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Mark Flannery, a welder from Detachment 6 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, welds a steel plate to the bottom of a Jet Petroleum 8 tank in a vehicle management garage at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, April 27, 2018. Flannery was hand selected to come and repair the tank. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua King) Vehicle Management welds fuel tanks back to life
Without fuel, the world’s greatest Air Force doesn’t get aircraft in the air. When the trucks that deliver that fuel start to leak, a multi-team effort is needed to get them fixed and back to delivering fuel to the fight.
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2018
Members of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and Qatar Emiri Air Force participate in a firefighter challenge exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 8, 2018. The a exercise, a strenuous course designed to test physical fitness and fire response capabilities, was organized by firefighters from the 379th ECES and Qatar Emiri Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton) Coalition forces partner to fight fire
Firefighters from the 379th ECES and Qatar Emiri Air Force combine forces to increase mission effectiveness.
0 3/21
2018
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: March 20
On this look around the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson testifies before the U.S. House of Representatives about the fiscal year 2019 budget and Air Forces Central Command hosts an innovation summit.
0 3/20
2018
From Basic Training to Al Udeid, Two Air Force careers reunited after 21 years Basic Training to Al Udeid: Two Air Force careers reunited after 21 years
It all started in 1996. One kid from Prattville, Alabama, and another from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, took a bus to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. They were both a little scared and excited to become the U.S. Air Force’s newest Airmen. Though they grew up about 400 miles apart and spent six weeks together in the same flight at Basic Military Training, their Air Force journeys separated them after graduation by thousands of miles and trips around the world.
0 1/05
2018
A Republic of Singapore Air Force KC-135R Powering partnership: Singapore tankers boost coalition forces
This year alone, coalition air refuelers have already flown more than 5,000 separate in-flight refueling sorties, supplying more than 28,000 aircraft with fuel while providing air support to Operation Inherent Resolve.
0 9/05
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Ortiz, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron EOD flight, controls a PACBOT bomb disposal robot from inside a mine resistant ambush protected all-terrain vehicle at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 21, 2017. Ortiz was working a nighttime operations scenario during exercise “Vigilant Walrus” in order to train for bomb threats while using night vision capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Miles Wilson) Playing with fire; EOD technicians hone response skills
Most of the crew is asleep, but for a few members. Outside, the sun is peaking over the horizon, sending long shadows across the terrain and buildings. Suddenly a loud banging from the door echoes through the hallway, breaking the silence and waking up the crew. The banging continues, and an Airman opens the door to discover a panic-stricken Airman holding onto her uniform blouse, wires protruding from various pockets and a loud ticking noise coming from her back. Immediately the Airman who opened the door recognizes the threat: a hostage outfitted with a bomb vest.
0 3/28
2017
Default Air Force Logo Coalition launches largest airstrike of the year against ISIL
The U.S.-led coalition launched one of its largest airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant near Palmyra, Syria, Dec. 8, dealing a significant blow to the terrorist organization’s ability to finance and enable its means of war.
0 12/19
2016
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Manpower and Personnel directorate worked to provide an opportunity for deployed Airmen to apply for the RQ-4 Global Hawk Remote Piloted Aircraft enlisted pilot training program. Them AFCENT team coordinated with personnel from multiple  organizations across the globe to ensure each interested Airman was given the opportunity to pursue their ambitions of becoming part of the first group of enlisted pilots since World War II. (Courtesy photo) AFCENT helps deployed Airmen reach for their dreams
Deployed Airmen often miss opportunities afforded to those back home; but personnel specialists at Air Forces Central Command headquarters here ensured deployed enlisted Airmen did not miss one opportunity – to pursue their ambitions of becoming part of the first group of enlisted pilots since World War II.
0 12/19
2016
Tech. Sgt. Gilbert Martinez, left, and Senior Airman Christopher Martinez, right. (U.S.Air Force photo illustration/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño/Released) Airman follows dad’s lead, applies lesson to life, career
Not every son gets a chance to live out his father’s legacy. For Senior Airman Christopher Martinez, an 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron crew chief, each day served in the Air Force is an opportunity to honor his father’s, Tech. Sgt. Gilbert Martinez, memory.
0 9/12
2016
Master Sgt. Jeremy Michael Hord, 379th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, checks the screws of a B-52 Stratofortress May 20, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Hord achieved a career milestone when he launched his third type of bomber, a B-52 Stratofortress, into combat April 14 here. Now, Hord can say he has launched every type of bomber currently serving in the U.S. Air Force’s fleet. (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño/Released) Crew chief scores AF ‘hat trick’
Master Sgt. Jeremy Michael Hord, the 379th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, recently scored an Air Force hat trick by finally launching every active bomber in the Air Force’s inventory into combat.
0 5/31
2016
Tech. Sgt. Kelly Badger, a 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, uses a compact metal detector to interrogate an improvised explosive device he detected during a training exercise May 19, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Badger said he chose to join the Air Force, and more specifically EOD, to save lives, even if it meant putting his own at risk. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño) EOD craftsman balances family, mission
Tech. Sgt. Kelly Badger, a 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, continues to do what he does downrange not only for his immediate family, but also for his military family.
0 5/24
2016
Cpt. Christopher De La Pena, Deputy Director AFCENT Lessons Learned Directorate, and Sgt. Nicholas De La Pena, Broadcast NCO AFCENT Public Affairs, pose together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar March 18. The brothers deployed together for the second time in 2016. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Travis Terreo) Brothers share multiple deployments
After spending their entire childhood together, some siblings go their separate ways as adults and keep in touch from a safe distance. For the De La Pena brothers, that’s not the case.
0 5/10
2016
Senior Airman Carlos Taveras (Left), 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, disassembles a mandrel from a tube bender at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar March 17, while his twin brother, Senior Airman Emmanuel Taveras (Right), 379 EMXS electrical and environmental journeyman, looks on. The brothers, from Bronx, New York, deployed to the same unit here in January. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman/Released) Deployed together: A tale of twin brothers
Twin brothers often share similar experiences from birth to high school graduation. But only a few can claim to serve in a deployed unit at the same time. Senior Airman Emmanuel Taveras, an electrical and environmental journeyman, and his twin brother, Senior Airman Carlos Taveras, an aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, can.
0 4/01
2016
A KC-135 Stratotanker taxis to the runway at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar March 27. Ensuring aircraft, like the one pictured here, take-off safely is one of the many responsibilities of the 379th Operations Support Squadron’s Airfield Management team. The team inspects AUAB’s airfield every day, more than 49 million square feet of pavement. Any discrepancies that could interfere with flying operations are reported and dealt with quickly. In 2015, the 379 EOSS Airfield Management team supported more than 20,000 sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman/Released) Airfield management Airmen support combat sorties
A team of Airmen at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, is responsible for inspecting almost 50 million square feet of pavement every day, as they support operations at the largest airfield in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command.
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2016
Senior Airman James McGaha, 379th Expeditionary Security Force Squadron patrolman, recovers parts of the Raven B Digital Data Link drone, after one of its flight missions Feb. 19 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. After completing its flight, the Raven’s wings detached after landing which can occur and is easy to fix. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Terrica Y. Jones/Released Raven B: Securing the perimeter from above
Small, hand-held, unmanned, light weight and remotely operated drones describe one of the ways technology is used to ensure the safety of deployed personnel. The 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron secures the base perimeter with help from the Raven B Digital Data Link drone at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
0 3/07
2016
Airmen from the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron Ramp Services team load munitions onto a C-17 Globemaster III from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar Feb. 26 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In February the team loaded more than 3,500 tons of cargo onto U.S. aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman/Released) Providing critical support to the AOR
A team of nearly 40 Airmen at Al Udeid Air Base loads and off-loads thousands of pounds of cargo into aircraft almost daily. The Airmen assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron’s Ramp Services section are responsible for loading and unloading a wide variety of cargo including equipment, medical supplies, munitions and blood onto aircraft needed at bases across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
0 3/07
2016
A C-17 Globemaster III from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina undergoes maintenance in the evening at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar Feb. 19. The C-17 fleet at AUAB is maintained by the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron maintenance team. The team performs maintenance actions on C-17 aircraft to ensure they’re mission ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman/Released)

Keeping the C-17 in the fight
The 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron maintenance team at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, helps keep the base’s C-17 Globemaster III fleet mission ready by performing regular maintenance on each aircraft. The unit provides the only tier two C-17 maintenance capability in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility with the ability to replace engines and perform fuel cell work.
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2016
Staff Sgt. Abraham Ponce (Left), 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance craftsman, from Odessa, Texas, and Airman 1st Class Bobbie Price III (Right), 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron aerospace maintenance journeyman, from League City, Texas, work to repair two wheels at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar Feb. 16. The 379 EMXS wheel and tire shop was the most productive in the U.S. Air Force in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman) Al Udeid shop operates most productive AF wheel, tire repair facility
The 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron operates the only wheel and tire repair facility in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and the most productive facility in the Air Force. In the past year, the squadron’s wheel and tire maintenance team produced 3,000 serviceable tires, more than any other Air Force wheel and tire shop.
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2016
Staff Sgt. Jesse Contreras-Laurel, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron electronic systems test set team leader from San Bernardino, California, tests a signal data convertor at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar Feb. 9. The 379 EMXS avionics flight performed 56 maintenance inspections over the past six months. (U.S. Air Force photo manipulation by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman/Released) Avionics flight ensures aircraft equipment mission ready
Avionics specialists with the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, manage an $83 million electronic warfare pod fleet and provide critical support to ensure aircraft stay mission ready.
0 2/12
2016
1st Lt. Joshua Skoglund, exercise coordinator, assists Qatar Emiri Air Force Capt. Ghanim Al-Mohannadi and Maj. Rashid Al-Haytamy during Arabian Gulf Shield, Feb. 3, 2016, in the Combined Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Arabian Gulf Shield is the culminating exercise for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Liaison Officer (LNO) Program. The exercise is designed to exercise GCC LNO procedures and connectivity to host nation Air Operations Centers which improves US-GCC interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua Strang) Arabian Gulf Shield improves interoperability
Training concluded Feb. 3 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, with a scenario designed to test Gulf Cooperation Council Liaison Officer (GCC LNO) procedures and connectivity to host nation air operations centers.
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2016
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