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Training mission drops cargo

Training mission drops cargo

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Photo by Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman
The Airman’s coin signifies the beginning of an enlisted member’s career upon graduating basic military training. The original version of the Airman’s coin featured an eagle clawing its way out of the coin with the words “Aerospace Power” under it. The most recent coin replaced the eagle with the new Air Force symbol.

Challenge coins: a tradition of excellence

Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Deana Heitzman 31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — Throughout the time we spend in the military, we collect many things. Whether they are mementos, awards or habits, such items are kept to remember the special moments we never wish to forget. Challenge coins are an example of these memories, as they are a form of recognition of the hard work and excellence an individual has displayed.

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Spc. Brian Slocum (left), a military police Soldier assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s 92nd Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade and a native of Junction City, Oregon, discusses the day’s patrol route with Sgt. Kenneth S. Farrell (right) an assistant squad leader with the 92nd MP Company, April 8, on Vogelweh Militarry Complex Germany.

A day in the life: 92nd MP Co. provides Army law enforcement

Story and photo by Sgt. 1st Class Alexander A. Burnett 21st Theatre Sustainment Command Public Affairs

Depending on the day and the mission, he could start as early as 2 a.m. and never know when his shift will end. His mission is to serve and protect Soldiers and family members on Army installations throughout the KMC and beyond. This is the life of a military police

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Earth Day: 21st TSC helps to reduce energy consumption

by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Timothy Hawkes Logistics energy discipline officer

This year, the world will celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Earth Day is an opportunity to rethink our commitment to energy conservation. The 21st Theater Sustainment Command developed its energy discipline program in 2014. The focus of the program this year is to conduct energy assessments during tactical operations and training.

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A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, picks up Polish air force paratroopers at Krakow, Poland. Pilots from the 37th Airlift Squadron trained alongside their Polish counterparts in a nighttime low level, unimproved landing zone, dropping Polish air force paratroopers and more.

US, Polish Armed Forces build partnership during rotation

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U.S. Air Force Col. Cloyce Adams, Polygone Warrior Preparation Center Detachment 3 commander, holds a man-portable aircraft survivability trainer at the Polygone Control Center on March 18 in Bann, Germany. The PWPC opened the new PCC, the multimedia training hub for NATO aircrew exercises.

US, NATO allies take flight at Polygone

Story and photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The Polygone Electronic Warfare Range extended their capabilities with the opening of the Polygone Control Center on March 18 in Bann, Germany.With the PCC, Polygone operators talk to aircraft through a simulator which allows them to send virtual threats to test pilots on their reactions during enemy engagements. The control center offers a consolidated operating system that allows all exercise players to interact on one screen.

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What is an AMOW?

What is an AMOW?

by Col. Nancy Bozzer 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing commander

What is an air mobility operations wing? This is a great question — the same question that I asked myself when I was selected to command this unique wing. As Air Mobility Command’s sole representative for Team Ramstein, many may think we just operate the Ramstein Passenger Terminal, but our mission consists of so much more than that.

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Musicians from the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Touch ’n Go rehearse March 27 on Ramstein.

Universal language breaks barriers

Story and photos by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

With many languages around the world, communication can be a challenge between nations. One group of Airmen make it easier with the use of an international language — music. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band Touch ’n Go ensemble works to spread joy and raise morale for audiences in deployed countries across Europe, Africa and other locations.

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A KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing refuels a 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II March 26 above Ramstein. The A-10s deployed as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The TSP deployments are possible with the strategic access provided by infrastructure, support and relationships with local communities at U.S. and host nation installations. Service members from Ramstein, Spangdahlem Air Base, and Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, were all involved in the aerial refueling training. Aircrew from Mildenhall stayed multiple days at Ramstein to operate from the Air Force’s premier power projection platform, giving the A-10s deployed to Spangdahlem quick access to aerial refueling capabilities.

Ramstein, Mildenhall Airmen train above Germany

Story and photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A KC-135 Stratotanker aircrew from Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, supported the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron’s deployment to Europe by providing aerial refueling to A-10 Thunderbolt IIs March 23 to 27 above Ramstein.

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569th USFPS provides anti-bullying training

by Staff Sgt. Joel Reyes Rodriguez 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron

Most people have probably heard the old adage, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Maybe they have spoken these words themselves in an effort to dissuade a bully’s attack, but in reality, we know that words can hurt and can cause damage.

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