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  • Combat Jumps-Airborne Infiltration into Enemy Territory

    Special Tactics Airmen are a highly trained ground force in the U.S. Air Force. Their jobs require mental and physical toughness. Their motto of : Anyplace, Anytime, Anywhere" was demonstrated when executing multiple parachute jumps into enemy territory during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi

  • Chief Master Sergeant Duane Hackney Most Decorated Enlisted Airman

    Born to Rescue   With over twenty-five years in service and more than seventy individual awards and decorations, CMSgt Duane Hackney is recognized as the most decorated enlisted Airman in Air Force history. Serving most of his career as a pararescueman, his legendary status began in Vietnam in

  • Chief Master Sergeant Wayne Fisk High Risk, High Reward

    Son Tay Raid   On November 21, 1970, then SSgt. Wayne Fisk, a pararescueman, joined the all-volunteer search and rescue operation at Son Tay, North Vietnam. Sixty-one American POWs were reportedly held at the camp. Although no prisoners were found, the raid was considered a tactical success. On the

  • Cougar CAT II A1

    Designed to withstand explosive detonations, this Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected (MRAP) vehicle was used by United States Air Force explosive ordnance disposal units in Afghanistan and Syria from 2008-2019.Vehicles like this one are also used by Security Forces for base defense. The raised chassis,

  • Chao Pha Khao

    The Chao Pha Khao, the call sign used by Hmong North American T-28 Trojan pilots, contributed greatly to the war effort in Laos and served as source of pride for the Hmong people.During PROJECT WATER PUMP a total of thirty-four Hmong and one Khmu person completed the six-month training program to

  • Chariots of the Rescue Service

    In the early 1960s the standard USAF rescue helicopter was the light-lift Kaman HH-43B Huskie, used mainly for local base rescue. As hostilities increased in SEA in June 1964, two HH-43Bs deployed to Thailand for rescue support. However, early missions demonstrated that the current helicopters were

  • Canine Warriors

    Canine WarriorsCourage and Sacrifice, Always Beside You A temporary exhibit featuring Wounded Warrior Dogs wooden sculptures by artist James Mellick will be on display in the Kettering Hall from Nov. 8, 2019 through Jan. 31, 2020. Note from the artist:Wounded Warrior Dogs ProjectI am moved by the

  • CONSTANT PEG: Secret MiGs in the Desert

    Project Constant Peg was a secret program to train US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps fighter aircrews to fly against Soviet-designed aircraft. The USAF’s 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron (TES), nicknamed the “Red Eagles,” flew MiG-17 “Fresco,” MiG-21 “Fishbed,” and later MiG-23 “Flogger”

  • Combat Aircraft to Museum Artifact

    After the bond tour, the Memphis Belle went to MacDill Army Air Field, Florida, to be used for training.  At war’s end, it was stored at Altus Army Airfield, Oklahoma, with other surplus bombers awaiting scrapping. In 1946, the city of Memphis, Tennessee, acquired the aircraft and displayed it

  • Crippling the Nazi War Machine: USAAF Strategic Bombing in Europe

      At great sacrifice, the US Army Air Forces’ (USAAF) daylight strategic bombing campaign played a critical role in winning the war in Europe.        What is Strategic Bombing?          Strategic bombing is a strategy to destroy a country’s ability or will to fight by attacking its homeland from the