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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.
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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
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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
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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
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2012
Members of the Ramstein Rabbits help prepare an Airman for her upcoming physical training test at the Southside Fitness Center on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 2, 2012. The Ramstein Rabbits were formed by a group of service members who wanted to push their fellow Airmen to succeed with the run component of the PT test. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Kendra Alba) Ramstein Rabbits push Airmen to succeed
Several things may go through a person's head when he or she receives that email saying it's time to take a physical training test.The message could be shrugged it off with confidence, or the person could start working out every day and stress over it.But if it's the running component that is the stressor, the Ramstein Rabbits can help.The team was
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2012
Joe and Wyatt Denton (center) stand at parade rest during a noon meal formation and HH-60 Pave Hawk flyover at the Air Force Academy Sept. 28, 2012. Wyatt was made a cadet for a day through the Academy's partnership with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Chambers) A wish come true: Colorado native becomes cadet for a day
An 11-year-old boy became the U.S. Air Force Academy newest cadet when he arrived for "duty" Sept. 28 here.Wyatt, from nearby Parker, Colo., was welcomed into the Cadet Wing through the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the Academy's Cadet for a Day program.For Wyatt, the whole day was a surprise waiting to happen for Wyatt."All they told me was that I
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2012
SOUTHWEST ASIA - An A-10 Warthog pulls up behind a KC-10 Extender to be refueled Sept. 18, 2012. The KC-10 is an advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Scott MacKay) 908th EARS refuels aircraft in fight
It's 4:30 a.m., and four Airmen have already had breakfast and a pre-flight briefing as they leave their squadron. They grab water and more food before heading to their aircraft.Music and friendly banter wafts within the cockpit as the crew performs pre-flight checks with their ground crew.But before takeoff, the music and conversation stops as the
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2012
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