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Senior Airman Amanda Diaz, left, and Airman 1st Class Aaron Wolak, both 21st Operational Weather Squadron weather forecasters, monitor the weather patterns of northern Europe Feb. 22, 2016, at Kapaun Air Station, Germany. The mission of the 21st OWS is to provide timely and accurate forecast products to customers across the areas of responsibility of U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore) From mud to sun, weather covers all
Snow plows are prepared to clear an airfield, a base is issued a delayed reporting notification, and the running portion of a physical fitness assessment is moved inside.While these events may seem unrelated, they all have one thing in common: a weather forecast played a part in the decision.Weather is something many people may not consciously
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Senior Airman Martin Dietrich, 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron tactical air control party member, looks through the scope on his weapon during training at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The training consisted of Airmen calling in close air support, neutralizing opposing forces and practicing medical evacuation by helicopter. The role of an ASOS Airman is to be the subject matter expert on available air capabilities are for the ground commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko) ASOS Airmen: strike with fury
 He tries to ignore the silent trickle of rain falling down his face and focuses on the rapid bursts of gun fire in the distance; he and his Airmen will be found soon.However, that concentration is short lived as a deafening gust of wind erupts from above and the command "get him to the helicopter," is yelled by his team.Unable to move due to his
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Default Air Force Logo Strengthen your resolve, body
With each new year, the story repeats itself. The new arrivals come in droves looking for a spot to throw their weight around. While there is likely one or two that will flex some muscle and make a lasting ripple, the more seasoned members suspect the majority will not last more than a few months.Almost like clockwork, the newbies fall off as they
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Airmen from the 86th Airlift Wing solve a simulated problem during Problem Identification Training Jan. 12, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. PIT is available to all Airmen and gives them the opportunity to learn problem-solving skills and in turn, help them come up with innovative ways to better processes in their individual units. Wings across the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Air Forces Africa are preparing for Innovation Madness 2016, which helps build an innovation culture year-round. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood) Innovation keeps 86th AW moving forward
The Air Force is "powered by Airmen, fueled by innovation." To keep innovation alive and thriving here at Ramstein, the 86th Airlift Wing Continuous Process Improvement office has taken up the responsibility of fostering a culture of improvement across the wing.Though innovation is not a new concept, its relevance in workplaces is becoming more
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson, 39th Communications Squadron production superintendent, rides past the flightline Dec. 10, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Chiasson, a member of the Air Force Cycling Team, regularly cycles a variety distances both indoors and outdoors to stay prepared for the races he will participate in as part of the cycling team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Ardrey/Released) Racking up miles; IAB Airman cycles for AF
The air is crisp like the frost on the ground, winter is approaching, as Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson hops onto his sleek road bike; today he will only ride 25 miles, but other days he will ride up to 100 on his strict training schedule of an Air Force Cycling Team cyclist.Chiasson is the 39th Communications Squadron production superintendent
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Capt. Elaina Wild, 39th Medical Support Squadron family practice primary care provider, poses in native Zimbabwean dress and jewelry April 24, 2015, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. Wild is a family practice doctor in the U.S. Air Force with aspirations of taking her knowledge of medicine back to her homeland of Zimbabwe after her military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams/Released) Diversity in uniform: Doctor's 'Wild' journey
A young, African girl takes a jog on a path to her home in the Matetsi Safari area. Her senses are on alert and goose bumps raise on her arms as she hears the animals of the surrounding jungle send out warning calls. As an impala in the distance gives off a distinct sound, she stops momentarily to survey the area for predators as she feels
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BEJA AIR BASE, Portugal – Members of the 52nd Maintenance Group prepare to tow an F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, during Trident Juncture 2015 at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Oct. 27, 2015. More than 100 Airmen assigned to the 52nd Maintenance Group deployed to Portugal in support of Trident Juncture 2015, the largest NATO exercise conducted in the past 20 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released) Before the flight: Maintaining excellence is universal
After organizing tools and making sure all equipment was accounted for, a crew chief took a second to stand up and remove his noise-cancelling ear protection.With his ears freed, he could now hear the distant sound of four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, the very aircraft he and his fellow Airmen were just working on, taxiing down the
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U.S. Air Force Gabrielle, center, Joint Intelligence Operations Center, Europe Analytic Center analyst, demonstrates how to properly hold a rifle during honor guard prectice at RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom, May 28, 2015. The newly-reconstructed RAF Molesworth Joint Honor Guard program consists of weekly practices, which involve learning facing movements, weapons handling and marching. (The last names of personnel have been romoved for security purposes) (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hawkins/Released) Molesworth honor guard rekindles joint patriotism
Editor's note: Due to the sensitivity of the joint intelligence mission, the last names of personnel have been removed in this article.A line of seven U.S. Service members stand together, clad in their respective services' ceremonial uniforms, carrying the Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force and American flags, with two riflemen on each end.Their
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 52nd Security Forces Squadron undergo combatives training May 28, 2015 at the fitness center on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Military law enforcement officers conduct regular hand-to-hand combat training to ensure they are prepared for any hostile suspects they might encounter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released) Defenders train for the worst
In the world of law enforcement, things can turn dangerous in the blink of an eye. Any traffic stop or routine response could turn into a physical altercation.If and when that happens, the 52nd Security Forces Squadron Defenders must be ready to handle the situation and ensure the safety of their fellow Airmen.The squadron held a combatives
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Senior Airman Steven Adkins, a broadcast journalist assigned to American Forces Network, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, focuses his video camera during an assignment for Saber Strike 15 on June 7, 2015, in the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland. Saber Strike is a long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise. This year’s exercise objectives facilitate cooperation amongst the U.S., Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland to improve joint operational capability in a range of missions as well as preparing the participating nations and units to support multinational contingency operations. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brandon Anderson, 13th Public Affairs Detachment/Released.) Kentucky state flag creates deep bond between grandfather and grandson
The U.S. military has a rich history beginning with the Continental Army and extending to present day operations around the world, but for Senior Airman Steven Adkins, his own military history can be found in his backpack.Given to him by his grandfather, Don Adkins, who served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, a Kentucky state flag embodies his
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