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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

TRICARE Service Center Walk-In Service Ending

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

Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in the U.S. will no longer be available as of April 1. TRICARE Service Centers are customer service outlets that are operated by our regional contractors. They are usually located in military hospitals and clinics. Because our overseas areas are unique, we will continue walk-in service at TRICARE Service Centers in all overseas areas.

To get your questions answered in the U.S.:
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Transportation official urges planning before PCS moves

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

With warmer weather comes peak moving season, so when orders are in hand, people should plan ahead to ensure the most hassle-free relocation, a senior official who oversees personal property moves for military families said in a recent interview.

Navy Capt. Aaron Stanley, the personal property program director for U.S. Transportation Command's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, told the Pentagon Channel that peak moving season is a moving industry phenomenon in which government and private-sector moves compete for the same resources during busy summer months, typically between the Memorial Day and Independence Day holidays.
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Airmen must revalidate dependents

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

By Dec. 31, every Airman will be required to provide their servicing finance office with documentation for all dependents as part of Air Force audit readiness efforts.

This one-time, Air Force-wide recertification process will allow the Air Force to validate Airmen's basic allowance for housing entitlements, ensuring every dollar of the $5.4 billion the Air Force spends annually on BAH is fully auditable.

"When we say the Air Force is not audit compliant, that doesn't mean that money is missing or being misspent," said Doug Bennett, the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial operations. "Generally, it means that we lack the required documentation for our spending to be considered auditable. In the case of BAH, we need Airmen's marriage certificates, birth certificates for children and divorce decrees that require child support properly documented by our finance offices to ensure we can audit $5.4 billion in Air Force spending."
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Flight for life

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

Last November, I was offered a chance to support a mission to Afghanistan, which I jumped on before I even knew the full details. My mission, as I had chosen to accept it, would have me rendezvous with an imbedded Washington Post duo in Afghanistan and escort them back to the U.S. I was also document an aeromedical evacuation and the life-saving measures implemented to save our wounded warriors.

An unfortunate side to the work we do as military members is sometimes we are asked to sacrifice life and limb to protect the values we hold dear. Unfortunately, many of us may never really come to realize this until our first trip down range.
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Think before you act: It only takes a second for your actions to go viral

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March 18, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Have you ever done something you wish you could take back? Said something mean ... wrote something inappropriate ... behaved in a way that was disrespectful? I'm sure you have or you wouldn't be human.

However, in today's society some of these behaviors never go away, even if you tried to delete them. They are documented in Facebook status updates, Instagram photos, Vine videos and on a number of other social media sites. And it only takes a second for your documented actions to go viral.
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Air Force continues force management programs

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March 18, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Air Force leaders announced a resumption of all force management programs March 15 following a recently discussed strategic pause.

"After providing senior leadership a chance to evaluate the programs and assess our early progress, we are ready to resume immediate processing of voluntary applications in most categories and begin notifying Airmen of their status," said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. "We expect to receive final approval authorities early next week for a select few categories, like rated and health professions, at which point we will be actively processing all voluntary applications."
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The Heart of the House

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March 13, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Soft hues adorn this immaculate abode, casting a spell of tranquility upon its guests. This is important as Fisher House serves military families who have traveled away from home to be with a loved one in their time of need. The length of stay is unknown, but the memories and relationships created here will last a lifetime, as they become member of the extended family.

Janet Grampp is a former air traffic controller. She is the heart of this house. The former Staff Sgt., who once safely guided planes, now guides these families to a home away from home.
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JBA Chapel gathers for Lent

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March 13, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Chapel One is hosting a Lenten Lunch Series consisting of a brief devotional, lunch and fellowship beginning at 11:45 a.m. on March 12, 2014. The lunch is scheduled to be held every Wednesday through April 9, 2014.

Lent prepares Christians for the annual celebration of the saving mysteries, death and resurrection of Jesus, said Chaplain Anthony Wade, 11th Wing Protestant Chaplain.

"On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis remarked that Lent is a 'journey of penance, prayer and conversion,'" said Wade.
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Honor Guard Drill Team reveals new routine for Keesler

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March 13, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

The Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team unveiled their new routine for upcoming season at the Triangle Drill Pad here March 7.

The 81st Training Group was in attendance along with other members of Team Keesler.

For the last few years, the drill team has used Keesler as their temporary duty location to learn their new drill routine. Approximately 19 Honor Guard members participated at the training camp this year.

"Keesler is great because there is nothing to distract us," said Senior Airman Allan Schaad, a drill team trainer and native of Sisters, Ore. "We have full concentration to learn the new drill."
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Joint Base Andrews inducts seven new Honorary Commanders

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March 13, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Joint Base Andrews welcomed seven community and civic leaders into the 2014 Honorary Commanders Program during an induction ceremony luncheon here March 7 at The Club.

The Joint Base Andrews Honorary Commander Program encourages an exchange of ideas and experiences, as well as friendships between key leaders of the base's surrounding communities, JBA commanders and Airmen. In addition it allows base commanders and their units to learn more about local leaders and the local community.
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The Doctor is in the M&FSC

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

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go."
~ Dr. Theodor Seuss Geisel, "I Can Read with My Eyes Shut"

The Military and Family Support Center celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Seuss, American writer, poet and cartoonist, by hosting a week of family fun activities beginning on Dr. Seuss' birthday, March 2, and ending with a "Green Eggs and Ham" breakfast, Hearts Apart event for deployed families on March 8.
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Hard never means impossible

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

A staff sergeant stands firmly at attention, rifle at his side, waiting to receive the next order from his evaluator. His hope is to become part of the United States Air Force Honor Guard's firing party element.

Airman 1st Class Grace Taylor, Air Force Honor Guard training flight instructor, will determine if his skills are proficient enough to be on the team.

Taylor is the only female tech school instructor for the honor guard.
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Shaping of the Force: Better Bodies, Better Life

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

He breaks 90 degrees at the elbow, making each push-up count; every gut-wrenching sit-up gets him closer to completion. For him, the hard part is over. He dons his headphones, relaxes his shoulders and sets his eyes on the horizon to finish the mile-and-half run in plenty of time to receive an excellent on his fit-to-fight test.

This image of a prepared Airman taking on a physical training test is not always the case. And while the Air Force is committed to shaping its force by meeting the maximum number of personnel authorized by Congress, the Joint Base Andrews' Health and Wellness Center is committed to helping fuel the fight in Airmen who fail or are struggling with the abdominal circumference component of the fitness assessment.
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Service members celebrate first quarter birthdays

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

Service members celebrate first quarter birthdays during a meal at Freedom Hall Dining Facility on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 18. The meal celebrated the birthdays of service members grade E-6 and below that born between the months of January to March. The meal consisted of lobster tail or fried shrimp and steak, a baked potato, corn, broccoli, side salad and cake.The event is free of charge takes place each quarter. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Joshua R.M. Dewberry)
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Puranen Stands Out Amongst His Peers

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

Airman 1st Class Brian Puranen, 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance apprentice, is the warrior of the week. 

This Hartland, Mich., native is being recognized this week due to his overhauling a crash fire truck and rear axle units in which he replaced all the axle seals in under seven hours as opposed to the normal 12. His actions not only restored 100 percent firefighting capability, but also preserved the $6,000 components.

Additionally, he recently performed triage maintenance on a snow broom hood returning the vehicle to service in six hours and restored 25 percent of snow removal capabilities.
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