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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

Airman takes calm approach to explosive career

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May 5, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Men and women join the Air Force to become Airmen who fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. No matter the terrain, they are ready to hone their skills in service of their nation.

Senior Airman Brian Mink joined the Air Force in January 2011, ambitious to enlist as a boots-on-the ground combat photographer. Since his first-choice career field was not available at the time, he chose a career as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist instead.

"My parents weren't in the military but my grandfather was," said the Tucson, Arizona native. "They saw that I had an affinity with the military lifestyle so they weren't too surprised when I enlisted."
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Finding light through darkness

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May 1, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

(This story is part of the "Commentaries" section on AF.mil. These stories capture the experiences of Airmen from a first-person perspective.)

Keeping a secret that defines you, that has shaped your life for nearly three years now and is sure to shape the rest, a secret that you go to sleep with every night and wake to every morning is sometimes hard to keep trapped inside.

I could probably go my entire life without revealing the sad truth that I was raped, but to stay silent is to allow individuals who prey upon the innocent to flourish.
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JBA’s little hero

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May 1, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

One young Team Andrews member met a scary situation with bravery when his father collapsed at their home.

Käal Mocanu, son of Mr. Brandon and Tech. Sgt. Amanda Mocanu, was released from school early on Feb. 26 and brought a friend to his house. Käal was playing with his friend when his dad called for him, said Tech. Sgt. Mocanu, who was at work at the time.

"I wasn't feeling like myself; the whole world was spinning," said Mr. Mocanu, a retired Air Force master sergeant. "I told Käal to run to the neighbor's house to get help."
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The Army in our midst

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April 29, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Joint Base Andrews is best known as the home of Air Force 1 and for the mission of the 89th Airlift Wing. However, they are not the only unit that supports distinguished guests. Andrews has been home to the United States Army Priority Air Transport or USAPAT since 1988 when it was activated.

USAPAT provides worldwide executive airlift in support of U.S. Army senior leaders, Department of Defense executives, congressional delegations and combatant commanders.

The commanders of U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Army Materiel Command are USAPAT's most frequent flyers.
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Cool runnings

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April 29, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

As the sun ascents to warm the chill morning air, 171 pair of running shoes made their mark as competitors began their 13.1 mile journey here April 26, for the second Annual Joint Base Andrews Half Marathon.

From novel to veteran shoes, participants' running experience ranged everywhere in between and represented all enlisted, officer and civilian ranks as well as all military branches in the National Capital Region.

Phillip Blong kept a strong lead throughout the race and finished first overall with a time of 1:20:44. Matthew Andrade took second in the male category at 1:25:22 and Nick Wong took third place with a time of 1:26:11.
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Andrews bomb squad trains ANG neighbors

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

Purple clouds of smoke twisted and swirled through the air on the east side of Joint Base Andrews, April 17. Intermittent explosions could be heard echoing off nearby buildings.

Though those near by may have wondered what the commotion was, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians were busy training members of District of Columbia Air National Guard's 113th Wing on the use of M18 smoke grenades as well as ground burst and booby-trap simulators.

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Naval Health Clinic dogs out stress

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

Bills pile up. Kids act up. Cost of living goes up. And these are just a few of the stress-inducing challenges everyday citizens can face.

Service members and their dependents can have additional stressors to boot. Deployments separate them from family members; some lose friends and loved ones in support of overseas operations; and many can be affected by post-traumatic stress disorders from experiencing life in war zones.

As unavoidable as stress is, it can go undetected by those affected by it, said Lieutenant William B. Pokorny, JBA Naval Branch Health Clinic osteopathic physician and flight surgeon.
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Coming to a theater near you

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

The National Capital Region is not the first place people may think of when it comes to the entertainment industry. But one Department of Defense agency here is Armed Forces Entertainment, the official agency within the DoD that facilitates entertainment outreach which is similar to companies in the civilian world. 

The Armed Forces Entertainment agency is a jointly-manned team of five, comprised of two civilians, and an Air Force, Navy and Marine officer who focus on sending entertainment to the troops, both at home and in the most-remote global locations.
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Somethin’ to talk about

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

A sea of uniformed elementary school students sit captivated on the assembly room floor, as a former South African Army soldier tells a story about a little boy he met in an orphanage in Angola, Africa.

Trevor Romain, an award-winning author made a two-day stop to the Youth Center and Imagine Andrews Public Charter School at Joint Base Andrews, Md., 25 and 26 March.

The "With You All The Way" Tour was part of a project in partnership between The Trevor Romain Group and the United Services Organization.
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Exceptional Families share resources at EFMP fair

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

The Joint Service Exceptional Family Member Program hosted a resource fair and conference at the youth center here on March 29, 2014.

"The EFMP is a mandatory program across all branches of the military," said Adreinne Barnett, JBA EFMP family support specialist. "When an active-duty member has a family member with a diagnosis that will last for at least six months, or a disability, they must enroll."

Barnett said the EFMP provides resources and support to exceptional family members based on their needs so the active-duty member can complete their military mission.
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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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