Author Markeshia Ricks

Are you ready for your close up? Ten Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii certainly were camera ready. They were recently part of the filming of an episode of “Hawaii Five-O” shot at the 15th Wing on July 20, according to public affairs. The airmen were highlighted doing their  everyday jobs on the base and could end up in the final shot of the episode. This shoot was the second time that the production came to the base. An episode was shot on base last year, according to Key Assistant Location Manager Kent Matsuoka. The show regularly involves the military in…

Air Force officials are testing a new capability to speed up personnel assistance for deployed airmen, according to Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs. Personnel Support for Contingency Operations, or PERSCO, teams are being established at deployed locations in U.S. Air Forces Central’s area of responsibility to give airmen access to the Air Force Case Management System.  The first deployed team to have access to the  system will be located at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The rest of the teams will be in place by the end of the year. PERSCO teams will coordinate with the…

Security Forces airmen from bases across the country know they have many miles to go before they sleep. That’s because they’re participating in this year’s “Ruck March to Remember” as part of a commemoration of the lost lives of security force members in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Since 9/11, ten security forces Airmen have been killed and more than 100 have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan combat operations. Marking 10 years since the terrorists attacks on U.S. soil, the march will culminate Sept. 11 at Ground Zero. Members of the Joint Base San Antonio security forces community began the kickoff…

If you’ve made a move in the continental United States, or expect to make one this summer, the Defense Department has some bad news for you. Your stuff is going to be late. There have been so many moves this summer that the Defense Department is having a tough time getting everyone’s furniture and other household goods moved in a timely fashion. Things are so busy that the Joint Personal Property Shipping Offices might not be able to accommodate your move date, according to an Air Force press release. The entire CONUS and all military services are experiencing limited capacity…

During the “critical days of summer” the Air Force wants you to remember that lawnmowers are dangerous. Cautioning airmen to operate household equipment safely, the Air Force wants you to know that some 68,000 people make trips to the ER for injuries related to power mowers. Some 9,000 of those people hurt are those younger than 18. So don’t forget to watch your fingers, your toes and your kids when you’re starring in your own episode of “Home Improvement.” Argh, argh.

Displaced Minot Air Force Base airmen and their families can expense up 180 days of storage fees that they might have incurred because of the historic flooding of the Souris River that occurred in McHenry, Renville and Ward counties, according base public affairs. Col. James Dawkins Jr., 5th Bomb Wing commander, authorized the reimbursement of property storage and short-distance move expenses incurred by Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen and their families June 29. Dawkins’ order applies to displaced active duty military and dependents whose permanent residence is located within evacuation areas. Additional storage or moving costs exceeding the allotted…

Air Force officials have temporarily halted most permanent change of station moves and temporary duty assignments to Minot Air Force Base, N.D., according to Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs. Flooding has forced many to evacuate Minot, N.D., prompting the commanders of the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing to request a partial stop movement. Airmen within the U.S. who are projected to move to Minot AFB, and those who have already out-processed but who have not departed their current duty station — except those specifically authorized to continue their move —  should not leave. Air Force civilians…

The number of Global Strike Command airmen and their families that have been displaced by flood waters in Minot has grown to more than 1,000, according to Minot Air Force Base Public  Affairs. The airmen and their families were forced to flee the area when the waters of  the Souris River began spilling over its banks June 20. This is the second time in June that the airmen at Minot have been forced out by flooding. The floodwaters are expected to reach their highest levels in history and the base is offering emergency shelter to displaced base affiliated Department of…

The Department of Defense announced today that the the Air Force active and reserve components met their  recruiting and retention benchmarks fiscal year-to-date 2011, through May. The Air Force had 18,444 accessions, which was its fiscal year-to-date 2011 recruiting goals.  DoD said the service is on track to meet its fiscal year-to-date 2011 retention goals. The Air National Guard had 4,529 accessions, with a goal of 4,523; while the Air Force Reserve had 6,079 accessions, with a goal of 6,194. DoD said that both components are on target to achieve their fiscal year attrition goals.

An investigation has found that pilot-error caused a T-38C Talon to crash  at Ellington Field, Texas on Feb. 14. Capt. David M. Cook,  a pilot with the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., was flying the air craft when  he apparently mistook the landing runway, lost altitude too quickly and allowed his airspeed to fall below a safe level,  according to a press release from the Air Force.  His fatigue also was cited as part of the reason for the crash. The crash occurred while Cook was flying during the fourth sortie of the day as…

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