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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany--Elliot Curtis, a 52nd Force Support Squadron Eifel Arms Inn shuttle driver from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., listens to his rugby coach talk after practice Oct. 10, 2013. Curtis is the captain of the University of Trier rugby team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)
 
Rugby Life
On a cold fall Saturday afternoon, the crowd cheers as the competition creates a heated intensity throughout the field. It's an environment rugby players thrive in, and for one particular player, the prospect of coming back to stakes like these gives him a burst of energy."It's very competitive and hard - it pushes you to your limits," said Elliot
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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee / U.S. Air Force Graphic by Airman 1st Class Sarah Denewellis / Released) Airmen put 'Consent' on trial
It started off as a typical Friday night for many Airmen with their wallets full of money to burn, their stomachs ready to chug the best German beers and their minds ready to explore the undefined possibilities of "hooking up." But for two of them, their alcohol-fueled night would end in a shattered sense of trust, establish an unclean feeling of
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Mike Nishimuta, on the left at 17 years old with the bike he used to travel more than 3,000 miles through Europe, February 1969, in Lawton, Okla., and on the right, after celebrating the 45th anniversary of his trip, October 2013, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Nishimuta rode along the same 50-mile path from Venice to Bassano, Italy, Oct. 19. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Senior Airman Jessica Hines) Pedaling through history
In 1968, a 16-year-old Oklahoma native and veteran Boy Scout traversed more than 3,000 miles of Europe on a bicycle, changing his life forever.Recently, Mike Nishimuta celebrated the 45th anniversary of his historic trip by revisiting part of his journey through Europe and biking along the same 50-mile path from Venice to Bassano, Italy, Oct. 19."I
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany—Tech. Sgt. Damian Horton, 52nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flightline expediter, from Cooper City, Fla., receives his flu mist injection during a medical exercise Oct. 16, 2013. The 52nd Public Health Emergency Office leveraged the exercise to demonstrate the wing's capability to service the base population in the event of a disease threat or outbreak as efficiently as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexis Siekert/Released) Saber medical exercise a 'USAFE first'
As medical technicians hurry to administer lifesaving vaccinations, you watch as the military - renowned for discipline and organization - tries to restore order to a panicked population in the dawn of a global pandemic. You take a step in line to see the next doctor. You tell her you're fine and just need a shot. But, after taking a swab sample
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Erik Holloman, left, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in charge of geobase from Washington, D.C., trains U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Logan Fountaine, 100th CES engineering journeyman from Ontario, N.Y., on how to use a geodimeter Sept. 27, 2013, on RAF Mildenhall, England. The 100th CES Engineer Assistants shop provides mapping, drafting and surveying support to maintain the installation base map. This support includes drawing and updating individual building floor plans, and ensuring all utilities and infrastructures are geo-referentially located to the exact coordinate system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Gina Randall/Released) 100th CES maps future of RAF Mildenhall
As the base population and its mission continues to grow, the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron's engineer assistants shop maps the base's development. "Every unit on RAF Mildenhall receives service from my section," said Master Sgt. Solomon Vincent, 100th CES programs flight superintendent from Bladensburg, Md. "Each time any building is built or
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Staff Sgt. Alain Mukendi, 31st Force Support Squadron Airman
Leadership School instructor, teaches an ALS class Oct. 3, at Aviano Air
Base, Italy.  Mukendi, who is fluent in French, returned to Africa for a 30-day immersion after being selected for the Language Enabled Airman Program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
Congo native expands horizons in the AF
At 15 years old, a Congo native, who spoke no English, departed for America on a journey that would change his life. Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Staff Sgt. Alain Mukendi, an Aviano Airman Leadership School instructor, grew up speaking French along with three other African dialects. In 1999, his father won the Diversity
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Lt. Col. (Dr.) Sandra Early, 31st Surgical Operations Squadron medical director of surgical services, operates on a patient, Sept. 25, 2013, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Last year, Early was responsible for more than 290 surgeries. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Matthew Lotz) Operating Room: through a surgeon's eyes
The operating room is prepped and ready for the doctor. The doctor arrives; hands sterilized, she walks over to her technician to don her gown. She reads the medical report aloud for everyone in the room to concur and begins the operation.Lt. Col. (Dr.) Sandra Early, 31st Surgical Operations Squadron surgical services medical director, is a 17-year
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Air Force Lt. Col. (ret.) Paul Needham talks about his time in captivity after a luncheon, Sept. 18, 2013, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The luncheon was held in memory of prisoners of war and those missing in action and Needham was invited to be the guest speaker to tell his story to Airmen and enhance their resiliency. Needham was captured Nov. 4, 1979 by Iranian terrorists who over the United States Embassy in Teheran, Iran. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Hailey Haux) Prisoner of war tells his story
When you first meet him, you would probably think he is just another veteran with an incredibly humorous attitude. However, after a few moments of talking and getting to know him, you find out there is much more to him than meets the eye.While he is funny and charismatic, he has been through a lot in his life and was willing to share his experience
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Default Air Force Logo Aircraft maintenance: Supporting the mission in the wild blue yonder
"Red Ball, bravo three, we've got a code three," the pilot calls over the radio, his voice muffled by his oxygen mask.Like magic, a blue van of maintenance crew, including engine and avionics specialists, appeared from around the corner of the flightline to the waiting F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft. The production supervisor, already there
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Emil Onentasei, 39th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter crew chief, and Hakan Erdal, 39th CES firefighter, simulate extinguishing a fire during an exercise July 24, 2013, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Wing-wide exercises can test any Airman’s abilities to respond to any unexpected incident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chase Hedrick/Released) Cultivating a culture of readiness
Airmen across Incirlik Air Base are preparing in a variety of ways for planned training exercises scheduled to take place here in the coming weeks.The scripted scenarios can include everything from medical emergencies to aircraft accidents. They are designed to integrate and test various emergency response agencies and other wing functions.
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