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COMMENTARY: ‘Fit to Fight:’ It’s more than PT

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

September 9, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

To some, "Fit to Fight" may mean passing the Air Force Fitness Assessment every six months to a year, but I believe it's much more than that.

Physical training is a part of the term "Fit to Fight," and as someone who loves to work out, it's a big part for me. I work out at least five times a week, training not only for my physical test but also for myself. I say that both in a literal and non-literal sense. On the surface, I work out so I feel great physically and because I feel better when I'm in a better shape.
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100th LRS Airmen gear up

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September 9, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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Partnership maintain NCO corps one NCO at a time

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September 9, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

It is another day at the Kisling NCO Academy for an ambitious senior NCO. He sits at his desk cluttered with homework, notebooks and pens in an attempt to understand and learn how to interact and relate with Airmen.

What sets him apart from the 15 other students wearing the recognizable sage green, tiger-striped U.S. Air Force uniform surrounding him, is the Ukrainian flag velcroed on the side of his sleeve.

Ukrainian army Senior Praporshchik (chief master sergeant equivalent) Roman Kuzmenko, a senior enlisted advisor was born in Slavyansk, Ukraine, and lived in the Crimea peninsula for 15 years, both areas dominated by Russian culture.
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Four ships, one mission

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September 8, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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Suicide Prevention: What You Can Do

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September 8, 2014 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

September 8th through the 14th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Many people are hesitant to get involved in the discussion on the topic of suicide prevention.

This is concerning because the ability to get involved and intervene is critical to saving lives.

Suicide and suicidal behavior affect all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual, or religious orientation. Suicide is a problem of epidemic proportions that spans across the globe. There are roughly 39,000 suicides annually in the United States and the number increases to 1 million worldwide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death amongst individuals aged 15-24 in the U.S.
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Following her father’s flightplans

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September 8, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

Some families have a history of military service, whether it be cross-service or within the same branch. It is somewhat less common however, to have two consecutive generations not only serve in the same branch of the military, but to pursue the same career field.

This is the case with U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Danielle Repp, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator from Spokane, Washington, and her father, Daniel Repp.

Both Repps chose to be boom operators, with Danielle entering the Air Force in 2012 and Daniel entering in 1981.
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RAF Alconbury kicks off CFC-O

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September 8, 2014 in Norway, Royal Air Force Base Croughton, Royal Air Force Base Fairford, Stavanger Community, United Kingdom by clevine


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Incirlik Airmen build partnership through motorcycle safety

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September 8, 2014 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

Turkish and U.S. Air Force Airmen participated in a joint demonstration on best practices used for motorcycle safety Sept. 5, here.

The 39th Air Base Wing safety office assisted the Turkish air force 10th Tanker Base safety office, with enhancing the 10th Tanker Base motorcycle safety program.

"The training that took place was a demonstration of the motorcycle safety course we provide for Airmen to obtain the required qualifications to ride their motorcycles," said Master Sgt. Michael Asdel, 39th ABW ground safety manager.
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Defenders sharpen skills at CATM

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September 8, 2014 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

Airmen from the 39th Security Forces Squadron attended a combat arms training and maintenance class Sept. 4, here.

Combat Arms training instructors ensure Airmen are combat ready with this hands-on course.
 
The classroom and shooting qualification tests are designed to prepare Airmen for permanent change of duty stations, deployments and weapons qualifications.

Also offered at the CATM range, are shotgun classes for 39th Operations Support Squadron personnel and the Basic Arms Training Course for Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents.
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Controlling an air war; what it takes

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

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

Fourteen enlisted Airmen and officers work 24/7 to control an air war by staring at computers with a plethora of shimmering dots passing over a map showing hundreds of thousands of square miles of airspace.  This is the job of the air battle managers and weapons directors, also known as 606th Air Control Squadron operators.

These operators maintain a real-time picture of the area of operations while communicating with air and ground assets. The three-dimensional airspace management includes allocation, de-confliction and integration of aircraft around the clock.
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Airman ‘catches planes,’ saves lives

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September 8, 2014 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine

"For lack of a better term, we catch planes!" exclaimed Senior Airman Brian Magkasi, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Power Production journeyman from Great Mills, Maryland.

Installed on the RAF Mildenhall runway are two aircraft arresting systems designed to act as a "second chance" for any fighter aircraft having an in-flight emergency. These aircraft arresting systems, more commonly called "barriers," are installed to primarily support the F-15s from RAF Lakenheath, but are capable of supporting any transient aircraft in need of a safe place to land.
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Sabers may donate through CFC-O

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

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas will begin Sep. 8 with a 5K run and field-goal competition at the base outdoor track.

The campaign, which was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, offers people an opportunity to donate money to more than 2,600 national, international and public philanthropic organizations.

According to the CFC website, there are more than 285 different local CFC stateside agencies and only one CFC-Overseas. CFC-O is unique compared to the CFC stateside because any undesignated contribution will go to the Family Support and Youth Programs, an organization specific to the CFC-O that allows 100 percent of the donations to go back to the donor's installation. The FSYP money is spent at the wing commander's discretion, while following branch of service and OPM guidelines.
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ANG brings air power to Europe for Steadfast Javelin II

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September 6, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

More than 60 Airmen from the Air National Guard traveled from various units throughout the U.S. to support the two-week long NATO-led exercise, Steadfast Javelin II.

The exercise prepares U.S., NATO Allies and European security partners by conducting unified land operations through the simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive, and stability operations and also sustained interoperability with partner nations.

Ten ANG C-130s from California, Delaware, Rhode Island, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois, provided a significant amount of air power to enable the joint forcible exercise.
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Aircrews deliver on time, target for Steadfast Javelin II

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September 6, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

More than a dozen C-130 and C-17 aircraft from two continents and six states are providing tactical airlift from the power projection platform known as Ramstein Air Base for Exercise Steadfast Javelin II.

The NATO-led exercise, taking place Aug. 31st through Sept. 11th here, includes active-duty and Air National Guard Airmen collaborating with paratroopers from the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) and multinational forces to prepare U.S., NATO Allies and European security partners to conduct unified land operations.
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AMC brings the Strykers

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September 6, 2014 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces, a capability demonstrated during Steadfast Javelin II, a large-scale, joint, multinational exercise held on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from Aug. 31 through Sept. 11.

The exercise further focuses U.S., NATO and partner forces on concepts such as decisive and sustainable land operations.

Aircrew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, boasted AMC's airlift abilities when they loaded Strykers and Soldiers from the 2nd Calvary Regiment into their C-17 Globemaster IIIs and rapidly deployed them to Latvia as part of the exercise.
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