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KANDERSTEG, Switzerland -- Breath taking views from the Swiss Alpine mountains are one attraction of the annual Kandersteg International Scout Camp Swiss Adventure. It is hosted by the Navigators, an international and interdenominational Christian missionary organization, and offers young adults an opportunity to enjoy Labor Day away from day-to-day routines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Troy Dontigney) Swiss adventure
Two young men are baptized in a fountain of near-freezing cold water, old friends wave goodbye and new friends trade hugs and contact information. The group of approximately 50 then prays together before climbing into buses, vans, trains and rental cars to begin the long journey back home. This is the scene every Labor Day at the Kandersteg
0 9/24
2010
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - Senior Airman Michael Williams, 52nd Communications Squadron ground radar systems journeyman, checks polarizers on a radar system Sept. 9. Airman Williams is responsible for performing preventative maintenance on the radar systems for proper functioning that provides a vital link between the control tower and aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nick Wilson) Radar system supports Air Force mission
The Air Force has some of the most devastating aerial weapon systems on the globe. The 52nd Communications Squadron supports that mission using radar to keep planes airborne.The 52nd Fighter Wing has two ground radar systems that monitor aircraft."The jets could not fly without coordination from the control tower provided by our radar systems,"
0 9/23
2010
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Peterson, 52nd Munitions Maintenance Group loading standardization superintendent, coordinates site visits for several of the geographically-separated units belonging to the 52nd Fighter Wing. Sergeant Peterson inspects the units to ensure they follow guidelines to meet mission requirements. (U.S. Air Force/courtesy photo) On the road again--the life of a 52 FW Inspector
Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Peterson, 52nd Munitions Maintenance Group loading standardization superintendent, spends half of every month traveling to some of the various geographically separated units under the 52nd Fighter Wing.Sergeant Peterson's current job description entails oversight for weapons safety and maintenance, weapons loading and
0 9/23
2010
1st Lt. Dan Griffin, a 358th Fighter Squadron pilot, checks his aircraft on the flight line here before taking off for his final training sortie Aug. 13, 2010. It was the last milestone in his 27-week A-10C Pilot Initial Qualification Course. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jerilyn Quintanilla) The making of an A-10C pilot: "Graduation"
It was a celebration here Aug. 20 as 1st Lt. Dan Griffin and his 11 classmates became the Air Force's newest A-10C Thunderbolt II attack pilots. Their afternoon graduation ceremony was held at the base theater in front of family, friends, their instructor pilots and teachers and base leaders. It culminated 27 weeks of some of the most intense
0 9/15
2010
Default Air Force Logo Trier toy museum offers fun for young and old
Toys have always been the world in miniature. In the 18th and 19th centuries there were simple wooden and moving toys. At the turn of the century, after the technical revolution, cars came into the nursery and in the 50s there were tremendous innovations reflected in the toys of today. Dolls, too, have changed according to the fashion of the day. A
0 9/13
2010
Default Air Force Logo Munich’s Octoberfest: Germany’s biggest bash is just around the corner
One of the biggest bashes in Germany is the Munich October Festival, or Oktoberfest. It runs for 16 days, ending on the first Sunday in October. The huge "Volksfest" is held on the Theresienwiese in Munich with a large number of visitors and an immense consumption of beer and white sausage.The reason for its creation was a wedding in 1810 in the
0 9/10
2010
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Capt. Mark Hickie, 480th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, signals to simulated rescue crews that he is ready to be lifted from the water during water survival training  Aug. 20.  Water survival is one part of recurring survival, evasion, resistance and escape training and is tailored to conditions pilots from Spangdahlem might face flying over the North Atlantic Ocean.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Logan Tuttle)  Essential tools for your kit
Recurring survival evasion resistance and escape training conducted at Spangdahlem is necessary so high risk isolation personnel don't become rusty in the event they are in an adverse situation. The Department of Defense recognized the expanded need for SERE training across the board touching a variety of air force specialty codes including careers
0 9/03
2010
Default Air Force Logo The Bad Duerkheim Wurstmarkt, where strangers become friends
The Bad Duerkheim Wurstmarkt wine festival, held on the famous Rheinland-Pfalz Weinstrasse, or wine road, is an annual festival that takes place during two weekends in September. The Bad Duerkheim Wurstmarkt is scheduled for Sept. 10-14 and Sept. 17-20 this year. Although the fair is called Wurstmarkt, which literally stands for sausage market, the
0 9/03
2010
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Staff Sgt. Cole Mason, a medical embedded training team member, provides Afghan students in the Allied Health Professional's Institute near Camp Eggars, Afghanistan, hands-on instruction with microscopes. Sergeant Mason instructed a class of 20 Afghan National Guard and Afghan National Police for six months regarding laboratory procedures and practices. (Air Force courtesy photo) USAF lab tech teaches Afghans
What do American pop culture and lab practices like drawing blood have in common?Just ask one technical sergeant who mish-mashed his people and technical skills to teach Afghanis essential medical procedures downrange.Tech. Sgt. Cole Mason, 52nd Medical Group laboratory NCOIC, was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he served as one of three
0 9/01
2010
Default Air Force Logo 2010 Diversity Day schedule of events
The 52nd Fighter Wing will celebrate various cultures Aug. 26 with its second annual Diversity Day. This day-long event will highlight the many races, religions, ethnicities, cultures, languages and more that make both the 52nd FW and the Air Force a diverse and culturally-rich environment. All Sabers and their families are invited to participate
0 8/25
2010
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