USAF airmen have been providing airlift support for the African Union peacekeeping mission in the Darfur region of Sudan for the past few years. The most recent mission for the 786th Air Expeditionary Squadron was Oct. 20, when the unit flew 400 Rwandan soldiers to Darfur, reports Capt. Erin Dorrance. The 786th AES expects to assist in transporting approximately 2,200 Rwandan troops and heavy equipment in and out of Darfur.
Changes are coming this year for Airmen taking professional military education (PME) distance learning courses. Closer interactions with facilitators, a revised capstone course, and more feedback on test performance are meant to improve the overall experience for distance learning students, who often include members of the Air National Guard.