The guys from Altus Air Force Base returned to Oklahoma last week with some major bragging rights. The 97th Air Mobility Wing took back the top prize at the 2011 Rodeo, Air Mobility Command’s bienniel skills competition. The 97th took home another nine trophies, too, which must have made the trip to Joint Base Lewis-McChord especially sweet. The Rodeo, for those who might not know, is AMC’s biggest to-do. It draws teams from across the world to compete in everything from airdrops to financial management. Here’s a list of winners from this year’s competition: Best Air Mobility Wing: 97th Air…

The Princeton Review has released its annual list of top party schools and sober schools, based on a survey of 122,000 students. The Air Force Academy makes the sober list coming in at No. 13. However, the Academy is the lowest of the service academies: The Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., comes it at No. 4; the U.S. Military Academy in West Point at No. 5; the Naval Academy in Annapolis at No. 6; and the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., at No. 12. The top sober school is Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. If…

If you haven’t yet, read Nicholas Schmidle’s piece in the New Yorker about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. It’s a fine piece of reporting with a bunch of details you’re guaranteed to be reading for the first time. And since this is an Air Force blog, it’s worth mentioning the service receives a brief mention. Schmidle talks about the intental debate about how to take down bin Laden. Then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs vice chairman Gen. James Cartwright favored sending B-2s to bomb the compound, which would obviate the risk of having American troops operating on…

Airmen scheduled to PCS to Minot Air Force Base this summer are being told to remain where they are unless they’re technical training graduates or single with no dependents. Air Force officials issued a partial stop movement order back in June because of heavy spring flooding that forced thousands to evacuate. The flooding damaged a lot of the available off base housing. After reviewing the situation on the ground officials have decided to keep the stop movement order in place, according to Minot AFB public affairs. Only service members who are technical training graduates and accessions who are single with…

Adam Kinzinger is a captain in the Air National Guard who has managed to ding the chief of staff and get away with it. He once wrestled a knife-wielding man, disarmed him and was named “Hero of the Year.” He has flown missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He won election to the U.S. House of Representatives on a tea party platform to cut spending. And he’s pretty easy on the eyes, according to The Hill newspaper. The tabloid named Kinzinger No. 5 on its annual 50 Most Beautiful People list. The article called him the “Tom Cruise of Congress” and…

Foreign Policy magazine has a cool slideshow of Afghanistan photos, taken with the Hipstamatic iPhone app. It’s a must-see for anyone who has spent sometime in the area. I’d link to a few of the photos, but there’s that whole issue of copyright. So, in the meantime, enjoy this photo of part of our newsroom:

The  Air Force Academy is treating more than 200 cadets and some active duty personnel for an apparent outbreak of the stomach flu, according to a press release from the academy in Colorado. As of today, approximately 240 basic cadets have shown stomach flu symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, 10th Medical Group officials said in a press release. Active-duty personnel exhibiting  symptoms have been sent home to recover. Those affected are being treated with oral and intravenous fluids and anti-nausea medication. “The health and safety of our cadets and all those who live and work at the Air…

Air Mobility Command is hosting their biennial Rodeo competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this week. (In case you didn’t know, check out this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this. And there’s even more here.) The event brings in folks from across the world, allows them to wear cowboy hats and compete for bragging rights. Your humble correspondent covered the past two Rodeos at his last gig, and I can attest they’re a mighty good time. Units will put up tents in a central area, grill out and sip a few chilly ones during…

Some pictures are worth a thousand words. Like this one of the Air Force’s chief of staff riding through the streets of Cheyenne, Wyo.: In case you’re wondering, Schwartz was the grand marshal of the 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days parade. He and his wife, Suzie, rode through downtown on horseback. He also attended the CFD Rodeo, where he “rode in the grand entry and received a behind-the-chutes tour,” according to an Air Force release.

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…

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