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U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa wings submitted 378 innovations, many of which can be replicated by various units around the command or even the Air Force. This year’s innovations added up to $15 million in monetary benefits and 174,000 labor-hours saved. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) USAFE-AFAFRICA dishes out rewards for ‘maddest’ innovators
The 48th Fighter Wing at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, is the 2016 Innovation Madness champion, earning $175,000 for the highest per capita cost savings in U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.
0 3/31
2016
Default Air Force Logo First families arrive at Ramstein from Turkey
The first group of families arrived at Ramstein Air Base March 30 after the State Department and the secretary of defense approved the ordered departure of dependents of service members and Defense Department civilian personnel currently stationed in Adana, Izmir, and Mugla, Turkey.
0 3/31
2016
Lack of sleep can be attributed to post-traumatic stress disorder, stress anxiety or depression among several other mental ailments. Individuals experiencing insomnia or other sleep issues should contact their medical provider as soon as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony) Mental maintenance: Tools to keep the mind fit
Airmen often go to the fitness center; some spend several hours a week toning their bodies, while others go to simply maintain their physique. But what about strengthening the mind?
0 3/29
2016
Senior Airman Nicole Franklin, a 424th Air Base Squadron special vehicle mechanic, inspects the no-foam system on a Striker 1500 firetruck at Chièvres Air Base, Belgium, Feb. 26, 2016. Airmen with the 424th ABS provide airfield operations support for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, NATO transient aircraft and distinguished visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller) Chièvres AB: Separated, self-sufficient
Chièvres Air Base is home to the 424th Air Base Squadron, a group of Airmen nestled in the heart of the Belgian countryside to provide airfield operations support for the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), NATO transient aircraft and distinguished visitors.
1 3/04
2016
A final salute is rendered, signaling that the aircraft is cleared for takeoff, during exercise Real Thaw at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Feb. 25, 2016. Real Thaw was designed to provide joint interoperability training throughout the execution of a vast range of battlefield missions, facing day and night operations in a high intensity joint setting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber) F-15 maintainers keep exercise going in Portugal
The 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit is playing a major role to keep their F-15C and D Eagles flying high during exercise Real Thaw, a Portuguese-led, large joint and combined forces exercise that trains participating forces on a vast range of battlefield mission sets.
0 3/01
2016
Gen. Frank Gorenc, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa commander, spoke on the importance of global precision attack in his region at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. Gorenc listed a number of things he views as the future of GPA: continuing near zero-miss attacks, expect an ever changing and complex environment, merge non-kinetic/kinetics within the multi-domain environment, choose "airpower" words more carefully, and be unwavering in the advocacy for GPA and airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey Haux) USAFE-AFAFRICA commander talks global precision attack at AFA
The leader of Air Force operations in Europe and Africa spoke on the importance of global precision attack in his region during the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26.
0 2/26
2016
Airmen arrive at Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France, in support of Operation Juniper Micron Feb. 21, 2016. Since 2013, the U.S has been supporting the French government in Operation Juniper Micron by providing air refueling and airlift support of French operations in Mali and North Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Erin Trower) Mildenhall KC-135s support French operation
Three KC-135 Stratotankers, along with 50 Airmen from the 100th Air Refueling Wing at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, temporarily deployed to Istres-Le Tubé Air Base, France, in support of Operation Juniper Micron.
0 2/23
2016
A KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 63rd Air Refueling Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, during a flying training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, Feb. 2, 2016. The 63rd ARS operated out of Souda Bay Naval Air Station for the duration of the flying training deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) KC-135 integral to F-16 training in Greece
The first time the Air Force attempted to refuel an aircraft in flight, aircrews successfully stayed aloft for 151 hours. That was over 85 years ago, and the Air Force today has made quite a few innovations since then.
0 2/09
2016
Default Air Force Logo Predator crashes in southern Turkey
An Air Force MQ-1B Predator remotely piloted aircraft crashed in an unpopulated area in southern Turkey at approximately 1:40 a.m. local time, Feb. 3.
0 2/03
2016
Staff Sgt. Ryan Anderson, a crew chief assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, performs preflight checks while communicating with a F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot before departure from the flightline at Souda Bay, Greece, Jan. 27. 2016. Anderson, along with 300 personnel from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, were participating in the flying training deployment between the Hellenic and U.S. air forces at Souda Bay from Jan. 22 to Feb. 15, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano) Maintainers put the fight in fighter at Souda Bay
More than 15 F-16 Fighter Falcons assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, are on a forward training deployment at Souda Bay, Greece, for bilateral training with the Hellenic Air Force until Feb. 15.
0 2/01
2016
The eighth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, Sam E. Parish, jokes with instructors of the Ramstein Airmen Leadership School Jan. 27, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Parish visited a variety of locations around Germany and spoke with several organizations about their projects and how Airmen are taught professional military education. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales) Ramstein hosts 8th CMSAF
Ramstein Air Base hosted the eighth chief master sergeant of the Air Force for a visit of the base Jan. 25-29. Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Sam E. Parish spoke with more than 700 of the Air Force's newest chiefs and future NCOs during his visit.
0 2/01
2016
Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson, the 39th Communications Squadron production superintendent, rides past the flightline at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Dec. 10, 2015. Chiasson, a member of the Air Force Cycling Team, regularly cycles a variety distances both indoors and outdoors to stay prepared for the races he will participate in as part of the cycling team. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Krystal Ardrey) Racking up miles: Incirlik Airman cycles for AF
The air is crisp like the frost on the ground; winter is approaching as Senior Master Sgt. Jason Chiasson hops onto his sleek road bike. Today he will only ride 25 miles, a short day compared to the 100-mile days in his strict training schedule as an Air Force Cycling Team cyclist.
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2016
Airmen with the 86th Maintenance Squadron wash a wing of a C-130J Super Hercules before a C-2 isochronal inspection Jan. 4, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The examination marks the 14th and final C-2 ISO inspection for the 86th Airlift Wing until 2020. A C-2 ISO inspection lasts approximately two weeks and is an extensive examination of an aircraft to maintain its functionality and perform preventive maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore) Prepping aircraft for paint jobs, in-depth inspections
"Clean before applying paint" is a direction many people may disregard during a home improvement project, but it’s something that’s well-heeded by specialists of the 86th Maintenance Squadron.
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2016
Verena Klein, a 86th Communications Squadron consolidated switchboard operator, transfers a caller to the appropriate organization Jan. 4, 2015, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The operators answer more than 1.5 million calls annually and service the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and U.S. State Department personnel around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood) USAFE switchboard operators connect, assist globally
"USAFE switchboard operator, how may I help you?" is a short phrase that many U.S. Air Forces in Europe consolidated switchboard users may be familiar with. The 40 members of the Telephone Operations Facility, located on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, work 24/7, 365 days a year to service not only Ramstein AB and USAFE, but Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and U.S. State Department personnel all over the world.
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2016
Members from the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and Polish aeromedical evacuation specialists discuss the proper treatment of a mock patient Dec. 3, 2015, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Members of the 86th AES showcased their skills for the Polish medical officials in order for them to adapt desired skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales) USAFE offers knowledge to Polish flying doctors
Members of the Polish Air Force aeromedical evacuation team visited Ramstein Air Base’s AE units during a four-day familiarization tour Dec. 1-4.
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2015
An F-15E Strike Eagle departs Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, to support Operation Inherent Resolve Nov. 12, 2015. Aircraft from the 48th Fighter Wing deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to conduct counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant missions in Iraq and Syria. The dual-role fighter jet is designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions in all weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Erin Trower) F-15Es arrive at Inclirlik Air Base
Six F-15E Strike Eagles arrived at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 12 in a demonstration of the United States' unwavering support to peace and stability in the region.
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2015
Tech. Sgt. Thomas Echelmeyer, the 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering NCO in charge, and his wife found out their son, Tom Tom (middle left), had leukemia in July 2013 when stationed at Royal Air Force Alconbury, England. The support their family received from fellow Airmen and people they didn't even know lifted their spirits and helped them through a tough time. (Courtesy photo) Family isn't always blood
People like routines, schedules and structure, especially in the military. Change can sometimes be unwelcome and overwhelming, particularly if it's a sudden, drastic change due to an illness. For Tech. Sgt. Thomas Echelmeyer, of the 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, that's exactly what happened. His son, Tom Tom, was diagnosed with leukemia just before his fourth birthday in July 2013.
0 10/23
2015
Capt. RJ Allen, a 351st Air Refueling Squadron pilot, and Maj. Joseph Smith, a 351st ARS instructor pilot, fly to Son San Juan Air Base, Spain, for exercise Trident Juncture Oct. 20, 2015. The exercise will primarily be conducted in Spain, Portugal and Italy with additional activities in Belgium, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and at sea in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Halan) 100th ARW refuels aircraft in huge multinational exercise
Airmen with the 100th Air Refueling Wing began to refuel aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea as part of a multinational exercise Oct. 21.
1 10/22
2015
Senior Airman Bradley Cain and Staff Sgt. Dorsey Sirmans, both 435th Construction and Training Squadron structural craftsmen, renovate a locker room Oct. 18, 2015, at Liceul Teoretic Alexei Mateevici School in Sanatauca, Moldova. At least seven Airmen from the 435th CTS and the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron have been working on the renovations since Sept. 23. The Moldova Humanitarian and Civic Assistance program is part of a military and civilian theater security cooperation program the U.S. European Command uses to directly impact civilian communities throughout 17 countries, primarily in Eastern Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski)

 
Airmen renovate Moldovan school, strengthen students’ future
At least seven Airmen from the 435th Construction and Training Squadron and the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron recently completed renovations to a gymnasium locker room at Liceul Teoretic Alexei Mateevici School here.
0 10/22
2015
Default Air Force Logo MQ-1B Predator crashes in Turkey
An Air Force MQ-1B Predator, a remotely piloted aircraft, crashed in southern Turkey at approximately 9:36 p.m. local time, Oct. 19.
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2015
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