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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

Smoke alarms save lives

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October 3, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Joint Base Andrews Fire Department will host Fire Prevention Week Oct.5 -11, 2014, to raise awareness on a critical safety tool; fire alarms.

This year, in hopes to better educate the public about the true value of working smoke detectors, the slogan for Fire Prevention Week is 'Working smoke alarms save lives, test yours every month!'

"Working smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a home fire," said Timothy Pitman, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department chief. "According to the NFPA, smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a home fire in half. Additionally, the data also shows that home fires killed more than 2,300 people in 2012. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with the proper smoke alarm protection."
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“Why would I see the IG?”

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September 26, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

"Why would I see the Inspector General?" The simple answer is that you should see the IG to solve any problem that you cannot resolve through your chain of command.  We are in the people business. We are here to eliminate problems or concerns that hinder our fellow Airmen from accomplishing their mission.

As the 11th Wing IG, the number one question I get from the Airmen is, "what is a valid IG complaint?"  The IG is designed to look into violations of governing directives, instructions or policy. That being said, our first question will always be, "have you used your chain of command?" Unless your chain of command is the problem, you should always start there. 
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Warrior of the Week

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

Master Sgt. Jim DeVaughn, USAF Band recording engineer and assistant producer, is the Warrior of the Week for the week of Sept. 24, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews.

DeVaughn is responsible for recording, editing and mixing live and studio performances of USAF Band musical flights. Devaughn was recently recognized for his audio mix of "America's Veterans: A Musical Tribute" with a Regional Emmy.
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Andrews UCC contributes to safety, well-being 24/7

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

The 779th Medical Group Emergent Care Center here provides emergency medical services and transports patients to other facilities if necessary.

The presence of the ECC contributes to the immediate health and well-being of each member on Andrews by tending to patients with urgent conditions after hours.
"We see approximately 60 patients per day for issues that can range from a sprain to cardiac issues," said Maj. Joseph Thomas, 779th Medical Group Emergent Care Center flight commander.
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DFAC – Nourishing Andrews’ Airmen

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

The Freedom Hall Dining Facility at Joint Base Andrews has the task of serving an average of 700 people a day with a variety of food choices.

Donny Walker, a dining facility second cook, said that the team starts prepping food four hours before the beginning of a shift. Walker's passion for cooking came from his time in the Army from 1986-1993.

"I didn't know I liked to cook until the Army," Walker said. "When I got out, I wanted to continue to do it."

Walker isn't the only worker at the DFAC with a military background and an interest for food. Honre Batie, Freedom Hall food service officer, retired from the Navy in 2009 as a culinary specialist.
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Comprehensive Airman Fitness: A Lifestyle and culture

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September 15, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Comprehensive Airman Fitness is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices.

The program's goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness.

The new AFI 90-506, published April 2, establishes flexibility for commanders and community support coordinators to facilitate resilience events and/or coordinate resiliency skills training in conjunction with or independent of commander-themed wingman days.
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Suicide Prevention Month: A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

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September 15, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities.

While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone's 24/7, 365-day responsibility to be a true Wingman. That means knowing our fellow Airmen, family members, coworkers and what is happening in their lives, as well as being willing and able to support them when they are facing challenges that test their resilience.
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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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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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