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Air Force Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer Col. Stacy Collins, right, discusses the North Dakota flood with Col. Jon Spangler, left, and Senior Master Sgt. Brian Bischoff, all of whom attended a recent EPLO orientation at Tyndall AFB. U.S. Air Force Photo by Lisa Norman
North Dakota flood tests Air Force EPLOs
When Col. Stacy Collins became an Air Force Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer in November 2008, she couldn't have predicted that in less than five months, she'd be assisting in one of the worst natural disasters to hit North Dakota in years―the flooding of several rivers including the Red and Missouri rivers. But, having lived in the
0 5/21
2009
Default Air Force Logo CONR supports successful Space Shuttle Atlantis launch
The Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region and Air Forces Northern provided airspace control and manning support to the successful launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis Monday afternoon. Using F-15 fighters from the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base, Va., CONR ensured airspace sovereignty by enforcing the Federal
0 5/12
2009
A C-130 uses aerial firefighting equipment known as the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System to drop red-colored retardant, or ‘slurry’ as it is sometimes called, from the plane into the air over a fire. MAFFS was established by Congress in the early 1970s to create a national response system to better fight major fires. (U.S. Air Force Photo) MAFFS certification readies aircrews to fight wildfires
With the official wildfire season scheduled to start June 1, approximately 200 Air National Guard and Reserve personnel are beginning an annual certification program this week that will ensure Air Forces Northern, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, is ready to combat major fires that are certain to erupt in the coming months. The
0 5/08
2009
Col. Randy Spear, 601st Air and Space Operations Center vice commander, exits his F-15 after taking his final flight. (Air Force Photo by: Ms. Lisa Norman) AOC vice commander takes final flight
Col. Randy Spear, vice commander of the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, took his final flight in an F-15 Eagle with the 95th Fighter Squadron May 1. This final sortie, referred to as a 'fini flight,' marks the end of a pilot's flying career at his unit or in his military career. In keeping with custom, after landing, Colonel Spear was hosed
0 5/05
2009
LtCol. Bill Clarke and Capt. Bob Nichols, members of the Air Force Rescue Coordiation Center, educate general aviation pilots and enthusiasts on search and rescue operations in the U.S. and the phase-out of 121.5/243.0 MHz ELT activation notification by the international search and rescue satellite system at this year's Sun 'n Fun fly-in in Lakeland, Fla. AFRCC supports 2009 Sun 'n Fun fly-in
Extra measures were taken by First Air Force units to help speed search and rescue services to pilots flying here for the 2009 Sun 'n Fun fly-in. The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, located in the 601st Air and Space Operations Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., opened a precautionary mission with the Civil Air Patrol to enhance the
0 4/30
2009
Then Maj. Don Arias visits the World Trade Center in New York City a few days after Sept. 11th as part of the 1AF Now broadcast. ‘First Air Force Now’ celebrates decade of success
In March 1999, First Air Force chief of Public Affairs Capt. Don Arias and Tyndall Warrior Network Manager Louis Biehslich were brainstorming on how to better promote the vast and ever-expanding mission of First Air Force. Using video footage they had obtained from an earlier visit to Curacao to cover Operation Coronet Nighthawk, the team produced
0 4/28
2009
Chief Master Sgt. W. Allen Usry is the first Air National Guard command chief master sergeant selected as a Command Senior Enlisted Advisor for a combatant command. First Air Force Command Chief selected as NORTHCOM advisor
As the first ever Air National Guard command chief master sergeant to be selected as a Command Senior Enlisted Advisor for a combatant command, the current Continental U.S. NORAD Region-1st Air Force (AFNORTH) command chief takes a step into Air Force history. With the unprecedented selection, Chief Master Sgt. W. Allen Usry will take over as North
0 4/27
2009
Default Air Force Logo Blue Flag enhances AF's ability to protect U.S. from attacks
More than 500 Air Force personnel, along with representatives from the Army, Navy and Marines completed a two-week training exercise last week expected to improve how the Air Force will better monitor and intercept hostile military aircraft and respond to potential terrorist attacks. Part of a series of military defense training exercises referred
0 4/24
2009
Default Air Force Logo CONR tracks aircraft over Washington D.C.
Two Air Force F-16s and two U.S. Coast Guard HH-65s were scrambled today to respond to a small civilian aircraft that veered into the Air Defense Identification Zone over the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C. The F-16s made initial visual contact with the Piper Cub aircraft, and then passed responsibility to the HH-65s upon their arrival
0 4/24
2009
Col. Michael Hare, AFNSEP director, monitors Hurricane Gustav on the Operations Floor of America's AOC prior to landfall. AFNEP is in charge of the deployment of Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers, when requested, to coordinate military assets to support civil authorities.                                EPLOs redefine part of Air Force Mission
When most Americans think of the Air Force, they envision slick, fast fighter jets soaring through the skies at Mach speed. A picture that doesn't normally come to mind is a military organization that helps local communities during hurricanes, wildfires, floods or other natural disasters. Nor does the image of men and women in blue assisting during
0 4/17
2009
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