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Moody Chiefs pose for a photo during a promotion ceremony, June 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. During the ceremony, then Maj. Christopher Dunston, 723d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, promoted to lieutenant colonel and his younger cousin, then Senior Master Sgt. Brandon Dunston, 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, promoted to chief master sergeant. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk) Cousins climb through AF ranks together
“If he was a plumber, I would’ve been one too.” He always idolized his older cousin, he was the one that taught him how to ride a bike and how to swim. So when he watched him leave for the Air Force, he knew that was what he was going to do one day. Although separated by miles, their relationship remained close as his older cousin continued to guide him. Now, they have returned to each other’s side, both stationed at Moody, providing them with a unique opportunity.
0 7/05
2017
Staff Sgt. James Baker, 71st Rescue Squadron loadmaster, reunites with his fiancé, Emily Jobson, after returning from a deployment in Southwest Asia, June 7, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 71st RQS provided expeditionary personnel recovery in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt) Four rescue squadrons deploy, return together
Rescue Airmen of the 23d Wing recently returned from a deployment where they provided around the clock personnel recovery coverage in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Working together to ensure that someone’s worst day wasn’t their last day, the 71st, 41st, 48th and 55th Rescue Squadrons provided the airborne and ground components for U.S. Central Command’s personnel recovery operations. “One thing that set this deployment apart from others that I’ve been on is that all three Rescue [components], the HC-130, HH-60 and Guardian Angels, were together in a single location,” said Lt. Col. Michael Thompson, 71st RQS director of operations. “We planned and executed together as a cohesive rescue team. “We were on alert 24/7 to ensure that if there is ever an Airman, Sailor, Marine, or Soldier who is isolated, we are prepared to return them to friendly control,” added Thompson.
0 6/15
2017
Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Schillawski, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent, embraces his son, Noah, during a redeployment, June 6, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 41st and 71st Rescue Squadrons were recently deployed to Southwest Asia where they provided combat search and rescue capabilities in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk) Rescue Airmen return home
Members of the 41st and 71st Rescue Squadrons returned home from a deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, 5-9 June. The 41st and 71st RQSs were responsible for conducting combat search and rescue missions ensuring that someone’s worst day isn’t their last day.
0 6/13
2017
Airman 1st Class Homer Holland, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member, carries an unconscious team member during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Airmen, FBI partner for training
Members of Team Moody and the FBI partnered for roadside bomb and weapons of mass destruction training May 22-25, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The training brought to light the similarities and differences between the two bomb management teams.
0 6/01
2017
Tony Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems Inc., instructs Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists during a week-long Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response System course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 27, 2017. The SPEAR System takes advantage of the human body’s startle/flinch mechanism to convert an aggressor’s attack into a tactical counter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski) SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists convene for unique combative course
Your transport aircraft has just crashed in a remote and hostile environment. You and only a handful of other troops have survived the crash. As you survey the surroundings, you notice a crowd of local inhabitants running toward the wreckage screaming wildly, with brows furrowed and fists clenched. The level of fear inside you begins to skyrocket. You’re now scanning the crowd for its weakest links, trying to formulate a progressive strategy with the little time you have before they make contact. Which combative system are you most confident to employ in order to save your own life? Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators. Late last month, SERE specialists across the 23d Wing, along with Pararescuemen from the 68th Formal Training Unit convened at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, to attend a one-week personal defense course led by a special guest.
0 5/15
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Senior Airman Kristen Aubrey, 23d Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, inspects a simulated patient's ear, May 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. After recognizing a patient with life-threatening symptoms, Aubrey was honored for quickly responding to a potentially dire situation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Medical technicians care for greatest assets
Medical technicians are normally the first to see a patient, leaving it to them to assess if someone is simply sick or should be in an emergency room. After recognizing a patient with life-threatening symptoms, one of Team Moody’s medical technicians was recently honored for quickly responding to a potentially dire situation. “I knew right away I needed to let the provider know and figure out what we were going to do for them,” said Senior Airman Kristen Aubrey, 23d Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician. “We called and made them go to the ER right away because it could have been the onset of another heart attack.”
0 5/10
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A unit trainer sprays Airman 1st Class Hunter Ogle, 23d Security Forces Squadron entry controller, in the face with oleoresin capsicum spray, also known as pepper spray, during an initial confidence course, May 2, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Airmen must complete a class then pass a physical confidence course while experiencing the effects of oleoresin capsicum spray to be qualified to carry the less-than-lethal tool. (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Defender prevails, despite pepper spray
Airmen must complete a class then pass a physical confidence course while experiencing the effects of oleoresin capsicum spray to be qualified to carry the less-than-lethal tool.
0 5/04
2017
An A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft from the 75th Fighter Squadron taxis down the runway prior to take off, April 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 75th FS departed for Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground exercise hosted at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The exercise is designed to collect and analyze data on the performance of precision weapons and measure their suitability for use in combat.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan) 75th FS launches for Combat Hammer
The 75th FS departed for Combat Hammer, an air-to-ground exercise hosted at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The exercise is designed to collect and analyze data on the performance of precision weapons and measure their suitability for use in combat.
0 5/03
2017
Senior Airman Matt, 38th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, chats with fellow PJs prior to conducting static-line jumps, April 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. All PJs are qualified to conduct both static-line and High altitude, low opening jumps. During a static-line jump, the jumper is attached to the aircraft via the ‘static-line’, which automatically deploys the jumpers’ parachute after they’ve exited the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan) PJs conduct four static-line jumps in two hours
The 38th Rescue Squadron Pararescuemen worked in tandem with aircrew members from the 71st RQS to conduct four static-line jumps in just two hours. The PJs needed to conduct all four jumps to maintain qualifications and meet training requirements. All PJs are qualified to conduct both static-line and High altitude, low opening jumps. During a static-line jump, the jumper is attached to the aircraft via the ‘static-line’, which automatically deploys the jumpers’ parachute after they’ve exited the aircraft.
0 5/03
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Airman 1st Class Mary Amstead, 23d Wing Judge Advocate general law paralegal, poses with an assortment of alcohol bottles, April 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Air Force expresses the importance of having outlets for the stressors of military life. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Airman battles alcoholism, prevails
“I was in a ball crying and saying, ‘I need help.’ My wife didn’t know what to do. I’d already been through in-patient once, and she didn’t know how to fix me.” After relapsing and turning back to the bottle, Staff Sgt. Jaiopalanta Jones, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, later checked himself into in-patient care. This was the second time he attempted to combat the effects alcohol was having on his life.
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