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Maxwell Air Force Base News

Caring for People Forum seeks ideas

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May 20, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The Caring for People Forum is a venue for members of the community to voice concerns and brainstorm solutions, an opportunity to make a difference at Maxwell-Gunter.

Active-duty service members, spouses, retirees and members of the National Guard and Reserves, are invited to participate from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 7 at Maxwell Elementary School.

Those who are unable to attend can complete a survey and have their opinions heard during the forum.

This is the third year the Air Force has hosted the event. "The forum has been very successful Air Force wide," said Nerissa Keeler, who is organizing the forum at Maxwell. She is the program manager for educational and developmental intervention services, or EDIS.
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Motorcycle crash doesn’t keep Airman down

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May 20, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

This Airman has a guardian angel, and he's been working hard to keep her safe.
In July, shortly after arriving at Gunter Annex to become the superintendent of the Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Course, Master Sgt. Tanya Ericson was in a motorcycle accident in Troy.

"A car pulled right out in front of me," she said. "I was looking at (the driver's) face, and she never turned, never saw me."

When her motorcycle T-boned the car going about 45 miles per hour, all her safety training kicked in.
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Info fair punctuates spouse celebration

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May 13, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Maxwell-Gunter honored spouses during the Spouse Appreciation Day celebration May 6 at the Maxwell Event Center. The theme for this year's event was "You're Our Inspiration, Now Let Us Be Yours."

Spouses gained information, tips and ideas by touring the booths of various on- and off-base vendors, including beauty consultants, fitness experts, educators, financial consultants, spas, counselors and home improvement specialists from around the River Region.

Some of the vendors participating from around base included the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, family advocacy, the youth centers and MAX Credit Union. There also were financial programs available to assist spouses with a range of topics to save money and plan for retirement.
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Exhibit of local art adds style to library foyer

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May 13, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The solution was mutually beneficial. The Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center, or MSFRIC, needed to fill its display case, and local artists wanted space to showcase their works.

For the third year, Capital City Artists is exhibiting paintings and drawings in the library's foyer.

"Even though we are a library and have plenty of books, we enjoy showcasing exhibits from many different interest areas," said Carrie Springer, president of the MSFRIC Staff Association. "Since this is our main entrance, we like to keep the area interesting and catch the eye of patrons upon entering the building."
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AU hosts National Security Forum

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May 13, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The National Security Forum will draw an expected 115 civilians to Maxwell-Gunter from across the nation starting Monday. Hosted by the Air University's Air War College and  sponsored by the secretary of the Air Force, the weeklong forum is designed to familiarize members of the private sector with the Air Force and engage their ideas and perspectives on national and international security issues.

NSF participants are nominated by AWC faculty, students, NSF alumni, major commands and the Air Staff for a variety of reasons, including their ability to engage in a rich exchange of ideas with AWC students, who are all senior officers learning to lead at the strategic level. According to the NSF website, NSF began in 1954 as an expansion of the Civilian Outreach Seminars held 1947 - 1949.
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Survivor shares Holocaust story

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May 13, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine


Max Herzel said he feels strongly about speaking to the public, especially children, about the Holocaust. "I feel a responsibility to educate the public and children about the lives that perished during that time."

He said he believes it is imperative to maintain the evidence of the Nazi atrocities in order to prevent them from happening again.

Mr. Herzel was the keynote speaker during the 42nd Air Base Wing's Days of Remembrance ceremony Tuesday. The observance included a traveling display and reception after the speech. The Maxwell-Gunter Officers Spouses' Club provided refreshments.
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Maxwell stages tornado relief

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May 6, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Local and federal emergency agencies began arriving at Maxwell Air Force Base last week in response to the April 27 storms that ravaged the state. Maxwell is serving as an incident support base for ongoing disaster relief efforts in the northern part of the state.

Col. Brian Killough, commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing, said the base is ready to aid the disaster relief efforts in any way it can. Part of that aid is providing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies a staging area to handle supplies and logistics. That area was up and running about 16 hours after FEMA received the call to respond.
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Lake Martin recreational area severely damaged

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May 6, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Though a tornado caused severe damage to the Air Force recreational facility at Lake Martin April 27, no people were injured in its wake.

"The first thing we did was take a head count and make sure all the people were accounted for," said Doug Hooks, the Lake Martin recreation area manager. Twelve renters and several locals took shelter in the bathhouse, which had minor damage.

The National Weather Service classified the storm, known as the Lake Martin Tornado, as an EF-4 after it ripped through Elmore and Tallapoosa counties. The path was more than 44 miles long, half a mile wide.
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Base triathlon challenges beginners

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May 6, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The Maxwell-Gunter base community has the chance to push their bodies to the limit
during a triathlon June 10.

The competition begins at 7:45 a.m. at the Air Park. There is no cost for registration, which is required by June 8 by calling 953-8241. All participants will receive T-shirts. A free basewide picnic is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. after the race at the Air Park.

The competition is not as strenuous as a standard triathlon, giving beginners a chance to get their feet wet. The event includes a 400-yard swim, 6-mile bike ride and 4-mile run.
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Earth Day event nurtures environmental ideas

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April 29, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Going green can be easy and fun in Alabama. Local agencies discussed local environmental efforts Tuesday during an Earth Day exhibition at the Maxwell commissary.

The Alabama Master Gardener Program shares knowledge on all areas of planting, including bugs and fertilizer. "We talk about anything and everything having to do with gardening," said Anita Ward, a master gardener.

The program trains volunteers to educate the public to increase environmental awareness and develop an environmental ethic in the citizens of Alabama.
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Center encourages youth to camp it up this summer

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April 29, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The Maxwell youth center has plenty of opportunities for children and young adults to get outside and play this summer. The center is putting on several camps and promises to have something for everyone.

The staff will host a British soccer camp, sideline sports camp and archery camp. Each of these offers unique experiences and teaches a different type of skill. The British soccer camp will feature drills to improve footwork, the sideline sports camp features nontraditional sports like Frisbee golf and water polo. The archery camp includes a history component as well as hands-on archery training.
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Photos of Tornado Response

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April 29, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine


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Lecture series comes to Air War College, promotes dialogue

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April 29, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Last week Auburn University Montgomery, or AUM, in conjunction with the Air War College, or AWC, hosted the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Series College Program. The three-day event was held at the AUM campus and AWC at Maxwell.

The lecture series, titled "Fighting Today's Wars: Stabilization Operations and Future Challenges," featured a panel of officers from each branch of the military and guest panelist Dr. Mehmet Sahinoglu, a professor at AUM.

A panel hosted at AWC focused on the evolving discourse on doctrine, strategy and tactics. The panelists discussed issues ranging from safeguarding victory in conflict and post-conflict situations to quantitative risk assessment and cost-optimal management.
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Tornado Response

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April 29, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Thursday, base agencies from Maxwell-Gunter worked closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Alabama EMA, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to set up a staging area on base to speed the delivery of supplies to this week's tornado victims. At press time, base officials expected more than 75 semi-trucks and vehicles from FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers loaded with tarps, water, generators and other support equipment destined for distribution to devastated areas throughout the state. Maxwell has served as a staging area in the past for hurricane relief, most recently in 2005, according to base officials. Maxwell agencies came together to prepare for the arrival of the relief supplies. "The base community would like to send its condolences to all those throughout the state who are suffering right now," said Col. Brian Killough, the 42nd Air Base Wing commander. "We are humbled by the opportunity to do what we can to help Alabama citizens, an
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Spouse Appreciation Day scheduled May 6

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April 22, 2011 in Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Maxwell-Gunter is honoring spouses during the Spouse Appreciation Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6 in the Maxwell event center.

Service members make endless sacrifices, and while they're away, their spouses make numerous sacrifices to support their families. They keep day-to-day tasks on track each day. They work around base and become involved with activities to make daily lives easier.

"At Spouse Appreciation Day, we hope to show our spouses how much they mean to us and how we are here to support them," said basewide special events programming coordinator Amanda Winters. "We're hoping to give our spouses a relaxing, informative morning, during which they are acknowledged for the significant contributions, support and sacrifices that they make every day."
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