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SATHER AIR BASE, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Carlos Sanchez, 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician, shows a pressure wire once planted by insurgents, but now serves as a visual example of improvised explosive device-making materials in the unit’s “IED graveyard.” The wires are wound and bound to complete an electrical circuit with pressure, such as from a foot or a vehicle tire, setting off an explosion designed to maim or kill its victims. Sergeant Sanchez is part of a team of EOD technicians serving at Sather AB, Baghdad, Iraq. He is deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Staff Sgt. Jennifer Lindsey) Sather EOD honors fallen brethren by destroying enemy plans
Staff Sgts. Carlos Sanchez and Aris DiRodio know how serious their work is here. In March 2006 and January 2007, the 447th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians lost four EOD brethren who responded to improvised explosive device calls in the Baghdad area. "The scope of what we do is so large and dangerous,
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2007
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Lagestam and Senior Airman Ricky Howard, 332nd Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons loaders, secure a Guided Bomb Unit 13 to an F-16 Fighting Falcon here, Nov. 27. The GBU-13 is one of the three primary munitions used by the fighter squadrons here. Sergeant Lagestam and Airman Howard are deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia) Bombs up

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2007
BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- Senior Airman Scott Gormley, a 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron avionics technician, adjusts the output power of an ultra-high frequency radio for an F-16 Fighting Falcon here, Nov. 30. The radio allows pilot to communicate with other pilots and ground personnel. Airman Gormley is deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia) Avionics check

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2007
Default Air Force Logo Tricare beneficiaries save with mail-order pharmacy
Nearly 20,000 Tricare beneficiaries are saving money on their prescriptions after making the switch to mail order through the new member choice center. After only two months of operation, beneficiaries saved approximately $600,000 on prescriptions by switching from retail to the Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy. In all, individual beneficiary's savings
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Officials explain recoupment policy for wounded troops
If you are wounded in combat and discharged as a result, you will not have to pay back your enlistment bonus, Defense Department officials said here Nov. 26. "Bonuses are not recouped simply for one's inability to complete an enlistment or re-enlistment agreement through no fault of the military member," a policy statement said. Pentagon officials
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2007
Default Air Force Logo New log-in notice to clarify computer use issues
Defense Department employees soon will see a new notice on their government computer screens informing them that their e-mails are subject to monitoring and that use of the computer means they recognize and consent to that monitoring. The revised language will appear throughout the department within the next two weeks, according to an official from
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Officials announce new selective reenlistment bonus list
Following a selective reenlistment bonus review, Pentagon officials have released the latest SRB list, effective Dec. 15, containing 43 Air Force specialties. "Our SRB analysis process proved invaluable, and we were able to modify the list to apply bonuses to our most critical needs," said Senior Master Sgt. Douglas Byrd, manager of enlisted force
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2007
Default Air Force Logo Head JAG visits Hill
Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap, Jr., the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the USAF, recently visited Hill AFB for a Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 6 inspection at the Ogden Air Logistics Center Legal Office. Accompanying General Dunlap was Chief Master Sergeant Avis Dillard-Bullock, the Senior Paralegal Advisor to the judge advocate general.
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2007
Default Air Force Logo MPF to change functions
Military Personnel Flight's across the Air Force started to changed their functions Nov. 19 due to Congress' Program Budget Decision No. 720 to the Base Level Service Delivery Model by merging commander support staffs into the Military Personnel Flight and creating four new sections. Currently, only Air Force Materiel Command units on Hill AFB will
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2007
An HH-60 Pave Hawk manuevers over the Utah Test and Training Range during a combat search and rescue integration exercise Nov. 8 in Utah. The HH-60 is from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Members of the 34th Weapons Squadron from Nellis AFB led the search and recovery training. The exercise expanded the integration with Utah's 211th Aviation Group AH-64 Apache Joint Rotary Wing, 4th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon assets from Hill AFB, Utah, and special operations forces. Exercise participants also conducted extensive joint combat search and rescue operations against surface-to-air threats. The exercise is being run held Nov. 6 through 15. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald) 
Search, rescue training in Utah

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