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  • 422nd ABG, Helmdon village honor those lost almost 70 years ago

    November 30, 1943, started out as a typical English day in Helmdon, United Kingdom - dark, damp, cloudy and the sun was just starting to break over the horizon - but all of that changed at 8:19 a.m."My father left our cottage, at Astwell Castle Farm, after breakfast to continue the day's work," said Derek Ratledge, who was 8 years old in 1943. "As
  • Maj. Gen. Vander Hamm takes helm of Mighty Eighth

    Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm took command of Eighth Air Force Oct. 23 in a ceremony here presided over by U.S. Strategic Command commander Gen. C. Robert Kehler.Vander Hamm, who was also promoted to the rank of major general during the ceremony, replaces Maj. Gen. Stephen Wilson."I want you to know what a privilege it is to serve as your commander,"
  • Wilson expresses confidence in Team Minot

    As his last visit to Minot Air Force Base in his current position, the Eighth Air Force commander met with Airmen throughout the 5th Bomb Wing and visited several construction projects, Sept. 3-6. In addition to visiting ongoing projects, Maj. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson toured the new air traffic control tower and base operations building, which he
  • Memorial marks lives lost 70 years ago at RAF Alconbury

    Nineteen members of the "Mighty Eighth" Air Force's 95th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Force, who lost their lives 70 years ago where honored during the dedication of a memorial plaque in their honor at Alconbury Airfield May 27. The event commemorated the day when, at about 8:30 p.m. May 27, 1943, USAAF ground personnel were arming
  • Eighth Air Force commander applauds hard-working Minot Airmen

    Maj. Gen. Stephen Wilson, Eighth Air Force commander, recently visited Minot AFB Sept. 28 to 29 to show support for the outstanding flood and non-flood related work Airmen here have accomplished within the past year. With more than 1,100 Airmen evacuating their homes due to the flood, the men and women of Minot AFB showed the general how hard they
  • Minot Airman’s heroism hidden by humility

    During his deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, a Minot Air Force Base Airman led his team during numerous direct and indirect fire engagements with Taliban insurgents while assisting his Marine counterparts in retaking the city of Now Zad, which had been under Taliban control since 2007. When a group of troops were
  • Airman's quick action helps save lives from fire

    What started as a typical weekday evening for a Barksdale Air Force Airman who works a night job as a pizza deliveryman, turned out be a night of courage that brought out the warrior spirit in him and helped save lives.On Sept. 8, while making a delivery to an apartment complex in Shreveport, La., Staff Sgt. Lorenzo Crawford came face to face with
  • Eighth Air Force celebrates Air Force birthday

    Members of the Eighth Air Force Headquarters, 608th Air and Space Operations Center and 608th Air Communications Squadron performed a reveille ceremony at the Cyber Innovation Center in celebration of the Air Force's 64th birthday Sept. 16. Sixty-four years ago, President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, establishing the
  • Senior leaders: B-2 has bright future ahead

    Senior leaders from across the Air Force visited Whiteman Air Force Base last week to discuss the future of the B-2 Spirit bomber.The General Officer Steering Group for B-2 Sustainment met on base Sept. 8 and discussed the challenges and solutions for keeping the B-2 fleet healthy and operational for years to come.The GOSG has been held regularly