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A U.S. Air Force pilot sits in an A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft assigned to the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron on the flight line at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 13, 2015. The A-10s deployed as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Operation Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of U.S. European Command and United States Air Forces in Europe's continued commitment to the collective security of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and dedication to the enduring peace and stability in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) Spangdahlem's force support secures TSP success
U.S. Air Forces in Europe recently launched its theater security package to show the U.S. Air Force's air capability and NATO's continued support to its European allies as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve.Yet its transition to Spangdahlem represented a feat accomplished by more than just the arrival of attack aircraft.The 354th Expeditionary
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Hartley, a Maintenance Operations Center controller, checks over information in the MOC at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 25, 2015. Part of the MOC's daily mission is to track the status of all aircraft and equipment on the flight line and coordinate maintenance and logistics support. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt Meredith Mulvihill/Released) MOC: Maintenance's Command Post
With 24-hour operations five days per week and Airmen on standby during the weekends, 'busy' is a bit of an understatement for the 52nd Maintenance Group's Maintenance Operations Center.A small unit consisting of 11 Airmen, the MOC is charged with monitoring the status of all aircraft and equipment and sending that information up to
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Default Air Force Logo Materiel Management Flight "You don't fly without supply"
Sitting under the glow of fluorescent lights inside an office, or facing the punishing elements checking identification cards at the front gate, or turning wrenches on the flightline provide the back drop for many Spangdahlem Airmen.But for a handful of Airmen in the 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron materiel management flight, a typical day starts
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Dennis, 52nd Maintenance Group maintenance management analysis NCO in charge, performs leg lifts during Turbo-Charged Challenge #3 in the Eifel Powerhaus at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Feb. 10, 2015. The third challenge required participants to perform a variety of calisthenics and aerobic exercises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) Turbo-charged crescendo for fitness campaign
This article is the third and final installment in the Turbo-Charged Challenge series.For six weeks, the 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron and fitness center sponsored the Largest Loser Campaign - a campaign that started Jan. 5 to promote physical fitness, wellness, nutrition awareness and healthy eating habits.The six-week Jump Start Challenge,
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Default Air Force Logo Wing serves as 'one team, one fight' during training deployment
Naturally, any movement of aircraft and personnel from one base to another requires all the efforts of a team focused on a single mission.The recent flying training deployment between the U.S. and Hellenic air forces Jan. 16 through Feb. 13 at Souda Bay, Greece, represented no exception. The deployment aimed to develop and improve air readiness
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Denise Campbell, 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron health promotion dietitian, briefs the participants of the Turbo-Charged Challenge #2 at the Eifel Powerhaus at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 27, 2015. Campbell, co-facilitator of the Largest Loser Campaign, oversees the six-week program intended to aid challengers live a healthier lifestyle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) Halfway there: a recharging checkpoint
This article is the second installment of a three-part series about the Turbo-Charged Challenge.A New Year's resolution is oftentimes the igniting spark of motivation that propels individuals to make a change to their lifestyle. Individuals may initiate a work-out plan with thoughts such as, "it's a new year - it's a new me."However, for those who
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Default Air Force Logo Greek-US interoperability leaves lasting roots in Souda Bay
For millennia, the island of Crete has served as a launch pad for legends, both historical and mythical.Another milestone would be recorded in the history of the more than 3,000-square mile island; but it would not be etched by the Greek god Zeus's lightning bolts on slabs of marble, but through contrails in the sky forged by F-16 Fighting Falcon
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RUfit? (U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane) Hidden wounds of war: One man's fight with mental, spiritual fitness
"The brave men and women, who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn't who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies."-Robert Koger, AuthorOne of those brave men went off to war to combat the physical enemies that threaten the U.S. and
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Default Air Force Logo Voices of the Battle of the Bulge Part Two
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part collection of 10 interviews with 10 World War II veterans who served during the Battle of the Bulge Dec. 16, 1944, through Jan. 25, 1945. The veterans returned to Europe for 70th anniversary observances of the battle in Belgium and Luxembourg, Dec. 9-18, 2014. The following links contain photos, video
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U.S. Air Force Airman Kimberly Collins, 52nd Force Support Squadron fitness apprentice and native of Morris, Ala., logs participants’ laps during the Turbo-Charged Challenge #1 at the Eifel Powerhaus at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 13, 2015. Collins planned and organized the event which assessed individuals on whether or not they could run 10 laps within 10 minutes at the indoor track. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy Kim/Released) Airmen turbo-charge their 2015
(Editor's note: This is part one of a three-part series.)The light tapping of rain could be heard on the cold, glass windows of the gym's second floor as gray, blank clouds loomed over the installation. Seventeen sneakers shuffle to the starting line.A stench of sweat, vigor, failure and success permeates the gym, swirling anxiously around the
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