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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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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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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.
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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.
1 10/01
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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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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.
0 9/01
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Default Air Force Logo MQ-1s test deployment capability in Latvia
Two MQ-1 Predator remotely piloted aircraft and approximately 70 Airmen deployed to Lielvarde Air Base, Latvia, to test the unit's ability to forward deploy, and to conduct air operations while assuring NATO allies of our commitment to regional security and stability.
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2015
Lt. Gen. Tim Ray, the 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, meets Airmen at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 6, 2015. Ray visited the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and 435th Air Expeditionary Wing to view what they bring to the European and African theaters of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Armando A. Schwier-Morales) 3rd AF commander charts path to organizational success
In the 9th grade he made up his mind. Lt. Gen. Timothy M. Ray, the 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, had dreams of flying his whole life, and at the end of his freshman year of high school, determined the U.S. Air Force Academy would make his dream a reality.
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Default Air Force Logo Lajes Field Airman, fellow travelers stop attack on French train
A 65th Air Base Group Airman, along with two other friends traveling on personal leave, took immediate action to stop an attack on board a train in Northern France, Aug. 21.
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron provide in flight medical care to injured Service members on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft that departed Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, heading for medical care in Germany, Aug. 9, 2015.  The 455th EAES Airmen are charged with the responsibility of evacuating the sick and wounded from Central Command to higher echelons of medical care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Tony Wickman/Released) Medical team provides critical bridge between battlefields, higher-level care
An Aug. 7 attack on a U.S. military installation in Kabul left service members injured, and getting them from the battlefield to higher-level care in Germany was a task assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
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Default Air Force Logo F-16 crash in Bavaria: Public report expected within 90 days
The investigation into the Aug. 11 F-16C Fighting Falcon crash near Engelmannreuth in the county of Bayreuth, Germany, is currently ongoing.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo F-16 crashes in Bavaria
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, crashed Aug. 11 at approximately 9:38 a.m. near Engelmannreuth in the county of Bayreuth, Germany.
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Retired Maj. Spike Nasmyth, speaks with Airmen during a lunch July 8, 2015, at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. Nasmyth spoke about how prisoners of war communicated with one another in the camp by tapping messages on the walls. He was a POW for more than six years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Gina Randall) Optimism helped Vietnam vet survive as POW
When 2nd Lt. John "Spike" Nasmyth climbed into his F-4 Phantom II on Sept. 4, 1966, to fly a combat mission over Vietnam, he never foresaw that he'd be blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile. The last words he heard before his jet was transformed into a lump of crumpled, metal wreckage were from his "guy in back," Ray Salzurulo, a pilot systems operator -- "Hey, Spike -- here comes another..."
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2015
Zelda Montoya, a 422nd Air Base Group air traffic manager, explains operational procedures to Airmen during a training exercise at Royal Air Force Fairford, England, June 4, 2015. Montoya said she enjoyed imparting the experiences she garnered from 35 years as a trained air traffic controller. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best) Zelda's tower
For 35 years, Zelda Montoya has stood in her tower, overlooking flightlines around the world and guiding aircraft to and from home. To her, the sky is not made up of fleecy clouds and endless expanses of blue, but rather lines, grids and waypoints.
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Paratroopers exit a C-130J Super Hercules during International Jump Week near Alzey, Germany, July 7, 2015. During jump week, more than 200 U.S. and allied partners disembarked their designated airframes to strengthen skills and tactics, while building and strengthening international relations with counterparts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka) US takes partnerships to new heights
U.S. Air Force and Army counterparts joined together with service members from nine allied countries to participate in International Jump Week at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, July 6-10.
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