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  • Exercise Vigilant Shield Kicks Off

    First Air Force (Air Forces Northern) along with its parent command, U.S. Northern Command, is participating in Exercise Vigilant Shield 09 that began Wednesday and will continue through Nov. 18. The focus of VS09 is on homeland defense and civil support. The exercise will include several scenarios to achieve exercise objectives within the
  • Inspection Time for America’s AOC

    In the midst of hurricane season 2008, America's Air and Space Operations Center received a visit from several inspectors conducting an Air Combat Command Unit Compliance Inspection. A team of 12 inspectors from ACC arrived Oct. 2 to evaluate the AOC and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center on how well the units followed functional checklists
  • NORAD exercise planned for Washington, D.C.

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct a one-day exercise, Falcon Virgo 09-02, Nov. 3 in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C. The exercise comprises a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation
  • NORAD exercise planned for Washington, D.C.

    The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct a one-day exercise, Falcon Virgo 09-01, Oct. 9 in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C. The exercise comprises a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation
  • Alert Mission comes to an end at Selfridge

    Since that unforgettable morning on September 11, 2001, the F-16s here have patrolled local skies and stood alert, ready to answer the nation's call to identify or intercept unresponsive or otherwise threatening aircraft. On Oct. 2, the 127th Wing officially handed off the alert mission to the 180th Fighter Wing, Toledo, Ohio, leaving the legacy of
  • Expeditionary Group winds down Ike relief efforts

    After nearly a week of supporting Hurricane Ike relief efforts, members of the 331st Air Expeditionary Group are heading back to their individual home units 16 Sep. Upon coordination with civil authorities and at the direction of Maj. Gen. Hank Morrow, Air Forces Northern commander, the AEG stood up at Randolph AFB two days prior to Hurricane Ike's
  • Religious Support Teams provide hope after Ike

    For the first time, military chaplains and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are collaborating their efforts to provide cohesive spiritual response to those affected by the next hurricane. "During [Hurricane] Katrina, chaplains and religious advisors were reactive and working independently of each other," said Chaplain (Lt.
  • Weather forecasts protect Air Force, Americans

    With Hurricane Ike taking aim at the east coast of Texas and its path still unpredictable, forecasters with the 601st AOC CONR Weather Support Team continue working around the clock to answer the No. 1 question on people's minds: Where will it strike? As local, state and federal disaster response forces brace for Ike's eventual landfall, these
  • Joint ops plan driving hurricane mobility response

    As Hurricane Ike marches across the Gulf of Mexico, military and civilian disaster response forces continue to coordinate requests for mobility support outlined in a new joint operations plan that removes hurdles previously impeding response to natural disasters. Lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 prompted U.S. Northern
  • ACCE team leaves for Hurricane Ike support

    Only days after the team returned from Louisiana following Hurricane Gustav, the Air Forces Northern Air Component Coordination Element left here Sept. 10 for San Antonio as Texas braced for Hurricane Ike. Commonly known as the ACCE, this group of Air Force subject matter experts coordinates the movement of Air Force assets into stricken regions
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