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  • 53d has 25 selected for master sergeant

    Air Force officials recently selected 5,604 of 22,748 eligible technical sergeants for promotion to master sergeant for a selection rate of 24.64 percent. The average score for those selected was 340.41, with an average time in grade and time in service of 4.45 and 16.40 years respectively. The average score was based on the following point
  • 53d reserve unit takes up former squadron tradition

    The 84th Test and Evaluation Squadron 53d Wing's Reserve Total Force Integration unit captured the spirit of its former squadron namesake by continuing the original Fighting Wizard's tradition of the luau. Squadron members and their families joined together for a full day of events that concluded with a barbecue on the beach. "I wanted to bring
  • From the front

    Name:  Master Sgt. Steve PetroHome Unit:  53d Wing staffDeployed Unit:  Intel and military security school in IraJob:  Technical trainerHelp Desk beddownComputer, radio and phone support
  • A-10 pilot reaches 3000 in the "Hawg"

    It's said the A-10 warthog is one of the most tenacious aircraft of this era, so it stands to reason it would have an equally tenacious pilot at the controls. Pilot, Lt. Col. Drew "Baker" English, test director for the 59th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and member of the 53rd Wing flew his 3,000th hour in the A-10C
  • 85 TES fields combat-driven technology

    When operational test pilots of the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron break something in an airborne fighter jet, it's a good day. It means they found a deficiency in a new capability that will be addressed before it goes to fighter pilots flying real-world missions. "We joke, 'Let's go out and break something today,'" said Capt. Christopher
  • ACC Airmen donate shadow box to enlisted widow

    What started out as a simple request for a shadow box, switched to a project for two Air Combat Command Airmen, then bloomed into a keepsake of memories to be admired for generations. Irma Cox, a Bob Hope Village resident and volunteer, was presented with a hand-made shadowbox containing medals, a flag and other military mementos of her late