• 944th FW member honored as outstanding Airman of the year

    Air Force Reserve Command honored its outstanding Airmen of the year for 2011 during a ceremony here April 10.The winners who will represent the command in Air Force competition later this year are: first sergeant - Master Sgt. Anthony Johns, 445th Operations Support Squadron, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Senior NCO - Master Sgt. Sandra
  • Raptor Banner Shoot tests combat capability

    F-22 pilots from the 302nd, 525th and 90th Fighter Squadrons tested their aim during a banner shoot here April 23-27. A banner shoot is best described as aerial target practice for the F-22. The pilots fire the F-22's 20 millimeter cannon at a banner, measuring 8 feet wide and 40 feet long, being towed behind a Cessna 441 Conquest II. "We do it to
  • Safety requires personal commitment

    Citizen Airmen,As we begin to make plans to relax in the coming months, please keep in mind that the "Critical Days of Summer" is the timeframe when the Air Force experiences our greatest number of mishaps. Of note, AFRC accounted for 4 of 18 Air Force fatalities during this period last year.Our ultimate goal is to achieve zero mishaps; however
  • Pararescue Airmen aid avalanche victims

    A pararescue Airmen who went to the aid of avalanche victims nearly became a victim himself when the rescue helicopter dragged him and his patient across the steeply sloped mountain March 18. Air Force Reserve Staff Sgt. Darrell Williams, a pararescueman with the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and the patient in the rescue basket,
  • Rescue group Airmen honors Tuskegee Airman

    A first sergeant who spent time studying the history of the World War II Tuskegee Airmen finally had opportunity to honor the legacy of one Airman whose efforts and struggles trail blazed the quality of life for all in the U.S. Armed Forces."I've studied the Tuskegee Airmen for some time now, but it's my honor and privilege to actually have met a
  • Stenner discusses Reserve priorities during Luke visit

    Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner, commander, Air Force Reserve Command, visited the 944th Fighter Wing here April 1. Stenner used his few hours at Luke to discuss business with Col. Jose Monteagudo, commander 944th Fighter Wing and his senior leadership team. The commander also hosted a townhall meeting at Club 56 for local Reservists, at which he
  • Reserve, active duty F-22 pilots fly succesful long range strike exercise

    A mix of personnel from the 477th Fighter Group, 3rd Wing, and 673rd Air Base Wing left JBER to participate in a long range strike exercise on April 4.F-22 Raptors and E-3's assigned to the 3rd Wing along with F-16s from Misawa AB, Japan, B-1's from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota and KC-135s from Eielson AFB, Alaska participated in the U.S. Strategic
  • Air Force Reserve plans to change about 3,000 jobs in FY13

    The Air Force Reserve announced about 3,000 job changes on March 6 that will realign affected reservists into growing new career fields and help the Total Force reduce manning by 9,900 Airmen in fiscal 2013. As some Air Force reservists have to move or travel to new jobs, the Air Force Reserve plans to decrease its end strength manning from 71,400
  • Rescue Airmen brave blizzard to reach, save Alaskan villager

    Snowflakes stung like needles when Pararescue Airmen skydived into a blizzard at night to rescue a Native American in a remote Alaskan village who was suffering from a life-threatening infection.Ryan Morgan, 20, was deteriorating as fast as the weather blocking Alaskan rescue personnel from getting near him in Red Devil, the dying mining town in