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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

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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11th Wing Changes Command

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July 16, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Members of the 11th Wing welcomed new leadership during a change-of-command ceremony held at Hangar 3 here July 14.

Col. Brad Hoagland took command of the wing and Joint Base Andrews from the previous commander Col. Bill Knight.

"I look forward to serving with you on this winning team and challenge you to make Joint Base Andrews extraordinary," Hoagland said as he addressed the wing. "We will stay focused on the mission and our readiness, develop and care for our Airmen, and insure that a culture of dignity and mutual respect, discipline, innovation and servant leadership exists at all levels."
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JBA Heritage Park to host concert

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

Col. Bill M. Knight, 11th Wing/JBA commander, welcomes the community to the free Heritage Park Concert event slated for July 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. in front of the William A. Jones, III building.

The event, second in series of three set to take place this summer, is a display of appreciation to the community for supporting JBA. It also provides an opportunity to showcase our dedicated Airmen to the community.

"We want to show the local community how important they are to us," Knight said. "Without their support, we would not be able to get our missions accomplished."
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Malcolm Grow closed for training July 10

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July 4, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Members of the 779th Medical Group will participate in mandatory training on July 10, 2014.

The Main and Refill pharmacies will be minimally manned until 1 p.m. and there may be extended wait times during this period. Normal pharmacy operations will resume between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Laboratory will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Radiology will be open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Emergent Care Center at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center is open during this time to provide emergency and urgent care services.
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Dorm Residents start “shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school”

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July 2, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Joint Base Andrews dorm residents can enjoy outdoor sports in their own backyard with new basketball and volleyball courts completed just in time for summer. The courts were officially opened on June 26 after a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Approximately 50 Airmen and Sailors attended the ceremony and participated in the first matches on the new courts.

"We wanted the best for our dorm residents, so we took all the necessary steps to make sure the project was built with care and professionalism," said Kirk Kessler, 11th Civil Engineer project manager. "We had four to seven people out there each day we were working on this project."
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Malcolm Grow closes for July 3, 4 for holiday

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July 2, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center will be closed for a Family Day on Thursday, July 3 and for observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 4.

There will be no appointments on these days and the pharmacy will be closed.
Prescription refills called in before 12 p.m. on July 2 will be available for pickup after 12 p.m. on July 7.

Prescription refills called in after 12 p.m. on July 2 will be available for pickup on July 8.
The Emergent Care Center is always open to provide emergency and urgent care services. If the condition is not urgent and can wait for treatment, the medical group will reopen for full services on July 7.
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Independence Day hours on Andrews

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July 2, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Many establishments here will either close or alter their hours of operation for the July 3 Air Force District of Washington family day and the Fourth of July holiday.

On July 3, the following facilities will be OPEN:

  • Freedom Hall Dining Facility - regular hours
  • Golf Course - dawn to dusk
  • Outdoor Recreation - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Pool & Splash Park - noon - 6 p.m.
  • Lodging - 24/7
  • The Club at Andrews - 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • West Fitness Center - 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
On July 3, the following facilities will be CLOSED:
  • East Fitness Center (Unmanned access 24/7)
  • Military & Family Support Center
  • Library
  • Youth Center
  • Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center (Urgent Care 24/7)
  • Pharmacy
On July 4, the following facilities will be OPEN: 
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A degree of success

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

A deployment can offer Airmen an opportunity to work on personal goals such as weight loss or improved physical fitness. But for one member of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, a deployment has provided the opportunity to complete her associate degree requirements.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Chandra Smith, a member of the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, is working on her Community College of the Air Force associate in applied science degree in criminal justice.
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JBA hosts fourth-annual Motorcycle Safety Day

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June 23, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Approximately 350 riders, family members and spectators attended the 4th annual Joint Base Andrews Motorcycle Safety Day, June 20, 2014.

The event included riding competitions, guest speakers, a police-escorted off-base ride, live entertainment, food and the opportunity to meet with local motorcycle dealers and riding groups.

"We wanted to spread the message that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cures," said Master Sgt. Matthew Cagle, 744th Communications Squadron plans and project manager and motorcycle safety representative. "It is our sincere desire to eliminate as many myths as possible and educate riders on responsible riding, whether on or off duty."
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Voter registration easy, necessary requirement to participate in elections

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June 23, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

In order to vote in your state's primary or the general election, one must be registered to vote in that state and normally indicate which party they align themselves with for the primary.

A common misconception is that your state keeps your voting information through PCS moves. This is not true, as voting information can--and often is--lost. As a general rule, people should register to vote in their state of residence after every permanent change of station and every January to ensure their state has the most up-to-date information. If you haven't received a ballot in a while, that could be why.
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JBA Staff Sgt. earns NCOA Vanguard Award

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

Staff Sgt. Mark Cornett, 1st Helicopter Squadron special missions aviator instructor, won the Non-Commissioned Officers Association of the United States of America Vanguard Award on May 7, 2014, for his heroic actions which resulted in saving the life of a fellow Airman.

The Department of Defense's NCOA Vanguard Award recognizes enlisted members who perform an act of heroism resulting in saving lives or preventing injury. The award is named in memory and respect of NCO's who have received the Medal of Honor.
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‘Blackburn-ing’ the midnight oil

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

Tech. Sgt. Karen Blackburn is the 11th Wing's Warrior of the Week. She was recognized June 18 for her hard work, diligence and dedication to accomplish a top priority for the 11th Wing commander.

Blackburn, a controller at the Andrews Regional Command Post, was given charge of overseeing the creation of an alternate command post location for the region. She worked numerous hours passed her regular duty day to bring the project to operational capacity ahead of schedule.

"It was enlightening to see the amount of work that was put in behind the scenes to get the job done," Blackburn said.
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