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Airmen from the 56th Rescue Squadron tackle Capt. Robert Smith after his fini-flight Nov. 4, 2014, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. It is a tradition to ‘capture’ a pilot after his final flight and paint his feet green to stamp on a ceiling tile.  Smith is the 56th RQS executive officer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis) The footprint of the Jolly Green Giant leaves its mark
Tech. Sgt. Mathew Macella, the 56th Rescue Squadron pararescueman blue team NCO in charge, succinctly summed up the explanation for all the stickers of green feet found around Royal Air Force Lakenheath and what they mean for the 56th RQS. The origin of the green feet symbol came from Vietnam, when the HH-3E helicopter, also known as the Jolly Green Giant, would land in the rice patties and grass fields, leaving huge impressions that looked like giant green footprints.
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Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer and Under Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning stand with three of the 2014 Department of Defense Disability Awards recipients Oct. 30, 2014, at the Pentagon.  The recipients are Tech. Sgt. Chad Molenhour, from the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.; Kathi Duncan, from Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; and Chris Gitto, from Kirtland AFB, N.M.  The DOD Disability Awards ceremony honors service components for outstanding achievements in the hiring, retention and advancement of individuals with disabilities.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Andy Morataya) AF presented with 2014 Defense Disability Award
The Department of the Air Force recently received the Secretary of Defense trophy for the best disability program among large military components for the third consecutive year.
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A South Korean air force F-15 Strike Eagle lands Nov. 17, 2014, during Max Thunder 14-2 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft are training alongside South Korean air forces in the semi-annual, bilateral training event, which is the largest flying exercise held on the Korean Peninsula. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Divine Cox) Kunsan AB hosts Exercise Max Thunder 14-2
U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy personnel and aircraft are training with the Republic of Korea Air Force units Nov. 14 - 22, in the semi-annual, bilateral training exercise Max Thunder 14-2, here.
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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James talks with Staff Sgt. Michael Speakman who was recognized as one of the base’s outstanding Airmen Nov. 19, 2014, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. James visited Andersen as part of a visit to get a firsthand look at Airmen in action across the Pacific with stops in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan and South Korea. Speakman is with the 36th Medical Operations Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin) SecAF visits Guam during Pacific tour
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited here Nov. 19-20, to meet with Airmen and gain a better understanding of the central role the island base plays within Pacific Command as part of engagements at Pacific Air Force bases.
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Default Air Force Logo 479 selected for top enlisted rank
Of the 2,525 senior master sergeants eligible for promotion to chief, 479 were selected for an 18.97 percent selection rate, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Nov. 20.
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Default Air Force Logo AF selects three captains for prestigious PhD program
Three Air Force captains have been selected for the 2015 Chief of Staff of the Air Force Captains Prestigious PhD Program, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Nov. 19.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces criteria for KC-46A Reserve basing
After extensive internal review, the Air Force on Nov. 9, released the basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the first Reserve-led KC-46A main operating base.
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Default Air Force Logo Air Force announces AFIMSC candidate bases
Air Force officials announced today Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Joint Base San Antonio, Scott Air Force Base, and Wright-Patterson AFB as candidate bases to potentially host the headquarters (HQ) for the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC).
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Default Air Force Logo Three bases identified as F-16 aggressor candidate bases
Air Force officials, on Nov. 19, announced Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Nellis AFB, Nevada, as candidate bases to host the 18th Aggressor Squadron and its assigned 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons.
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Kai, a service dog, lies on the lap of Staff Sgt. August O'Niell during an Air Force wounded, ill or injured warrior sitting volleyball practice  Nov. 18, 2014, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. O'Niell, a pararescueman, was wounded in July 2011 during a deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian Ferguson) AFW2 helps Airmen take steps toward recovery
One would never know the twelve current and retired Airmen walking into the Joint Base Andrews West Fitness Center, Nov. 18, were wounded, ill or seriously injured. Minutes later, it is evident as the bleachers and floor fill with gym bags, volleyballs and prosthetic limbs, while two dogs sit loyally on the sideline waiting for their owners to return from practice.
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