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Spring weather safety

This post was originally published by Aviano Air Base - Aviano Headlines

March 26, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

Throughout spring, thunderstorms are more common to form around the Aviano area, prompting the 31st Operation Support Squadron Weather Flight to issue various types of weather updates.

The 31st OSS here and the 21st Operation Weather Squadron at Sembach Kaserne, Germany, work with other base agencies to ensure base personnel are informed about potential weather advisories, watches and warnings.

"Throughout the spring, lightning and thunderstorms watches are quite common," said 1st Lt. David DeMeuse, 31st OSS Weather Flight commander. "Distinguishing the difference between a weather advisory, watch and warning could help Team Aviano members to make the safest decisions during weather changes."
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Airmen destroy BLAC ICE

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March 26, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

The 435th Contingency Response Group recently joined security forces from Turkey, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany for a training course on tactical leadership.

Battlefield Leaders Assaulter Course, Integrated Combat Essentials -- or BLAC ICE course -- was conducted March 3 through March 13 on Ramstein and was designed to teach security forces members advanced tactics and shooting skills for use in the event of a base security breach.

Trainees learned skills such as advanced tactics and shooting. The training also focused on leadership. In the final days of the course, trainees completed simulated missions intended to exercise all skills and tactics taught during the program.
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100th AMXS hosts spouse visit

This post was originally published by RAF Mildenhall - RAF Mildenhall Latest News

March 26, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

The 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hosted a spouses visit March 21, 2014, on RAF Mildenhall, England.

"This event is a great way to get families more involved with what their spouse does here, how they support the mission, and how the spouses support the mission as well," said key spouse Alison Justice, wife of Staff Sgt. Bradly Justice, 100th AMXS crew chief.

Justice has been a key spouse for three years, and said she was looking forward to learning something new from the visit.
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Aviano teacher receives district-level award, to compete at regional level

This post was originally published by Aviano Air Base - Aviano Headlines

March 26, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

An Aviano Elementary School teacher was recently named the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Mediterranean District Teacher of the Year, an award that honors educators who have made an exceptional difference in the lives of their students and provided inspiration to their peers.

Kristina Muñoz, a third-grade teacher and the grade level chairperson, says she was notified of the award in the most unconventional of ways.

"Melissa [Hayes, AES principal] calls this meeting and says, 'I have some news to share and I hope I don't cry,'" recalls Muñoz. "Everyone thought something bad had happened. Then she starts reading [the selection] letter, 'Dear Kristina Muñoz ...' I thought I'd gotten fired. I thought she'd brought everyone there as moral support."
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Team Mildenhall members take on weight-loss challenge

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March 25, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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ITAM enables RAF Mildenhall mission

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March 25, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

In today's military, almost every mission depends on information technology at some point or another. Whether it's through annual training Airmen receive or the phones they use to communicate with one another, technology plays a part in their daily routine.

"Where would any office be without IT assets -- your desktop computer, phones, printers, etc?" said Tech. Sgt. Cory Favors, 100th Communications Squadron Information Technology Asset Management NCO in charge from Montgomery, Ala. "It would be nearly impossible for any of us to execute our mission without any of them."
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COMMENTARY: What are your benefits?

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March 25, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

Have you ever really thought about the benefits we receive as members of the military? Regardless of a military member's career path, great benefits are guaranteed but often either misunderstood or taken for granted. I would like to share some information about them.

The first benefit all Airmen are aware of is our pay. All Air Force members receive regular pay increases based on rank and duration of time in service. They also receive a yearly cost-of-living increase, a yearly clothing allowance, a monthly food allowance and are eligible for tax-free housing. Some career fields even receive special incentive pay, substantial annual bonuses and/or continued educational opportunities.
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Incirlik Innovation: AFSO21 process saves time and money

This post was originally published by Incirlik Air Base - News

March 25, 2014 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

Over the years Airmen at Incirlik Air Base have found ways to save the Air Force time and money through various ideas and initiatives. A group of Airmen here found another way to add to this success and help relieve a stressor for members arriving with vehicles.

Maj. Steven Packard, 39th Air Base Wing training officer, and Airmen from the 39th Security Forces Squadron Pass and Identification office came together and discovered a way to save incoming Airmen $125 and several man-hours while registering their vehicles.
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Women to Airmen: Spangdamen hosts Women’s History Month event

This post was originally published by Spangdahlem Air Base - Spangdahlem Top Stories

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

Women of the past have paved the way for those of today; but as history looks back at these influential icons, women are still doing amazing things every day here at Spangdahlem.

In celebration of Women's History Month, 10 women from across the base mentored and shared their stories during a panel in front of an audience of more than 50 people at the Brick House March 20, 2014. The event was hosted by Spangdamen--a military women's group--under the title of Women Inspiring Hope and Possibility.
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Maintenance Airmen encompass Forward, Ready, Now

This post was originally published by Aviano Air Base - Aviano Headlines

March 25, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

With a designated flightline office space, the self-proclaimed "quiet professionals" from the 31st Fighter Wing are continuing to support the 555th Fighter Squadron, both of Aviano Air Base, Italy, during their participation in an international training mission hosted by the Polish air force here.

The offsite training and movement of 31st Fighter Wing resources emulates the recently adapted "Forward, Ready, Now" initiative by Gen. Frank Gorenc, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, U.S. Air Forces in Africa commander. Gorenc recently visited Aviano to endorse the new campaign.
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AFN discontinues free service

This post was originally published by Spangdahlem Air Base - Spangdahlem Top Stories

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

As of March 31, Military Family Housing (MFH) will no longer subsidize American Forces Network television service to on-base residences.

To date, this basic service has been provided via a bandwidth lease contract with the internet service provider TKS. The 52nd Fighter Wing pays TKS approximately $37K each year to provide analog AFN television service to Spangdahlem and Bitburg family housing units. This service is not subsidized for off-base residents and has already been discontinued in all unaccompanied dorm residences. These funds are now being rerouted to facilitate the upkeep and repair of military family housing units.
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US, Poland promote interoperability through life-saving equipment

This post was originally published by Aviano Air Base - Aviano Headlines

March 24, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

A team of Aviano Airmen assigned to the 31st Operations Support Squadron toured the facilities of their Polish counterparts here, March 20, to gain an understanding of the mission, field questions from NATO partners and promote interoperability throughout the ranks.

Through broken English and a series of hand motions, a consensus was made: Despite cultural differences, the mentality between the various aircrew flight equipment shops is the same -- no matter what uniform they wear.
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NATO forces work together for Patriot exchange

This post was originally published by Incirlik Air Base - News

March 24, 2014 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

Airmen from the 39th Air Base Wing and 728th Air Mobility Squadron continued Incirlik Air Base's support of NATO's ongoing Patriot missile mission in Turkey by helping replace an Patriot missile for the U.S. Army 5-7 Air Defense Battalion March 20, here.
 
Airmen from the 39th Logistics Readiness Squadron and 5-7 ADA soldiers handled the paperwork, transportation and customs for the shipment while 728th Air Mobility Squadron worked by the aircraft coordination.
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Children walk-in to dental clinic

This post was originally published by Spangdahlem Air Base - Spangdahlem Top Stories

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


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The sound of readiness

This post was originally published by Incirlik Air Base - News

March 21, 2014 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

The giant voice and alarm system will be heard throughout Incirlik Air Base as part of a readiness exercise beginning March 24.

These sirens are standard across the Air Force to ensure personnel take the appropriate force protection posture at any U.S. Air Force base around the world.

The sounds of the sirens are the same whether they are used during an exercise or an actual emergency situation. However, during an exercise the sirens are followed by the giant voice system announcing "exercise, exercise, exercise" prior to any messages.
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