Moving Aussies: Two of the newly arrived C-17s at Hickam AFB, Hawaii, are on the wing—this time aiding the short-notice movement of Australian forces from the Solomon Islands to Australia, as the Aussies mobilized their forces to support international peace operations in East Timor, which is awash in civil unrest. Pacific Air Forces has been employing the new airlifters and recently indoctrinated air and ground crews in real world contingencies since the aircraft first started calling Hawaii home earlier this year. For this latest mission, PACAF quickly dispatched about 25 active and Air National Guard airmen from Hickam and contingency response forces from Andersen AFB, Guam, to the Solomon Islands and Australia.
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Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
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