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Senior Master Sgt. Steve Martin and Senior Airman Marcus Wright, loadmasters with the 772nd Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, prepare to perform a Low Cost, Low Altitude airdrop from the back of a C-130J in southwest Afghanistan Nov. 15. They are deployed from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Tristan Hinderliter) New day, new job for expeditionary Airlift Squadron at Kandahar Airflield
On one sortie they may be airdropping food, ammo and fuel to Special Operations troops at a remote forward operating base. On the next, they might transport troops to or from an austere location, move prisoners to a secure facility, provide airlift to Afghan National Army allies, perform aeromedical evacuation, or transport distinguished visitors
0 12/04
2012
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen from the 606th Air Control Squadron try to pinpoint the source of gunfire outside the perimeter of their base during combat readiness training Nov. 15, 2012. The training tested the Airmen’s ability to defend their base through use of force, cultural awareness, indirect fire, and unexploded ordnance scenarios. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released) Airmen learn vital combat skills
Crack, crack, crack.A whirlwind of excitement and confusion spurred around the camp. Gunfire echoed through the tents as the Airmen scrambled to find cover.They peered out from the safety of makeshift bunkers as they searched for the source of the sound.Reports flooded across the radio of a team outside the wire with an unconscious young captain in
0 11/21
2012
Staff Sgt. Cynthia Morales, 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group commander’s executive administrator, offers her co-workers the home-baked cookies she just received in a care package at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 19, 2012.  Members of the knowledge operations management office dedicate themselves, day-in and day-out, to provide an appreciated service to 455th Air Expeditionary Wing by keeping the mail flowing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis) Bagram Airmen deliver care packages as holidays approach
Mail deliveries have been an integral part of deployed military life since the postal delivery process began. Getting a care package or card might be greatly appreciated, but the men and women who spend much of their day processing that mail tend to remain unsung heroes. Fortunately for Bagram Airfield's Airmen, the 455th Expeditionary
0 11/21
2012
U.S. Air Force Airmen, from left, Lt. Col. Terry Thiem, 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron; Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Taylor, 361st ERS superintendent; 1st Lt. Scott Ball, 361st ERS; Master Sgt. Jody Kouma, 451st Expeditionary Operations Group first sergeant; Capt. Pedro Esquivel , 361st ERS; (back from left) Capt. Otto Gerdeman, 361st ERS; and Capt. David Hidalgo, 361st ERS talk via Skype here with students at Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. Nov. 12. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Russell Martin) Deployed Airmen orchestrate remote connection to thank Ohio students
It's not uncommon for deployed military members to receive boxes of goodies and letters from organizations and schools back in the United States. Letters of thanks are also common but the connection forged by the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Airmen was a little out of the ordinary. Above and beyond one might say.Senior Master Sgt.
0 11/19
2012
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Mason, Tactical Air Control Party member, controls two A-10 Thunderbolts during close air support training at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2012. Mason is also a Radio Operator, Maintainer, and Driver, where he is trained and metored by Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in an operational deployed environment before going to the JTAC qualification course. JTAC members provide ground forces with air superiority by controlling overhead aircraft that are able to deliver multiple weapons systems, as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. JTACs and ROMADs train and operate alongside their Army counterparts in order to prepare them for kinetic situations while outside the wire. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster) TACP brethren work together for mission success
Described as a little brother, big brother relationship, the Tactical Air Control party members have a lot more at stake than just family rituals. Both TACP members, the joint terminal attack controller and the radio operator maintainer and driver not only depend on each other to get the mission accomplished, but to also get home safely.A ROMAD is
0 11/05
2012
A U.S. Air Force combat rescue officer, 46th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, conducts a training mission near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 29, 2012. Pararescuemen with the 46th ERQS work alongside members of the 26th ERQS, who provide the airlift capability with the HH-60G Pave Hawk variant operated by a crew composed of a flight engineer, pilots, and aerial gunners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster) Ohio native answers call to fly
The toy trains went into a box and the toy planes came out after his first plane ride. He was only five years old, but after that first ride, he was hooked and knew he wanted to be a pilot. Capt. Brian Dicks, HH-60G Pave Hawk combat rescue pilot with the 26th ERQS here is a native to Alliance, Ohio, and is deployed from Davis Monthan Air Force
0 11/05
2012
Kari Phelps, spouse of Senior Airman Daniel Phelps, 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, holds a digital screen of her husband during their online wedding ceremony Oct. 29, 2012, at the Johnson County courthouse in Olathe, Kan. Airman Phelps was unable to attend the actual ceremony, due to being stationed at Turkey, so the couple connected virtually for their special day. (Courtesy photo/Released)
Need to answer the call of duty? Say your vows? Technology keeps Incirlik Airmen connected
It's late on a Saturday night, you're thumbs-deep in helping fight off another swarm of enemy soldiers. While listening to your teammates give instructions through a headset, the mission is accomplished with help from halfway around the world.This is how Tyler Wilson, 9-year-old son of Master Sgt. Robert Wilson, 39th Security Forces Squadron, keeps
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2012
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – A bayonet and sheath belonging to U.S. Army Pfc. Clyde Sparks lay on a table at the 606th Air Control Squadron Oct. 4, 2012. Sparks lost the bayonet in Luxembourg in 1944, and after 68 years the bayonet was returned to his family. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon/Released) Families unite through WWII bayonet
Clyde Sparks never spoke much about his time in the U.S. Army. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he earned a Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in Luxembourg. It was his silence that always marked him as a veteran of the Second World War.It wasn't until Staff Sgt. Scott Martin, who is a radio frequencies transmissions systems operator
0 10/24
2012
(Left to Right) Staff Sgt. Scott Stoffel, Tech. Sgt. Michael Dove, and Senior Airman Rafael Walden work through an attack scenario with the 51st Security Forces Squadron’s Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 4, 2012. The group went through several scenarios on a virtual trainer that allowed them to differentiate between hostile and non hostile forces. Stoffel, Dove and Walden are 51st Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Alexis Siekert) 
Virtual simulator provides alternative shoot, no-shoot training
The 51st Security Forces Squadron offers a different way to engage in a shoot or no-shoot scenario at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 is a virtual firearms simulator that uses life-like, life-size weapons to practice marksmanship skills and engage in real-world type scenarios. The shoot or no-shoot scenarios
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2012
Lt. Col. Linda Berry (left) and 1st Lt Deborah Lichota, medical technicians assigned to the 86th Aeromedical Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, review each patient's record and status aboard a C-17 Globemaster II before it departs during the final leg of a MEDEVAC flight from Ramstein to the United States.  The Air Force's Strategic Transitory Care process ensures wounded warriors are kept safe and receive consistent care throughout the journey from Afghanistan through Germany to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo/TSgt Shawn David McCowan) Care across the continents
Consistent quality is always a priority when it comes to medical care. Successful innovations and greater efficiency can send a hospital's credibility and patient reviews to new heights.Medical emergencies in the military community can be more complicated than a civilian emergency due to the nature of the patient's injuries, but the Air Force has
0 10/16
2012
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