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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

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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Veteran’s History Day Celebration

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

Veteran's History Day was celebrated at The Courses at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 7, 2014. This event was held to recognize the service of military veterans, specifically women service members.

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, Maryland 4th Congressional District, was the guest speaker at the event, spoke about the accomplishments and achievements of women service members from all branches.

"Approximately 64,000 residents of Maryland are women veterans and they comprise a collective total of 560 years of service thus far," said Edwards.
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AFW2 helps Airmen take steps toward recovery

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

One would never know the twelve current and retired Airmen walking into the Joint Base Andrews West Fitness Center, Nov. 18, were wounded, ill or seriously injured.

Minutes later it is evident as the bleachers and floor fill with gym bags, volleyballs and prosthetic limbs, and two K-9s sit loyally on the sideline waiting for their owners to return from practice.

These Airmen are part of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Adaptive Sports Program, a fellowship of athletes, volunteers and coaches that use athletic reconditioning to help rehabilitate wounded, ill and seriously injured Airmen.  While also inspiring, the program helps Airmen build strength and endurance.
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“To the Colors”

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

Beginning Monday, Nov. 17 at 7 a.m., after the sounding of Reveille, another bugle call will play. This may not be familiar to those who have been assigned to Joint Base Andrews for a while.

That bugle call is named "To the Colors," and is sounded to pay honors to our nation, flag and service members who served before us in similar fashion to the national anthem.

I am sure that many people attended Veterans Day events last week, and realized it is important to remember the sacrifices our men and women have made. It is also important to preserve and perpetuate our traditions through the rendering of proper customs and courtesies with ceremonies such as reveille and retreat.
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Wounded Warrior sports program brings life back to wounded vets

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

Approximately 35 wounded warriors gathered at Joint Base Andrews West Fitness Center, Nov. 13-16, to participate in the Air Force Adaptive Sports and Reconditioning Program.

The program introduces and sustains participation in adaptive sports and recreational activities for wounded, ill and injured Airmen.

"Our objective is to help these Airmen find a sport or activity they can integrate into their healing process," said Tony Jasso, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Air Force warrior sports program manager.
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U.S. Honor Guard helps in fight to solve hunger

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

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank, began collecting food Oct. 20, in an effort to bring attention to the hunger that affects many in the National Capital Region.

The food bank serves nearly 500,000 people in the region struggling with hunger and distributes 45-million pounds of food, equivalent to 37.5-million meals, annually. The Capital Area Food Bank also aims to educate, empower and enlighten the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition.
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Wired Up, Fired Up

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November 6, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Wired up and fired up, the unit responsible for establishing and maintaining communicative capabilities for Team Andrews is the 744th Communications Squadron. The main focuses of this squadron are land-to-mobile radio communications, the giant voice, and the public address system.

"Our mission is to ensure communication options are always ready and available for the base and all the individual missions that take place here," said Airman 1st Class Jeshurun Marbury, 744 CS radio frequency transmissions technician.
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Airman aids Washington D.C. crash victim

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

An 89th Communications Squadron Airman saved the life of a middle-aged Washington D.C. woman after witnessing her car crash on Interstate 495, Oct. 16, 2014.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith, a Hinesville, Ga., native stationed at Joint Base Andrews, Md., saw her car hit a tree before rolling, rushed to aid and extinguished the burning car, before helping stabilize the victim on the side of one the nation's busiest highways.

Smith was on leave that day and came to base for a retirement and was heading toward a shopping mall when he saw the accident unfold.
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Warrior of the Week

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

Ms. Diana Jones, 11th Force Support Squadron lead training and curriculum specialist, is the Warrior of the Week at Joint Base Andrews, Md., for the week of Oct. 22, 2014.

Jones is being recognized for ensuring the children's curriculum and classroom environments meet the requirements to provide families with the highest quality care.

She is responsible for training staff to work with children ranging from new born to 18 years of age. In addition to her normal duty, Jones spent 40 extra hours confirming that portfolios and classrooms in Child Development Center 1 met the requirements for accreditation.
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