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1st Lt. Michael Johnson, (foreground), 21st Airlift Squadron, and Col. Stephen Shea, (background), 60th Mission Support Group commander, take cover as they battle “insurgents” during the field exercise portion of the Combat Skills Training course. The two-day course is designed to teach Travis Airmen basic combat survival skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Candy Knight) Travis begins combat skills training
Imagine you're in a non-traditional Air Force role, driving a convoy through a deserted portion of Southwest Asia, when suddenly, the sound of gun fire crackles the air. What do you do? The 60th Security Forces Squadron has recently begun a two-day combat skills training course designed to teach Travis Airmen exactly what to do when in a combat
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MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Personal trainer Staff Sgt. Noah Grayson, 62nd Services Squadron, works with Airman 1st Class Travis Morrill, 62nd SVS, to select the appropriate settings on a treadmill so that Airman Morrill can get a good cardiovascular workout at the Fitness Center Annex recently.
(U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Tiffany Orr) Don't believe the hype: Physical fitness requires commitment, determination
"Lose weight, feel great." "Perfect abs in eight minutes a day." We've all seen the commercials and been tempted to run credit card-in-hand to the nearest phone to buy the latest pill or piece of equipment promising to make us instantly thin and beautiful. However, according to base physiologist, Patrick Conway, 62nd Medical Operations Squadron,
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Virginia Neubert reads a card from her deployed husband to their children. Virginia is one of many spouses of deployed military members who deal with the day to day stresses of being left alone. Living without him
In one house, a mother reads a card from her deployed husband, while their children sit next to her, wondering when Daddy will return. In another house, a woman says good-bye to her husband, wondering if this is the last time she will see him, as he is deploying to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The life for spouses of deployed military
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Airman Kimberly Edmonds and Airman 1st Class Ryan Fallon, new base Honor Guard members, practice folding the flag. The Grand Forks Air Force Base Honor Guard covers the second largest area of responsibility in the Air Force keeping them busy all year long. (photo/Staff Sgt. Amanda Callahan) To honor with dignity
Their patches read "to honor with dignity." They are more than fixtures at commander's calls or retirement ceremonies. They are often the last memory family members have after laying their veteran loved one to rest. "The first and foremost benefit of being a ceremonial guardsman is the service," Staff Sgt. Matthew Padgett, NCO in charge of the base
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Default Air Force Logo Dover learns to Lean with AFSO 21 class
The Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century basic course here starts out like any other typical class. What is atypical about the AFSO 21 class here are the toys. What seems like millions of building blocks are scattered across the classroom waiting to be assembled. Playing with toys never seemed so tough. Silence fills the room, as the
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Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Trenga, an in-flight refueling technician, has flown more than 10,000 hours during his 34-year career. He is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron in Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Franklin Hayes)  Refueler flies 10,000th hour after 30 years of service
Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Trenga won't soon forget what he was doing Nov. 6 at 4:15 p.m. The in-flight refueling technician from Pittsburgh reached a significant milestone in his military career at this precise moment, hitting 10,000 flying hours in a KC-135 Stratotanker. With more than 30 years of flying under his belt, the deployed Guardsman's
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Lieutenant Col. Tim Robins and Capt. Frank Noe, both of the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, discuss their evening's flight plans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Ricky Best) Airmen carry on 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron mission
When it came to flying into the teeth of the enemy over Europe, the Airmen of the 746th Bombardment Squadron backed down to no one. Sixty years later, that same bravado that made the 746th BS one to be reckoned with is back -- reactivated with a mixture of active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen working together as the 746th Expeditionary Airlift
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GRAND FORKS AFB, N.D. -- Airman 1st Class Brian Bertrand, 319th Maintenance Squadron, welds a frame for a customer here. Airmen Bertrand is currently in upgrade training, once fully qualified he will be able to deploy supporting Air Force and coalition forces by welding and fabricating anything from complex aircraft parts to tools within one-one thousandth of an inch. (photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Coomes) Hair's tolerance
One-one thousandth of an inch or smaller, that's the tolerance metals technician. Airmen here must work within when making parts for 50-year old tankers, tools or special projects, and it's less than one-third the thickness of a human hair. These Airmen must constantly train and practice to keep their skills sharp, but it's where they apply that
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Staff Sgt. Nicole Calfee, 43rd Aeromedica Dental Squadron Operative Section noncommissioned officer in charge, goes through a patient's record with Airman 1st Class Melissa Wall, 43rdADOS, before scheduling an appointment with a dentist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stacia Zachary) Life Altering Moment: Airman survives cancer, gets new lease on life
Imagine being 28 years old and the epitome of health, strength and youth. You're an Airman just returning from a deployment in support of the Global War on Terror. You do all the normal things when you return: check on the bills and file vouchers with finance, get in-processed, go back to work and schedule medical check ups. For Staff Sgt. Nicole
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Staff Sgt. Robert Miller and Airman 1st Class Mark Mano open the engine cowling of a C-17 Globemaster III Sept. 18. The Airmen are assigned to the 721st Air Mobility Operations Group, Detachment 5, which is responsible for the recovering, marshaling and repair of the C-5 Galaxies and C-17s that land here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman James Croxon) 
Balad's mission begins with strategic airlift
With aircraft valued at $150 milion and up, these assets are too valuable to sit in harm's way in Iraq. To get the large cargo aircraft gased and maintained and on their way, the 721st Air Mobility Operations Group, Detachment 5, Airmen work to move the airlifters in the air quickly and out of the path of incoming mortars and rockets. Balad Air
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