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Air Force Assistance Fund goal reached

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

April 29, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

With over 550 donors, Tyndall is proud to announce that the goal of raising $63,287 towards the Air Force Assistance Fund was met and exceeded.

With 68 project officers coordinating fundraisers, soliciting donations and many other people helping the cause, the AFAF committee was able to raise more than $67,000 with the help of the Airmen, families and community members, accomplishing a goal that was not met last year.

According to the AFAF website, The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to our Air Force family in need (active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and our dependents, including surviving spouses).  The charitable affiliate organizations provide support in an emergency, with educational needs, as well as secure retirement homes for widows or widowers of our Air Force members in need of financial assistance.
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Volunteer recognized; 1,000 hours of service

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

April 29, 2015 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

Lt. Col. Anthony Cole, 45th Mission Support Group Detachment 1 commander, presents retired Air Force veteran, Jim Hale, Project Emeritus volunteer, with a certificate of appreciation recognizing more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the 45th Space Wing, April 27, 2015, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Hale volunteers his time escorting media on behalf of Public Affairs and conducts several tours of CCAFS. To become a volunteer, contact Project Emeritus at (321) 494-7656, or click here to see the PE webpage. (Courtesy photo by Julian Leek)
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Community calls upon Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight to diffuse explosives

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

April 29, 2015 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

They work out of an unassuming, plain cream-colored building.  It looks like every other building on base, save the four, gray garage doors and the large eight-ball sitting in the parking lot.

That building houses the 482nd Civil Engineering Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida. They are a team of highly skilled, well-trained individuals. Their mission is to protect personnel and property from any and all explosive hazards at the risk of their own lives, and they do it at home and overseas.
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May promotions

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

April 29, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to all of Tyndall's May promotees.

Promoted to Airman 1st Class
Aquino, Joseph - 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron
Badders, Thomas - 325th Security Forces Squadron
Bailey, Mikaela - 325th Force Support Squadron
Ellis, Kody - 325th Civil Engineer Squadron
Ellsworth, Austin - 325th Maintenance Squadron
Nunez, Julius - 325th LRS
Quick, Joshua - 325th MXS
Shea, Brendan - 325th CES
Tepovich, Blake - 337th Air Control Squadron
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96th SFS services showcased for families at airport

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

April 28, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Scobee gets second star

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

April 28, 2015 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Maj. Gen. Richard Scobee, 10th Air Force commander, received his second star at a ceremony held on Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas on April 27.

Scobee took command of 10th Air Force in Oct. 2014.
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Eglin to temporarily host Navy backup F-35C fleet, replace RW 12/30 arresting barriers

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April 28, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The Air Force recently signed an Addendum to the Eglin Base Realignment and Closure 2014 record of decision for two temporary actions - shifting the primary runway to Runway 01/19 (RW 01/19) and allowing a temporary increase in previously limited F-35 operations for the construction-related closure of Runway 12/30, and the Department of the Navy's proposal to add 15 backup aircraft inventory (BAI) F-35C aircraft at Eglin AFB.   

Both actions will commence by May 1, 2015, with completion of runway construction anticipated no later than August and departure of the additional Navy aircraft anticipated by December 2017.
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45th Space Wing successfully launches first-ever Turkmenistan satellite

This post was originally published by Patrick Air Force Base - Headlines

April 27, 2015 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

For the second time in an 14-day span, the U.S. Air Force's 45th Space Wing conducted another successful launch on the Eastern Range from Launch Complex 40 April 27, 2015 at 7:03 p.m. EDT.

On April 13, the 45th Space Wing supported SpaceX/NASA with the company's sixth re-supply mission to the International Space Station.

During today's mission, Team Patrick-Cape supported the SpaceX launch of a Falcon 9 Rocket carrying the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSat 1 communications satellite. The Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed from the ground up by SpaceX for the reliable and cost-efficient transport of satellites and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft.
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MacDill helps keep Tampa Bay beautiful

This post was originally published by MacDill Air Force Base - MacDill Headlines

April 27, 2015 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

Members of Team MacDill tackle approximately three miles of base shoreline to contribute to keeping Tampa Bay beautiful April 24, 2015, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

"For the past 20 years, MacDill has been hosting an annual coastal clean-up, which allows service members to volunteer roughly three hours of their day to pick up trash along the shoreline," stated Jason Kirkpatrick, 6th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resources program manager. "In 2014, MacDill decided to contribute more and host two clean-ups a year, in April and September."
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Renovations upgrade to Hurricane Andrew survivor

This post was originally published by Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla. - Homestead ARB Top Stories

April 24, 2015 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Building 346 is a survivor of Hurricane Andrew which wreaked havoc on a majority of the base and Homestead community in 1992. 

At the time, the building was used by Navy personnel and is known as one of the buildings that sustained the least damage resulting from the hurricane.

The $2.3 million in renovations started in May 2013 on the building, affecting several organizations at the 482nd Fighter Wing, including the Education and Training Office. Over this recent Unit Training Assembly, the Education and Training Office moved back into their former home at after an extensive renovation.
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Tyndall enacts national standard for weather

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

April 23, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The 325th Fighter Wing implemented the national standard for activating the base siren during weather warnings April 14. The implementation was followed by inclement weather April 20 with strong winds, heavy rain and lightning.

During the storm, the bases' trees and other greenery suffered damage with branches and leaves scattered across sidewalks and roadways.

The base Command Center, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron and 325th Operations Support Squadron's weather center all play roles in providing the necessary information to the base populace when faced with hazardous weather.
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Team Eglin ensures wounded warriors welcome on base

This post was originally published by Eglin Air Force Base - Eglin Headlines

April 23, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The introductory adaptive and rehabilitation camp and Warrior Games training held here April 13-22 required preparation, coordination and cooperation from several base agencies to insure both events' success.
    
The 96th Test Wing was contacted in December 2014 with support requests to host the camps, according to Ed Vieth, fitness center director. 

Vieth and his staff began coordinating with the military adaptive sports program in January to identify, prepare and schedule the events' sites and components.  He saw the events as a chance for his staff to provide support for a unique occasion.
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Warrior Games training – day 5

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April 23, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Caregivers mirror wounded warrior struggles

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April 23, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by Jasmine Porterfield

Megan Fugitt was enjoying life as a newly-wed when in an instant, she went from being a wife to a caregiver.

Fugitt's husband, Chris, a former Airman with the 96th Maintenance Squadron here, was on the mend of a kidney renal infarction in 2013 when he suddenly suffered a stroke as a result of blood thinners he was taking for his condition. The entire right side of his body was immediately paralyzed.

"He was wheelchair bound, couldn't talk, couldn't feed himself. He couldn't do anything for himself without me," said Fugitt, 28. "He had to relearn to do everything."
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Turtles take to the beach

This post was originally published by Tyndall Air Force Base - Tyndall News

April 22, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Every year, more than 40 migrants take up residence on Tyndall's beaches for one night and for one reason: to give their offspring its best chance of survival.

Sea turtle nesting season is from May 1 to Aug. 31 and Tyndall has 17 miles of beach coast line that is a prime location for threatened or endangered turtle species to lay their eggs.

Last year, the base's beaches hosted 44 sea turtle nests with a total of 4,275 eggs inside them. Thanks to the Natural Resources effort, 60 percent of those eggs hatched on the shoreline, said John Jennings, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron Natural Resources wildlife biological technician.
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