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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
Players and game officials huddle up during a time out during the Intramural Basketball Championship game, inside the George Price Gymnasium Jan. 28, 2016, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The 52nd LRS won the game with a final score of 54-52. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released) 52nd LRS intramural basketball team repeats as champions
Sweat drops on the basketball court under the hot fluorescent lights of the room. The beads fall to the ground almost in rhythm with the basketball as a member of the 52nd Maintenance Group intramural basketball team dribbles the ball down the court. As the time on the clock ticks down to 0.0, the buzzer rings......suddenly, the once deafening
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2016
Default Air Force Logo CMSAF #8: 'There's a reason you serve'
A 17-year old Sam Parish enlists to a seven-year old Air Force December 1954. Fast forward a few years, Parish is the youngest seven-level skill in his career field and promotes to chief master sergeant at the age of 31.In 1973, Parish is selected as the Air Weather Service Senior enlisted Advisor, returns to Germany in 1976 as the Consolidated
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2016
(Courtesy graphic) 'Keep calm and Saber on'
Many German citizens attended a New Year's Eve street party in Cologne, Germany, with expectations to ring in 2016 in style; however, their celebration ended with tragedy. Breaking off into groups, various male assailants formed rings around young women, groping them and stealing their possessions. Witnesses claim the criminals then threw
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2016
Spangdahlem community members visit inside the newly opened USO center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16, 2015. More than 30 Airmen and community members gathered for the opening of the USO. The USO is located on the first floor of building 126. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released) USO: "Until everybody comes home," 75 years of service
"The United Service Organizations strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation," - USO mission statement"Not by machines alone will we win this war,"- Franklin Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States.The winter before the Second World War, the
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2016
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gregory Westmoreland, a 52nd Fighter Wing Safety occupational safety and health technician, spins out while driving a vehicle during a training session at the Saber Driving Course at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 8, 2016. The 52nd Fighter Wing Safety team purposefully designed the course conditions so trainees would spin out and lose control of the vehicle to build reflexive skills and knowledge for real-world situations of the same nature. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) 'Skid monster' ensures driving safety
A blue sedan zooms down the autobahn, trailing a maelstrom of snow and ice behind it. Dave had just finished work; it was a long and tiring day and there was nothing more he wanted to do but go home and lie on the couch with a warm, wool blanket.He sighed, pinching the bridge of his nose and shut his eyes for a brief second.Just one brief
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2016
Dr. Alexander Knauff, University of Trier professor of social work and sciences and St. Vinzenzhaus caretaker, takes a photo of the institution’s residents with Santa Claus during a holiday party at the institution of child and youth services in Speicher, Germany, Dec. 13, 2015. Spangdahlem Air Base’s First Four group visited the institution to throw a holiday party. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) First Four spreads holiday warmth with German youth
The crisp winter air vibrated with shouts and squeals from the children below. The grey cobblestones of St. Vinzenzhaus' courtyard echoed loudly with the children's rapid shuffles and scuttles. Smiling, Leon jumps high into the air as he reaches with all his might, his left hand extended to almost inhuman heights as he grasps at the sky.The grey
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2015
Members of the community play video games during Operation Sci-Fi Con at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 23, 2015. Members participated in laser sword fights and collector discussion groups in addition to playing video games. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) King of the Con
A legion of storm troopers, a handful of rebels, and a scattering of other easily recognized characters milled about amongst vendors and demonstrators.The 52nd Fighter Wing's Club Eifel hosted the Sci-Fi Con's ninth annual event in the club's ballroom at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 21, 2015.It took more than a year of planning to organize
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