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Senior Airman Micheal Thomas, 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group guardian angel, provides armed overwatch for contractors and air advisors performing maintenance on an Afghan Air Force MD-530 Light Attack Helicopter, April 16, 2017, at Kandahar Air Wing, Afghanistan. Thomas is deployed with other Citizen Airmen from the 507th Security Forces Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Reserve defenders keep watch
A group of Citizen Airmen from the 507th Security Forces Squadron here deployed March 31 to Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, to support the Afghan Air Force in their fight against insurgents in support of NATO’s Resolute Support mission.
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A group of fixed and rotor wing aviator, maintenance and support personnel deployed to Africa and Afghanistan. In both locations, Rescue Wing Airmen are tasked with saving lives by using their skills and equipment to perform combat rescue operations – speeding to pick up isolated personnel and the injured and return them safely. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Cathleen Snow) Rescue Reservists land in Horn of Africa and Afghanistan
Two groups of Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing deployed to two overseas locations to provide personnel recovery support to ongoing operations.  A group of fixed-wing aviator, maintenance and support personnel landed in Africa for four months as part of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and will remain in place for
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To ensure the flying safety of Air Force choppers used to save lives in combat, maintenance crews from the 920th Rescue Wing swap out an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter for reconditioning January 25, 2017. A team of 10 maintainers is necessary to skillfully muscle the metal warrior into the cargo bay however, more often join the unique event for hands-on training and to secure the warrior on a smooth journey over an ocean and a continent to trade places with the combat-weary aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Cathleen Snow)
Maintenance crews swap out rescue choppers for combat ops
Combat is hard on the body; it’s especially hard on the body of military choppers flown over Afghanistan’s jagged mountains and through its never-ending dust. To ensure the flying safety of Air Force choppers used to save lives in combat, maintenance crews from the 920th Rescue Wing swap out an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter for reconditioning.
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Brig. Gen. Mark Stogsdill, former 919th Special Operations Wing commander, is shown in a photo published in his unit's magazine in 2004. Stogsdill helped pioneer what is known today as the Total Force Integration association between active duty Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Force Reserve Command units at Duke Field. (Courtesy photo) Former 919 SOW commander dies
The 919th Special Operations Wing mourns the passing of one of its former commanders -- Brig. Gen. Mark Stogsdill.Stogsdill passed away July 19, 2016 at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans.Stogsdill assumed command of the 919th SOW in 1998 during a period of significant change in the unit's history. The wing had recently converted from the
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Tech. Sgt. Cliff Calhoun, a reservist in the 419th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, embraces his wife and daughter upon returning from deployment to Afghanistan. About 300 Airmen from the active duty 388th Fighter Wing and Reserve 419th Fighter Wing returned to Hill Air Force Base on May 10. While deployed, the Airmen supported F-16 operations in the region as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. Most of the Airmen were deployed for six months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bryan Magaña) Hill Airmen return from Afghanistan
Nearly 300 active duty and Reserve Airmen assigned to the 421st Fighter Squadron, known as the Black Widows, returned here Tuesday following a nearly eight-month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 421st FS spent more than 10,000 hours in the skies, flying 2,800 sorties and dropping more than 100 guided bombs in support of coalition
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Default Air Force Logo Charleston Citizen Airmen help train Afghan medevac crews
Airmen assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron were selected to advise their Afghan aeromedical evacuation counterparts in Kabul, Afghanistan. The team, consisting of two AE instructor/evaluators, deployed from the 315th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, spent a week in Kabul
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To ensure Airmen can defend themselves where they live and work, every new 455th Air Expeditionary Wing member is enrolled in an active shooter/insider threat awareness program called Check 6.Check 6 teaches Airmen to be aware of their surroundings at all times, and most importantly how to defend themselves and others in the event a hostile threat
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