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Airmen lend a helping hand

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

March 23, 2015 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

A group of more than 10 Airmen recently took the chance to help their Italian neighbors here.

They dedicated a weekend to refurbish a local therapeutic horse-riding center, "Anche noi a cavallo," in Porcia, Italy.  The center helps children, teenagers and adults with motor, cognitive and emotional difficulties through horse therapy.

"I explained to my wife what volunteering means to military members and she came up with the idea to help [the riding center]," said Staff Sgt. Andrew Beavers, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron phase inspection section monitor. "The center did not have a lot of people to help maintain the place and they welcomed us without hesitation."
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AFAF campaign kicks off at Incirlik

This post was originally published by Incirlik Air Base - News

March 23, 2015 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

The 2015 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign kicks off March 24, 2015, here.

Last year, Incirlik AB had the second highest AFAF participation rate overall, which was based off of the size of the installation, amount of donators and amount raised. In total, Incirlik AB raised $51, 208.

"Incirlik itself benefits form the AFAF," said 1st Lt. Samuel Oas, AFAF installation representative. "I was shocked to see how much people actually received back from the program. It's not like you are just giving to random people either. It's great that we get to help people that we work with every day."
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Wanted: OHA survey participants

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

March 23, 2015 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The 2015 Overseas Housing Allowance Survey is currently available for service members living in private housing overseas. 

The survey, which began March 1 and ends March 31, is designed to collect utility and recurring maintenance expenses incurred over the last 12 months. For those living off base, this survey is essential to helping the Department of Defense determine equitable OHA utility rates in overseas areas.

"Only 20 percent of the base population completed the survey so far," said U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Jeremy Gegenhuber, 52nd Comptroller Squadron Financial Management flight commander. "It is important for Sabers to participate in this survey because in previous years, it increased the utility allowance for members at Spangdahlem."
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New program aims to improve suicide prevention

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

March 23, 2015 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

To further prevent suicide across the U.S. Air Force, face-to-face and small group discussions will replace the computer-based annual suicide prevention training.

The endorsed training policy will now be conducted through an hour-long group discussion and interactive video training. U.S. Air Force Capt. Relinda Hatcher, 31st Medical Operations Squadron installation suicide prevention program manager, stressed that maximum effort and attentiveness of all Airmen during this training will allow for the success of suicide prevention.
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Action Line #150318 Stolen window screens

This post was originally published by Incirlik Air Base - News

March 23, 2015 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

Editor's note: The Action Line program allows members of Team Incirlik to voice concerns and receive a response relating to the concern while remaining anonymous. You can submit an action line by emailing it to: incirlik.actionline@us.af.mil.

Question: My window screens were stolen recently. I filed a police report and found out this has been occurring for a while. I asked CE if I could get replacement screens and was told they do not have any. No Heat No Cool season is fast approaching and I am a firm believer in conserving where/when we can. Is there a plan in place to replace the window screens so all of us can participate in No heat No Cool without Getting carried away by mosquitos?
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Nominations sought for 2015 DOD disability award

This post was originally published by Incirlik Air Base - News

March 23, 2015 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

The Air Force is accepting nominations for the 2015 Outstanding Department of Defense Employee/Service Member with a Disability Award.

The award honors civilian employees and military members with disabilities who supported the DOD mission or overseas contingency operations, or whose activities best demonstrate the core values of their respective military service or other DOD component. The employee's/service member's performance throughout their career is considered the performance period for this award.
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Air Force COOL program kicks off

This post was originally published by Incirlik Air Base - News

March 23, 2015 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine


The Community College of the Air Force officially launched the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities On-Line program March 16.

Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Airmen to earn industry recognized professional certifications and licenses to enhance their active-duty work and to prepare them as they transition to the civilian job market after they leave the service.

CCAF manages the program, which is similar to the Army and Navy's programs.

Found on the Air Force Portal, Air Force COOL has a credential mapping of 642 professional certifications and licenses for 190 enlisted Air Force specialty codes. The credentials are at the national and state levels and from industry.
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Air Force mourns loss of Ninth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force

This post was originally published by Incirlik Air Base - News

March 23, 2015 in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey by clevine

The ninth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James C. Binnicker passed away March 21 in Calhoun, Ga.

Chief Binnicker was born in Orangeburg, S.C., on July 23, 1938. He was a leader and an Airman from the day he first joined the Civil Air Patrol as a high school freshman. His childhood dream was to become a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, but in August 1957, after doctors discovered high-frequency hearing loss in his right ear, he decided to enlist in the personal equipment - later called life support - career field. As a young Airman he found himself on the flight line with B-52s, KC-135s and fellow Airmen who became mentors and role models and put him on the path that would lead to his selection as the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force in 1986.
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Air refueling over Estonia

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March 20, 2015 in Royal Air Force Base Mildenhall, United Kingdom by clevine


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86th MUNS è Counting what counts

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March 20, 2015 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine

A fighter pilot gears up and is ready to take off to complete a mission. He's pumped and ready to do his part for the Air Force.

As he prepares for departure, word comes down that the munitions needed to complete his mission have corroded and are now unusable. The mission  has now been canceled due to checks not being made to verify if assets were properly stored.

In an effort to prevent such a situation from happening at Ramstein, 34 Airmen from varying jobs within the 86th Munitions Squadron came together for an essential inspection March 16. Formed into six teams, the Airmen joined together to conduct the semi-annual, 100 percent inventory inspection.
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Bitburg invites to annual Beda spring market

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

March 20, 2015 in Bitburg Annex (Spangdahlem Air Base), Germany, Spangdahlem Air Base by clevine

The city of Bitburg will host its' annual Beda market March 20-22. 

The Beda Market is a community-wide event where more than 100 local businesses present their products and services at the exhibition tents and elsewhere.

The market will offer exhibitions, sales stands, a car show, book market, a display of agricultural vehicles, a book market, a farmer's market, children's rides, food and beverage stands and more.

The 2015 Beda market will open its' doors at March 20 10:45 a.m.; however, most activities start off March 21 at 10 a.m. 
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Ramstein Airmen help clean Romanian community

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March 20, 2015 in Germany, Ramstein Air Base by clevine


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724th AMS Airmen apply excellence AF wide

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

March 20, 2015 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

Who comprises Aviano Air Base? Is it the medical staff, or how about the maintainers? What about the support staff for the 31st Fighter Wing? It must be the fighter pilots, right?

While all of the above is true, the base wouldn't have the personnel or supplies necessary to accomplish the mission without the 724th Air Mobility Squadron - literally.

The 724th AMS, a tenant unit headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, provides much of Aviano's transportation needs - and then some. As the Air Force-level small terminal of the year, the 724th AMS raised the bar, said U.S. Air Force Capt. Dan Morris, 724th AMS operations director.
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F-16s head to Estonia for training

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

March 20, 2015 in Aviano Air Base, Italy by clevine

Airmen and aircraft assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing departed Aviano Air Base, Italy, March 20, 2015 to participate in bilateral training with the Estonian air force and simultaneous but unrelated training with the Finnish and Swedish air forces in their airspace.

The 510th Fighter Squadron will launch sorties from Ämari Air Base, Estonia, March 20 through April 17. Training with the Estonian air force will take place on nearby Tapa Range with Estonian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers. The focus is to maintain joint readiness while enhancing interoperability with a NATO ally, particularly in the F-16 Fighting Falcon's Forward Air Controller (Airborne) mission. The other training event with the Finnish and Swedish air forces will focus on air-to-air tactics that also increases interoperability.
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Rare solar eclipse witnessed by 501st CSW

This post was originally published by 501st Combat Support Wing - Pathfinder Headlines

March 20, 2015 in Norway, Royal Air Force Base Croughton, Royal Air Force Base Fairford, Stavanger Community, United Kingdom by clevine


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