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  • Maxwell shelters Navy Seahawks from Tropical Storm Fay

    Dozens of U.S. Navy helicopters evacuated from the Florida coast to Maxwell Air Force Base on Wednesday in an effort to avoid the destruction of Tropical Storm Fay. Navy Cmdr. Chris Fallia said the decision to evacuate to Maxwell AFB happened early Wednesday, when the tropical storm was projected to veer back inland after hugging the East Coast,
  • Staying safe in the real world

    It's no secret. We're flying some old airplanes. In fact, aging airplanes continue to consume much of our attention. We are currently replacing the wing boxes on our C-130s, first delivered in 1956. Late last year, we grounded our F-15Cs, first delivered in 1974, after one literally broke apart in the sky. And more recently, we have focused on the
  • Convoys, IEDs and low-crawling: Deployers train at Fort Dix

    Green smoke flooded the air and ground bursts exploded as Fire Team Bravo maneuvered in a tactical V formation at Fort Dix recently as part of training required for every Airman deploying to the Central Command area of responsibility. "Advanced Contingency Skills Training is for support personnel whose primary mission is not outside the wire," said
  • Maxwell hosts Camp Sunshine for sixth year

    Hosting Camp Sunshine has become a tradition at Maxwell Air Force Base. Young people from the local community have come here for fun and learning for the last six summers. The camp is a collaborative effort between the Central Alabama Community Foundation, the local area Boy Scouts and Maxwell-Gunter. Camp Sunshine allows boys 6 to 12 years old
  • All in the family: Brothers graduate officer training together

    Two future doctors, who also happen to be brothers, finished Commissioned Officer Training as distinguished graduates Aug. 1 at Officer Training School. The siblings, 2nd Lts. Nicholas and Michael Papacostas, were honored as distinguished graduates, in the top 10 percent of their class. Their standing was calculated by weighing academics as 50
  • Top Junior ROTC cadets explore AF opportunities

    More than 450 high school students from hundreds of Air Force ROTC units worldwide participated in the 2008 Air Force Junior ROTC Aerospace and Technology Honor Camps this summer. More than 100 Junior ROTC cadets completed the final two programs in Albuquerque, N.M., and Oklahoma City, Okla., July 31. The elite program for the top half-percentile
  • Base gets ‘Twitchy’ with it

    One sales associate at the Military Clothing Store on Maxwell knows the answer to "So You Think You Can Dance?" Marie Boss's grandson, Stephen "Twitch" Boss, danced his way into the final rounds of the popular show on the Fox network. Before flying out to Hollywood Wednesday, she wore a T-shirt declaring, "Proud Grandmom of Twitch," and the store's
  • Barnes Center dedicated to former CMSAF

    Family and friends gathered July 24 as Air University officials dedicated the Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education to the fourth chief master sergeant of the Air Force. "What a great day for our Air Force," said current Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley. "Chief Barnes was the chief master sergeant of the Air Force