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Andrews Air Force Base is home to Air Force District of Washington’s 316th Wing — the base’s host wing — with several partner units on base including Air Mobility Command’s 89th Airlift Wing, the 79th Medical Wing, the Air Force Office of Special Investigation headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command’s 459th Air Refueling Wing, D.C. Air National Guard’s 113th Wing, the Naval Air Facility, and Army and Marine Corps detachments.

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Andrews Air Force Base News

EAS team is selected as Warriors of the Week

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September 11, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

This week's Warriors of the Week are Staff Sgts. Marixsa Chicas (center) and Matthew Shortridge (not pictured), and Senior Airmen Michael Aguirre (right) and Brandon Marshall (left), 811th Security Forces Squadron executive aircraft security.

EAS teams provide security for the President of the United States, the Vice President, the First Lady, Congressional Delegates and national leaders.

The team was recognized for their actions during the July 21-26, 2014 Secretary of State Mission to the Middle East in support of the crisis in the Gaza Strip.
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The day America lost its innocence

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September 11, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

I was nine years old. I looked up into the blue, September sky, and saw a plane flying overhead. I thought about the people inside, who they were, where they were going, and why they weren't about to go to school like me. I often looked at planes; this was not out of the ordinary for a child who had been deemed "easily distracted." In the hours to follow, America's attention would be captured in a most horrific manner, and I would cease to gaze up in childlike wonder.

The events occurring that day would shake the foundation of our country, pulling us together to fight a war that seemed to have no end in sight.
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JBA to hold Patriot Day observance; Team Andrews reminded to adhere to protocol

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September 10, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Airmen and mission partners will pay tribute to the day and memories during a Patriot Day observance, Sept. 11, at 7 a.m at Heritage Park here.

Military members, civilians and family members are all welcome to visit the observance, where a single formation will be made up of first responders, including Air Force Security Forces, firefighters and medics.

The plan of events is for "Reveille" to sound at 7 a.m., followed by "To the Colors," and honors to the American flag. After honors are paid to Old Glory, the ceremony will include a short series of comments regarding the events that took place on 9/11, followed by the playing of "Taps," and an address from the host 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, Col. Bradley Hoagland.
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Air Force revamps AEF

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September 9, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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Pilot recognized for contributions to Senate Bill

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September 8, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Capt. Casey Doane, 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot was recognized as Joint Base Andrews' "Warrior of the Week", Sept. 3, 2014.

Doane was recognized for his contributions to and support of a Senate bill proposing the creation of an Air Force trial program allowing 15-20 deaf and hard of hearing individuals to attend Officer Training School or the Basic Officer Training Course to become commissioned officers.

The bill would allow all individuals with auditory impairments who meet all other qualifications necessary to become an officer to qualify for the program. Currently, the Air Force currently does not allow those with auditory impairments to join.
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Redskins Salute JBA

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August 25, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The Washington Redskins football team practiced and signed autographs at Joint Base Andrews on August 22, 2014.

The event was part of a military appreciation initiative, Redskins Salute.

"We wanted to thank the service members," said Bruce Allen, Redskins' president and general manager. "A foundation of our team is to give back to the community and support the children of service members."

The team ran a 45 minute, walk-through practice at the turf field on JBA for an audience of service members, their families and the 11th Force Support Squadron Summer Day Camp.
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Malcolm Grow to close for Labor Day weekend

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August 25, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center will be closed on Friday, Aug. 29 for an AFDW Family Day and again on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.

There will be no scheduled appointments on these days. No pharmacy or laboratory services will be available.

Prescription refills requested before 12 p.m. on Aug. 28 will be available for pickup after 12 p.m. on Sept. 2. Prescription refills requested after 12 p.m. on Aug. 28 will be available for pickup on Sept. 3.
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Redcoats marched through Andrews to Battle of Bladensburg

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August 22, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Echoes of battles past whisper through the landscape of many military installations. But, 200 years ago, elements of the British army marched through the hills and woods of what is now Joint Base Andrews.

The redcoats landed in Benedict, Maryland, under the command of Maj. Gen. Robert Ross in 1814 with the goal of sieging Washington's population of 8,000.

After landing, they marched through narrow paths, many of which have since been widened into roads and clearings for electrical transmission lines.
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11th FSS: Taking care of Airmen

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August 20, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The 11th Force Support Squadron has the daunting task of servicing approximately 60,000 Airmen in the National Capital Region and Worldwide.

With such a diverse population, different parts of the squadron aim to focus on the various needs families may have.

Lt. Col. Colin Huckins, 11th FSS commander, said squadron's main priority is to serve the people.

"Everything we do is for the people," Huckins said. "Our mission is to take care of all military and families assigned here."
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Airman, Actor, Nerd

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August 19, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

After hours of shopping, stitching and crafting, a piece of work comes together. For former Tech Sgt. Randolph Sena, this work shows in his life as a civilian Airman and a recreational cosplayer.

No matter the job or training, the Air Force has a philosophy that applies to all Airmen: attention to detail.

Sena, 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews chief of exercises, knows this all too well, as his entire career has been detail oriented. For Sena, this aspect of his job merged smoothly with his personal hobby of cosplay, short for costume play, when he started participating in the activity in 2010.
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Millard assumes command of ‘Air Force One’ Wing

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August 14, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

With a brisk salute and four words, "Sir, I assume command," Col. John C. Millard took command of the 89th Airlift Wing from Col. David L. Almand in a ceremony here Aug. 14.

Millard joins the home of Air Force One, known as Special Air Mission Foreign team, or simply SAM Fox, after serving as the commander of the 376th Expeditionary Wing, Transit Center Manas, Kyrgyz Republic.

Millard will command a combat-ready force of more than 1,100 personnel and provide Special Air Mission airlift and support to the president, vice president, cabinet members, combatant commanders and other senior military and elected leaders, supporting White House, Air Force chief of staff and Air Mobility Command taskings.
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Fix ‘em, Fly ‘em, Fuel ‘em

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August 1, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Soaring 30,000 feet in the air, surrounded by 49 tons of aluminum and jet fuel, Tech Sgt. Chris McAlister watches the horizon curves behind him and the earth passing below. This is one perk for the 756th Airlift Squadron boom operator.

As an in-flight refueling boom operator, his job is to transfer fuel from one plane to another.

"My dad was in the navy for 20 years, always traveling around the world, so that developed my interest in the military early on," he said. "Now I have the best office in the Air Force."
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Southbound lane along West Perimeter Rd closed through Aug. 18

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July 31, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

People driving near Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center can expect delays along West Perimeter Road due to construction traffic in and out of the construction site through Aug. 18.

The southbound lane between Menoher Drive and Boston Road will be closed for the next three weeks. Flagmen will be out directing traffic. The speed limit remains at 15 mph during duty hours as posted.

Parking and access to the facility will remain the same. Patients are encouraged to arrive early for appointments to avoid any potential delays.
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Col. Brad Hoagland: ‘We ARE Team Andrews’

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July 24, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

With the summer move season among us, many new faces, experiences and renewed direction come to the 11th Wing.

Col. Brad Hoagland, the newest 11th Wing and installation commander, has held multiple command positions since 1994 with his most recent as the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing's vice commander in Southwest Asia.

"I have the appreciation for what the wing needs to do to organize, train and equip Airmen to deploy in support of our worldwide mission," Hoagland said. "To fly, fight and win our nation's wars."
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Existing tools help users reduce PII breaches

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July 17, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Members of 24th Air Force are refurbishing an old email tool to help Air Force users reduce breaches of personally identifiable information, or PII.

The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool, or DSET, which currently prompts users to provide a digital signature when an email contains an active hyperlink or attachment, is being reconfigured to scan emails and attachments for PII. DSET was first introduced to Microsoft Outlook in 2009 by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

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