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  • Common thread: Air Force family units through tragedy

    April 5 was both one of the saddest and proudest days of my life. As a new member of Air Force Special Operations Command, one of my first duties was to travel to RAF Mildenhall, to help support the 352nd Special Operations Group after one of its C-130s crashed in Albania during a joint/combined training exercise March 31. Nine of our fellow Airmen
  • Character is foundation of Air Force service

    All of us who comprise this great Air Force team came to its ranks as individuals. The makeup of basic training, Reserve Officer Training Corps or the Air Force Academy classes are likely a small microcosm of America with representatives from all races, economic classes and regions of our great country. As individuals, we brought with us a set of
  • Contact lens wear not allowed downrange

    Blowing sand, smoke and fine dust particles are an eyeball’s worst nightmare. Now imagine holding up your unit because you have “something in your eye.” This type of scenario is exactly what optometrists fear most when Airmen wear contact lenses instead of their glasses while working in a deployed environment. As stated in U.S. Central Command
  • COMUSAFE honored with Order of the Sword

    Before a packed house at the Ramstein Officers’ Club, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander was bestowed the enlisted corps' highest honor Aug. 26.Gen. Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, who’s led USAFE since August 2003, was inducted into the command’s Order of the Sword before nearly 600 enlisted members and guests representing every base within the
  • Joint Turkish and American patrols keep people, assets safe

    Sports coaches the world over tell their players it takes the entire team to make a plan work. This also holds true here. Without joint American and Turkish patrols, Incirlik wouldn’t be the safe place that it is.“The only defense is an integrated base defense,” said Maj. Bryan Gillespie, 39th Security Forces Squadron commander. “That’s what the
  • CCAF: Unlocking doors of opportunity

    Many military members could be closer than they think to a degree from the Community College of the Air Force.Between work, family, TDYs and deployments, many military members may feel as though they do not have enough time to finish their degree.“One of the biggest obstacles is discouragement,” said Tiffany Dalmida, the Community College of the
  • USAFE names DEERS/RAPIDS Excellence Award nominee

    An Airman assigned to Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, was recently honored as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe nominee for the 2005 DEERS/RAPIDS Certificate of Excellence Award.Airman 1st Class Davina L. Keene, 100th Mission Support Squadron, was nominated for her contributions to the DEERS/RAPIDS programs.Airman Keene will go on to compete with
  • Former Chief Master Sergeants of the Air Force visit Ramstein

    The first Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul Wesley Airey and the eighth CMSAF, Sam E. Parish, were at the Ramstein Officers’ Club Aug. 26 to help induct Gen. Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, USAFE commander, into the Order of the Sword.While at Ramstein, Chief Airey and Chief Parish discussed the current state of the Air Force from their early
  • Sure Fire 2005 puts USAFE's best to test in weapons loading

    Winners in three award categories were announced today in U.S. Air Forces in Europe ’s Sure Fire 2005 weapons loading competition, held Aug. 24 and 25.Team members from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and Aviano AB, Italy, took home the top prizes.Sure Fire 2005 features USAFE fighter-jet bomb and missile loaders working in three-man crews to load
  • Spangdahlem hosts Sure Fire competition

    For the first time in more than a decade, U.S. Air Forces in Europe is hosting a command-wide aircraft weapons loading competition Aug. 24 and 25 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.Sure Fire 2005 is an opportunity for the USAFE to improve loading techniques, provide realistic training, improve the command’s wartime posture and to inspire pride within