Proving that duty for airmen in Southwest Asia is often two-fold, USAF firefighters of the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, not only ply their main task of fire support to Kirkuk Air Base in Iraq, but also teach Iraqis first aid and basic firefighting skills. Many of the Iraqis they train will work to protect Iraq’s oil pipelines. According to the 506th’s TSgt. Clifford Snyder, the interaction has shown him many Iraqis are eager for help and “want the opportunity to work and earn a living just like anybody.”
An Air Force C-17 transport jet recently tested a new technology that could help aviators stay on course even if the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) that much of modern-day aviation relies on is compromised.