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Airman Basic to Command Chief, journey to the top

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October 3, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

In 1985, Mark Batzer was a young, motocross-loving, drag-car racing teenager coasting into adulthood without direction; however, his family would give him the push he needed to change his life for the better.

"I came home one night and my mother told me I was no longer welcome," said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Batzer, 31st Fighter Wing command chief, of the moment that would lead him to join the military.

"I grew up into a family where I wasn't spoiled. I had really great parents and a great childhood. But I had gotten into the wrong crowd," he admitted.
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That’s just your interpretation

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October 3, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

When an Airman is stationed somewhere English is not the primary language, there comes a time when basic-language skills fall short and the need for a professional linguist becomes apparent.

This is where Biagino Giannotto plays a significant role in the day-to-day operations of the 31st Security Forces Squadron as an Italian/English translator.

"I can do anything and everything that entails having to work with the local authorities," said Gianotto. "When there's any sort of incident, I serve as the liaison so that both parties understand each other. It's important that everyone at the scene knows the 'what, where, why and how' of what's going on."
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Brig. Gen. Camerer visits RAF Mildenhall

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October 3, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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435th AGOW succeeds at ‘Big Week’

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October 3, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing's Air Advisor Branch recently succeeded in accomplishing five missions at once -- the most ever done in one week.

During the week of Sept. 15 to 19, the air advisors from the 435th visited three NATO countries to learn and develop from each other. These five missions will also serve as a stepping stone for future operations and partnership development.

"For this upcoming fiscal year we have already picked up our second Air Force Security Assistance Training mission in October," said Master Sgt. Simon Merfeld, 435th Contingency Response Group's Air Advisor Branch superintendent. "There is a potential for growth in the number of events we pick up for AFSAT, and we are hoping to become a routine service provider. The Air Advisor Branch represents a significant cost savings option for AFSAT in that is allows them to use the resources already stationed here in Europe."
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Midnight Warriors: 100th CPTS Airmen close out fiscal year

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October 2, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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Polish help wheel and tire shop keep F-16s rollin’

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October 2, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a highly technological, maneuverable, multi-role fighter aircraft capable of reaching speeds of Mach 2 when in the air, but without wheels and tires, it is nothing more than a static display.

The Airmen of the 31st Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire shop ensure the multi-million dollar F-16s are able to taxi, take-off and land safely.

"The only way the aircraft can take off and land is with wheels and tires," said Staff Sgt. Troy Metivier, 31st MXS wheel and tire specialist. "It is just as important as any part of the aircraft."
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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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Conquering Oktoberfest

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October 2, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

As I stood on top of the table I claimed for my friends, my eyes were fixated on the thousands of people rushing between a two-door entrance into one of the largest tents at the world's largest public fair, Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany.

The history of Oktoberfest followed after Prince Ludwig of Bavaria hosted a horse race that gathered more than 400,000 guests in an area called Theresienwiese, which was shortened to "Wies'n" by the locals. Today, there are no horse races, but it draws more than six million guests and is held for 16 days leading to the first Sunday in October.
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Smoke Alarms: A critical fire safety tool

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October 2, 2014 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

When was the last time you tested the smoke alarms in your home? Was it last week? Last month? A year ago?

If you're like many people, you may not even remember. Smoke alarms have become such a common feature of U.S. households that they're often taken for granted, and aren't tested and maintained as they should.

However, working smoke alarms are a critical fire safety tool that can mean the difference between life and death in a home fire. According to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a home fire in half. Meanwhile, NFPA data shows that home fires killed more than 2,300 people in 2012; many of these deaths could have been prevented with the proper smoke alarm protection.
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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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From oak leaf to full bird: 352nd SOG commander pins-on

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October 1, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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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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COMMENTARY: Culture is our foundation

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October 1, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

I believe culture is one of the most important things we, as Airmen, can focus on. It's part of the 100th Air Refueling Wing's priorities -- mission, people, partners and culture. It can be considered foundational to the other three priorities.

The dictionary defines culture as a way of thinking, behaving or working that exists in an organization. An organization's culture is defined by how its people think, act, and how they interact with each other. It can be simply stated as "the way we do things around here."
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‘RUfit?’ jumpstarts resiliency, overall fitness

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October 1, 2014 in Norway, Royal Air Force Base Croughton, Royal Air Force Base Fairford, Stavanger Community, United Kingdom 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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Super Saber Performer

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

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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