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  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • Reins of Flying Tigers changes hands

    The Flying Tigers welcomed Col. Jennifer Short as she took command of the installation during a change of command ceremony July 10. This ceremony marked the first time a female will command the storied unit and the first time a fighter pilot will command the 23d Wing since its reactivation at Moody AFB in 2006.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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