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May 1, 2009

Airman stumbles into heroic situation

Airman 1st Class Michael Ornelaz wasn't expecting to be a hero as he made his way to work Sept. 27, 2008. During that Saturday morning drive on Hampton highway, he swerved to avoid hitting a man lying unconscious in the road. Relieved that he hadn't hit the man, he parked his jeep and went to inspect the body. "I thought he was dead," said Airman

April 25, 2009

Virginia trooper Thunderbird for a day

February 6 was just another day on the job for Virginia State Police Trooper Kurt Johnson until he happened upon a serious car accident. A mother was screaming for the Trooper to rescue her child, who was in her car seat trapped under the dashboard. Trooper Johnson crawled into the car and saved the child, who turned 3 that day. The child suffered

April 24, 2009

Langley hosts private air show for some special guests

 "Thank you for being here," said Maj. Rich Goodman, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds opposing soloist, as he shook hands with Harris Fischer. Harris is a Special Olympics athlete, who had an opportunity April 24 to get up close and personal with his favorite aerobatic demonstration team, as well as other demonstration pilots before the show opened

April 22, 2009

Masses awed by rescue

The Air Force, Army and Navy teamed together to amaze visitors to Virginia Beach, April 22. Together they put on the Joint Air Power Demonstration as part of Hampton Roads Air Force Week. The F-22 Raptors, F-15 Eagles, Navy F/A-18s and HC-130 Hercules provided air support for the rescue, dispensed flares and maneuvered over the ocean as more than

April 21, 2009

WWII ace honored at veterans ceremony

On April 5, 1943, then-Capt. Darrell Welch led the 27th Fighter Squadron to intercept enemy transport planes flying supplies into North Africa World War II. During a 25 minute battle, he would have three confirmed kills and survive 10 hits to his P-38 Lightning. Before the battle began, Mr. Welch flew alongside the 82nd Fighter Group's B-26s and

April 20, 2009

Local recruits recite oath of enlistment

Neither snow, nor rain or threat of a tornado could stop 45 Air Force Delayed Entry Program participants from the local area from giving the oath of enlistment performed by Maj. Gen. Frank Gorenc, Air Combat Command Air and Space Directorate, at the Norfolk Tides baseball season home opener April 20. The Tides held an Air Force Night, in which Maj.

April 18, 2009

Past, present Airmen honored at AF Week opening ceremony

Airmen from the past and present were honored as part of the opening ceremony for Hampton Roads Air Force Week April 18 at Hampton University's Armstrong Stadium. The ceremony kicked off a week of activities that will allow the community an opportunity to meet Air Force members, see how they help protect America, and allow them to say "thank you"

March 24, 2009

Honoring 50 years of Air Force service

Imagine working for the same company for 50 years and working under eleven different Commander in Chiefs. That is exactly what Gene Osborne, 1st Fighter Wing Plans, Programs and Evaluations administrator, accomplished by serving his country. To honor Mr. Osborne's 30-year career as an active-duty servicemember and 20-year career as a Department of

March 13, 2009

JET Airmen support the Central Criminal Court of Iraq

Editor's note: Capt. Karen Jordan is currently deployed from Langley's 1st Fighter Wing's legal office.Iraqi judges, lawyers and investigators walk through the hallowed halls of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq here. Along these corridors of marble, wood, steel and glass, a small group of U.S. military lawyers move about from office to courtroom.

March 11, 2009

Tops in Blue: Langley NCO gears up for 2009 tour

Each January, Air Force singers, dancers, musicians and technicians compete for slots in the Tops in Blue by auditioning at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Of the 80 Air Force personnel who competed, 31 were accepted, including two assigned to Langley. Staff Sgt. Guillermo Gonzalez, 1st Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion

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