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Allies remember sacrifices; Operation Market Garden

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September 22, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

End the war before Christmas was the plan in mind when American, British and Polish troops boarded aircraft and flew across the English Channel into the Netherlands to conduct Operation Market Garden on Sept. 17, 1944. The mission was an attempt to pierce the German defenses by capturing key positions throughout the Netherlands. Success would have put the Allies closer to invading Germany and in position to possibly end the war in Europe six months earlier.

However, the overall operation was deemed a failure. The Allies were unable to capture all their objectives and lost more than 15,000 troops after nine days of intense fighting.
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Aviation Detachment in Poland receives a new commander

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September 22, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

A change of command took place for Detachment 1, 52nd Operations Group at Lask Air Base, Poland, Sept. 18, 2014.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Matthew Spears relinquished command to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jack Harman after serving two years as the commander for the detachment.

"You've dedicated a year of your lives to improve the mission to increase NATO interoperability, support regional security and build a lasting impression on such a key area of the world," Harman said. "I look forward to working with you and our professional colleagues to continue building partner capacity."
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Taking mentorship to the next level

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September 22, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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Bonds strengthened during Italian-American Friendship Festival

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September 22, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine


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Town hall addresses Team Aviano concerns

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September 22, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine


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RAF Alconbury hosts multi-national POW/MIA remembrance run

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September 22, 2014 in Norway, Royal Air Force Base Croughton, Royal Air Force Base Fairford, Stavanger Community, United Kingdom by clevine

It was his 23rd mission - flying directly over Hanoi, North Vietnam, Oct. 26, 1967. Everything was fine until "a Russian missile the size of a telephone pole came up."

The sky was full of them, the U.S. Navy pilot said. It blew the right wing off his Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and sent him into an uncontrollable, downward spiral.

Frantically, the pilot pulled the ejection handle and was instantly knocked unconscious by the force at which he was thrown from the aircraft. Although he didn't realize it at the time, he had suffered a broken leg and two broken arms. His seemingly lifeless body hung by the strings of his parachute like a marionette as he slowly descended toward the Western Lake of Hanoi - extremely hostile territory.
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Airmen enjoy entertainment at a combat dining-out

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September 22, 2014 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

Airmen celebrated the Air Force's 67th birthday with a combat dining-out at Arkadas Park Sept. 19, here. 39th Air Base Wing personnel celebrated with entertainment, food and a combat obstacle course.

A combat dining-out is an informal military function that brings together units from across the base in an attempt to build camaraderie and social networking. It is open to both military and non-military personnel. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman Cory W. Bush/Released)
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‘Rolling Thunder’ motorcyclists visit Madingley American Cemetery

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September 22, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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39th MSG commander visits Izmir

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September 22, 2014 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

Col. Russell Voce, 39th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Chris Simpson, 39th MSG group superintendent, visited the 425th Air Base Squadron at Izmir Sept. 15 and 16 as part of their visit to geographically separated units in Izmir and Ankara with one simple credo: "To see Airmen, and to talk with them."

The itinerary included touring the facilities at NATO, Izmir Community Center and the U.S. sole use facilities at Cigli Air Base. Voce and Simpson were briefed by flight chiefs, staff agencies and tenant organizations at NATO, ICC and Cigli AB.
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COMMENTARY: Clear is the color of leadership

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September 22, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

Be transparent. Define a clear direction to mission accomplishment and be dedicated to assigned personnel.

These traits are essential to a leader's success.

The approach and personal leadership traits you choose to implement culminate in a unique style of leadership that will set the tone and ultimately determine your organization's successes - or failures.

Transparency is an essential and vital element in effective leadership. A clear agenda must be communicated to all assigned personnel within a squadron, flight, section or detail.
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Are you ACE’ing your wingmen?

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September 22, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

September is when the U.S. observes Suicide Prevention Month and military members could be more at risk for suicide than others.

Long deployments far away from loved ones, leaving family behind, a new home and way of life, long work hours and the sights of a deployed location could all have an effect on an Airman.

The chaplains are here to provide any military member with advice, or they're just someone to listen.

"Everyone is entitled to feel down or be in a funk for a period of time due to personal hardships or circumstances. However, when that funk turns into thoughts of suicide or prolonged depression, it's important to get help," said Maj. Randy Croft, 100th Air Refueling Wing deputy chaplain. "The Air Force offers numerous agencies of care (i.e. mental health, psychologists, counselors and chaplains) for Airmen dealing with suicidal ideations, but the first line of intervention is almost always a friend or co-worker."
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Team Mildenhall honors POWs, MIAs

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September 19, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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Spangdahlem holds POW/MIA Ceremony

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September 19, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine


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FSS updates key facilities

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September 19, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

In efforts to provide a more welcoming environment for customers, members from the 31st Force Support Squadron Community Service Flight came together to give an interior update to some of Aviano's key activity centers.

The Community Center, Outdoor Recreation, Deja Brew and the Aviano Lanes Bowling Center all underwent interior renovations, which began this past summer and are now complete.

"We understand that our buildings are aging on the outside," said Bonnie Masapollo, 31st FSS Community Services Flight chief. "Inside the buildings, we wanted to make it more enticing for the customer and give it an 'I want to be here' feel to it."
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Kansas Coyotes refuel Spangdahlem fighters

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September 19, 2014 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

At more than 28,000 feet above ground, a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker and its crew assigned to the 117th Air Refueling Squadron in Topeka, Kansas, executed an aerial refueling mission with 52nd Fighter Wing F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft Sept. 18 at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

Aerial refueling is the process of transferring fuel from one aircraft to another during flight to allow aircraft to be airborne longer, extending its range and mission capabilities.

"The F-16 usually has a mission time of about an hour to an hour and a half," said U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Andrew J. Taylor, a 52nd FW F-16 pilot. "Being able to use the tankers and refuel in the air is awesome for us. It allows us to do longer missions. We can set up a scenario, go fight and then go get fuel in the air to go back and fight again."
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