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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.
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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.
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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
Recipients of the 2015 Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Award pose for a photo with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, right, who presided over the award ceremony at the Pentagon Oct. 16, 2015. Left to right, the recipients are a representative who accepted the award for country music star Toby Keith, nominated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff; Dana Hinesly, nominated by the Army; a representative of the Quantico Injured Military Sportsmen Association, nominated by the Marine Corps; Tech. Sgt. Rebecca Martin, nominated by the Air Force; Sandra Lehmkuhler, nominated by the Navy; and Suzanne Maas, nominated by the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley) Pope Airman awarded DOD’s ‘Spirit of Hope’
Tech. Sgt. Rebeca Martin, assigned to the U.S. Air Force Combat Control School, was honored by the Defense Department during a ceremony Oct. 16 at the Pentagon where she received the 2015 Spirit of Hope Award, named after the legendary entertainer Bob Hope to recognize selfless service and a dedicated commitment to the military.
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2015
Two F-15C Eagles assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, prepare for takeoff during the final week of the NATO Tactical Leadership Program in Albacete, Spain, Oct. 8, 2015. Throughout the program, NATO and allied pilots prepared to become mission commanders by leading coalition strike packages and by instructing allied flying and nonflying personnel in matters related to tactical air operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Sybil Taunton) NATO program develops tactical leaders
Fighter pilots from seven allied countries, including the U.S., U.K., Spain, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, and Italy completed the NATO Tactical Leadership Program here Oct. 9.
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2015
Staff Sgt. Adam Borjon, a 435th Construction Training Squadron engineer system’s operator, and Senior Airman Alen Turner, a 435th CTS pavement and equipment operator, build structures Sept. 23, 2015, in support of personnel recovery operations at Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey. The 435th Contingency Response Group deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in support of the U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s staging aircraft and Airmen in southeast Turkey to enhance coalition capabilities to support personnel recovery operations in Syria and Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Cory W. Bush) 435th AGOW deploys team, expands OIR mission
Full certainty is never guaranteed in the military, which is why Airmen are trained to deploy at a moment's notice and hit the grounding running when they’re called upon. For Airmen assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Group, that need came Aug. 12 when the unit deployed to Diyarbakir Air Base, Turkey.
1 10/07
2015
Default Air Force Logo Command committed to saving energy, reducing costs
Saving energy and reducing costs is something many people strive to do. When an energy bill exceeds $150 million, it becomes a necessity. The energy tab for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa for fiscal year 2013 was a whopping $157.5 million. Since 2003, energy costs have risen about 10 percent, on average annually. These rising costs inspired the command to find ways to save money and precious resources.
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2015
A 7th Weather Squadron Airmen looks at weather patterns near his location during a daily forecasting competition during Cadre Focus Sept. 17, 2015, at Grafenwohr Training Area, Germany. Approximately 30 Airmen attended Cadre Focus 2015 to sharpen their weather forecasting and Army combat skills. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales) Airmen learn to weather missions with Cadre Focus
To provide real-time weather intelligence for Army operations in Europe, the 7th Weather Squadron honed their skills at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Sept. 14-18 during Cadre Focus 2015.
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2015
Senior Airman Drew Kalina, a 100th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, demonstrates how to use a light gun in the air traffic control tower Sept. 21, 2015, on Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. A light gun is used when there is no way of communicating with pilots via radio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christine Halan) Air traffic controllers bring order to England skies
Air traffic controllers with the 100th Operations Support Squadron sit high above the flightline at all times, acting as the eyes and ears on the ground for those in the skies above. Those on the night shift don't have the advantage of daylight that others working the day shift may take for granted. Daylight provides ATCs the ability to see aircraft much further away, whereas the nightshift team has to rely on radar to aid them in bringing pilots safely to the ground.
0 9/28
2015
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody introduce major command panelists during a Q-and-A session at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)  Time with MAJCOM commanders at the four-star forum
Members of the Air Force, Air Force Association and defense industry were invited to a Q-and-A session with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James M. Cody and several major command commanders during a four-star forum at the AFA Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16 in Washington D.C.
0 9/22
2015
Default Air Force Logo Things to know about voluntary dependent departure from Turkey
On Sept. 2 Col. John Walker, the 39th Air Base Wing commander, announced the secretary of Defense's decision to authorize voluntary departure for family members of U.S. personnel in Adana, Turkey, to include Incirlik Air Base. Details of the voluntary departure are still evolving. Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers based on the information available at this time.
0 9/21
2015
Airman 1st Class Cole Kasten, a 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and heavy equipment operator, pushes a wheel barrel before mixing cement for a ramp at Public School No. 4 in Gori, Georgia, Aug. 28, 2015. Kasten, along with a six-person Air Force team and Georgian army engineers, sometimes worked 16-hour days during a 30-day school renovation project that will help the children of Gori. Humanitarian and civic assistance projects enhance operational readiness of military personnel while providing mutual support to the host nation's population. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller) Ramstein Airmen help renovate Georgian school
For the past month, the hallways of Gori Public School No. 4 were alive with the sounds of construction workers sanding, sawing, tearing down, building up and transforming what looked like a century-old building. The transformation continued till just hours before the Aug. 31 culminating ceremony, as a team of Air Force and Georgian army engineers worked hard to make their finishing touches.
0 9/08
2015
An F-22 Raptor takes off from Amari Air Base, Estonia, Sept. 4, 2015. The F-22s have previously deployed to both the Pacific and Southwest Asia for Airmen to train in a realistic environment while testing partner nations' ability to host advanced aircraft like the F-22. The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane) F-22s arrive in Estonia
Two F-22 Raptors and a KC-135 Stratotanker arrived at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, Sept. 5.
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2015
An F-22 Raptor flies over the flightline at Lask Air Base, Poland, Aug. 31, 2015. The aircraft will conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft and will also forward deploy from Germany to maximize training opportunities while demonstrating the U.S. commitment to NATO allies and the security of Europe. The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden) Polish, US forces improve interoperability at Lask AB
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons, two F-22 Raptors and a C-130 Hercules arrived at Lask Air Base Aug. 31. The Airmen and aircraft are in Poland for separate flying training events with allies to demonstrate the countries' shared commitment to the collective security of NATO and the enduring peace and stability of the region.
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2015
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