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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

Fundamentals class keeps Sabers fit

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

With the first quarter of 2014 already over, many people may look back at their physical fitness New Year's resolutions and their success or failure to keep them. Some people may feel they are on track while others may have given up. Regardless of your current status, the Combat Fitness Center can help Sabers keep their resolutions on track.

The facility staff offer a free fundamentals group workout class led by level one-certified trainers who incorporate a variety of exercise plans and platforms.
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Food services assessment survey

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

The U.S. Air force Food and Beverage Services Assessment Survey is now available to more than 260,000 randomly selected individuals (active-duty Airmen and civilians) to gather information about customers' food service needs and expectations.

"Food service is an important aspect of taking care of Airmen and their families." said Elizabeth Horner, Department of the Air Force office of strategic marketing chief in a memorandum.

Senior leaders encourage participation so they can gauge customer satisfaction for various food service components at selected Air Force installations.
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April 3 – Pulse on AF force management

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

Beginning April 3, regular force management updates will be published at www.af.mil, including program updates, reports on voluntary program applications received at AFPC and changes to program eligibility.

Also, in response to Airmen's feedback to the secretary of the Air Force, chief of Staff and chief master sergeant of the Air Force Airmen can now access the latest program details, such as the eligibility matrices, through a force management hot button on the Air Force Portal.
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Super Saber Performer

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

Rank / Name: Staff Sgt. Joey Suarez

Unit: 52nd Medical Operations Squadron

Duty title: Physical therapy technician

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.

Years in Service: Eight years

Why joined: I joined because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in life, but I knew I wanted to see the world.

Family: My wife is Evelyn Suarez and our daughter is Ellie, who is 10 months old.
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Spangdahlem’s men, women basketball teams earn international titles

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

Proximity to other nations and cultures can present a unique opportunity for service members stationed in Europe. A group of basketball players from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, traveled throughout Germany and Italy to represent the base in a competition against teams from other European bases.

The men's and women's varsity basketball teams competed in the 2014 United States Army Garrison European Invitational Basketball Tournament March 21-23. The Lady Sabers eliminated five women's teams in seven games, and the men took out 10 teams in eight games for the number one spot as USAG's 2014 European Invitational Basketball Tournament champions.
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Music performance moves children’s imagination

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


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Renovation saves Air Force assets

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April 2, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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SAAM kicks off with 5K run

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April 2, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Doors open at new firing range

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April 2, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Base to host Explore the Eifel information, adventure fair

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April 2, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The 10th anniversary of the Explore the Eifel information and adventure fair takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 24, 2014, in Club Eifel at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

The fair is an alternate-duty location and includes information booths, live demonstrations and shows, and activities geared toward sharing German culture and local sites to the U.S. citizens living in the Eifel community.

The intent is to build relationships, said Bernhard Schaefer, 52nd Fighter Wing community relations advisor and one of the event founders. The fair provides an opportunity for base members to meet local leaders and industry representatives to find out what types of activities are available in the nearby areas.
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First IV celebrates March Madness

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April 2, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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USAFE volleyball teams compete in multi-national event

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April 2, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The men's and women's U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa volleyball teams competed in the Headquarters Allied Air Command Inter-Nation Sports Programme Volleyball Championships in Amsterdam, March 25 - 27, 2014.

The tournament brought together six NATO countries for a little friendly competition.

The competition aims to reinforce the mutual respect and goodwill that exists between these nations.

"That's what the whole goal of it is, because these are all Air Force members from six other nations coming together and competing," said Dawn Pierce, Headquarters USAFE fitness and sports coordinator. "There is a lot of friendship in sports and this culminates one of the greatest opportunities we have to be with our NATO partners and just enjoy each other."
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Super Saber Performer

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April 2, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Name: Airman 1st Class Trevor Caldwell

Unit: 726 Air Mobility Squadron

Duty title: Aircraft services specialist

Hometown: Brandon, Fla.

Years in Service: 2 years

Why joined: I joined the Air Force in order to better myself. I wanted to be part of something bigger and have the opportunity to pursue further education.

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US, Poland integrate flying capabilities

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April 2, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Poland continues to build its relationship with the U.S. as both nations' air forces integrated their capabilities through training sorties in a joint theater capacity, April 1, 2014, for the first time since the arrival of U.S. aircraft and personnel to the U.S. Air Force Aviation Detachment 1 here.

While today is the first day of joint theater training sorties, Polish and American pilots have been taking steps toward flying together since members of the 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano Air Base, Italy, arrived here March 13. From day one, the 555th Fighter Squadron integrated with Polish counterparts during ground training, briefings, academics and preparations to begin the flying training.
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Diamond Sharp returns to Spangdahlem

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April 1, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Recognition for a job well done can let Airmen know they are appreciated.

Seventeen Airmen received a certificate and coin during a Diamond Sharp Award ceremony at Club Eifel at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, March 31, 2014.

First sergeants award the Diamond Sharp recognition on a quarterly basis to two Airmen within their squadrons. The award's name is a play on words referring to the diamond on the first sergeants' insignia and a metaphor for the recipient's job performance.
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