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  • QRP leadership explains recycling benefits

    With the current fiscal environment in mind, military members are consistently asked to take initiatives to save money and streamline processes. The Qualified Recycle Program at Osan Air Base is one of those programs that can improve not only the fiscal environment, but the community's environment as a whole. In an interview with Song Kun Kwon, QRP
  • Mother, teacher, survivor

    It's February 2012, and Katie Hampton, Osan Middle School special education teacher, is leading a normal life - as normal as it can be with two teenagers and an infant.She stays busy balancing work and caring for her family of five, oblivious to the fast approach of the day that will change her life forever. "Nine months after she (her daughter,
  • From tools to tweed, 411th CSB fills contracting need

    The U.S. Army's 411th Contracting Support Brigade may be one of the smallest units at Osan, but for the rest of the base - to include all of the 51st Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force, Army and ROK air force units - the brigade is essential to mission success.As Osan's contract and acquisition experts, the 411th CSB supports the purchasing and
  • Running the Operational Runway

    The 51st Civil Engineers, along with more than 1,000 joint service personnel, took part in the Osan runway opening "Fun run and FOD walk" (Foreign Object Damage). The 60-year-old runway was closed for 17 days for critical repairs and support construction for the new second runway. As one of the premier installations for combat airpower in the
  • ‘Scary’ story: F-16 pilot takes final flight, reflects on career

    Leonardo da Vinci once wrote, "For once you have tasted flight you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return."For Lt. Col. Douglas "Scary" Schaare, an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot and Reservist in the 55th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, da Vinci's words couldn't be more true."Seeing
  • 51st Fighter Wing celebrates 65 years of service

    On Aug. 18, 2013, the 51st Fighter Wing celebrates its 65-year anniversary as an active duty unit of the U.S. Air Force. Throughout those years, the wing has compiled an illustrious record in combat and peace. The '51st' designation traces its legacy to activation of the 51st Pursuit Group on Jan. 15, 1941 at Hamilton Field, Sacramento, Calif. It
  • Army air defender designs coin for AF ball

    1st Lt. Kyle Hermanson, executive officer with Battery B, 6th Battalion, 52nd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was recognized for creating the winning coin design for the upcoming U.S. Air Force's 'Air Force Ball' here, Aug. 9.Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, commander of the 7th Air Force, presented his own unit's challenge coin, a certificate of
  • JTACs deliver air power to ground forces

    "Icebox 56, Animal 11 two minutes from overhead," said the pilot of an A-10 Thunderbolt over the radio as his aircraft barreled toward its target at more than 300 miles per hour."Icebox 56 copies. Final attack heading will be 2-0-0 to 1-8-9," responded a voice over the radio."Animal 11 copies. 2-0-0 to 1-8-9. I got eyes on target," the pilot
  • One family’s ‘business’ to serve

    When people describe their job as a "family business," images of family diners or professions which require a specific trade may come to mind.For the last 65 years one family hasn't been at the diner selling burgers and milk shakes, they've been lacing up their boots and deploying to remote locations around the world for their "family business.""I
  • Security in security forces

    All secure. The simplicity of that statement doesn't even compare to the multitude of tasks, requirements and manpower needed to ensure that in any event, Osan Air Base and its assets are protected. The 51st Security Forces Squadron, which is broken down into several different units, works together to accomplish their mission of protecting and