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Defying odds: An Airman’s focused journey Defying odds: An Airman’s focused journey
It is 5 a.m. and the sun has yet to rise on a chilly morning where all that can be heard are the crickets chirping at the Main Fitness Center at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Inside, however, the clacking and grunts of those pushing their bodies to their limits fills the room as Staff Sgt. Jaquelynn Madsen, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron
0 11/16
2017
Retired Master Sgt. Baron Acosta puts his head down for a moment during a Safeside memorial service, Nov. 8, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Safeside reunions are biennial and scheduled around the 820th Base Defense Group’s high-ops tempo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider) Veterans, Airmen congregate during Safeside Reunion
Vietnam and Desert Storm veterans came together to bond with the new generation of Safeside members. The three-day event consisted of a memorial service for fallen Safeside members, a current capabilities demonstration and a golf tournament.
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Default Air Force Logo AFPC offers follow-on option to Airmen taking short tours
Airmen selected for a dependent-restricted short tour for their second or later assignments can voluntarily apply to participate in the Follow-On assignment program, providing them greater flexibility in the assignment process and greater stability for their families.
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2017
A U.S. Air Force pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, performs a pre-flight check on an F-15E Strike Eagle parked on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 9, 2017. Mountain Home Airmen and assets were at Tyndall participating in Checkered Flag 18-1, a large-scale aerial exercise designed to integrate fourth and fifth-generation airframes while providing a platform for maintenance teams to be evaluated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz/Released) Thunderbolts light up the sky during Checkered Flag 18-1
The 366th Fighter Wing “Gunfighters” from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, deployed assets to participate in the large-scale aerial exercise Checkered Flag 18-1 and Combat Archer, a Weapons System Evaluation Program at Tyndall Air Force Base Nov. 6 to 17. The 366th FW sent approximately 240 operations and maintenance Airmen and 14 F-15E Strike Eagles from the 389th Fighter Squadron to train in real-world simulated scenarios for this two-week long exercise.
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Aircraft 131st FS Eagles soar into Tyndall
The 104th Fighter Wing, 131st Fighter Squadron from Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, deployed nearly 200 members and seven aircraft to participate in Checkered Flag 18-1 and the concurrently running Weapons System Evaluation Program (WSEP) Combat Archer at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Nov. 6-17.
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A U.S. Airman climbs out of a forklift on the flightline of Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 1, 2017. 20th LRS Airmen ensure Weasel readiness
The sun slowly rises over a quiet segment of flightline at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Sun shades, used to house F-16CM Fighting Falcons, seem especially lonely without the usual buzz of busy maintainers working hard underneath.
0 11/14
2017
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. ‘Gamblers’ support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
U.S. Airmen assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and supporting units, deployed in October to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Portia Wyatt, 20th Security Force Squadron first sergeant, is embraced by Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) members during a QOVF event at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9, 2017. Airmen receive Quilts of Valor
Five 20th Fighter Wing Airmen received handmade quilts from approximately 25 Quilts of Valor Foundation volunteers, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 9.
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2017
Moody Airmen render salutes during the 23d Maintenance Squadron re-designation ceremony, Nov. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Lt. Col. Neal Van Houten took command of Air Combat Command’s second largest squadron, leading the 800 men and women who are responsible for executing safe and reliable maintenance on aircraft systems, ground equipment and munitions to support the 23d Wing's attack and rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash) Re-designated 23d Maintenance Squadron continues legacy
Approximately 800 Airmen from the 23d Component and Equipment Maintenance Squadrons merged to become the 23d Maintenance Squadron, Air Combat Command’s second largest maintenance squadron, during a re-designation ceremony, Nov. 9, here. As these Airmen stood in formation behind unfurled guidons, bearing new names, they now abide by a new motto – ‘MXS!... The Biggest!... The Best!’
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2017
A student MQ-9 pilot from the 6th Attack Squadron prepares for his first solo flight at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 7, 2017. Solo flights build confidence, airmanship and a crew mentality more than academic classroom discussion, or under direct instructor supervision in the cockpit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Junk) Hawks Fly Solo
The 6th Attack Squadron is the first formal training unit to implement solo flights for MQ-9 Reaper crews during initial training.
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