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The 633d Air Base Wing is composed of two groups that provide installation support to over 9,000 military and civilian personnel including Headquarters Air Combat Command and three operational wings. The Wing provides mission-ready expeditionary Airmen to combatant commanders in support of joint and combined operations worldwide. The activation of the 633 ABW as the new host unit for Langley Air Force Base, Va. Jan. 7, 2010, was the first step toward Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

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DBIDS implementation process update

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July 29, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

Editor's note: This is an update to a previous article about the implementation of the Defense Biometric Identification System at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Because certain forms of identification are not compatible with the Defense Biometric Identification System, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sandra Chisholm, 633rd Security Forces officer, said some cardholders may have to obtain appropriate identification from either the Visitor Control Centers or Military Personnel Section.
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Senate confirms Allyn as Army vice chief

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July 29, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

Gen. Daniel B. Allyn has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next vice chief of staff of the Army.

The current vice chief, Gen. John F. Campbell, has been confirmed as the next commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Campbell has been serving as vice chief of staff of the Army since March 8, 2013.

Allyn has been serving as commander of U.S. Army Forces Command since May 10, 2013. He is scheduled to depart FORSCOM Aug. 15, and assume responsibilities as the Army's vice chief of staff later next month. He was confirmed as the vice by the Senate, July 23, and on the same day, the Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley to take over FORSCOM and be promoted to four-star general. Milley is currently serving as commanding general of III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas.
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Protect yourself from new-to-U.S. virus carried by mosquitoes

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July 29, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

A virus called "chikungunya" carried by mosquitoes that are common in the continental United States is likely to appear in locations where Soldiers, Army civilians and their families work and live.

The virus, transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, causes high fever and joint pain, explained public health experts at the U.S. Army Public Health Command, known as USAPHC. Symptoms also can include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling and rash, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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AF Assistance Fund may not hit 2014 goal

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July 29, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

In spite of persistent economic difficulties, active-duty and retired Airmen have contributed more than $6 million to the Air Force Assistance Fund, or AFAF, during this year's fund drive.

Although the annual AFAF drive has yet to garner this year's $6.4 million goal, contributions continue to roll in from the 79 assistance fund campaigns around the world. Those, coupled with retiree and annuitant contributions, may make the difference, said Bill D'Avanzo, from the Air Force Personnel Center.
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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts: Bonds will never be broken

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July 29, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

"The value of serving in the unit and in combat resides in the relationships we have with people. It doesn't reside in the medals," said former Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts.

Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony Monday. On Tuesday, Pitts was inducted into the Hall of Heroes during a Pentagon ceremony.

Following the induction ceremony, Pitts and four of his battle buddies who served with him on the day his valorous actions took place, July 13, 2008, spoke at a media roundtable here in the Pentagon.
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Army researchers develop Cargo Pocket ISR

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July 29, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

Researchers at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing a pocket-sized aerial surveillance device for Soldiers and small units operating in challenging ground environments.

The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program, or CP-ISR, seeks to develop a mobile Soldier sensor to increase the situational awareness of dismounted Soldiers by providing real-time video surveillance of threat areas within their immediate operational environment.
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First Soldiers awarded Army Instructor Badge

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July 28, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

Seven Soldiers made Army history when they became the first instructors to receive the Army Instructor Badge during a recognition ceremony in Alexandria, July 17.

The instructors were recognized by the Army chief of staff and sergeant major of the Army for their participation in U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's Instructor Development and Recognition Program.

The purpose of the IDRP, designed by TRADOC's Institute for Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development, is to coach, mentor and train instructors who teach at non-commissioned officer academies throughout the Army.
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‘I do not sleep’: 359th ICTC Soldiers honor fallen comrades during 5K

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July 28, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

"Some say that freedom is free. Well, I tend to disagree."

During the early morning hours of July 25, the sound of this cadence could be heard echoed across Fort Eustis.

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) ran a memorial 5K in honor of three comrades who were killed-in-action while deployed to Afghanistan in 2013.

Staff Sgt. Justin Johnson of Hobe Sound, Florida, was killed after being struck by a mortar attack while at the entry control point of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Just five weeks later, Staff Sgt. Eric Lawson of Stockbridge, Georgia, and Sgt. Caryn Nouv of York County, Virginia, were killed when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.
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VTT Program training Soldiers, saving money

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July 28, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

Fiscal constraints and lower TDY budgets are challenges to ensuring Soldiers are trained for combat and other missions.

To counter these challenges, the Army has an established program that reduces the need for TDY and allows one instructor to teach many Soldiers at different locations.

It's called the U.S. Army Video Teletraining (VTT) Program. The program broadcasts training courses to Soldiers whether they are in a Classroom XXI at Fort Benning, Ga., or at a Point of Delivery (POD) site such as a Digital Training Facility in Wiesbaden, Germany.
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First aviation mechanic display added to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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July 28, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display during a ceremony in the museum's Early Years Gallery July 21.

A brilliant, self-taught man, Taylor began working in the Wrights' bicycle business in 1896, and played an important role in their flying experiments for several years. Unable to find a manufacturer who could build an engine to their specifications - weighing no more than 180 lbs. and delivering 8-9 horsepower - the Wright brothers turned to Taylor. In just six weeks Taylor designed and built the engine that made their pioneering powered flights possible.
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Military mail changes to save $4 million annually

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July 28, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office, a senior Military Postal Service Agency said.

James Clark, chief of the agency's operations division, said the changes will go into effect during October and November 2014.

"As it relates to the Internet Change of Address and Postal Automated Redirection System, we are automating the redirection process of first-class military mail," he said. "It will improve transit times. It would save costs in both transportation and labor overseas, and improve overall services."
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Eustis celebrates Transportation Corps birthday ‘through the eyes of a transporter’

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July 25, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

Members of the Fort Eustis and transportation communities celebrated the U.S. Army Transportation Corps birthday with a series of events July 24 and 25 at Fort Eustis. The celebration included an exhibit opening at the Army Transportation Museum, a Hall of Fame induction ceremony and a visit from the U.S. Transportation Command deputy commanding general.

Throughout military history, the need for transportation has been integral to supporting worldwide contingencies. During the Revolutionary War, transportation was handled through two branches - the Corps of Engineers and the Quartermaster Corps. The Transportation Corps was created on July 31, 1942, following World War I, when the Department of War recognized the need for a single branch to manage Army transportation.
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Aircraft mishap exercise tests JBLE, local emergency response capabilities

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July 25, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine


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Gold Star Family program helps with healing

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July 24, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

July 27, 2013 was a day Richard and Judy Rynal will always remember the day they learned their daughter, U.S. Army Sgt. Caryn Nouv from the 359th Transportation Company out of Fort Eustis, Virginia, was killed while deployed to Afghanistan.

"I was in the garage getting ready for Sunday school the next morning when I heard some rustling coming from out front--I figured it was my neighbors," Judy recalled. "But then I saw them--I said to [the men who delivered the message], 'I know you only come out if something really bad happened.' They responded with the information of my daughter's fatality. From that point on everything kind of felt like a blur."
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TRADOC commander shares metaphors, wisdom, rank

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July 24, 2014 in Langley Air Force Base, Virginia by clevine

U.S. Army Gen. David Perkins is quite the decorated officer. A 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the New Hampshire native has dedicated 34 years of his life to his country. He earned the Silver Star -- the nation's third highest award for valor -- after serving as the Brigade Commander for the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion of Iraq and commanding the unit's "Thunder Run" into Baghdad. In March of this year, he assumed duties as Commander, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command.
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