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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

My Hero; My dad – JROTC grad wins National Essay Contest

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

Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Cadet, Lt. Kristina Franke was presented with an award on May 15, at the Arlington Career Center in Arlington, Va., for winning the Armed Services YMCA National Essay Contest.

"Our annual essay contest allows children to express their love, appreciation and admiration for their military heroes," retired U.S. Navy Capt. Mike Landers, CEO of ASYMCA said. "Their essays also serve to remind us of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make each day for our country."
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Sloan recognized as Warrior of the Week

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

Airman 1st Class Quachardd Sloan, 11th Security Forces Squadron knowledge management apprentice, has been recognized as Warrior of the Week here, May 21. He provides administrative and cyber support to the Airmen of the 11th SFS.

Sloan has been recognized for his hard work for overseeing the relocation and transition of more than 20 defenders in-processing to the unit from technical training.

Sloan has worked days, nights and weekends to ensure new arriving Defenders are introduced to the installation, scheduled and escorted to their in-processing appointments.
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National Police Week: honoring the fallen

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

Team Andrews' security forces members and local law enforcement celebrate National Police Week, which runs the week of May 15, to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty.

JBA hosted the following events for NPW: a demo day, golf tournament, ruck march and shooting challenge. Various awards were given out during the competitions.

"It was great to see military and civilian law enforcement come together with one goal; to recognize and honor those who have fallen," said Master Sgt. Margery Martin, 11th Security Support Squadron CATM NCO in-charge.
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Sesame Street, USO help Team Andrews families prepare for PCS season

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

"5-4-3-2-1." Team Andrews families counted down the launch of a Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families at the base theater here May 13 and 14. The performances, brought to them by the USO, told the story of Katie, a military child who just found out she will be relocating to a new place with her family.

The character was created to help military children relate to and identify with sadness accompanied with leaving behind old friends, anxiety of making new friends and the excitement of starting over.
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Every hero needs a sidekick: a tale of two mothers

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May 9, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

Mother's Day is observed to pay tribute to the nurturers, teachers, best friends and leaders who shape their children's development and prepare them for life's challenges.

It has been said, "A man works from sun[rise]-to-sun[set], but a woman's work is never done."

This sacrifice does not always go unnoticed.

Airman 1st Class Samuel DeWitt and his wife Kaila said they gained the wisdom and strength it takes to adapt and overcome tough times from someone they both said has hero-like qualities; Kaila's mom, Ginger Preston.
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Bundles for Babies helps parents prepare

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May 7, 2014 in Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland by clevine

With a new baby, come new responsibilities. That in mind, the Andrews Military & Family Support Center hosted a Bundles for Babies workshop May 2, to equip new and expectant mothers with information and guidance in preparation to welcome their newest additions.

"The goal of the Bundles for Babies program is to introduce families to the resources, services, information and support available to them through the Military & Family Support Center here," said Jeremie Bianes, 11th Force Support Squadron M&FSC work life specialist.
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Band Brings Broadway to Midwest: Let’s Take the Show on the Road

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

The U. S. Air Force Band's Concert Band and Singing Sergeants completed a 12-day Spring tour across the Midwest, covering Illinois, Indiana and Michigan from April 3-14. The performances were free and took place at high school and college venues.

This was the Band's first tour in 16 months, a dramatic change from the pre-sequester days when they would tour semi-annually.

"We were literally sequestered in the National Capital Region, but we made the most out of our situation and heavily focused on developing our educational and community relations programs," said Col. Larry Lang, The U.S. Air Force Band commander and conductor.
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Cool Skeens

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

Senior Airman Lauren Skeens, 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management and analysis apprentice, has been recognized as Warrior of the Week here, April 30. She provides logistics service to many Team Andrews units, as well as Air Force One, the National Airborne Ops Center and the Pentagon.

Skeens has been recognized for her hard work and dedication while working the vehicle management control board (vehicle maintenance database that tracks maintenance for the entire base fleet). Recently, the control board was moved to customer service in order to increase customer efficiencies.
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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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