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Beneath the Skies: Aircraft Maintainers

Anyone who serves, or has served, in the United States Air Force will eventually get asked the same question: What kind of plane do you did you fly? Its a question that evokes myriad reactions from an eye-rolling chuckle to a head-dropping sigh.

SOP newswireLand mines transiting near Iraq-Iran border - TIKRIT, Iraq – While on routine patrol in eastern Diyala Province, five kilometers from the Iraq-Iran border, Iraqi security forces intercepted six heavily loaded donkeys.
SOP newswireCoalition Forces kill assassination team - CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq- An Al Qaeda assassination team was killed by Coalition Forces in Fallujah Tuesday. Coalition snipers heard gunshots and quickly responded
SOP newswireIraqi Army Captures Bomb Makers; New Security Station Opens in Ramadi - BAGHDAD " Iraqi Police and Soldiers captured members of a bomb-making cell and several weapons caches over the weekend.
SOP newswireInternational Conference Addresses Current, Future Warfighter Challenges - WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2006 – An international conference under way in Athens is tapping into the best minds from 35 U.S. allies and partners to come up with better ways to work cooperatively to support current and future warfighter needs.
SOP newswireU.S., Iraqi Forces Reopen Baghdad Checkpoints - Washington -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s order for coalition forces to reopen strategic checkpoints around the Sadr City neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, is an example of the government’s commitment to confronting
SOP newswireCoalition Forces destroy terrorist IED factory - BAGHDAD — Coalition Forces launched an air strike on an IED factory early Wednesday morning South of Baghdad as they continue to dismantle the al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist network. With the assistance of Iraqi citizens, Coalition Forces were able to locate and destroy
SOP newswireSlovakian Engineers destroy more than 27 tons of munitions - BAGHDAD — Slovakian engineers continue to make Iraq a safer place, and most notably they discovered, cleared and destroyed more than 27 tons of unexploded munitions in Al Quadisiyah province during Operation White Eagle II.
SOP newswireAir Force's Stealth Fighter Fleet Heads Toward Retirement - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M., Oct. 31, 2006 " After 25 years of storied service, the F-117 Nighthawk, the Air Force's first stealth fighter, is about to retire.
SOP newswireCadet aquitted in court-martial - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFPN) -- A U.S. Air Force Academy cadet was found not guilty of violating Article 120 (rape) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Oct. 27.
SOP newswireIraqi Army reopens water treatment facility - RAMADI — Iraqi Soldiers took a step closer to independence with the reopening of a water treatment facility at Camp Blue Diamond.
SOP newswireU.S., Iraqi leaders: Both countries committed to democratic Iraq - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President George W. Bush are committed to the security and prosperity of a democratic Iraq and the global fight against terrorism
SOP newswireIraqi Army Soldiers Discover Multiple Weapons Caches - Iraqi Army soldiers discovered multiple weapons caches during joint patrols with U.S. Army Paratroopers Oct. 21-22 in a village north of Samarra.
SOP newswireU.S. contractors improve Police facilities - ERBIL — Law enforcement is one of most urgently needed careers in Iraq, a country rife with insurgent, sectarian and criminal violence. The rush to recruit, train and equip the new Iraqi police forces has gone hand in hand with renovating facilities for offices, headquarters, and training centers, U.S. officials here said.
SOP newswireAir strikes thwart terrorist ambushes - BAGHDAD, Iraq — Coalition aircraft thwarted two separate terrorist ambushes as ground forces moved toward their objective early Sunday morning near Balad. Coalition Forces encountered terrorist activity on two separate occasions along their travel route. After positive identification
SOP newswireIraqi Army taking lead - BAGHDAD — With dawn still a couple of hours away from signaling the beginning of a new day, Iraqi army soldiers, along with a Multi-National Division – Baghdad Military Transition Team, departed from Forward
SOP newswireCENTAF releases airpower summary for Oct. 28 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Oct. 28.
SOP newswireAdd-on-armor team empowers engineers - CAMP LIBERTY — Maintenance personnel with the 16th Engineer Brigade have saved money, time and lives by adding armor to engineer construction equipment.
SOP newswireIraqi Army making waves on Euphrates - BAGHDAD — From a distance it looks like a classic summer scene: boaters enjoying an afternoon on the river, taking an occasional dip to cool from the sun. But that’s far from the real situation occurring on the Euphrates River near Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq.
SOP newswireOne Terrorist Killed, 10 Others Detained - BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed a terrorist Saturday morning and detained an individual responsible for the movement of foreign fighters into Iraq during a raid south of Baghdad.
SOP newswireAir Force major works 'down under' in support of mission - ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE RICHMOND, Australia (AFPN) -- While the air show here ended Oct. 22 and the C-17 Globemaster III crew from Hawaii headed back to their
SOP newswireIraqis taking responsibility across country - BAGHDAD — The Coalition here is increasingly shifting from a lead role to a supporting role in Iraq, as Iraqi Forces
SOP newswireIPs ambushed by insurgents, IPs and CF fight back - KHAN BANI SA’AD, Iraq – At approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday, a Baqubah based Iraqi police unit came under attack by an unknown number of anti-Iraqi forces, in the vicinity of Khan Bani Sa’ad in Diyala Province.
SOP newswireIraqi NCOs graduate in Mahmudiyah - FOB MAHMUDIYAH — Graduations are always proud moments, and there was perhaps none prouder than when ten Iraqi soldiers of the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, received certificates declaring them noncommissioned officers in here Oct. 14.
SOP newswireDuke of Edinburgh visits British Army - BASRA — His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh made a surprise visit to the British Army in Iraq Sunday.
SOP newswireIraqi Army Captures Death Squad Commander, Kidnapping Suspects - BAGHDAD, Oct. 25, 2006 – Special Iraqi army forces, aided by coalition advisors, captured a death squad leader and three people believed to have been involved in the kidnapping of a U.S. soldier in separate raids in the Iraqi capital’s Sadr City neighborhood, military officials reported.
SOP newswireCharleston Aerial Port Squadron Leans forward - CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- Members of the 437th Aerial Port Squadron here have leaned forward to streamline processes to save money while getting vital equipment to the warfighter faster.
SOP newswireNNSA Secures All Russian Navy Nuclear Sites - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has completed security enhancements to protect against theft or terrorist attacks at 50 Russian navy nuclear sites two years ahead of schedule. This achievement signifies the completion of nuclear material protection, control and accounting upgrades at all Navy-affiliated sites in the Russian Federation that contain nuclear materials or warheads.
SOP newswireVehicle blast claims lives in Husaybah, Iraq - CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq – A vehicle exploded in a marketplace claiming several lives and injuring others Tuesday in the Iraq/Syria border city of Husaybah, Iraq.
SOP newswireSearch for Missing U.S. Soldier Continues in Baghdad - BAGHDAD, Oct. 24, 2006 – Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers are searching for U.S. soldier missing since yesterday evening. Officials have not released the soldier’s name.
SOP newswireU.S. Marines capture sniper rifles, kill 6, wound 4 insurgents - CAMP AL ASAD, Iraq – The Coalition Forces killed six insurgents, wounded four and netted five sniper rifles Sunday in the Euphrates River city of Hit, Iraq. The Coalition Force positively identified 10 males conducting insurgent
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