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Jayden Johnson, left, Augustin Stehley, center, and Jhen Li Bangi play a game of foosball during the Power Hour in the School Age Program building at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 10, 2015. The facility contains various rooms designed to allow young students to socialize, explore their interests and play together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) Program set to expand students' horizons
As the school bus pulls up in the Base Housing area of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, 104 students ranging from the ages of eight to 12 run out, screaming, shouting and excited. At first, it seems they are excited that school is over, but as staff members of the 52nd Force Support Squadron's School Age Care Program come out to meet them, their
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Default Air Force Logo St. Martin's Day Nov. 11
Each November, local townspeople host a colorful torchlight procession inhonor of St. Martin.St. Martin's Day is Nov. 11, but the dates for celebrations vary from townto town and sometimes take place days before or after. Germans celebrate St.Martin's Day with a procession where children carry candles orbattery-operated lanterns through the
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BEJA AIR BASE, Portugal – Members of the 52nd Maintenance Group prepare to tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, during Trident Juncture 2015 at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Oct. 27, 2015. More than 100 Airmen assigned to the 52nd Maintenance Group deployed to Portugal in support of Trident Juncture 2015, the largest NATO exercise conducted in the past 20 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released) Before the flight: Maintaining excellence is universal
After organizing tools and making sure all equipment was accounted for, a crew chief took a second to stand up and remove his noise-cancelling ear protection.With his ears freed, he could now hear the distant sound of four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, the very aircraft he and his fellow Airmen were just working on, taxiing down the
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Default Air Force Logo Fire Dawgs "not on our watch"
"When fire is cried and danger is neigh, 'God and the firemen,' is the people's cry; But when 'tis out and all things righted, God is forgotten and the firemen slighted." - Author unknown, from The Fireman's Journal, 18 Oct 1879Fire fighter helmets are displayed on the ground prior to the start of role call inside Station 1, July 17, 2015, at
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 52nd Security Forces Squadron undergo combatives training May 28, 2015 at the fitness center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Military law enforcement officers conduct regular hand-to-hand combat training to ensure they are prepared for any hostile suspects they might encounter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released) Defenders train for the worst
In the world of law enforcement, things can turn dangerous in the blink of an eye. Any traffic stop or routine response could turn into a physical altercation.If and when that happens, the 52nd Security Forces Squadron Defenders must be ready to handle the situation and ensure the safety of their fellow Airmen.The squadron held a combatives
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Senior Airman Steven Adkins, a broadcast journalist assigned to American Forces Network, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, focuses his video camera during an assignment for Saber Strike 15 on June 7, 2015, in the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland. Saber Strike is a long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise. This year’s exercise objectives facilitate cooperation amongst the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions as well as preparing the participating nations and units to support multinational contingency operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Anderson, 13th Public Affairs Detachment/Released.) Kentucky state flag creates deep bond between grandfather and grandson
The U.S. military has a rich history beginning with the Continental Army and extending to present day operations around the world, but for Senior Airman Steven Adkins, his own military history can be found in his backpack.Given to him by his grandfather, Don Adkins, who served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, a Kentucky state flag embodies his
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An A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft is parked on the flightline May 4, 2015, at Ämari Air Base, Estonia. The A-10 supports Air Force missions around the world as part of the U.S. Air Force's current inventory of strike platforms, including the F-15E Strike Eagle and the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released) US, Estonia build partnership through Exercise Hedgehog
As NATO partners, the U.S. and Estonia work together with allies to ensure the collective security of nearly a third of the planets population. As such U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, May 1, 2015, to participate in exercise Hedgehog.Bringing together NATO partners, the weeklong exercise
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Clinton Williams, 52nd Component Maintenance Squadron engine manager, poses with his championship title belt after the 12th Kwon Respect Fighting Championship in Wuppertal, Germany, April 11, 2015. Williams deployed to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, from the 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and continued to train and compete for mixed martial arts fights in Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) True Warrior: An Airman's fight
The distant roar of hundreds hungry for action pulses through the compound, rumbling the stone walls of a dimly lit waiting room.Shoulders hunched, a fighter walks down a hallway, with a grey hood draped over his perspiring head. Mounted lights pass over his face in pale strips of sterilized trepidation with every step he takes down the corridor.He
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A Czech Republic air force joint terminal attack controller secures a marker on a vehicle during a theater security package deployment at Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 14, 2015. To reduce the risk of friendly fire, the marker indicates the vehicle is part of the friendly operating forces. The 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron forward deployed from 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., in the first of several deployments of rotational forces to the European region.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) U.S., Czech Republic train in close air support operations
Four U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft forward deployed to Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 8, 2015, as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve."The Czech Republic air force invited us to come out here to train with their JTACs for a week," said U.S. Air Force Maj. Ben Rudolphi, 354th
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U.S. Air Force Airmen hang out April 10, 2015, at the Coffee Mill on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The Coffee Mill is a facility run by the 52nd Fighter Wing Chapel that is available for use to all Airmen but is primarily focused for Airmen living in the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Nuckolls/Released) The Coffee Mill provides Airmen place to socialize
Sitting back on a couch drinking a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee might sound enjoyable to some.To others, the sound of a pingpong ball or air hockey puck getting hit back and forth might be more enticing than just coffee.If either option sounds enjoyable, than The Coffee Mill is the spot for both of those and much more.The Coffee Mill is run by
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