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The 52nd Fighter Wing — Spangdahlem Air Base’s host wing — maintains, deploys and employs F-16CJ and A/OA-10 aircraft and TPS-75 radar systems in support of NATO and the national defense directives. The wing supports the Supreme Allied Commander Europe with mission-ready personnel and systems providing expeditionary air power. The wing also supports contingencies and operations other than war.

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Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base) News

Greek, US training ends with strengthened bonds

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August 25, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The two-week bilateral training between the Hellenic and U.S. air forces ended Aug. 23.

As the U.S. service members departed for their home station at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, the pilots reflected on the outcome of this peacetime training event.

"The Hellenic air force and the U.S. Air Force have their own way of doing business, and we are good at it," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David Berkland, 480th Fighter Squadron commander. "But when you combine their air force with the way our air force operates, there are some limitations. Every day we get better at that interoperability piece, and both sides have seen significant improvements in our performance."
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Sabers celebrate cultural diversity

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August 21, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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New school year, new leadership

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August 21, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine





Department of Defense Education Activity students will soon head back to school at one of the four locations that serve the Spangdahlem community.

All four schools will have a new leader at the helm, and each has their own priorities and goals for the upcoming school year.

Dr. Angelique Lamonski, Spangdahlem Elementary School principal
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School year starts with safety

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August 21, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

School begins Aug. 25 for most Department of Defense Dependent Schools - Europe. The first days of school are critical for the safety of children.

"Just being aware of the influx of students that we have, especially that first day of school there will be more kids and more parents," said Chi Anne McGrew, 52nd Mission Support Group school liaison officer. "It's also going to be a little confusing for new parents that have not brought their kids to school before."

School drop off patterns have changed for some schools in the area.
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Congratulations to Spangdahlem ALS class 14-F

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August 20, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Congratulations to our newest Airman Leadership School graduates of class 14-F. 

Senior Airman Matthew Anderson, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron
Senior Airman Corigan Bemis, 606th Air Control Squadron
Senior Airman Brigham Brimhall, 606th Air Control Squadron
Senior Airman Ashley Burroughs, 470th Air Base Squadron
Senior Airman Christopher Conner, 52nd Communications Squadron
Senior Airman Randy Davis, 52nd Equipment Maintenance Squadron
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Super Saber Performer

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August 20, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Greece, US continue to enhance NATO airpower

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August 18, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The bilateral training between the Greek and U.S. air forces continues this week with more large-force employments.

Fighter pilots normally fly together in what is called a four-ship formation -- four pilots with assigned roles and duties who protect each other. During this week's LFE, multiple groups of four-ships, both Greek and US, must partner to execute a mission or overcome a simulated threat.

The significance of such training has been stressed by the senior leadership of both countries' participating Airmen.
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US, Poland train for humanitarian missions to Iraq

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August 18, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Partnering with U.S. Air Force Airmen deployed to Powidz Air Base, Poland, loadmasters from both nations began training together, Aug. 11, to sharpen the skills necessary for Polish airmen to conduct humanitarian missions to Iraq.

"We want to be on the same page," said Polish Sierz (Sgt.) Hieronim Chabras, 33rd Transportation Air Base C-130E loadmaster. "It is good to go over this training together before a mission like this."

The joint training was especially beneficial to the Airmen deployed from Ramstein Air Base, Germany. To date, U.S. military aircraft have delivered more than 27,000 gallons of fresh drinking water and nearly 100,000 meals to the displaced and endangered Iraqi people. The C-130's, flown by both Polish and American forces, are uniquely suited to handle the mass container delivery airdrops meant to alleviate the suffering in Iraq.
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Which came 1st; chicken or fish

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August 15, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Which came 1st; chicken or fish

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August 15, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Press release: Air Force lieutenant colonel convicted of rape

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August 14, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

A U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel was found guilty of rape, a violation of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, by a military judge Aug. 7, 2014.

Lt. Col. Michael J. Briggs, the former 52nd Fighter Wing chief of safety, was sentenced to dismissal from military service, a reprimand and five months confinement.

An American female military service member came forward in July of 2013 with an allegation of criminal conduct from 2005. The trial began Aug. 4, 2014, in the base courtroom.
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Super Saber Performer

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August 13, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


Name:
Senior Airman Zamora Marisol

Unit: 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron

Duty title: Engineering assistant

Hometown: Los Angeles

Years in Service: Two

Why joined: To further my education and travel.

Family: Mom, dad, one brother and two sisters

Hobbies: Hiking, traveling and working out
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Wittlich Pig Fest this weekend

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August 13, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Legend has it that Wittlich was once a walled fortress constantly under attack by invaders.

One evening, a guard charged with locking the gate to the besieged town couldn't find the peg to secure the fortified door. All he could find was a large carrot to wedge in the door. Later, a pig ate the carrot, the gate opened and the enemies came in. After the town was ransacked, the angry townspeople herded every pig into the town's market square and roasted them.

Since then, Wittlich has been known as the town of the pig burners. To commemorate the event, Wittlich residents hold an annual pig festival, with this year's beginning Aug. 15 and ending Aug.18.
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Barons prepare for upcoming sports seasons

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August 12, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Spangdahlem supplemental promotions released

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August 12, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following individuals who were selected for supplemental promotion:

Carl Alexander, 52nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, promoted to Senior Master Sgt.

Clifton King,
52nd Operation support Squadron, promoted to Master Sgt.

James Jean Francaois,
52nd Medical Support Squadron, promoted to Technical Sgt.

Peterson dylan, 
52nd Civil Engineer Squadron, promoted to Staff Sgt.
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