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Maxwell Air Force Base News

Top flight: Etchberger display, award to be unveiled

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March 4, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Chief Master Sgt. Richard Etchberger's ultimate example of service before self will take center stage next week, reported Master Sgt. Christy Caskey, flight instructor of the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy.

The Etchberger Team Award dedication ceremony will take place in the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy west auditorium at 8 a.m. Thursday. The event honors the late Medal of Honor recipient, who was awarded the nation's highest military honor in September 2010, with the unveiling of a marble plaque and photographic display.
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Col. McCain takes command of Eaker Center

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March 4, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Air University Commander Lt. Gen. Allen Peck said that this was a day of new beginnings as he welcomed Colonel John McCain as the new commander of the Ira C. Eaker Center for Professional Development Feb. 25.

Col. McCain took command of the center from Col. Barbara Gilchrist, who retires this April.

Gen. Peck went on to commend Col. McCain's performance as commander of Air Force ROTC.

"His common sense, his grasp of the issues, but most importantly his passion is what separates him from [everybody else]," General Peck said. "You are very lucky to have someone of John's caliber at the Eaker Center."
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DBIDS processing continues

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March 4, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Though Maxwell is on track to meeting its registration goals, everyone is encouraged to get their ID cards processed in the Defense Biometric Identification System as soon as possible.

"We want to stress, don't wait," said Master Sergeant Rodney Hickson, superintendent of plans and programs at the Military Personnel Flight.

All ID cardholders in the Maxwell-Gunter community must register with DBIDS by the end of June. Base employees without a Common Access Card will be issued a DBIDS card at the Visitor Control Center.
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Col. Price assumes command of Barnes Center

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March 4, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The commander of Air University was proud to welcome Col. Stewart Price to the Barnes Center for Enlisted Education during an assumption of command ceremony Feb. 24. Colonel Price is replacing Col. Charles Wade Johnson, who retired.

"(Colonel Price) will be absolutely tremendous at the Barnes Center," Lt. Gen. Allen Peck said at the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy auditorium.

Colonel Price and his wife, Nancy, are no strangers to the Maxwell and AU communities. His previous assignment as vice commander of the Holm Center will make him an asset to the Barnes Center team, General Peck said.
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Treasuring trees: Arbor Day recognition educates next generation

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March 4, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Thursday marked National Arbor Day and Maxwell's 18th consecutive annual designation as a Tree City USA.

The Tree City USA designation is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service. It denotes cities that have made a commitment to urban forestry by having a tree board, a community tree ordinance, a community forestry program with a budget of $2 per person, and an Arbor Day observance or proclamation.

The base was also awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award for increased commitment to its urban forestry program.
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URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: 42nd Air Base Wing Town Hall Meeting

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March 4, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

42nd Air Base Wing Commander Col. Brian Killough invites the Maxwell-Gunter community to two town hall meetings 6:30 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the AFPEO-EIS auditorium, building 892, Gunter; and 6:30 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the base theater, Maxwell. The base commander will share the latest news about the "best hometown in the Air Force" and all the military, families, civilians and contractors who work hard every day to make it so. Representatives will talk about the new Family Health Initiatives, DBIDS, Pinnacle-Hunt on-base housing, the base exchange and the commissary.
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Tactics help children cope with deployments

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February 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Long separations for deployments, classes, training and conferences can put a strain on children in military families. Just how much of a strain was the focus of a recent study by the RAND foundation, sponsored by the National Military Family Association.

The foundation interviewed more than 1,500 youth ages 11-17 who attended Operation Purple® summer camp for children of deployed service members. The study's results can help parents help children of all ages adapt to long absences.
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AETC commander addresses command’s issues, triumphs

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February 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The commander of Air Education and Training Command highlighted the Air Force's successes in recruiting, training and educating Airmen while acknowledging the many challenges ahead during a presentation at the 27th Annual Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 18.

Gen. Edward Rice Jr. spoke to a group of nearly 250 military professionals, aerospace industry insiders and media members.

The presentation, titled "AETC: Today's Challenges...Tomorrow's Opportunities," touched on the command's achievements in 2010, including leading and graduating a student population of more than 330,000 military members, before turning attention to the many challenges the Air Force's fourth-largest command faces in the days ahead.
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Heritage luncheon celebrates possibilities

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February 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

The African-American Heritage Committee held its annual luncheon Tuesday at the Officers' Club at Maxwell. The program event was a culmination of a series of events celebrating African-American heritage.

According to Chief Master Sgt. Brye McMillon, Air University command chief master sergeant, celebrating African-American History month is about celebrating the equality we all share.

"We celebrate the accomplishments of other Americans. It allows us to remember a time when African-Americans were not considered equals," he said.
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Airman hit the floor for EHH

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February 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

For many Maxwell-Gunter Airmen, Feb. 18 was an up-and-down day as they taxed their arms and abs, and panted and grunted at a push-up and sit-up-athon at Maxwell fitness center.

Participants attempted to do as many pushups and/or situps as possible in a 10-minute period in support of the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall at Gunter Annex.

Senior Master Sgt. Michael Bellerose of the Barnes Center, who helped organize the Air Force-wide event, said that the fundraiser supports the many projects on tap at the EHH.
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Speaker brings ‘chicken soup’ to spouses

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February 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

For those who want to make every small moment matter, clever, inspirational and humorous stories can make huge impacts.

Dan Clark, a storyteller, primary contributor to the "Chicken Soup to the Soul" series, songwriter and motivational speaker, brought laughter and encouragement to about 40 Maxwell Gunter spouses Tuesday at Boyd Auditorium.

Clark has visited Maxwell many times, and sees his visits as a way of giving back to the military.

"I get so much more out of (these speeches) than you do," he said. "It just touches my heart."
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Bug out: Entomology staff handles critter concerns

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February 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Base personnel don't have to worry about bugs in their office or a raccoon in their trash. Bob Davis and his two co-workers at the base entomology shop have it covered.

"If it's detrimental to Air Force operations, we take care of it," Mr. Davis said.

For 19 years, Mr. Davis has specialized in pest control. The last ten of those have been in the Maxwell entomology shop.

Mr. Davis and his crew cover Maxwell and Gunter and specialize in removing any type of pest.
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Selma: Base Airmen take trip to history

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February 25, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Members of the Maxwell-Gunter community followed the steps of civil rights leaders during a trip to Selma Feb. 8 for African-American Heritage Month.

The group visited the Lowndes Interpretive Center, the National Voting Rights Museum and the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

"I didn't have to cross (the bridge), but I thank God for those who did," said Janet Speers, who organized the trip for the African-American Heritage Committee.

The Lowndes Interpretive Center, the first stop on the trip, features a video presentation and museum outlining the horrors of Bloody Sunday and the triumphs of the Selma to Montgomery March. The museum is part of the National Park Service and the National Historic Trail.
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Valentines for Vets

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February 18, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine


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Heart Link welcomes new spouses to Air Force

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February 18, 2011 in Air Force, Alabama, Gunter Air Force Base, Maxwell Air Force Base by clevine

Heart Link is more than an orientation on being an Air Force spouse. It's an opportunity to meet other spouses and learn more about the Maxwell and Gunter communities.

"People really enjoy it and take a lot from it," said Chloe Gibbs, the event organizer.

Heart Link is held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The program is free and includes lunch and child care.

Ms. Gibbs, the information and referral consultant for the Airman and Family Readiness Center, said the program is geared toward new spouses, but all spouses are welcome to attend.
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