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Caregivers Caregivers play critical role in lives of wounded warriors
Tech. Sgt. Eric Fisher was two months into a five-month deployment in 2011 to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, when he suffered a heart attack after an intense rocket attack, and a day of moving heavy pallets on the flight line.
0 9/13
2017
Senior Airman Richard Lawrence, a personnelist from the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron, provides overwatch at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Personnelists with the 451st ESPTS in and out-processes all members at KAF, handles decorations and other personnel functions. All Airmen, regardless of position, are responsible for the security and safety of the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) Revitalizing the squadron: Support Squadron enables airpower at KAF
A successful air campaign requires more than just aviators and maintainers—it needs Airmen to support every facet of airpower. Within the 451st Air Expeditionary Group, at Kandahar Airfield, there is a squadron designed to organically provide necessary support to project airpower in the region.
0 8/29
2017
Chaplain (Capt.) John Appiah, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, leads a prayer during a religious service at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan, July 23, 2017. Religious support teams from the 455th AEW provide spiritual support in seven locations in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) In harm’s way: Providing spiritual support
Thousands of feet above Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, two Airmen, riding in a helicopter, wearing more than 75 pounds of gear, hover around the city before landing. These Airmen are not pararescuemen or tactical air control party—they’re a chaplain and chaplain assistant. After landing, they travel to the nearby chapel, where they deliver a
0 7/28
2017
Airmen 1st Class Giovanni and Drew, 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron flightline security element members, deescalated a potential volatile situation during an incident where unknown convoy approached their post on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Their keen senses, trust in each other, communication with others and training all came together, effectively thwarting a potential catastrophe without having to resort to firing their weapons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier)  Defenders deescalate situation downrange, prevent potential catastrophe
Airmen 1st Class Drew and Giovanni, who are flightline security element members with the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, recently had to deescalate a potentially volatile situation where they had mere seconds to make a possibly life-altering decision.
0 7/10
2017
Staff Sgt. Nana Dankwa is a foreign-born Airman who spent most of his early life in Accra, Ghana. He lived with his grandparent’s and moved to America as an adult. After a couple of years, Dankwa joined the U.S. Air Force, eventually becoming a U.S. citizen. Dankwa is a civil engineer deployed out of Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and is the NCO in charge of civil engineering for the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Gonsier) Foreign-born Airmen deploy, live their American dream
The Air Force is proud of its diversity, providing Airmen the opportunity to live and visit places they never would imagine going and working with people from all walks of life. Two Airmen, who are deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, as part of the 451st Expeditionary Support Squadron, are emblematic of the diverse force.
0 7/02
2017
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Lopez, center, 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron munitions systems technician, builds a GPS-guided GBU-49 weapon at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 15, 2015.  The 62nd ERS Munitions Flight ensures that every munition loaded onto an MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper will perform as expected when used. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford/Released) Arming the RPAs
Airmen from the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron provide every munition that is loaded onto an MQ-1B Predator or MQ-9 Reaper at Kandahar Airfield; without them, the RPAs wouldn’t be able to provide combat airpower in Afghanistan.
0 8/27
2015
Tactical vehicles sit on the flightline prior to being transported to an aircraft in support of retrograde operations March 20, 2015 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. At the height of retrograde in 2014, Airmen assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron were responsible for shipping more than 9,000 tons of cargo each month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz/released) Ready, set, retrograde
As the United States seeks to lessen its footprint at locations across Southwest Asia, the word retrograde has been on the lips of Department of Defense decision-makers for months. When applied to military operations in Afghanistan, retrograde, which is defined as having a backward motion or direction, translates to the proverbial undoing of more than a decade’s accumulation of assets, equipment and personnel in theater.
0 4/08
2015
An Airman assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron marshals an MQ-9 Reaper to the runway prior to launch March 20, 2015, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Airmen assigned to the 451st EAMXS provide 24/7 maintenance support to the Air Force’s largest Reaper unit, ensuring ground troops are supported around the clock. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz) Reaper maintainers ensure ISR mission accomplishment
Supporting the largest Reaper unit in the Air Force, Airmen assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work 24 hours a day to ensure the Reaper fleet is fully operational and ready to launch at a moment’s notice.
0 3/30
2015
Staff Sgt. Nelson Cherry inspects an MQ-9 Reaper with the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron Aug. 18, 2014, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The Reaper is launched, recovered and maintained here. It is also remotely operated by pilots in bases located in the U.S. Cherry is an aircraft armament systems specialist with the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez) Recon squadron keeps remotely piloted aircraft flying
"To provide world-class, full spectrum remotely piloted aircraft operations for the joint forces in Afghanistan," is the 62nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron's motto. The unit's Airmen work 24 hours a day to provide 84 percent of Central Commands' RPA combat air patrols.
0 9/10
2014
A pilot with the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron prepares for takeoff Aug. 20, 2014, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The squadron reached its end of mission in September after four years of operations in Afghanistan. During their tenure, the unit executed more than 25,000 air tasking order sorties, achieved 115,000 combat flight hours and helped eliminate 450 insurgents from the battle space. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez) Kandahar's Liberty operations reach end of mission
After four years of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron will complete their MC-12W Liberty operations in southern Afghanistan at the beginning of September 2014.
0 9/04
2014
Airmen from the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron move an MQ-9 Reaper in preparation for a mission Aug. 27, 2013, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Members of the 451st EAMXS are building the institutional knowledge base for Reaper maintenance as they enable continuous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance coverage in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Deployed Airmen trailblazers of Reaper world
At Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, the men and women of the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron are building the heritage of Reaper Airmen as they develop the institutional knowledge for one of the nation's newer air warfare assets.
0 9/16
2013
Tech. Sgt. Dequan Barthell, 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Detachment 1, loadmaster evaluator, counts passengers on a C-17 Globemaster III July 25, 2013, prior to departure in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The flight carried 137 deployed service members to Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. C-17 crew brings warfighters home
Boarding a C-17 Globemaster III at Kandahar, Afghanistan and headed to Transit Center at Manas here, U.S. Army Maj. Daniel Garcia prepared for the first leg of a special flight: the journey home after several months on his deployment.At the heart of this mission is the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Detachment 1, aircrew: a flight commander,
0 8/11
2013
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