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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

Max Impact kicks-off Super Bowl Sunday

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February 2, 2015 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The U.S. Air Force premier rock band, Max Impact, performed for Super Bowl XLIX fans at Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona, Feb. 1, 2015.

Thousands of football fans listened to the 30-minute concert as they passed through the restaurants and stores of Westgate. The dining and entertainment district is less than a half-mile from The University of Phoenix Stadium, where Super Bowl XLIX was held.

They played a single show, ranging from class rock to country, at the district, just hours before the kick-off of Super Bowl XLIX.
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JBA recognized as CINC Installation Excellence Award finalist

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January 23, 2015 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Joint Base Andrews has been named one of two finalists for the 2015 Commander in Chief's annual Installation Excellence Award.

JBA is competing with Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom for bragging rights as the best installation in the Air Force.

Four evaluators conducted a site visit Jan. 11-13 to see first-hand the two headquarters, six wings, 80 tenant units and more than 17,000 service members and their families that make up JBA.

The CINC award seeks to recognize the outstanding and innovative efforts of Department of Defense installations around the world.
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Making the cut: drill team sharpens trainees

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January 21, 2015 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

A duct-taped, 12-pound rifle fixed with an 11-inch blade launches up in the air, heightening tension, as it finds a drill team trainee's hand, arm or the ground, in preparation for its next movement.

CLANK, CLANK, THUD!

"Weapon down!" yells the trainee, as his heels clink together and he pops to attention.

The trainees also halt their drill movements, as sweat drips down their faces.

The instructor gives the trainee permission to pick up his wounded M1 Garand and the count toward 50 consecutive weapon movements starts back at zero.
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457th Airlift Squadron, transporting senior leaders

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January 16, 2015 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The 457th Airlift Squadron is stationed on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, but is a part of the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Although they are a geographically separated unit and a small squadron, their mission is essential to senior leaders and the Air Force.

"Our mission is to transport leaders, primarily within the U.S., to key destinations with as little as 48-hour notice," Lt. Col. John Borowski, 457 AS commander, said. "The unit is currently flying two missions a day."
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Warrior of the Week – Jan. 14

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January 14, 2015 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Tech. Sgt. Dale Fogle, NCO in charge of command post training at the Joint Base Andrews Regional Command Post, is the Warrior of the Week for the week of Jan. 14, 2015.

Fogle is being recognized for managing the training program for command post personnel, who serve two MAJCOMs and four Wings. He also planned and directed monthly training meetings and task scenarios.

"It's nice to know someone saw your good work and said 'hey they need to be recognized'," said Fogle.
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Slopes for the folks of Andrews

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January 9, 2015 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

When the weather outside is frightful, and a fire might be quite delightful. There is one place to go; Andrews Outdoor Recreation.

With each passing week of the winter season the temperatures begin to drop and the hibernation season begins for many, including Airmen.

The 11th Force Support Squadron's Outdoor Recreation does its best to give the Joint Base Andrews community the ability to stay active even when snow is on the ground.

Outdoor Recreation offers Airmen and anyone with a valid military ID the opportunity to rent winter sporting goods, buy lift tickets and get transportation to the mountains for a fraction of the cost at a ski resort.
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Chaplain Assistants: assisting Chaplains

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January 9, 2015 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The Air Force has jobs for everything; from high-profile careers like the fighter pilot to the unsung heroes that keep the flight line clear of snow and debris. One of the most overlooked jobs in the Air Force is the Chaplain Assistant.

"People underestimate how important being the enlisted liaison is," said Keesha Green, 11th Wing Headquarters Chapel chaplain assistant. "There's a misconception that we're just chaplain secretaries."

Chaplains and chaplain assistants work in Religious Support Teams that give briefings, hold invocations, run Sunday services and organize retreats among other things. Chaplain assistants also assist in the day-to-day administrative activities required by the chapel and talk to walk-ins before directing them to a chaplain.
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Air show returns to Joint Base Andrews in 2015

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December 30, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Joint Base Andrews is scheduled to hold a free air show, featuring the Air Force's premier aerial demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Sept 19, 2015.

The 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show will commemorate the Air Force's 68th birthday, the 100th anniversary of the Naval Reserves, along with other major military milestones to be announced at a later date. 

"The 2015 JBA Air Show marks the return of the largest military event in the Nation Capital Region and will culminate the Air Force's birthday celebration," said Col. Brad Hoagland, Joint Base Andrews and 11th Wing commander. "The Thunderbirds demonstrate the Air Force's air superiority."
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Rocking around Hangar 3: A Happy Holiday

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

Joint Base Andrews hosted its 27th annual Parents and Children Fighting Cancer Holiday Party for military families battling cancer at Hangar 3, Dec. 13, 2014.

The bright and festive event was held for Walter Reed National Medical Center pediatric oncology patients and their families to celebrate the holiday season.

"The importance of this day, is for the patients not having to think about anything but being a kid," said Janet Grampp, the JBA Fisher House manager and coordinator of the event. "They don't have to think about IVs or chemo. For this snapshot in time, they are just kids, having a great time."
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Air Force Band kicks off Spirit of the Season

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

The United States Air Force Band contributed their holiday cheer by performing "The Spirit of the Season" concert at the Daughters of the American Revolution concert hall in Washington, D.C., Dec. 12, 2014.

Approximately 22 schools attended, including a school from Australia, totaling nearly 3,000 attendees.

"The concert falls under our Advancing Innovation through Music initiative," said Senior Master Sgt. Bob Kamholz, United States Air Force Band marketing and outreach superintendent. "The AIM program identifies the needs of the schools and matches them with the correct musical performances or clinics."
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Andrews hosts Native American Heritage and Disability Employment Awareness event

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December 12, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

JBA hosted a quarterly, multicultural day in honor of National Native American Heritage Month alongside raising awareness for National Disability Employment Awareness Month at The Club on JBA Dec. 11, 2014.

The day featured an artifact display, cultural food tasting, a native song performance and guest speakers who discussed joining the work force as blind men.

"I told my boss I wanted to do more," Keith Tyson, Base Supply Center retail associate said.

The Base Supply Center, located on the East side of JBA employs retail jobs for visually impaired or significantly disabled individuals.
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JBA honors Native American Heritage and Disability Awareness

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

Joint Base Andrews is hosting an artifact display and luncheon honoring Disability Awareness Month in October and Native American Heritage Month in November.

"...American Indians and Alaska Natives helped build the very fabric of America," President Barack Obama said in a proclamation on Oct. 31, 2014. "Today, their spirit and many contributions continue to enrich our communities and strengthen our country."

A Native American Artifact display is slated for Dec. 5 at the Jones Building and Base Exchange from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Native American Heritage and Disability Awareness luncheon is scheduled for Dec. 11 at The Club from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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Malcolm Grow announces Thanksgiving closure

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November 21, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 27 and for a family day on Friday, Nov. 28.

There will be no scheduled appointments, pharmacy or laboratory services.

Prescription refills requested before noon on Nov. 26 will be available for pickup after noon on Dec. 1.

Prescription refills requested after noon on Nov. 26 will be available for pickup after noon on Dec. 2.

The Emergent Care Center will remain open to provide emergency and urgent care services.
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Tops in Blue Performs a Show Stopper

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November 21, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Tops In Blue performed here Nov. 14, 2014, for Team Andrews service members and their families. The crowd numbered in the hundreds for the U.S. Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers, with five members originating from Andrews.

Tops In Blue is one of the oldest and most widely traveled entertainment groups of its kind.  Composed of approximately 40 of the most talented vocalists, musicians, dancers, and technicians anywhere, their primary purpose is to perform for military personnel and their families throughout the world. 
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An Emotional Machine; A Guardsman’s Struggle

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

Look sharp, but move fluidly. Be crisp in movement, yet smooth in motion. Appear motionless and do not show any emotion (if you can).

This is the delicate balance a Joint Base Andrews Air Force base honor guardsman faces.

I didn't know what it meant to be a guardsman for most of my life. I would watch movies and television shows growing up and usually only see them at a funeral.

I would see a similar scene in each instance. A small crowd of people standing around a casket, ranging from stoic onlookers to grieving family members clinging to each other for emotional support.
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