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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Hales and Tech. Sgt. Michael Docodcil, both with the 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, emplace chemical lights to illuminate a helicopter landing zone for a UH-60 Black Hawk during a joint-coalition sling load training mission at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, June 1, 2013. The training provided coalition members the opportunity to learn the concepts of illuminating a landing zone as well as in-flight cargo sling loading. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Scott Saldukas) Logistics Airmen own the night during joint-service training
A joint-coalition team led by the 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron peers into a dark, moonless sky in preparation for a nighttime helicopter sling load mission. All of their other senses are heightened to compensate for the reduced visibility as a UH-60 Black Hawk flown by Soldiers of the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade approaches the
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Isabella Madamba, a junior at Bitburg High School from Lakenheath, England, volunteers to help plants flowers around Spangdahlem AB May 18, 2013. Due to budget cuts and fiscal constraints, students from Bitburg High School’s National Honor Society worked with the base’s private organizations to obtain funding for new flowers. The students then volunteered to plant flowers around the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released) Community bonds take root through flower project
Due to current fiscal hardships and limited resources, the Air Force continues to evaluate base operations to see which carry out the mission and which can be cut.Despite the reduced funding, community members and private organizations have stepped up to find an alternate means of providing luxuries to the base without using government funds.Chloe
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LODZ, Poland - U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Abraham Morales, Aviation Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group NCO in charge of logistics planning, speaks with students at the Speak Up English Language School about his experience while deployed in Afghanistan. Morales volunteers three times a week as a "native speaker" teaching Polish students English. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kenya Shiloh/released) Av-Det NCOs 'Speak Up' for local community
As an American, living and working in Poland can be a daunting experience. Language barriers, cultural differences, lack of familiar connections and having no family are among the many challenges the 10 Airmen of Aviation Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group are faced with each day. However, two Av-Det NCOs are making the most of their situation by
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – A World War II veteran hat rests on the head of John Hobson during a memorial ceremony at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial in Belgium May 6, 2013. Hobson fought in the war and now travels through the land where his comrades lay almost 70 years ago. The ceremony was part of a tour through Europe retracing the battlefield campaign of the 104th Infantry Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gustavo Castillo/Released) Honoring the fallen
A fragile silence engulfs a field of white crosses. Three slow, somber notes then resonate through the headstones. A small group of service members of past and present stand with their loved ones as taps is played from an unseen bugler."This is a very touching and memorable occasion today," said John Hobson, who fought alongside his
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Default Air Force Logo Beware ... witches make things disappear the night before May 1
German Labor Day is May 1 in Germany. Prior to the federal holiday, people in the Eifel observe a number of local traditions. The most common symbol for the holiday is the May pole, a symbol of freedom. Every community in the region has their own tree, usually set up by members of the local fire departments the afternoon of April 30. Since the May
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Taylor carries his belongings before processing the Personnel Deployment Function line here April 4, 2013. This is Taylor’s first deployment since he joined the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released) First-time deployer prepares for war
It was a cold, gray April morning as the Airmen lined up outside of the building to prepare for their deployment. One by one, they escaped the icy wind and shuffled into the building with backpacks, personal belongings and the infamous brown deployment folders in tow.Small talk quietly buzzed around the dimly-lit room as the NCO in charge called
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Default Air Force Logo Goad: Up in Smoke
In the United States, 19 percent of all adults smoke cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's 43.8 million people. Collectively, cigarette smoking costs more than $193 billion, which is a combination of lost productivity and health care expenditures. Now, as far as money coming out of a person's own pocket, it
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Idris Royal, Saber Toastmaster president from Memphis, Tenn., hosts a meeting March 6, 2013, at the Spangdahlem Conference Room behind Kuhl Beans. Saber Toastmasters is a public-speaking forum that promotes all facets of communication and leadership. Attendance is free, and the group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month in the conference room. (Courtesy photograph) Toastmasters foster leadership
The Spangdahlem chapter of the Toastmasters International organization is open to anyone interested in joining.The Saber Toastmasters is a public-speaking forum that promotes all facets of communication and leadership."This is a place where leaders are made," said Tech. Sgt. Justin Valiente, Saber Toastmaster vice president from Phoenix. "We take
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Tech. Sgt. Victoria Wilson, Pitsenbarger Airman Leadership School instructor from Detroit, takes notes at a SpangDamen women’s success forum brain-storming meeting March 7, 2013 at the Spangdahlem conference room. The women’s is an outreach program designed by military women for military women of all ranks. Meetings are held the third 11:30 a.m.-1230 p.m. the Thursday of each month at the Spangdahlem conference room behind Kuhl Beans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Natasha Stannard/Released) Women's group takes flight: SpangDamen get-together, learn, laugh
They didn't start the group to mentor people or warn them about the dangers of sexual assault; though, those are two things they sometimes talk about.Senior Master Sgts. Teri Herrera, 52nd Fighter Wing judge advocate from Columbus, Ohio, and Vicki Lemke, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions production section chief from Palm Bay, Fla.,
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Tech. Sgt. Brandon Fontaine, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief from Erie, Pa., carries a box full of dishes and kitchenware Feb. 28. The Airman’s Attic is open to all active-duty ranks and civilian equivalents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Nichols/Released) Helping Airmen through Airman's Attic
Brenda Jones has stored up story after story in her "attic" of how the Spangdahlem Airman's Attic has provided for Airmen and families since she signed on to be a volunteer there."Gosh, so many stories," Jones said with a laugh. Jones is the coordinator of the Airman's Attic, which provides donated items at no cost to help Airmen who are in various
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