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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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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.”
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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.”
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Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt, 23d Wing photojournalist, simulates a field sobriety test, July 7, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. When an Airman receives a driving under the influence charge, they are eligible to receive both a civilian conviction if caught off base, as well as a punishment given at their commander’s discretion. The final sentence could cost thousands of dollars in fines, suspension of their license, negative paperwork, administrative demotion, and possible loss of career or reclassification. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk) DUI: What it really costs
Airman A epitomized what every stellar Airman should be. He passed every test with flying colors, volunteered during his free time, and went above and beyond during his everyday job. He had just received Senior Airman below-the-zone, a promotion given six months early, and went out to celebrate. Before he knew it, red and blue lights were flashing behind him. Through blurry eyes, he attempted to walk in a straight line and blow through a breathalyzer, the number flashing back was beyond the legal limit. Airman A had thought he was fine after the few drinks he had that night but he quickly learned what those drinks would really cost him.
0 7/07
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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
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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.
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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.
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