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April 3, 2006

What can legal do for you?

Pre-deployment is an exciting and potentially nervous time as Langley Airmen prepare to take the fight abroad.Airmen can easily miss a detail in the midst of this enthusiastic preparation which might have legal consequences for the Airmen or their families during the deployment. Fortunately, the 1st Fighter Wing Legal Office is ready and willing to

April 3, 2006

Langley housing office wins allowance rate battle

When the Department of Defense approved the 2006 Air Force budget, a lot was made of the cuts to programs and personnel. Another noticable change came in the form of a raise in the Basic Allowance for Housing rate. For the last few years, efforts to raise the BAH rate have not yielded great results.Until last year, all services on the peninsula had

April 3, 2006

1st SFS warriors return from Iraq deployment

Langley welcomed back 13 members of the 1st Security Forces Squadron Jan. 9 after a six-month rotation at Camp Bucca, Iraq, as part of the 586th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron.The SFS members were responsible for a variety of duties at the prison, including perimeter security and convoy duty.“Our guys did a little of everything over there,”

April 3, 2006

Wing will test its mettle in week-long exercise

The Phase I exercise is an opportunity for a wing to prepare for contingency operations by practicing mobilization and deployment of assets.“A Phase I is preparation to go into a wartime posture,” said Tech. Sgt. Marie Shipley, 1st Fighter Wing Exercises office. “This preparation is animportant part of the deployment puzzle, as it helps the wing

April 3, 2006

ONE mission marks F-22A squadron milestone

The 27th Fighter Squadron passed another milestone Sunday after completing an Operation Noble Eagle mission in the F-22A.The Jan. 21 and 22 missions over the U.S. marks the first operational mission in the new fighter aircraft since it was declared Initial Operational Capable in December.Operation Noble Eagle provides air defense over the U.S. and

April 3, 2006

Transforming security forces

As the Air Force continues to adapt for the future, changes to the security forces career field will affect the total force. Brig. Gen. Robert Holmes, director of security forces and force protection, calls these transformations a “refocus” on how his people train and fight."We’re not in the Cold War anymore; we have to alter our mentality and our

April 3, 2006

Langley uses GEOBASE for hurricane preparedness

A hurricane is coming.It’s not here yet, but it will be soon. The weatherman is predicting so many inches of rain and so many feet of storm surge. Langley is going to be affected, but how?Actually, Patti McSherry, 1st Fighter Wing Geospatial Information OIC, can tell you exactly how Langley will be affected thanks to GeoBase, a computer mapping

April 3, 2006

Langley maintainers awarded for cleaning Hampton highways

Along a well-traveled stretch of Magruder Boulevard Saturday, a few troops were picking up Ford tailgates -- well at least one.Members of the 1st Component Maintenance Squadron have participated in the “Adopt-A-Spot” program in Hampton for two years, taking care of little less than a quarter-mile length along Magruder on the north side of Semple

April 3, 2006

Chief receives Bronze Star for Iraq tour

The things a person can find in Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Krebs’ office say a lot about the 1st Maintenance Group superintendent’s Air Force career.A picture of him in his Desert Camouflage Uniform, firing an M-9, sits on one side of the room, sharing a wall with a blood chit. He has challenge coins from the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of

April 3, 2006

Gate guards return to Bethel Manor

To the joy of many Bethel Manor residents, the housing area’s gate guards returned to their posts Wednesday, nearly one year since they were removed.Residents like Staff Sgt. Mario Garay voiced their happiness, knowing there will be an extra layer of security in addition to roving security forces patrols and the new fence surrounding the housing