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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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Ruben Gawan, son of Chief Master Sgts. Lori and Phillip Gawan, takes the oath of enlistment Nov. 2, 2013, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  After 19 years of traveling around the globe with his parents as a military dependent he has decided to enlist in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Hedrick/Released) Defending what you can't see
Most recruits catch their first glimpse of the military lifestyle upon arrival at Basic Military Training, when they hurry off of a bus to the sound of loud commands from their new military training instructors.Forced to put their civilian ways behind them, the trainees are dressed in nameless uniforms and sneakers, signifying their common Air
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INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey – Dylan 5, plays with various toys located in the Airmen’s Attic Feb. 18, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  The Airmen’s Attic provides items such as household goods, clothing and toys free of charge to Airmen E-6 and below. A team of volunteers stepped up and stepped into action dedication over 100 hours of volunteer service to establish an Airmen’s Attic here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Veronica Pierce/Released) Stepping Up and Stepping In for Team Incirlik Airmen
When young Airmen are preparing for a family, or are trying to prepare where they live and how, financial planning is a must. A way to alleviate some of those expenses is though family support programs such as the Airman's Attic, but not all installations have one. That was the case at Incirlik Air Base, until a group of Airmen decided to do
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandy Bisson, diagnostic imagery computerized tomography scan technician, checks the CAT scan imagery of U.S. Army Sgt. Karl Berlinger right foot Feb. 12, 2014, Landstuhl Regional Hospital, Germany.  Berlinger received treatment for his injuries at LRMC within one hour of arrival from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis) After The Battle: the medical gateway
Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a six-part series about medical response capabilities for deployed service members from start to finish and the various milestones for care and transportation of combat-wounded troops throughout Afghanistan.Finally, the wounded warrior is out of Afghanistan. The troop is out of harm's way but his injuries still
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. John McKinney, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant officer in charge of the 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit from New Ellenton, S.C., sings a song during a rehearsal session with Weekend Duty Jan. 29, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. McKinney and U.S. Air Force Col . Matt Humes, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Group commander, started the band during a New Years Eve party. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released) Colonel, lieutenant serve on Weekend Duty
Col. Matt Humes and 2nd Lt. John McKinney started the band, Weekend Duty, during a News Year Eve party. Last year they played more than 32 performance in various locations. They support the local community and Airmen by playing at venues like the Coffee Mill and events like the Annual Awards Banquet. 
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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Staff Sgt. Lencys Esteban-Nunez plays saxophone during a rehearsal with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band jazz ensemble The Ambassadors at Ramstein Air Base, Germany Jan. 16, 2014. Esteban-Nunez learned to play saxophone during his childhood in Republic of Cuba before immigrating to the United States and joining the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) Our Diverse Force: From Cuba to America and beyond through music
Poverty can be tragic, but sometimes there are greater injustices one must endure."Ever since I can remember, we were trying to get out of Cuba. It is one of the saddest things that happened there; it is not the poverty - there is poverty everywhere in the world. It is how you can get into somebody's head and sort of own their thoughts," said Staff
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Airman Warren Washington, 39th Operations Squadron, airfield management operations coordinator inspects a Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard cannon Jan. 17, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.  Birds are a hazard to airfield operations because of the risk they pose in striking an aircraft.  BASH programs are established at airfields around the world to ensure the safety of those who are in flight and on the ground.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Nicole Sikorski/Released) Incirlik Innovation: Deployed Airman gets more bang for buck
Editor's note: "This is the first article in a series highlighting innovative ideas, programs and actions that have or can save the Air Force money as well as improve mission readiness."Both birds and aircraft in flight are a wonderful thing -- except when their paths cross. Bird strikes are one of the leading causes of aircraft mishaps around the
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alex Lollar, 606th Air Control Squadron radio frequencies transmissions technician from Pensacola, Fla., stands in front of his equipment Jan. 15, 2014. The 606th ACS recently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Lollar supported the deployed members of the 606th ACS from Spangdahlem AB. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyle Gese/Released) What's your role? Air control!
Members of the 606th Air Control Squadron deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom July 2013. When they departed, Airman 1st Class Alex Lollar, a radio frequencies transmissions systems technician from Pensacola, Fla., stayed behind.Lollar, who was promoted to senior airman in September, continued to support his deployed
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Staff Sgt. Kellie Sawn, U.S. Air Forces Europe 569th Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor, teaches the proper prone position to Airman 1st Class Thomas Smith, 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs broadcaster, during Phase Five weapon training at the firing range, Dec. 18, 2013, Kapaun Station, Germany. The 569th CATM has 15 assigned instructors and are responsible for qualifying the entire Kaiserslautern Military Community area and eight geographical separated units.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis) Road to Marksmanship
It's time to deploy and part of out-processing is weapons training. For younger Airmen, this is the first time they have shot since basic training. The thought of having to qualify could be nerve racking to some, while others have their eyes set on becoming a marksman. Regardless of an Airman's goal on the range, the 569th Combat Arms Training and
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By the age of three, Staff Sgt. Lamar Valentina, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron equipment accountability element supervisor, found himself in and out of group housing and foster homes in New York City. His father had abandoned him before birth and his mother was addicted to drugs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy)   It takes a village
By the age of three, he found himself in and out of group housing and foster homes in New York City. His father had abandoned him before birth and his mother--addicted to drugs. Staff Sgt. Lamar Valentina, 31st Logistics Readiness Squadron equipment accountability element supervisor, didn't have what most people refer to as a customarily-pleasant
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