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Archive for July, 2011

Islamophobia: Norwegian Muslish Gunman’s Islam-Esque Atrocity

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Former Intel Chief: Call Off The Drone War (And Maybe the Whole War on Terror)

Former Intel Chief: Call Off The Drone War (And Maybe the Whole War on Terror)

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An open letter to General Martin Dempsey

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Airmen compete for Team Pakistan

Senior Airman Abigail Klein

 MAirmen compete for Team Pakistan Members of the Pakistan Air Force team carry a gurney down the ramp after completing an Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 aeromedical evacuation competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 25, 2011. When Rodeo officials realized that Pakistan had only one flight surgeon to compete in a five-person competition, they asked members of the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to join Team Pakistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abigail Klein)embers of the Pakistan Air Force team carry a gurney down the ramp after completing an Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 aeromedical evacuation competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 25, 2011. When Rodeo officials realized that Pakistan had only one flight surgeon to compete in a five-person competition, they asked members of the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to join Team Pakistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abigail Klein)

Airmen compete for Team Pakistan (Airmen compete for Team Pakistan Members of the Pakistan Air Force team carry a gurney down the ramp after completing an Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 aeromedical evacuation competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 25, 2011. When Rodeo officials realized that Pakistan had only one flight surgeon to compete in a five-person competition, they asked members of the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron to join Team Pakistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abigail Klein)Left to right) Capt. Asif Jan, a flight surgeon for the Pakistan Air Force, and Senior Airman Gabriel Itaya, a 446th Aeromedical Squadron medical technician, carry a gurney on the flightline to prepare for an Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., July 25, 2011. Itaya was one of four team members asked to join Team Pakistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Abigail Klein)

Airmen compete for Team Pakistan Capt. Asif Jan, a flight surgeon from the Pakistan Air Force, 



7/26/2011 – JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AFNS) — Chanting, “Team Pakistan,” as they ascended the ramp to a KC-135R Stratotanker, four of the five-member Pakistan Air Mobility Rodeo 2011 aeromedical evacuation team were American Airman.

Upon discovery that Pakistan only had one flight surgeon to compete in the aeromedical evacuation competition, members of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Reserve unit stepped in.

Capt. Asif Jan was more than willing to accept his new teammates, who are usually assigned to the 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.

Though Jan is a trained flight surgeon, he was unfamiliar with equipment configurations for the KC-135R and C-17 Globemaster III. This part of the Rodeo competition requires a five-person team, traditionally consisting of two nurses and three medical technicians who set up patient support equipment accurately and in a short amount of time.

The competition included the team configuring a patient support pallet, which is used during contingency operations to hold gurneys, said Master Sgt. Tim McClain, a KC-135R configuration competition umpire.

To prepare Jan, he trained in less than a week for more than eight hours with his teammates 2nd Lt. Kimmie Marin, a 446th AES flight nurse; Master Sgt. Selina Barone, a 446th AES charge medical technician; Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Wegehoft, a 446th AES medical technician; and Senior Airman Gabriel Itaya, a 446th AES medical technician.

“They were a great help,” Jan said. “They took the training very seriously, and they really took the time to teach me.”

His teammates noticed Jan’s dedication to training with the team. He was willing, and as a result he was a quick learner, Itaya said.

Though the team finished the medical static five minutes past the goal of 25 minutes, they remained enthusiastic and continued to cheer “Team Pakistan” as they emptied the McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., KC-135R of the patient equipment.

Jan saw the competition as a victory because the training will allow him to apply his knowledge of the KC-135R and C-17 patient configuration when he returns home. He said he is very grateful for the training the Airmen gave him because it’s something he can take back with him to Pakistan and help save lives.

The Airman who worked with Jan said it was an experience of which they were proud to be a part.

“This was a great opportunity,” Itaya said. “We also saw it as a training opportunity and a way to expand international relations.”

The team will learn the results of their efforts later in the week when Rodeo concludes July 29.

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Pakistan


Let Supreme Court of Pakistan take suo moto notice against the water and power minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for imposing rental power plants on Pakistan to overcome the acute power shortage in the country. His second unpardonable offense is to derail or hamper the offer of electricity supply by Iran. Iran has offered Pakistan up to 2270 MG way back in 2008 to beef up the indigenous power production and to offset the shortage that has brewed up an unremitting social and economic chaos.

The Iranian ambassador in Pakistan Mashallah Shakiri has been knocking at every door including that of the president and the prime minister with an offer of concomitant concessions about the price etc. He has been reportedly cold shouldered by everyone leaving him in a state of utter amazement as to why Iran

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