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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jonah Webber, 52nd Communications Squadron client systems technician, left, points out information on a checklist to Jim Leahy, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron functional systems administrator, right, at the cargo deployment facility on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 7, 2016. Webber, a recent graduate from Pitsenbarger Airman Leadership School, is using knowledge learned from ALS at his workplace, such as understanding different leadership styles, negotiating tactics and how to handle situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Preston Cherry/Released) ALS: Setting up supervisors for success
When it comes to leaders, Airmen fit the description with the values ingrained into them through words from the Airman’s creed: “Wingman; Leader; Warrior.” When it comes to leading first-term Airmen at Spangdahlem Air Base, that task primarily belongs to Pitsenbarger Airman Leadership School graduates.ALS focuses on developing junior enlisted
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2016
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Edwin Ludwigsen, 52nd Fighter Wing command chief, right, poses next to U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd FW commander, center, and U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Horton, 52nd FW vice commander, left, outside of wing headquarters in Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 2, 2016. Ludwigsen assumed the command chief position May 22, 2016, from outgoing command chief, U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Gates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released) 52 FW command chief: ‘Taking care of Airmen is my J-O-B’
The two most memorable moments of U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Edwin Ludwigsen’s, 52nd Fighter Wing command chief, military career oddly involved him exiting his father’s car. The first occurred when he parted ways with his father before boarding a bus in Spring Lake, North Carolina, headed to U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training at Lackland
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2016
Romanian Land Forces Warrant Officer Bogden Cosma, Heavy Airlift Wing vehicle maintenance NCO-in-charge assigned to Papa Air Base, Hungary, left, speaks with Pedro Sagisi, the aircraft deicer qualification training course instructor, during the lab portion of the course at the European Transportation Training Center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 9, 2016. The training course took 10 business days, subjecting students to the academics and hands-on portion of becoming experts in maintaining the deicer truck. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) Romanian soldier, U.S. continue NATO’s mission of peace
The 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron hosted their first coalition forces partner student into their European Transportation Training Center’s aircraft deicer qualification training course on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, from May 30 to June 10, 2016. Romanian Land Forces Warrant Officer, Bogden Cosma, Heavy Airlift Wing vehicle maintenance
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Air Control: A team effort
In a building covered with countless antennae and surrounded by barbed wire, a group of Airmen work around the clock to provide radar surveillance, allowing for coordination of aircraft movements and airspace availability. The 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron in Southwest Asia, also known as Kingpin, is composed of U.S. and coalition
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2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Krissa Fondakowski, a 104th Fighter Wing member, prepares food as an additional duty in the kitchen tent for Airmen at Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, June 3, 2016. Fondakowski is deployed with the 131st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (Courtesy Photo by Master Sgt. Adam Casineau/Released)
ANG Airmen dish out healthy meals, resourcefulness during TSP
“Lunch is ready!” shouted Staff Sgt. Justin Bonner, a munitions Airman assigned to the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts.   Bonner and several fellow Airmen, currently deployed as part of the 131st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron to Graf Ignatievo, Bulgaria, in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, volunteer their
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Rockets blaze new hope for young cadets
Seventeen young boys and girls watch as their rockets soar into the sky, its screams still echoing across the plains.Seventeen young cadets watch as the rocket explodes - tiny orange embers highlighting the peak of the rockets' venture.Seventeen young potential leaders run to the fields, hearts filled with excitement and mouths shouting
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2016
Mariah Johnson, a 52nd Force Support Squadron value-added tax officer, climbs on U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Arianna Niro, a 52nd Communications Squadron plans and implementations deputy flight commander, during a Jiu-Jitsu drill exercise at the Eifel Powerhaus at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 8, 2016. Johnson received help and encouragement from fellow class members in preparation for her match. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) 'You either win or you learn': a tale of resilience
She traded tax forms in a sterile office for strikes and grapples in an auditorium surrounded by peers cheering her on.On Feb. 20, 2016, Mariah Johnson, a 52nd Force Support Squadron value-added tax officer, realized that she took the first step to making the sport her own. She entered her first Jiu-Jitsu competition.Johnson gripped her opponent's
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alex Keely, a 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels laboratory technician, reads a fuel system icing inhibitor test result using a refractometer at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 16, 2016. The fuels lab ensures jet fuel is properly mixed and free of contaminants before it is used by any Air Force aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) 52nd LRS Airmen fuel forward ready now
F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron don't have the luxury of pulling into the gas station to fill up. It takes a dedicated team to provide thousands of gallons of fuel to the F-16s and other essential equipment across base. The 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels flight is responsible for the different
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2016
A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 63rd Air Refueling Squadron, 927th Operations Group at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Feb. 2, 2016. The 63rd ARS is operating out of Souda Bay Naval Air Station for the duration of the FTD. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) KC-135 Stratotanker fuels 480th EFS in Greece
The first time the U.S. Air Force attempted to refuel an aircraft in flight, aircrews successfully stayed aloft for 151 hours. That was over 85 years ago, and the U.S. Air Force today, has made quite a few innovations since then.A KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 63rd Air Refueling Squadron, 927th Operations Group, MacDill Air Force Base,
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2016
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Faith Olson and Staff Sgt. John Denny, weapons load crew chiefs assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, prep a Bomb Drop Unit-50 for transport during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 29, 2016. Approximately 300 personnel and 18 F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing are supporting the FTD as part of U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa's ‘Forward Ready Now’ stance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) Munitions Airmen lock'n'load FTD success
What do you call an airplane that has no munitions? An airplane!Jokes aside, the 52nd Fighter Wing doesn't just fly airplanes; the 52nd FW flies the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft.That same airframe, assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, and the Airmen entrusted with flying, maintaining and supporting them are all currently
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2016
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