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Bird Bath

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January 20, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Falcon crew

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January 20, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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MacDill hosts first of numerous ’15 cross-service exercises

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January 20, 2015 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine


The 6th Air Mobility Wing kicked off its first of numerous cross-service exercises, as they hosted a massive 300 sortie Navy F-18 pilot training exercise from Jan. 4-17, 2015.

The F-18 Hornet and Super Hornet jet aircraft belong to the Strike-Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX (VFA-106), a Navy training squadron that prepares the finest Strike Fighter aircrew and maintenance professionals for the fleet and the fleet marine force in support of combat operations around the world.
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Youth Sports on MacDill

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January 16, 2015 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

"Blue 42, blue 42, set, hike," echoed through the air as MacDill's youth flag football teams took to the field at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 10, 2015. Eighty children from ages five through 15 are participating in the youth program's inaugural flag football season.

"We're really excited to be able to offer the best flag football league not just here on MacDill, but in Tampa," explained Harold Hug, director of youth programs. "We really do try to go above and beyond for these kids."
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Dr. King’s dream still going

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

January 16, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

More than 80 Team Tyndall members attended the Tyndall Black Heritage Committee's Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration service Jan. 15 at Chapel 2.

Every year Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated nation-wide. Here the purpose of the service was to highlight Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and what he accomplished for civil rights.

"Not only is the event about him, but it is also about the legacy and community of Americans," said Barbara Copeland, TBHC president. "We have to continue his dream, keep pushing forward and focus on the violent behaviors going on in the communities. We can't allow that to keep going, but we also need to work better as a community to get all problems solved."
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290th JCSS honors fallen with brick dedication

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January 16, 2015 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

"We are here, 33 years after Air Florida Flight 90 crashed, to honor those fallen JCSE leaders by dedicating the first brick in our unit brick garden to their legacy," said Master Sgt. Sean Abene, 290th Joint Communications Support Squadron Element NCO in charge, during the squadron's brick dedication ceremony at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 14, 2015.

Personnel in attendance observed as Abene held up the brick engraved with the names of Sgt. Maj. James Dixon, JCSE operations sergeant major, Maj. Ralph Herman, JCSE operations officer, and Lt. Col. George Mattar, JCSE commander before his death, for all to see.
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6S Success

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January 16, 2015 in Florida, MacDill Air Force Base by clevine

Squadron commanders started 2015 by exhibiting improvements their Airmen have made to their work environment to apply the Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century "6S" initiative at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

"AFSO21 is about continuously improving to meet the 6th Air Mobility Wing vision of 'Deliberate Excellence,'" said Tech Sgt. Aisha S. Davis, 6th AMW AFSO21 program manager.

To break it down, the "6S" stands for sort, straighten, shine, standardize, sustain and safety. The initiative was put into place with a goal of reducing the waste of resources and space while increasing operational efficiency.
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Commentary: Stick with achieving new year’s resolutions

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January 16, 2015 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

The start of a new year typically stirs people to set new goals and get a fresh start. This is excellent, if you can stick with it.

Many people desire to spend less money, spend more time with friends and family, work on their education, stop smoking, and lose weight. There are about as many different goals as there are people.

New Year's resolutions can be powerful in making real and significant change. Did you know that some estimate less than 10 percent of Americans achieve their resolutions by the end of the year? Most people stop working on their goals two weeks into the new year.
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Eglin called to combat complacency during event celebrating MLK

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January 15, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance at Eglin wasn't just an event to "honor a giant in history," but also a call to "challenge the status quo."

Words expressed by the guest speaker during the Jan. 14 luncheon at the Bayview Club, were carefully chosen to depict the character of the civil rights leader who pursued peaceful solutions to the unrest in American society in the 1960s.

"I would do a disservice to his legacy and the things he stood for if I were to stand before you today and give you a bunch of fluff," said Chief Master Sgt. Chris McKinney, of the 33rd Fighter Wing here, who led the audience through a journey of MLK quotes and questions on if America has arrived to the dream MLK was envisioning.
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Convoy fundamentals

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January 14, 2015 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron conducted its first convoy training Jan. 14 at Tyndall's Silver Flag area.

This training was similar to the Basic Combat Convoy Course training that all vehicle operators deploying to do convoy missions in Iraq and Afghanistan had to complete. 

"In 2004, we all had to learn and had to learn fast how to do things within a deployed convoy, and we lost a lot of people because we didn't know how to do them," said Tech. Sgt. Brett Rountree, 325th LRS quality assurance inspector. "We want to make sure our new people know what they're doing to preserve their lives and better preserve others."
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PAFB lieutenant named 2014 McCartney NDS award recipient

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January 14, 2015 in Florida, Patrick Air Force Base by clevine

The National Space Club Florida committee named a Flight Mission Lead from the 5th Space Launch Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as the 2014 Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award Recipient on Jan. 13 at a ceremony in Cape Canaveral.

First Lt. Joseph A. Chestnut, Jr. was recognized with this award for his leadership and expertise of space capabilities, and his contribution to national defense, said NSC-FL chairman, Mark Jager.

The Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award was created in 2005 by the National Space Club Florida Committee to recognize significant achievements and contributions made by Department of Defense personnel while on duty in the state of Florida. The award celebrates major contributions of active-duty military members, DOD civilians and DOD contractors in space-related areas that significantly contribute to the defense of the nation.
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Maintainers perform Eagle inspections, routine recovery

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January 14, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Commentary: Finding, keeping focus on the motivation to quit smoking

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

January 14, 2015 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

"I can smell it, and it makes me nauseous," he said. "I can't kiss you or even be around you. This has to stop."

That was the exact moment I knew it was time to get serious about quitting smoking. When my husband and I were in the dating stages of our relationship, I was trying, unsuccessfully, to quit. When he spoke those words to me, it really hit me hard and the depth of my motivation changed.

I started smoking on a deployment, thinking the whole time I wouldn't keep smoking when I got home, I was just doing it to fit in.
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Base leadership participate in demolition

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January 14, 2015 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida by clevine


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Finding, keeping focus on the motivation to quit smoking

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

January 13, 2015 in Florida, Homestead Air Force Base by clevine

"I can smell it, and it makes me nauseous," he said. "I can't kiss you or even be around you. This has to stop."

That was the exact moment I knew it was time to get serious about quitting smoking. When my husband and I were in the dating stages of our relationship, I was trying, unsuccessfully, to quit. When he spoke those words to me, it really hit me hard and the depth of my motivation changed.

I started smoking on a deployment. Thinking the whole time I wouldn't keep smoking when I got home, I was just doing it to fit in.
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