary Air Force fighter pilot Brig. Gen. Robin Olds. Olds was a triple ace, with a
  • A partnership that ensures mission success

    A small township was founded in 1887 centered around irrigation and the Bruneau Dam. As businesses grew, transforming the township into a full-blown community, the city of Grand View, Idaho, emerged.Approximately 55 years later, construction began on a base 19 miles northeast of Grand View. A relationship had started that would shape both
  • Togetherness, history and diversity celebrated at base Soul Food event

    In celebration of Black History Month, members of the Gunfighter team came together to enjoy a wide array of foods during the Soul Food Taste Fest at the Gunfighter Service Center, Feb. 5.Though traditional cuisine dubbed 'Soul Food' was the highlight of the event, the real cause was to boast diversity, while observing the tradition, history and
  • CPTS: A team you can 'Bank' on

    Right now there are Airmen deployed on 365-day Afghanistan taskings, many are putting their lives on the line inside and outside the wire every day.Imagine doing that without pay.Hip-hop rapper D.J. Quik once said, "If it don't make dollars, man, it just don't make sense."That's not to say Airmen do what they do for money, but many have families to
  • MOC uses multi-national partnerships for success

    A small group of maintainers here use their unique skill set to perform their jobs and maximize combat readiness. They don't use wrenches or drills; the maintenance operations center's tool box consists of hand-held radios, phones and computers. Allied service members from Great Britain and Australia joined U.S. warfighters in the continued effort
  • 'Proving to be best!' Core unit support staff manages multiple squadrons, units

    Under fluorescent lights, aircrew from more than 20 squadrons converge on a sole operations desk during the next few weeks for the most up-to-date information available pertaining to their sorties.Air power, close-air support, air-to-air combat scenarios mixed with plenty of motivation and hard work has defined combat exercise Red Flag 14-1."We are
  • AFETS ensure MXG mission success

    The Air Force Engineering and Technical Service work diligently to maintain and deliver aircraft system knowledge and mission effective technical advice, assistance and training. Consisting of a five-man DOD Federal Civil Servants team, AFETS has a combined total of 92 years in F-15 maintenance experience. "Aircraft maintenance requires tactical
  • Getting another shot

    Slowly waking... head pounding... bottles scattered everywhere. What happened last night? Like a slow-moving slide show, the memories of the prior evening begin to surface, a night of excessive drinking."I have spent the majority of this year recovering from hangovers," explained Senior Airman Joshua Hardy, 366th Component Maintenance Squadron test