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Tyndall Airman wins AF level weather award

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August 26, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

A Tyndall Airman received the 2013 Headquarters United States Air Force Battlefield Weather company grade officer of the year.

1st Lt. Melissa Emely, 325th Operational Support Squadron weather flight, flight commander, showed boundless leadership while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"As the Combat Aviation Brigade officer in charge, I was responsible for leading 18 Airmen across four forward operating bases," said Emely. "I secured NATO approval for a critical weather radar, which increased situational awareness and
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Former 33rd, 96th vice commander visits friend at museum

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August 26, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Tyndall’s T-38s bring back Beagles

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August 26, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The American Beagle Squadron returned to Tyndall after being deactivated for four years.

The 325th Operations Group Adversary Air program became the 2nd Fighter Training Squadron during a reactivation ceremony Aug. 22. This marks the return of the famed World War II American Beagle Squadron. The Beagles originally joined Team Tyndall in 1974.

"The second was chosen because it has historical ties to Tyndall," said Lt. Col. Derek Wyler, 2nd FTS commander. "I am honored and excited to take command of a squadron with such a long, rich history is really an honor."
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Air Force Reserve unit returns to Homestead to assist with mosquito abatement

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August 26, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

An aerial mosquito abatement program will take place in various areas across Southern Miami-Dade County Aug. 26-28.

Some residents may remember seeing the large, specially equipped C-130H cargo aircraft spraying in July. The cargo aircraft has returned to spray because County Mosquito Control has determined mosquito numbers around Homestead Air Reserve Base and surrounding communities have reached significant levels.

C-130H cargo planes from the Air Force Reserve Command's 910th Airlift Wing in Youngstown, Ohio, will perform the aerial spraying operation using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered pesticide Dibrom, also known as Naled. Naled is registered for use in Florida.
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Meet the new 1st SOMDOS commander

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August 25, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine

The 1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron recently welcomed a new commander here. Here is a little information about him.

Name/Rank: Ross K. Whitmore, Lt. Col.

Organization: 1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron

Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah

Off-duty time is for: Family, friends and fun

Previous Assignments: Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany
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Meet the new 1st SOAMDS commander

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August 25, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine

The 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron recently welcomed a new commander here. Here is a little information about him.

Name/Rank: Sanjay A. Gogate, Lt. Col.

Organization: 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medicine Squadron

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Off-duty time is for: Family, outdoor sports, exercising and relaxing

Previous Assignments: Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
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Meet the new 1st SOMDSS commander

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August 25, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine

The 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron recently welcomed a new commander here. Here is a little information about her.

Name/Rank: Angela Blackwell, Lt. Col. "Angel"

Organization: 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron

Hometown: Buffalo, Texas

Off-duty time is for: Golf, sun, family and friends

Previous Assignments: Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
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53rd Wing takes Combat Hammer, Archer out West in August

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August 25, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group concluded the U.S. Air Force air-to-ground exercise known as Combat Hammer and air-to-air exercise known as Combat Archer this week.

From Aug. 11 -22, four units deployed here and three units traveled directly to the Utah Test and Training Range to drop munitions in realistic combat scenarios. With support from the 388th Fighter Wing and 75th Air Base Wing, 86th and 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron Airmen collected and analyzed data on how these precision weapons performed and their suitability for use in combat.
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End of runway crew is first, last stop for Eglin’s test aircraft

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August 25, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The radio cracks to life in a tiny building at the end of the flight line with sayings like "crew ready... crew show... engine start... taxi."

"We got taxis," says Tech. Sgt. Arthur Hamblin, 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron end-of-runway inspection section NCO-in-charge.

It's a call to action for a small group of crew chiefs and weapons crews housed in a section known as the end-of-runway inspection section. The team there is tasked with being the initial and final set of eyes to examine 53rd Wing and 96th Test Wing aircraft before takeoff and upon arrival.
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Strength through movement

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August 22, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine

Physical fitness is constantly evolving, and the 1st Special Operations Wing is embracing the evolution by offering new equipment and instruction.

The 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron purchased TRX boxes, which include suspension trainers, rip trainers and an assortment of other equipment for consistent commitment to physical activity enrichment.

"We received the TRX boxes in June," said Master Sgt. Williston, 1st SOFSS, fitness superintendent, "The TRX boxes are now open to Hurlburt Field members to use at their leisure."
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Ribbon Cutting Luncheon marks opening of three facilities on base

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August 22, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Two brand-new facilities and the newly renovated Sam Johnson Fitness Center were officially opened during a ribbon cutting event Aug. 20 at Homestead Air Reserve Base.

Members of the community and base tenant units came to the Community Activity Center to mark the occasion. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, representing Florida's 27th Congressional District, and Congressman Sam Johnson, representing the 3rd District of Texas, also attended the luncheon.

Both elected officials share ties to the military - Congressman Johnson is a highly decorated fighter pilot and flew combat missions in both the Korean conflict and Vietnam War. He was a prisoner of war at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" for nearly seven years. Ros-Lehtinen's husband, Dexter, served in the Army as a Ranger and was wounded in Vietnam.
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Flight gives facelift to Eglin’s fleet

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August 22, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

Keeping the Air Force's third largest vehicle fleet looking good is not an easy task, but efforts by the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Management Flight make that happen.
Corrosion control is a priority for the flight, a challenge in Northwest Florida. According to Karen Pinkley, the flight's heavy mobile equipment mechanic inspector, salt water and hot sun cause the paint to deteriorate. That's considered routine wear and tear on vehicles, most of which is noted during scheduled maintenance.
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Director of Air National Guard Clarke visits 125th Fighter Wing

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August 21, 2014 in Florida, Jacksonville International Airport and Air National Guard by clevine

The general met with 125th Fighter Wing leaders, including Commander Col. Brian Simpler and his staff, and personally thanked enlisted Airmen upon his arrival at the Jacksonville base. The Airmen, selected from departments throughout the fighter wing, were chosen by their supervisors for being superior performers within the unit.

Clarke met with the Airmen, congratulated them on their success in the Air National Guard, and presented each with a traditional Director of the Air National Guard coin.
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COMACC visits 53rd Wing

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August 21, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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‘X’ marks the spot for F-22 squadron, AMU

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August 20, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The 95th and the 301st Fighter Squadrons and their respective aircraft maintenance units tested their unrivaled combat power during a base exercise Aug. 11 to 15.
The 95th FS, Tyndall's combat-coded F-22 Raptor squadron, participated in the exercise to improve their deployment capabilities and employment tactical skills.

"Our mission was to demonstrate our ability to fly, fight and win," said Master Sgt. Scott Oberg, 95th AMU F-22 weapons flight chief.

During the first phase of the exercise, members of the 95th FS and 301st FS prepared to deploy as an integrated squadron. In addition, the 95th AMU prepared F-22s to ensure readiness for their simulated deployment to 'Base X.'
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