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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

Tops in Blue rocks Spangdahlem

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September 11, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Sabers kickoff 2014 CFC-O

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September 10, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Super Saber Performer

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September 10, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine



Rank / Name: Staff Sgt. India Smith

Unit: 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 17

Duty title: Administrative Support

Hometown: Ottawa, Kansas

Years in Service: five years

Why joined: I joined to see the world and get a better education.

Family: I'm married to my best friend, Jesse.

Hobbies: Hiking, remote control car racing, attending Combat Fitness classes and working towards my bachelor's degree.
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Air Force revamps AEF

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September 10, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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Mechanics crank out air superiority

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September 9, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Host Nation Council relocates desk

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September 9, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The Host Nation Council Spangdahlem e.V. officially opened their information desk at the Saber Conference Center on base Sept. 5, 2014.

The desk will be available to all Sabers looking for opportunities and events happening in the surrounding German communities to continue promoting the German-American relation. Desk hours are Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

According the HNC website, the council was founded September 22, 2003, during the celebration of Spangdahlem's 50th anniversary. Since then, it has been the council members' goal to organize cultural and social events in the immediate environment for the men, women and children of Spangdahlem Air Base.
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Controlling an air war; what it takes

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September 8, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Fourteen enlisted Airmen and officers work 24/7 to control an air war by staring at computers with a plethora of shimmering dots passing over a map showing hundreds of thousands of square miles of airspace.  This is the job of the air battle managers and weapons directors, also known as 606th Air Control Squadron operators.

These operators maintain a real-time picture of the area of operations while communicating with air and ground assets. The three-dimensional airspace management includes allocation, de-confliction and integration of aircraft around the clock.
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Sabers may donate through CFC-O

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September 8, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas will begin Sep. 8 with a 5K run and field-goal competition at the base outdoor track.

The campaign, which was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, offers people an opportunity to donate money to more than 2,600 national, international and public philanthropic organizations.

According to the CFC website, there are more than 285 different local CFC stateside agencies and only one CFC-Overseas. CFC-O is unique compared to the CFC stateside because any undesignated contribution will go to the Family Support and Youth Programs, an organization specific to the CFC-O that allows 100 percent of the donations to go back to the donor's installation. The FSYP money is spent at the wing commander's discretion, while following branch of service and OPM guidelines.
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Tops in Blue to perform Sept. 9

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September 5, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Tops in Blue, the premier entertainment showcase of the U.S. Air Force, will perform a free concert Sept. 9, at the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center at 7 p.m.
The musical group, composed of Airmen from various career fields, is currently on their 60th Anniversary tour of installations around the world.

"Tops in Blue serves as an expeditionary entertainment unit to provide quality entertainment from within Air Force resources for the Air Force family, with priority to Air Force personnel stationed worldwide at remote and deployed locations while simultaneously promoting community relations, supporting recruiting efforts and serving as ambassadors for the United States of America and the United States Air Force," reads the group's mission on their website.
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Super Saber Performer

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September 3, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Name: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Valerie King

Unit: 702nd Munitions Support Squadron

Duty title: Recreational specialist

Hometown: New York

Years in Service: Nine years

Why joined: I joined to further my education in culinary arts, become a step closer to receiving my secondary education degree in english and make my family proud.

Family: My supportive husband, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Fred King: and two beautiful boys, Kayden, 6, and Mackenzie, 5.
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Airmen compete for Dorm Wars trophy

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August 29, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Engineers forge new Combat Fitness arena

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August 29, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The new Combat Fitness facility inside the Skelton Memorial Fitness Center is scheduled to be complete Sept 30, 2014.

The 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron maintains its ongoing renovation of the old racquetball courts to turn them into the new Combat Fitness facility.

The construction began in May 2014 and as soon as construction is complete the 52nd Force Support Squadron will finalize the move from the old facility and drive the date for the grand opening.

"A lot of the demolition here included pulling out some of the block, reinforcing the walls and making the area structurally sound after pulling out all of the racquetball wood," said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Eric Fick, structures technician native of Grand Junction, Colorado. "We are doing everything we can to make it easier for them to have an open space for fitness training."
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Wing commander helps brighten runway

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August 28, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Super Saber Performer

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August 27, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine



Name: Staff Sgt. Sophia Williams

Unit: 52nd Maintenance Group

Duty title: 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit scheduler

Hometown: New York

Years in Service: Eight years

Why joined: I wanted to be an aviation engineer and surround myself with aircraft.

Family: Husband, DeLorion L. Williams; daughter, Reina D. Williams; brother, Joel A. Valera; and dog, Bonnie T. Williams

Hobbies: Family time and shopping
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Wing unites for retreat ceremony

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August 27, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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