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  • The Southeast Asia War

    The Southeast Asia War (1961–1973) resulted from the U.S. policy called “containment,” which sought to hold communism to its early Cold War borders.  The main U.S. goal in the Southeast Asia War was to protect South Vietnam—initially from a local communist insurgency and later from conquest by

  • Technical Sergeant Timothy Wilkinson

    In response to Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid’s deadly attack on United Nations and US forces in 1993, a joint special operations task force was sent to Somalia to capture Aidid and his lieutenants. Task Force Ranger, composed of US Army, Navy, and Air Force Special Operations forces was

  • Technical Sergeant Forrest L. Vosler Medal of Honor Recipient

    In a raid over Bremen, Germany, a B-17 with the 358th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, had just finished bombing its target when it was severely damaged by anti-aircraft fire. TSgt. Forrest Vosler, radio operator and gunner, was firing at enemy fighters when a 20mm shell exploded near his legs,

  • Technical Sergeant Ben Kuroki Distinguished Service Medal Recipient

    As the son of Japanese immigrants, Ben Kuroki had to fight for his right to enter the Armed Forces during World War II. At first, his enlistment was denied. Once accepted, he had to beg his way into combat duty. Kuroki was eventually made an aerial gunner and completed his required twenty-five

  • The Need for Fuel

    The 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recover Group determined that if a downed Airman could be reached within fifteen minutes, the chances of rescue were good. However, after thirty minutes or more, the survivor’s chances of being rescued drastically decreased.Unfortunately, the US Air Force’s rescue

  • The Men, The Mission: Rescue Units of the War

    US Air Force rescue units in Southeast Asia belonged to the 3rd Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group (ARRG). Comprised of five Aerospace Rescue and Recovery (ARR) squadrons, with occasional augmentation from other rescue units in the Pacific, they were responsible for all US search and recovery

  • T-38 Sit-in Cockpit

    This T-38 cockpit simulator, made by Quintron Systems Corporation, trained pilots to operate a T-38 aircraft’s controls and instruments during takeoff, approach, and landing at night.  The Northrop T-38 Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used by the US Air Force to prepare

  • Tech. Sgt. Keary J. Miller

    CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE AIR FORCE CROSS _______________________________________________________Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the

  • The Memphis Belle: American Icon

    The Memphis Belle and its crew became timeless symbols of the service and sacrifice of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany.  This famed aircraft was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the United States after completing 25 missions over

  • Target Berlin

    Berlin, Germany’s capital, was selected as a prime target for the USAAF, not only for its industrial importance, but because the Luftwaffe would be forced to defend it, suffering heavy losses in the process.   The USAAF conducted its first major raid against Berlin on March 6, 1944—672 heavy bombers