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Lt. Col. Rico, 380th Safety Office commander and 2016 Wing Chief of Safety of the year winner, poses for a photo at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Mar. 28, 2016. The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing also won the 2016 Safety Office of the Year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samantha Mathison) OIR: 380th AEW Safety Office wins annual ACC Wing Chief of Safety, Wing Safety Program of the Year
The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing safety office received two major awards as Air Combat Command’s most effective safety office program during the 2016 fiscal year.
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Master Sgt. Alex, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron First Sgt., laughs with fellow firefighters after completing a timed firefighter confidence course at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 16, 2016. “This brings everybody together and makes everyone work as a team,” Alex said. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what shift you work. Once you get in that suit everybody is cheering for you.”   (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tyler Woodward) Multi-national Coalition fire training course strengthens team fight against ISIL
Deployed French and U.S. Air Force fire fighters competed in a firefighting confidence course to ensure operations against Da’esh continues safely at an undisclosed location, Jan. 17.
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Master Sgt. James Dullaghan, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Helicopter Maintenance Unit HH-60 Pave Hawk dedicated crew chief, walks past his aircraft during a 50-hour inspection Jan. 19, 2017 at Bagram Airfield Afghanistan. Dullaghan first enlisted in the Air Force in 1978 and returned in 2009 after a twenty-year break in service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Airman returns to service after 20 years, deploys
“For anyone that has ever been in and gotten out, I don’t know that you ever stop feeling that pull to come back. That you ever stop missing it. It’s always a part of you. It just kept pulling at me and pulling at me.” For newly-promoted Master Sgt. James Dullaghan, an HH-60 Pave Hawk crew chief with the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, that pull brought him straight to a recruiter’s office – for the second time.
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A KC-135 Strantotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing refuels a B-2 Spirit from the 509th Bomb Wing in the late hours of Jan. 18, 2017, during a mission that targeted Islamic State training camps in Libya. The B-2’s low-observability provides it greater freedom of action at high altitudes, thus increasing its range and a better field of view for the aircraft's sensors. Its unrefueled range is approximately 6,000 nautical miles (9,600 kilometers). (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton) Air Force refuelers enable B-2 strike against Daesh in Libya
KC-135 Stratotanker and KC-10 Extender crews from five bases on three continents provided aerial refueling support during the B-2 bomber mission which struck two Daesh training camps in Libya Jan. 18.
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Tech. Sgt. Tony Rivera, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, sits in the cockpit of an EC-130 Compass Call Jan. 18, 2017 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The members of the 455th EAMXS’s EC-130 aircraft maintenance unit currently deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan have 146 deployments among them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) EC-130s maintain constant presence in Afghanistan 15 years later
All around the dimly-lit tent are enduring symbols of a constant presence. A name scrawled across a wooden wall, a lengthy list of deployment dates written underneath, updated year after year. A library stacked with books and games to pass the time. A built-in couch labeled “Snooze Town.”
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Airmen from the 96th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit wait to marshal a B-52 Stratofortress prior to takeoff from an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Jan. 4, 2017. In a conventional conflict, the B-52 can perform strategic attack, air interdiction, offensive counter-air and maritime operations.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Miles Wilson) Stratofortress flies strong, exceeds expectations after 50 years of service
Early in the morning of Jan. 5, the 96th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron and the 96th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit launched their 201st sortie, breaking the record for the highest B-52 Stratofortress “sortie streak” during a flight supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
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Staff Sgt. Christopher Tedford, 407th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron munitions systems specialist, is one of about 300 Airmen who volunteered to serve on a short-notice deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.(U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson)(Released) Citizen Airmen answer call to service
When the Airmen of the 158th Fighter Wing were tasked with a short-notice deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the fight against Daesh, otherwise known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, they had to leave their civilian lives behind to dawn the uniform and answer their nation's call.
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Default Air Force Logo Iraqi Forces Liberate Mosul University From a Deeply Entrenched ISIL
Iraqi security forces this week have continued steady progress against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, including the liberation of Mosul University, a sprawling complex on the northeast side of Iraq’s second-largest city where the enemy was deeply entrenched, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. retired Gary Rudman, United States Air Forces Central Command Safety deputy director, performs safety duties at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 9, 2017. Rudman applies safety measures throughout the USAFCENT area of responsibility to prevent personnel and equipment mishaps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jim Araos/Released) AF veteran embodies personal motto after overcoming cancer
A Boston native assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Command embodies the motto "Boston Strong" every day by living his personal mantra of "Never Quit. Never Stop. Not Today. Not Ever.℠" Retired Lt. Col. Gary Rudman, the AFCENT Safety deputy director, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
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315th Airlift Wing loadmasters coordinate loading of humanitarian cargo onto a Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 13, 2017 at Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minnesota.  The 315th AW hauled more than 50,000 pounds in donated meals to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The cargo will be later delivered to refugees in northern Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tom Brading) Airmen deliver aid to refugees in northern Iraq
Six pallets, more than 50,000 pounds, over a quarter of a million Kurdish refugees fed. Reservists from the 315th Airlift Wing delivered humanitarian aid bound for refugee camps in northern Iraq this weekend while also conducting a multifaceted training mission.
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