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Default Air Force Logo Total Force medical team transports Sailor home
When a 34-year-old Navy sailor suffered multiple traumatic injuries during a mission in Syria, a Total Force team of medical professionals and Mobility Airmen sprung into action, intent on saving the life of a fellow service member. The sailor suffered injuries while performing improvised explosive device clearing operations. The severity of his injuries reduced his survival rate to two percent, requiring urgent transport from Syria to Texas.
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Airman 1st Class Andrew Winkler, left, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Staff Sgt. Eric Stevenson, right, 100th AMXS, inspect a KC-135R Stratotanker during BALTOPS exercise at Powidz Air Base, Poland, June 6, 2017. The U.S. Air Force is supporting the exercise with approximately 900 Airmen, eight F-16s from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, four KC-135 Stratotankers from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, U.S. and U.S. Air Force Reserve 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andres, Maryland, one Air Force Reserve E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) from the 513th Aerial Control Group, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma and Airmen from the 1st Combat Communication Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany will be supporting this multinational exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) BALTOPS 2017 Kicks Off
Exercise BALTIC OPERATIONS (BALTOPS) is underway in the Baltic Sea region until 16 June. Air, maritime, and ground assets from several NATO Allies and Partner Nations are involved in the live training event that started from Szczecin, Poland and finishes in Kiel, Germany.
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Technical Sgt. Matthew Jordan, unit training manager for the 69th Aerial Port Squadron, and former military training instructor, corrects a trainee during a drill and ceremony class for the Development and Training Flight, Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 10, 2016. Jordan worked as an MTI for five years and trained 25 flights of new Airmen before coming to the Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo/2nd Lt. Katie Spencer) Under the hat: Drill Instructor brings skills to the 459th
Learning the basics of the Air Force is no easy task. Getting yelled at constantly, memorizing Air Force facts, strict attention to detail, and marching around for hours upon hours are all experiences Airmen endure upon crossing into the blue. These basics are taught to new members of the 459th Air Refueling Wing before they even step on the bus
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III thanks his family during his retirement ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., June 24, 2016.  Welsh has served as the 20th chief of staff since 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts) Air Force bids farewell to Welsh
Stealing a moment of silence, looking into the eyes of his wife, he takes a deep breath and prepares for what’s to come. Standing tall and proud, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III walks into a hangar in front of hundreds of onlookers, all there to bid him farewell.
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U.S. Army Sgt. (ret.) Adam Keys expresses his gratitude to a group of 459th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron members at his home in Annapolis, Md., Feb. 27, 2016. Ten members of the 459 AMXS volunteered on behalf of the nonprofit Patriots Honor to unpack, build and install workbenches, power tools and roll-aways in Keys’ garage in effort to help make dreams come true for Wounded Warriors. Keys, a triple amputee who has endured more than 130 surgeries due to injuries sustained from an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2010, intends to use the equipment to pursue his hobby of building small engines and model cars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kat Justen) Army green inspires Air Force blue: Reservists help wounded warrior
A crew chief yells out which wrench is needed to tighten a bolt as another maintainer reads the technical instructions on the next step of the job. A few guys laugh and tease their friend who looks for the drill hole on a piece of sheet metal. All the men look strikingly similar in their matching T-shirts as they diligently work. The scene
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Col. Thomas “Thom” Pemberton, 459th Operations Group commander and host for the Native American Heritage Month culmination celebration, provides opening remarks for the event in the 459th Air Refueling Wing auditorium Nov. 30, 2015. This year’s event included traditional food tasting, books, beadwork, weaponry, music and dancing from half a dozen Native American tribes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kat Justen) 
Native American Heritage Month ends with momentous event
Native American Heritage Month culminated with a momentous cultural celebration featuring traditional foods, literature, crafts, singing, dancing and storytelling at the 459th Air Refueling Wing auditorium Nov. 30, 2015."As with any month of observance, we strive to educate our fellow service members on the heritage of different cultures," said
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