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Members of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa women's volleyball team celebrate after a Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championship match in Amsterdam, March 27, 2014. The women’s team upheld their undefeated record throughout the three days of matches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released) Volleyball --bigger than just a game
Music plays as groups of athletes marched into the gymnasium. Competitors from six nations gathered as their respective national anthems played to mark the beginning of the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships March 25, 2014.With every passing moment, the look of determination intensified on the
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jason Garo, 52nd Operations Group first sergeant from Virginia Beach, Va., asks a series of questions to U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Davis, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief, March 28, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.  Called ‘Inside the Chief’s Office,’ the event invited Spangdahlem Airmen to attend and ask Davis questions pertaining to force management, developmental special duties and other Air Force issues. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) Spangdahlem community focuses on professional development
The U.S. Air Force continues to provide America with airpower capable of global vigilance, reach and power.Operating in today's fiscally constrained environment has taken its toll on the Airmen and daily operations across the force. Air Force leadership must maintain and sustain a force that can see, supply or strike any point on the planet. But
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaron Demmon, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman from Ludington, Mich., inspects a strobe light on the flightline at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Jan. 23, 2014. As a part of a three-man team, Demmon services more than 3,000 lights on the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank / Released)
Forward, Ready, Now: Stepping Up Despite Sequestration
Our Airmen are innovative and mission-oriented...and despite the hard-hitting sequestration and budget cuts over the last two years, they still complete the mission through creative and effective ways. It isn't ideal, they said, but when America asks them to sacrifice and step up to the plate, that's just what they do.This is part one of a
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Peter Karpawitz-Godt, Kaiserslautern Military Community clothing issue military management clerk, looks at his Basic Military Training photograph and reminisces about the past March, 18, 2014, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Karpawitz-Godt was born and raised in Germany until his father’s friends sponsored him to America to go to school. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Dymekre Allen) Airman devotes life to service
Long before he could fit into combat boots, or even speak English, Peter Karpawitz-Godt was becoming familiar with military life.Born in the most northern town in Germany, Karpawitz-Godt was raised the son of a German police officer in the midst of WWII.After moving to Kassel, a major German city, Karpawitz-Godt said it was natural for them to get
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Staff Sgt. Elizabeth F. Edmonds, a terminal en-route procedures specialist, performs a flight procedure review inside her office at Ramstein Air Base, Germany March 3, 2014. Edmonds is assigned to the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Air Procedures Flight and works in the non-accredited TERPS section. She's responsible to review flight procedures from 30 nations in Europe and Africa.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. James M. Hodgman) Air Procedures Flight provides critical mission support
Pilots rely on a range of vital information to safely fly through the skies and perform landings and take-offs.Much of this information is provided to aircrews that operate over Europe and Africa by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Air Procedures Flight. The flight's primary mission is ensuring safe and compliant flight
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Default Air Force Logo 'Man's best friend'
As more guests and his fellow canines entered the Brick House, military working dog Robson, affectionately known as "Robbie," looks around with growing excitement. One of the 52nd Security Forces Squadron dog handlers holds his leash as he watches retired U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Simpson, his once and future master, direct his fellow
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Master Sgt. Chris Rekrut, 728th Air Mobility Squadron Quality Assurance superintendent, pauses during a mountain bike ride near Goreme, Turkey, also known as the region of Cappadocia, in the summer of 2013. Rekrut, who was recently promoted by means of the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program, was actively involved with the Turkey chapter of the Beer Belly Bike Club and played a large role in planning trips such as this one for the group. (Courtesy photo) A step up for stepping in
There are not many Airmen who can say they were married in the cargo bay of a C-17 Globemaster, in uniform, while on duty. There are also not many Airmen who have been recognized for at least a dozen squadron, group, wing and major command awards and recognition as Air Mobility Command's professional of the year, promotion to senior Airman
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Senior Airman Justin Smith, 39th Logistics Readiness Squadron petroleum, oil and lubricants flight, compares gauge readings to technical orders while refueling March 6, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The Airmen of POL ensure mission readiness at all times by maintaining their own equipment and providing clean fuel by sampling and testing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr./Released) POL keeps the gas flowing
The Air Force's flying missions vary from reconnaissance to ground support to cargo and passenger transport. But, without one particular unit, none of these missions would be able to get off the ground.Petroleum, oils and fuels flights provide the gas and other petroleum products aircraft need to get the mission done. The 39th Logistics Readiness
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Legendary ace pilot Brig. Gen. Robin Olds (shown here as a colonel) inspired Mustache March with his trademark handlebar. (US Air Force courtesy photo)
Ramstein Airmen 'mustache' the question
Editor's Note: Beards are not authorized unless for medical reasons, when authorized by a commander on the advice of a medical official. If commander authorizes, members will keep all facial hair trimmed not to exceed 1/4 inch in length. Individuals granted a shaving waiver will not shave or trim any facial hair in such a manner as to give a
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Spangdahlem Air Base Honor Guard members present the Belgian, U.S. and U.S. Air Force flags during a ceremony at the Wereth 11 Memorial site in Wereth, Belgium, Feb. 28, 2014. Spangdahlem Airmen conducted the service to honor the legacy of 11 African-American Soldiers killed during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden / Released) Airmen commemorate fallen Wereth 11
"Staff Sergeant Forte.""Staff Sergeant Forte!""Staff Sergeant Thomas J. Forte!!!""NOT PRESENT!!!"The voices belong to Airmen serving in today's Air Force, while the names belong to Soldiers killed half a century before the Airmen were born. But the reason tying them together for one moment centered on recognizing the fallen for their sacrifice and
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