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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

Training teaches pilots to survive

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


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Wing Sports Day one for the books

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

Hundreds of Spangdahlem Airmen sprinted, dunked and bowled during Wing Sports Day at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 29, 2014.

The event aimed at boosting esprit de corps among the 52nd Fighter Wing and offered physical and social competition as part of U.S. Air Forces in Europe's RUFit? Campaign.

The 606th Air Control Squadron earned the most points throughout the day's events and received a trophy from U.S. Air Force Col. Lars Hubert, 52nd FW vice commander, and U.S. AIr Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian Gates, 52nd FW command chief.
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Exercise Tonnerre Lightning 14-1: Refining the language of war

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

British, French, and U.S. Airmen are participating in the inaugural Exercise Tonnerre Lightning 14-1 throughout several operating locations . 

The tri-lateral exercise, which replicates a coalition response to a contingency operation, developed as a method for the U.S., the United Kingdom and France's air forces to strengthen their combined interoperability.

"We are always looking for ways to exercise and improve our methods as allies," said Brig. Gen. Christopher J. Bence, Joint Forces Allied Air Component commander for the exercise. "We are extremely fortunate that our forward-based presence allows us to constantly train with our French and British allies."
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Barons celebrate homecoming

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


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Super Saber Performer

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

Name: Staff Sgt. John N. Oliver

Unit: 726th Air Mobility Squadron

Duty title: Hydraulics lead technician

Hometown:  Asheville, North Carolina

Years in Service: 7 Years

Why joined: I joined to serve my country and better myself by maturing and learning followership, leadership and responsibility from the nation's best.

Family: My father, John Fredrick Oliver, lives in Greenville, South Carolina.  My Mother, Aubree White Anderson, lives in Weaverville, North Carolina.
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CFE exercise takes place at Spangdahlem

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

A group of inspectors from both the Czech Republic and France visited Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Sept. 29, 2014, as part of a Conventional Armed Forces in Europe treaty compliance inspection exercise.

The treaty ensures military installations remain in compliance with numerical limits on offensive conventional armaments. Members of the foreign inspection teams examine designated installations on very short notice in the interest of openness and transparency to ensure treaty standards.
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‘RUfit?’ jumpstarts resiliency, overall fitness

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

'RUfit?' officially rolls out Oct. 1 across bases in U.S. Air Forces in Europe to focus Airmen on a culture of balanced, holistic health.

Being mentally, physically, socially and spiritually fit can help Airmen, civilians and their families cope with the strain of daily life and recover when challenges are overwhelming. The program, Comprehensive Airmen Fitness was created to do just that.

"Our Air Force has made a significant investment in programs focused on our people," said Gen. Frank Gorenc, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander. "Airmen need to know what services are available to them and where to go to find those resources."
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‘The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne’ screened at Brick House

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


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The best time to register to vote is NOW

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

Absentee Voter Week will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 6.

Those interested in registering for the upcoming November elections may use the Federal Voting Assistance Program website or visit their squadron voting assistance representative.

Voter information booths will be available at the Exchange Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide onsite assistance and answer any questions. 

Applicants who have not received a ballot from their state or county at least 30 days before the election can vote in the upcoming election using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot.
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Airmen bleed for a brighter future

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September 24, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Anberlin performs free concert for Spangdahlem

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September 24, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Preparing for the flu season

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September 24, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

Just because the leaves start to fall doesn't mean service members and their families should allow their immune systems to do the same. A weak immune system can cause serious health problems especially with flu season coming.

The chances of a person getting influenza, also known as "the flu," can be greatly decreased by knowing and performing simple yet effective health practices every day.

"Most flu viruses are spread by direct contact," said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Misty Warner, 52nd Aerospace Medical Squadron communicable disease program NCO in charge. "Methods of prevention include washing your hands with soap and warm water, avoiding close contact with sick people and most importantly, getting an annual flu vaccine."
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Participants compete in Combat Fitness Eifel Throwdown

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September 24, 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 24, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine



Rank / Name: Staff Sgt. Gregory Westmoreland

Unit: 52nd Fighter Wing

Duty title: Ground safety

Hometown:  Fayetteville, N.C.

Years in Service: 10 years

Why joined: Family tradition

Family: Wife, Renee; Children, Madison, Caleb, Jake and Hailey

Hobbies: Video games, sports, water activities
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Families workout at Fit Family Field Day

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September 24, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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