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Enjoy the Emerald Coast but exercise caution

This post was originally published by Hurlburt Field - Current News

July 25, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine

Hot summers on the Emerald Coast draw thousands of tourists, locals and Air Commandos to the sandy beaches here every year; eager swimmers ready to enjoy the mysteries of the cool blue-green water should take caution.

"Swimmers, beginner and advanced, should always be aware of flag conditions, rip currents and dangerous marine life when entering the water," said Master Sgt. Jeremy Linville, 1st Special Operations Wing ground safety superintendent.

Familiarizing oneself with beach flag conditions can help Airmen and their families determine if they should make the trip to the beach at all.
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It’s a gym in a box

This post was originally published by Hurlburt Field - Current News

July 25, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine


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8th SOS, Special Tactics Airmen perform infil/exfil training

This post was originally published by Hurlburt Field - Current News

July 25, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine


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Congratulations to recent quarterly award winners

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

July 25, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following 482nd Fighter Wing quarterly award winners for the months of April through June 2014:

- Company Grade Officer: Capt. Patricia B. Hartman, 482nd Civil Engineering Squadron

- Senior non-commissioned officer: Master Sgt. Earlvine L. Fort, 482nd Force Support Squadron 

- Non-commissioned officer: Tech. Sgt. Audria M. Aldridge, 482nd Force Support Squadron

- Airman: Airman 1st Class Thomas M. Sudan, Detachment 93, 495th Fighter Group
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Hurlburt Field firefighters train on proper ventilation techniques

This post was originally published by Hurlburt Field - Current News

July 25, 2014 in Florida, Hurlburt Field by clevine

Hurlburt Field firefighters conducted ventilation training at a new building located near the simulated fire training pit on Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 17, 2014.

Members from the 1st Special Operations Squadron Civil Engineer Squadron firehouse 1 and 2 got together to conduct training on how to respond to a structure fire and create proper ventilation for all personnel involved.

"We get together to do this to protect the lives of others, said Airman 1st Class Keith Fussell, 1st SOCES firefighter. "Hurlburt Field has a lot of assets such as planes, infrastructure, buildings and houses that we need to be ready to protect in case of an emergency."
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AFRL triumphs in base golf championship

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

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


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Ensuring a clean, safe flight line

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

July 24, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Air Force assets fly in and out of Tyndall every day, and the entry and exit point for these aircrafts is the vital strip of pavement known as the flight line.

It is the job of the Airmen at the 325th Operations Support Squadron Airfield Management Flight to maintain a clean, safe and properly configured flight line. A single piece of foreign object debris, FOD, on the flight line could be enough bring down a jet causing massive damage and life loss.

"It's my duty to do everything I can to make sure the mission goes on without any mistakes on my end," said Airman 1st Class Stephen Welton, 325th OSS operations coordinator. "These are multi-million dollar aircrafts, and we are responsible for making sure that the runway is safe for landing and takeoff."
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Reservists employ innovation to modernize majestic national park

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

July 24, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Airmen from the 482nd Civil Engineering Squadron ventured by ship to work on improving conditions at the Dry Tortugas National Park for their Annual Training July 12-23.

Through the Innovative Readiness Training program, members from the squadron worked side-by-side with National Park Service personnel on projects that enhance living conditions in the park while ensuring traditional reservists receive critical training opportunities.

The Department of Defense's IRT Program is a volunteer opportunity for the National Guard and Reserves that provides training benefits for military personnel while addressing the needs of underserved American communities. Through this program, military units refine their engineering, health care, diving, and transportation skills by performing services and developing projects in and for communities that otherwise would not have the resources to conduct them on their own.
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Last Brave Defender class completes FTX, graduates

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

July 24, 2014 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Base Commanders Meeting brings together state, military representatives

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

July 23, 2014 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

Seventeen commanders and support staff from various military installations throughout the state met with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and other state agencies here July 22.

The Florida Governor's Base Commanders Meeting was developed to bring together state agencies with all military base commanders to enrich the relationship between the state and the military.

This relationship helps protect vital national security interests, enhance Florida's defense economy, provides family support and addresses quality of life issues for service members in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Military Affairs.
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SNCOPEC graduates recognized during ceremony

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

July 23, 2014 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to Team Patrick-Cape's newest graduates of the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Professional Enhancement Course July 18 at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. SNCOPEC is a five-day course designed to augment and reinforce information taught in basic military training, technical training, ancillary training, professional military education, or job experience. SNCOPE provides students with an in-depth view of their increased supervisory, leadership, managerial responsibilities, and make the transition to senior NCO status more effective. (U.S. Air Force photo/Matthew Jurgens)
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Starting Raptor engines preps maintainers for operation runs

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

July 23, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

In the stillness of the early morning, an F-22 Raptor sits quietly, as a group of Airmen prepare the jet. Then, the silence is broken with sounds and vibrations of unrivaled combat air power.

"The F-22 is a symbol of global air dominance," said Staff Sgt. Kyle Blauzdis, 325th Maintenance Group F-22 engine run instructor. "Without properly trained technicians to maintain them, there is no mission. We pride ourselves in unrivaled training for our maintenance personnel to continue producing training sorties and to put combat-ready aircraft into the fight."
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Driving Preparedness

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

July 23, 2014 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

The daily task of driving from point A to point B can become monotonous and a driver can get stuck in a routine. When it comes to long trips, safety needs to be a top priority and a part of your routine.

While driving, distractions, fatigue and a properly maintained vehicle are potential safety concerns.

Death or serious injury can be a result from operating a phone while driving. Calling, texting or using a global positioning system adds cognitive distractions to the brain. Intentionally schedule calls for a time when you will not be driving and set your GPS while in a parked position. If a ringing phone is too tempting, get in the habit of silencing your phone before you start to drive. Other types of distractions include eating and drinking, talking to passengers, grooming, reading, and adjusting a radio.
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Shuttle service improves quality of life

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

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

Student maintainers assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing's joint strike fighter's training detachment now have a way to navigate the base thanks to a recent support agreement with the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

On July 3, LRS kicked off a shuttle service to ensure the students could traverse the base to meet their professional and personal needs while stationed here for approximately four months. A 28-passenger bus currently runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and again from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., seven days a week, with each full run taking approximately 30 minutes. The bus makes four stops each day: the 33rd FW dining facility, base exchange, East Gate chapel and Airman and Family Readiness Center. The bus will add a stop at Postl Point starting July 26, so students can enjoy activities offered by the 96th Force Support Squadron's Outdoor Recreation. A 32-passenger bus is available as ridership increases. Other military personnel can hop on the shuttle on a space-availa
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Tyndall renames road to honor Chief Airey

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

July 22, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Tyndall officials renamed Tyndall's main road, Illinois Avenue, to Airey Avenue, in honor of the first Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force and Bay County resident, Paul Wesley Airey, during a ceremony July 22 at the Heritage Club.

He was the first chief master sergeant appointed to this ultimate noncommissioned officer position and was selected from among 21 major air command nominees to become the first chief master sergeant of the Air Force.

"On behalf of the Airey family, we thank all of you so much for paying tribute to Dad," said Retired Chief Master Sgt. Dale Airey, Paul Airey's son. "My dad spent 70 years trying to bring credit among the enlisted force. The enlisted force is where his heart was. By paying tribute to Dad, you are paying tribute to all enlisted men and women of the Air Force. When I think of Dad and the enlisted corps, I think of his words on the nation's Air Force Memorial."
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