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U.S. Air Force Airmen deploying, board a KC-10 Extender at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Aug. 10, 2017. It takes a village to deploy a warfighter
U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare to deploy across the globe in support of national objectives every day. To make this possible, installation deployment readiness cells and the unit deployment managers prepare and process members for deployment to unified combatant commands.
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Both 23d Component Maintenance Squadron propulsion technicians, Airman 1st Class Anthony Guevara, left, and Airman 1st Class Jesse Mendheim, disassemble a TF-34 engine used in A-10C Thunderbolt lls, Jan. 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Airmen pay close attention to detail while systematically breaking the engine down. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Continuous Process Improvement bears fruit
The investment in Airmen’s ideas through a Continuous Process Improvement event this past January has Moody’s propulsion team displaying measurable improvements in the timeliness and effectiveness of supporting the A-10C Thunderbolt II’s increased flying mission. Over the last seven months, The 23d Component Maintenance Squadron has gradually implemented the ideas from approximately 20 civilians and Airmen from almost every enlisted rank to better maintain the TF-34 engine used in A-10s. The results speak for themselves. “We have seen our Airmen at all levels react positively to the initiative,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Irwin, 23d CMS former commander during the CPI event. “The men and women at the Propulsion flight have completely embraced the idea of continuous improvement and they want to be the best! You can feel that excitement every time you visit their facility.”
0 8/17
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joel Johnson, 20th Force Support Squadron relocations technician, checks a mobility folder to verify an Airman’s qualification to deploy during Phase I operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-08 at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 3, 2017. The exercise tested the ability of 20th Fighter Wing Airmen to deploy quickly and effectively during contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves) Airmen test readiness with Weasel Victory 17-08
Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing participated in Phase I operational readiness exercise Weasel Victory 17-08, Aug. 2 to 4.
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An Airman from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit attaches a panel to the tail of an HH-60G Pave Hawk, Jan. 7, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 41st HMU works 24/7 to ensure aircraft are ready to fly at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan/Released)

41st maintainers reach perfection
When most Airmen on the flightline see aircraft tail number A6773 flying through the sky, they see a typical HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. Now because of the hard work from the 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit, they see a distinct mythical unicorn that hasn’t been seen in 10 years. These Airmen dedicated hundreds of hours of hard work to achieve not one, but three “black letter initials,” a marking of approval on an inspection checklist certifying that the aircraft is not only mission-ready, but it is operationally perfect: zero discrepancies, zero write-ups and zero inspection violations.
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Paratroopers jump from a U.S. Army CH-47 Chi-nook during Leapfest, Aug. 6, 2017, in West Kingstown, R.I. The Rhode Island National guard hosted the 34th annual event, which is the largest international static line jump competition in the world. Team Moody’s Airmen represented the only U.S. sister-service team and earned second place among 70 participating teams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) 820th Base Defense Group takes second at Leapfest
Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group traveled to Rhode Island to compete in the largest international static line jump training and competition in the world. The 820th BDG represented the only U.S. sister-service team and placed second of the 70 teams at the 34th Annual Leapfest, hosted by The Rhode Island National Guard hosted “Winning second place feels great,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Melchiori, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam leader and Rhode Island native. “It’s not everyday you get to do something like this. We’re always training, but it’s cool to get to have some fun with it.”
0 8/10
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U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force joint terminal attack controllers communicate with 23d Fighter Group A-10C Thunderbolt IIs overhead during a close air support training exercise, July 26, 2017, in Lakeland, Ga. Two RAF members recently spent time with the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing to compare and contrast how each entity conducts business and to plan future coalition training events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Royal Air Force JTACs integrate with US counterparts
Members of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force recently spent time immersing with the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The NATO allies visiting were Joint Terminal Attack Controllers tasked with building stronger ties with the 93d AGOW in hopes of future integration opportunities.
0 8/03
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Ammunition rests on a table at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range, July 25, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During CATM, Airmen must demonstrate quality safety standards while handling and shooting their weapons in order to qualify to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt) CATM prepares Airmen for safe deployment
Airmen learned to shoot safely to qualify for deployment at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., July 25. Airmen getting ready to deploy have to go through CATM four months prior to deploying.
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Airmen from the 820th Base Defense Group practice landing from a static-line jump, July 21, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This training was in preparation for an upcoming mission readiness exercise where airmen serve as an airborne advanced team, with the mission to create an initial presence and clear a path for follow-on forces to arrive on scene. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) 823d Base Defense Squadron ‘drops’ into MRX prep
Airmen from the 823d Base Defense Squadron conducted static line jumps from an HC-130J Combat King II in preparation for an upcoming mission readiness exercise, July 21, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. The Airmen who jumped are part of an airborne advanced team, with the mission to clear a path for follow-on forces to arrive on scene to defend assets anywhere in the world. “We belong to a global response force, or GRF tasking,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Brown, 823d BDS operations superintendent. “We’re a toolkit to war planners at the Pentagon to quickly react within 96 hours to any threat to U.S. and Air Force resources around the globe. To prep for that, one of our delivery methods could be to airborne insert.”
0 7/27
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U.S. Air Force (Retired) Chief Master Sgt. James Cotten, poses for a photo after an interview in Norfolk, Va., July 18, 2017. Cotten served from August 1945 to January, 1966. During the first part of his career Cotten was assigned to the Army Air Corps, 334th Fighter Interceptor Squadron to work with the Tuskegee Airmen. Tuskegee Airman trail blazes through history
In the early 20th century the military was a different experience for some. Among those members was U.S. Air Force retired Chief Master Sgt. James Cotten, a Tuskegee Airman, who was drafted at the age of 18 in 1945. Cotten, an air operations specialist, was stationed at Lockbourne Army Air Field, the U.S. military went through a lot of changes. In 1947 the U.S. Air Force became its own military branch and in 1948 the U.S. military became desegregated; after which Cotton became the first African-American to be assigned to Langley Air Force Base.
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Leaders from the United States Warfare Center salute the jet of Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson as it arrives at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, July 17, 2017. Wilson witnessed firsthand how Airmen at Red Flag are training through innovation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kevin Tanenbaum) SecAF: Nellis is where we bring it together
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Nellis and Creech Air Force bases July 17-21 to meet with Airmen and witness Red Flag ,the U. S. Air Force‘s premiere air-to-air training exercise.
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