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Air Education and Training Command News

  • Maxwell teen graduates college, sisters following in footsteps

    U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver at the age of 19. Hannah Harding, daughter of Officer Training School instructor Capt. Kitchener Harding, may be wondering what took her so long. The 17-year-old officially received her Bachelor of

  • Purple Hearts awarded to Air Force civil engineers

    It ranks as one of the most dangerous jobs in the Air Force during peacetime, but even more so during a war: explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD. Maj. Matthew Conlan and Staff Sgt. Christopher Ramakka were on an EOD mission June 17 to clear an old Soviet munitions area about 20 kilometers north of

  • 36th Rescue Flight makes 602nd save

    Crew members of the 36th Rescue Flight successfully completed their 602nd save in the inland Northwest Aug. 13. Just before 9 p.m., the crew, using night vision goggles, began their hour-long flight to the Wenatchee, Wash., area. Once reaching the response area, the crew was given their mission's

  • Rescue missions save two Alaskan children

    For the second time in less than six months, a child in Alaska was rescued from near death by a team of Air Force medics at Wilford Hall Medical Center here who stay on alert for their unique lifesaving mission. The latest mission was completed Aug. 14, covering more than 8,000 miles and 28 hours,

  • IDEA nets retiree $10,000

    A retired Keesler technical sergeant was recently awarded the maximum amount for a suggestion he made to the Air Force's Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program. William Higdon, assigned to the 333rd Training Squadron until his retirement last year, received his $9,800 cash reward

  • MTIs hope BMT study gives canteens the boot

    About 50 trainees in each of Lackland's seven basic military training "street" squadrons are being issued backpack hydration systems in a yearlong study to compare their health with fellow trainees hydrating from canteens. "I think everybody intuitively thinks CamelBaks, or a similar backpack

  • AETC receives federal-level technology award

    An electronic training and documentation program developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency helped Air Education and Training Command receive a federal-level technology award this month. The Federal Government Distance Learning Association awarded its annual Pioneer Award to AETC,

  • RAF, USAF C-130 crews train together

    Seventy Royal Air Force airmen and 15 British Army loadmasters flew two RAF C-130s across the Atlantic Ocean to work with American C-130 crews during a combined training exercise this month. During the week-long exercise, British and American crews trained together on maneuvering formations,

  • Kirtland HH-60 Pave Hawk accident investigation complete

    The Air Force has completed its investigation of the HH-60 Pave Hawk accident May 11 near Angel Fire, N.M., which resulted in the death of an Air Force flight engineer. The accident investigation determined the primary cause of the mishap to be pilot error. Other factors included unfavorable weather

  • Commentary: Without a paddle: River teaches ORM lesson

    "I'm going down the river no matter what you say!" Dennis stared at the three of us defiantly. Jill, Mitzi and I stared back in disbelief. I shook my head and stepped forward. "I'll go with you," I said. I regret those words to this day. We were four young Airmen camping in the Dolomite Mountains of