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NEWS | Aug. 23, 2011

This week in Air Force history - Aug. 26

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Aug. 21, 1968 - An Air Force UH-1F helicopter evacuated 260 people and 52,000 pounds of personal belongs and food during a four-day period to aid flood victims in northern Nicaragua.

Aug. 22, 1990 - President George Bush called-up 200,000 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Aug. 23, 1994 - Air Mobility Command-gained Air Natural Guard refueling units operating from airfields at Istres, France, and Pisa, Italy, began participating in Operation Deny Flight to maintain a no-fly zone over Bosnia.

Aug. 24, 1965 - A 341st Strategic Missile Squadron from Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mo., launched the 100th Minuteman I test missile from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

Aug. 25, 1995 - Eleven C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 315th Airlift Wing and 437th Airlift Wing participated in their first exercise. The aircraft moved nearly 300 tons of cargo and personnel to Kuwait through Aug. 29.

Aug. 26, 1974 - Two C-141s airlifted more than 34 tons of medical relief supplies into Burma through Aug. 17, after flooding devastated that country.

Aug. 27, 1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Executive Order 11424 to give flight pay and incentive pay for hazardous duty to military personnel flying spacecraft.