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Staff Sgt. Sparkle Reid, a services journeyman, is deployed as the non-appropriated funds custodian for the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia.  Here she is pictured by the American flag by the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing headquarters on Feb. 25, 2010. Sergeant Reed lost her uncle, Louie A. Williams, when the World Trade Center towers came down on Sept. 11, 2001. He worked on the 66th floor of the North Tower for the New York Port Authority as a paralegal. On Feb. 27, 2009, Sergeant Reid lost her father, Charles T. Reid, after complications from surgery. She credits both her uncle and her father as her inspiration for serving. Sergeant Reid is deployed from from the 48th Force Support Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, England, and her hometown is Queens, N.Y. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Inspired by love: Staff sergeant says life's events have made her a better Airman
After Sept. 11, 2001, Staff Sgt. Sparkle Reid was a different person. She wasn't like most Americans who were changed by the events themselves but more so in that she was in one of the 2,973 families who grieved after losing a family member in the tragedy.Sergeant Reed lost her uncle, Louie A. Williams, when the World Trade Center towers came down.
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Master Sgt. Paul LaFleur, chief of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Command Post, works with Staff Sgt. Tiffany Hipple, command post craftsman, on updating a checklist during operations in the command post on Feb. 3, 2010, at a non-disclosed location in Southwest Asia. Sergeant LaFleur is deployed from the 507th Air Refueling Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., and his hometown is Southfield, Mich. Sergeant Hipple is deployed from Air Force Material Command's Command Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and her hometown is Williamsburg, Va. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Deployed Air Force Reservist leads command post mission
In his 14 years of active duty and Reserve time in the Air Force, Master Sgt. Paul LaFleur said where he's working right now as the chief of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Command Post is where he wants to be to "support the success of the mission."Sergeant LaFleur is an Air Force Reservist deployed from the Reserve's 507th Air Refueling Wing at
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2010
Airman Adam J. Gonzalez is a a cyber transport apprentice deployed to the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. Cyber transport personnel establish and sustain Air Force communication systems, they perform network design, configuration, operation, defense, restoration and improvements, and they also analyze capabilities and performance, identify problems and take corrective action and manage wiring and associated network infrastructure devices. In short, they are computer network hardware and communication equipment specialists. Airman Gonzalez is deployed from the 744th Communications Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and his hometown is Bronx, N.Y. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Delgado/Released)
Deployed Andrews communicator, Bronx native, supports combat zone COMM needs
Every day Airman Adam J. Gonzalez, deployed to the 380th Expeditionary Communications Squadron, finds himself on the front lines.In a May 2009 letter to Airmen, Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, said, "In executing our Air Force mission of fly, fight, and win, our Airmen, civilians and contractors, knowingly or unknowingly, engage
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Staff Sgt. Michael Sala, a services craftsman deployed with the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron, helps a customer while managing activities for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Learning Resources Center at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia on Feb. 10, 2010. He is deployed from the 87th FSS at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and his hometown is Bronx, N.Y.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Nathan Delgado/Released) Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst staff sergeant, Bronx native, manages learning resources in Southwest Asia
For the nearly seven years of his Air Force career, Staff Sgt. Michael Sala has been helping people. The staff sergeant has continued that effort as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Learning Resources Center for his deployed base.Sergeant Sala, a services craftsman, is deployed with the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron
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Senior Airman Justin Lassiter, KC-10 Extender aerospace propulsion journeyman deployed with the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, looks over the engine of a KC-10 at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia. His primary mission is to fix and maintain KC-10 aircraft engines and systems. He is on his third deployment with the 380th EAMXS. Airman Lassiter is deployed from the 605th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and his hometown is Wilson, N.C. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Airman, Wilson native, keeps KC-10s flying for Southwest Asia missions
On each KC-10 Extender, there are three General Electric CF6-50C2 turbofan engines that can provide up to 52,500 pounds of thrust each. For each of those engines to be in peak operating capacity for combat air refueling missions, it takes people like Senior Airman Justin Lassiter to maintain them.Airman Lassiter, a KC-10 aerospace propulsion
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Capt. Wes Spurlock, KC-10 Extender pilot with the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron at a non-disclosed location in Southwest Asia, runs through a checklist while preparing a KC-10 for a combat air refueling mission Jan. 22, 2010. Captain Spurlock is a 10-year veteran and  in his deployed duties drives the biggest air refueling aircraft in the Air Force inventory for combat air refueling missions in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Captain Spurlock is deployed from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and his hometown is Norco, Calif. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Travis KC-10 pilot, Norco native, flies combat air refueling missions from Southwest Asia base
Every time Capt. Wes Spurlock steps with his crew to fly a combat air refueling mission, the 10-year Air Force veteran said he knows the importance behind what he does."Operations are happening every day that require fuel at a moment's notice," said Captain Spurlock, a KC-10 Extender pilot deployed with the 908th Expeditionary Air Refueling
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Staff Sgt. Justin Canada, security forces craftsman with the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, talks on his radio during operations at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia on Jan. 20, 2010. Sergeant Canada, deployed from the 51st Security Forces Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., serves on a mobile fire team unit that works directly with host nation security personnel. Sergeant Canada's hometown is West Salem, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Pope security forces NCO, West Salem native, works with host nation to secure Southwest Asia base
Working as a partner in joint patrols with host nation security forces, Staff Sgt. Justin Canada of the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron says he has a role that directly protects and secures the areas of his deployed base.Sergeant Canada, a security forces craftsman deployed with the 380th ESFS from the 51st Security Forces Squadron at
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Staff Sgt. LeTari Myles, security forces response team leader with the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, watches over the flightline in the early morning hours at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia on Jan. 18, 2010.  Sergeant Myles and his fellow security forces Airmen from the 380th ESFS are responsible for keeping nearly 1,900 people safe along with protecting millions of dollars of equipment, aircraft and assets.  Sergeant Myles is deployed from the 43rd Security Forces Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., and his hometown is Detroit, Mich. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Pope NCO, Detroit native, serves as security forces team leader in Southwest Asia
Air Force security forces have to be ready for a response at moment's notice...and sometimes less. Known as "defenders" to many in the Air Force community, Airmen like Staff Sgt. LeTari Myles are ready to take action when called upon."While deployed, myself, along with my fellow security forces, provide security for all U.S. military resources,
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Chief Master Sgt. Suzan K. Sangster, command chief master sergeant for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, greets members of the wing's volunteer honor guard Jan. 14, 2009, at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia.  Chief Sangster is a 27-year veteran of the Air Force and is the Air Force's only female command chief master sergeant serving in a deployed AEW in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. Chief Sangster's hometown is Cedar Springs, Mich.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Air Force's only female deployed command chief credits small town upbringing, past experience for successful career
In early 1982, Cedar Springs, Mich., had a population of just over 2,600 people. Among them was 20-year-old Suzan Simmons, destined to become Chief Master Sergeant Suzan Sangster. In this typical "small town U.S.A." atmosphere, Chief Sangster found herself surrounded by family and friends who wished her well in whatever she chose to do with her
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Airman 1st Class Te'Anna R. Drake, a traffic management journeyman with the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, moves some cargo into place at her unit's warehouse at an non-disclosed location in Southwest Asia on Jan. 15, 2009.  In her deployed work, Airman Drake packs and ships out official priority shipments to all other bases in the U.S. as well as the deployed area of responsibility. She is deployed from the 60th Aerial Port Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and her hometown is Roy, Wash.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol/Released) Travis traffic management Airman, Roy native, prepares vital shipments for expeditionary wing
If you need official cargo packed and shipped in a hurry, then Airman 1st Class Te'Anna R. Drake is one of the people to call at a non-disclosed base here.Airman Drake, a traffic management journeyman with the 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, packs and ships out official priority shipments to all other bases in the U.S. as well as
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