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Interesting Article On AF1 F/As  
User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 492 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4268 times:



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On These Planes,
In-Flight Service
Is Super-Secret
Air Force One Attendants
Sling Hash, Luggage Too;
Tent Sleep-Overs in Iraq
By SUSAN CAREY
November 28, 2007; Page A1

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. -- Senior Airman Amanda Fauci's job is so sensitive she has nearly the same security clearance as a Secret Service agent. She sometimes goes on weeks-long classified assignments.

But on a recent mission, the 23-year-old was struggling. Her Texas-shaped sugar cookies made from prepared dough "blew up," she says. She ended up making a new batch from scratch at home that night. The next day, she served them to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, former President George H.W. Bush and other VIPs aboard a Boeing 757 bound for College Station, Texas.
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Robert Spiers, U.S. Air Force
From left, Staff Sergeant Bret Baker, Staff Sgt Jon Jackson, Airman Fauci and Staff Sgt. Ron Giannetti, doublecheck their shopping list.

"There was a sense of panic there for a moment" when the initial batch flopped, says Airman Fauci, a five-year service veteran. Working on her time off is all part of "getting the mission done," she says.

The Air Force is looking for a few good men and women like Ms. Fauci: flight attendants who staff Air Force One and 16 other luxury planes that ferry government dignitaries around the globe.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1196...0605684.html?mod=fpa_editors_picks

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User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

I saw that article and was surprised that the USAF or Secret Service actually allowed the names of the crew to be published. If I were in such a sensitive military job the last thing I'd want is publicity.

User currently offlineNite92 From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 48 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4047 times:



Quoting RC135U (Reply 1):
I saw that article and was surprised that the USAF or Secret Service actually allowed the names of the crew to be published. If I were in such a sensitive military job the last thing I'd want is publicity.

It's not against the law or anything of that nature to give out your name and that you work like this. I was in HMX-1, which is the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, and I could tell anyone I wanted who I worked for. I could tell them I was an avionicsman that worked on the helicopters. What I *couldn't* tell them was anything about the helicopters or the missions we did. So telling someone that she's a flight attendant on AF1 isn't going to land her in jail. And seeing as how this is was published in the WSJ, I'm willing to bet the AF signed off on the content of it before hand.  Wink


User currently offlineRC135U From United States of America, joined May 2005, 293 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3949 times:



Quoting Nite92 (Reply 2):
It's not against the law or anything of that nature to give out your name and that you work like this. I was in HMX-1, which is the Presidential Helicopter Squadron, and I could tell anyone I wanted who I worked for.

Agreed, it's not against regs, but it seems that such exposure could leave these crew open to compromise. I was involved in some very sensitive TS/CW stuff myself regarding recon ops and the last thing we would have wanted were newspaper interviews. Usually the opposition knows what is going on in a general sense, so it is up to us to not let them know how well we're doing it.


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3932 times:

They even have thier photos published on af.mil too:

http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/071031-F-3050V-052.jpg
Tech. Sgt. Pete Kana serves a salad course Oct. 31 in the state room of a C-32A aircraft. Sergeant Kana is a special air mission flight attendant with the 89th Airlift Wing's 1st Airlift Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Though they prepare and serve food and beverages, the top priority of Air Force flight attendants are to ensure the safety of passengers and other crew members on board their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)

http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/071031-F-3050V-009.jpg
Tech. Sgt. Pete Kana (left) and Staff Sgt. Danyoi Brown are special air mission flight attendants with the 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Sergeant Kana is assigned to the 1st Airlift Squadron. He primarily serves on C-32A aircraft. Sergeant Brown is assigned to the 99th Airlift Squadron and serves primarily on the smaller C-37A aircraft. Though they provide for the overall comfort of their passengers, the top priority of Air Force flight attendants are to ensure the safety of passengers and other crew members on board their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)

http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/071031-F-3050V-045.jpg
Staff Sgt. Danyoi Brown serves a dessert course Oct. 31 she prepared in the galley of a C-37A aircraft. Sergeant Brown is a special air mission flight attendant with the 89th Airlift Wing's 99th Airlift Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Though they prepare and serve food and beverages, the top priority of Air Force flight attendants are to ensure the safety of passengers and other crew members on board their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi)



Up until recently, I didn't know they had unique uniforms. I was under the impression that they wore service dress.


User currently offlinePADSpot From Germany, joined Jan 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3888 times:



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 4):
I was under the impression that they wore service dress.

Maybe a bit impractical when you actually have to work. Our Air Forces FAs actually wore normal flight crew overalls until they got real FA uniforms late in the 90s ...


User currently offlineVenus6971 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3870 times:



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 4):
Up until recently, I didn't know they had unique uniforms. I was under the impression that they wore service dress.

When we flew a stateside missions the aircrew wore their class A along with the crew chief, the stews had their standard airline steward outfit, the men in ties and a jacket and the women in slacks or skirt, high heels and always wearing nylons. As a Crew Chief I always enjoyed the grub served on the jet It was sure better than the box lunches we got in the real Air Force. When overseas the Aircrew wore Business attire but the stews wore the same stew uniform. As a Mechanic I ruined about 4 outfits and 2 class A's getting skydrol on them or Eng oil. In my day we did not talk to the press much, do remember getting threatened if we ever talked to a Washington Post reporter Jack Andersen, he was always righting up the abuse of high ranking Govt VIPs who used the 89th for their personal use such as taking Caribeinan vacations with the family. When Tip O'Neil; was speaker we had to always pull the jet in the hanger so he could get off all his cronies out of sight of prying eyes.



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