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Teresa Bracher, 86th Airlift Wing chief of protocol, watches a change of command dry-run July 17, 2014 on Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The wing protocol office is made up of four Airmen who provide support to approximately 22,000 military members and Department of Defense civilians. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko) Behind the scenes with protocol
There hangs a simple white board, covered in what seems to be the trivial scribbles of a to-do list. Though insignificant at first glance, a closer look reveals extraordinary events like meeting President Obama and the Air Force chief of staff, to planning the details of a change of command and promotion ceremonies. With the responsibility of
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2014
A child celebrates with International Four Days Marches Nijmegen participants from the U.S. Army 361st Civil Affairs Brigade and U.S. Air Force 52nd Fighter Wing before crossing a bridge in Nijmegen, Netherlands, July 15, 2014. Military participants gave out small souvenirs to on looking children cheering and celebrating throughout the march. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gustavo Castillo/Released) 100 mile road to 'glory'
The sun had not even risen, yet the hustle and bustle of hundreds of troops had been echoing throughout the camp for hours. Some fought off sleep, while others seemed to have been electrified with anticipation. Either way, as time passed by, all rushed to ensure their ruck had the required weight and enough food and water before heading to the
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Tech. Sgt. Elizabeth Loska 39th Medical Group dental technician, cleans a patient's teeth July, 21, 2014, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The dental clinic is responsible for service members and dependents Incirlik AB, Izmir Air Station and 717th Air Base Squadron in Ankara, Turkey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski/Released)
Dental Squadron keeps Incirlik 'Ready to go'
Steam escapes out of the giant "dishwasher" door when it is opened. Drill heads and mouth mirrors are now sterile and clean, left to dry before resuming another busy day at the 39th Medical Group Dental Clinic. Remaining ready to deploy is a top priority in U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and the 39th MDG Dental Clinic plays a crucial role in keeping
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2014
Default Air Force Logo ONE: hello, first sergeant
|  ONE.1  |  ONE.2  |  He sighed. It wasn't an audible, overemphasized breath, but rather an expression of relief as he stared at the last email he needed to answer before he could go home and see his family. For the briefest of moments, he enjoyed the gentle breeze that floated in through the windows and the late
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Belgians, Americans 'living the dream' at 701st MUNSS
Most anniversaries for Belgium in 2014 bear very somber undertones: a plane crash, a costly liberation, the loss of a family members and friends gone way too soon. It all comes at a great expense, underscoring how freedom is never free. The last time Belgians and Americans presumably took arms in combat in this particular Limburg field, they most
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2014
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Donald Stichter, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron NCO in charge of munitions inspection from Lakewood, Colo., finishes the ING Luxembourg Night Marathon May 31, 2014, in Luxembourg. Stichter finished in the race in less than four-and-a-half hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released) Airman competes in first ever marathon
 "The marathon is a charismatic event. It has everything. It has drama. It has heroism. Every jogger can't dream of being an Olympic champion, but he can dream of finishing a marathon," said Fred Lebow co-founder of the New York City Marathon.Some people hope that when they compete in a marathon they can finish it in one piece."I would like to
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2014
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan Souder, a firefighter assigned to the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron and Bellevue, Neb., native, runs beside fellow participants in the Jog for Joe Memorial 5K at the base track at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, June 20, 2014. Nearly 500 Airmen and their families participated in the run to commemorate the loss of Staff Sgt. Joseph Hamski, a 52nd CES explosive ordnance disposal flight technician, who was killed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom May 26, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden/Released) 'So worth it': Sabers Jog for Joe
As firefighters began putting on their dense flame-retardant gear, a group of explosive ordnance disposal Airmen arrived next to them, slipping their arms through the thick sleeves on their protective suits.Their appearance upon completion looked not unlike a wrapped-up child who couldn't move his arms before braving a harsh snow on the walk to the
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Linne Gherdovich and son Hudson, paint a mural of a Turkish soldier at the Kazim Karabekir School for Autism, June 9, 2014, Adana, Turkey. Gherdovich is a coordinator with the organization Love Impact Give Help Teach Serve, or LIGHTS located at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The group of active duty members, civilians and dependents of all ages focuses on helping the community with simple art projects at special needs schools around Adana. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Veronica Pierce/Released) Shinning LIGHTS on community service
Volunteer opportunities are a great way to get out into the local community and make a positive change. Volunteering while overseas can sometimes be a challenge due to cultural sensitivities, so it can take a little creativity to find appropriate ways to get out and help. Love Impact Give Help Teach Serve, or LIGHTS, is a volunteer organization
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SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Scott Weeks, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter from Green Bay, Wis., looks on as his team member Gerd Mueller, 52nd CES firefighter crew chief from Gransdorf, Germany, hoists a 40-pound weight at the annual Szczecin Firefighter Combat Challenge competition in Szczecin, Poland, Aug. 9, 2013. Hoisting the weight simulates pulling tools or an additional hose from a building roof needed to combat a real fire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano/Released) Saber firefighters to host firefighter combat challenge
The Spangdahlem firefighter challenge team will host the Mosel Firefighter Combat Challenge July 5-6 at Ediger-Eller, Germany. The U.S. Fire Administration first developed the challenge to assess the physical performance of firefighters -- years later it turned into a unique sport recognized worldwide. This year's challenge involves more than 200
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Air Force Reserve Command energy conservation officials are working to make energy use and conservation a consideration in everything people do. Incirlik Innovation: How Team Incirlik saved a million dollars
Editor's note: This series is designed to highlight innovative ideas, programs and actions that have or can save the Air Force money as well as improve mission readiness.With the geographical location of Incirlik Air Base being in a warm climate, a high rate of energy consumption could potentially be a problem.Due to efforts here to find innovative
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2014
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