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  • AWACS tragedy spurred safety improvements

    "Lot of birds here ... We took one! We took two of them," called out Capt. Glenn Rogers Jr., aircraft commander, over the radio. "Elmendorf tower, Yukla two-seven heavy has an emergency ... lost number two engine we've taken some birds."On Sept. 22, 1995, an E-3B Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System, call sign Yukla 27, crashed, killing all
  • Families mark 20 years since tragic loss of AWACS crew

    Friday, Sept. 22, 1995 started out peaceful enough. Overcast skies were giving way to the heat of the sun, taking with them the last testimony of rain from the night before. Scattered clouds ranged from 5,000 to 20,000 feet, and visibility was 15 miles.For Elmendorf Air Force Base flightline personnel, it was to be a light work day; the F-15 Eagle
  • 'Yukla two-seven' Airmen remembered on 20th anniversary of crash

    The 24 U.S. and Canadian Airmen who lost their lives two decades ago did not die in vain and honorably inspire members of "America's Wing" today,  the 552nd Air Control Wing commander said Tuesday."They gave their lives for us," Col. David Gaedecke said to approximately 450 people gathered for the 20th anniversary of the E-3 Sentry crash at
  • Hundreds attend Col. Humphrey’s retirement ceremony

    More than 400 people attended a hangar retirement ceremony Sept. 11 honoring the 25-year career of Col. Brian A. Humphrey, vice commander of the 552nd Air Control Wing.Featured speaker Col. John J. Cooper, commander of the 461st Air Control Wing, Robins AFB, Ga., called Colonel Humphrey an "eager, aggressive and responsible leader" with uncommonly
  • 513th Air Control Group flies in Joint Task Force Exercise

    Reservists from the 513th Air Control Group returned last week from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, where they provided Airborne Warning and Control System support to the Navy's Joint Task Force Exercise off the coast of Southern California.The exercise, led by the Navy's 3rd Fleet, served as an evaluation of Carrier Strike Group 3's