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Brig. Gen. Darren E. Hartford 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, walks on the flight line after completing his fini flight in a KC-135 Stratotankers June 6, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
Grand Slam Wing Commander says farewell
Brig. Gen. Darren E. Hartford 379th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, walks on the flight line after completing his fini flight in a KC-135 Stratotankers June 6, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Senior Airman Daniel Suarez, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, fastens a linchpin on a tow bar for an aircraft air conditioning unit May 7, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Even through wet-bulb globe temperature index of black flag conditions, airmen remain resilient and practice safe measures to ensure their wingman and themselves are protected from the extreme sun and heat wearing eye protection and sometimes long sleeves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
‘AGE Life’ heats up in Qatar
Senior Airman Daniel Suarez, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, fastens a linchpin on a tow bar for an aircraft air conditioning unit May 7, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Even through wet-bulb globe temperature index of black flag conditions, airmen remain resilient and practice safe measures to ensure their wingman and themselves are protected from the extreme sun and heat wearing eye protection and sometimes long sleeves. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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Sarah Hesterman dances with children from Tanzania during her visit to help construct schools for orphaned youth. (Courtesy Photo)
Sarah Hesterman 2015 Military Child of the Year
Sarah Hesterman dances with children from Tanzania during her visit to help construct schools for orphaned youth. (Courtesy Photo)
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A team of roughly 60 USAID workers stopped at Al Udeid Air Base en route to disaster relief efforts in Nepal.  A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the country of Nepal April 25, 2015.  USAID workers quickly formed a relief team, based out of Fairfax, VA, and boarded a USAF C-17 bound for Nepal.  During their stop at AUAB, the relief team was able to interact with the many support agencies which provide first-class service to transient personnel while on the installation.  This display of service and support towards the vital relief effort in Nepal was instrumental in the team’s ability to safely and efficiently travel to Nepal to assist in ongoing disaster.  The team departed AUAB for Nepal April 27, 2015. (USAID Photo by Natalie Hawwa)
USAID responds to the earthquake in Nepal
A team of roughly 60 USAID workers stopped at Al Udeid Air Base en route to disaster relief efforts in Nepal. A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake rattled the country of Nepal April 25, 2015. USAID workers quickly formed a relief team, based out of Fairfax, VA, and boarded a USAF C-17 bound for Nepal. During their stop at AUAB, the relief team was able to interact with the many support agencies which provide first-class service to transient personnel while on the installation. This display of service and support towards the vital relief effort in Nepal was instrumental in the team’s ability to safely and efficiently travel to Nepal to assist in ongoing disaster. The team departed AUAB for Nepal April 27, 2015. (USAID Photo by Natalie Hawwa)
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Graduates hold their Community College of the Air Force diplomas after the recognition ceremony April 28, 2015, at the Blatchford-Preston Complex theater Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Graduations are held annually across the Air Force. Depending if the graduate is available to attend, certificates are also mailed to their location. This was the third graduation to ever happen at Al Udeid since being introduced here in 2014. Two graduations are held throughout the year to better accommodate deployed members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
CCAF graduation for Al Udeid Airmen
Graduates hold their Community College of the Air Force diplomas after the recognition ceremony April 28, 2015, at the Blatchford-Preston Complex theater Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Graduations are held annually across the Air Force. Depending if the graduate is available to attend, certificates are also mailed to their location. This was the third graduation to ever happen at Al Udeid since being introduced here in 2014. Two graduations are held throughout the year to better accommodate deployed members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)
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U.S. and Qatari first responders triage patients during a Major Accident Response Exercise, April 22, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The MARE showcased how host nation and U.S. military work together in an emergency response event. The MARE, which is a mission assurance exercise is required by all Department of Defense Bases on an annual cycle, ensures that personnel are properly trained and proficient at responding to incidents or threats in the event of a real world occurrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
Airmen, Qatari partners hone skills during MARE
U.S. and Qatari first responders triage patients during a Major Accident Response Exercise, April 22, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The MARE showcased how host nation and U.S. military work together in an emergency response event. The MARE, which is a mission assurance exercise is required by all Department of Defense Bases on an annual cycle, ensures that personnel are properly trained and proficient at responding to incidents or threats in the event of a real world occurrence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group perform maintenance on a B-1B Lancer as a KC-135 Stratotanker takes off, April 8, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Airmen of the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group have worked around the clock to ensure aircraft and munitions are ready to go whenever and wherever they are needed. The continuous work of these maintenance Airmen ensured aircraft are constantly prepared for take-off, leading to over 1,600 sorties on average per month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
Al Udied reflects back on OIR accomplishments
Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group perform maintenance on a B-1B Lancer as a KC-135 Stratotanker takes off, April 8, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Airmen of the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group have worked around the clock to ensure aircraft and munitions are ready to go whenever and wherever they are needed. The continuous work of these maintenance Airmen ensured aircraft are constantly prepared for take-off, leading to over 1,600 sorties on average per month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Ventura, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Check Six facilitator, demonstrates proper weapon holding procedures during joint interoperability training April 14, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Airmen from the 379th ESFS shared techniques and procedures with members of the Qatar Emiri Air Force during this joint training. Training like this enhances the interoperability of both the U.S. and its host nation partners and helps improve bilateral relations by sharing techniques on how each country operates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
379th ESFS train alongside Qatari counterparts
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Ventura, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Check Six facilitator, demonstrates proper weapon holding procedures during joint interoperability training April 14, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Airmen from the 379th ESFS shared techniques and procedures with members of the Qatar Emiri Air Force during this joint training. Training like this enhances the interoperability of both the U.S. and its host nation partners and helps improve bilateral relations by sharing techniques on how each country operates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. James Henry, center, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain, provides a worship service for Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group at the flightline chapel, March 27, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Henry is the chaplain for the 379th EMXG and knows how difficult it is for maintenance Airmen to break away from the flightline to attend worship services, so he brings the services to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
Chaplain team helps Airmen maintain spiritual fitness
U.S. Air Force Capt. James Henry, center, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain, provides a worship service for Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group at the flightline chapel, March 27, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Henry is the chaplain for the 379th EMXG and knows how difficult it is for maintenance Airmen to break away from the flightline to attend worship services, so he brings the services to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Newman, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance crew member, attaches a fin to a guided bomb unit, March 13, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The fin is one of the final steps when completing the build of a GBU.  Ammo Airmen here at Al Udeid work 12 hours a day, seven days a week and provide 24 hour coverage to ensure the B-1s are always munitions ready when needed for airstrikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
Ammo Airmen support OIR one bomb at a time
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kyle Newman, 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance crew member, attaches a fin to a guided bomb unit, March 13, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The fin is one of the final steps when completing the build of a GBU. Ammo Airmen here at Al Udeid work 12 hours a day, seven days a week and provide 24 hour coverage to ensure the B-1s are always munitions ready when needed for airstrikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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Ammo Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron load a fuse into a guided bomb unit at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 13, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. A GBU is a precision-guided munition designed to achieve greater accuracy.  For every individual munition expenditure made by the B-1, Ammo Airmen build one—which can mean they are building anywhere between six and 12 Joint Direct Attack Munitions at a time.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
Ammo Airmen support OIR one bomb at a time
Ammo Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron load a fuse into a guided bomb unit at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 13, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. A GBU is a precision-guided munition designed to achieve greater accuracy. For every individual munition expenditure made by the B-1, Ammo Airmen build one—which can mean they are building anywhere between six and 12 Joint Direct Attack Munitions at a time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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Ammo Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron prepare to build bombs, March 13, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  Day in and day out, Ammo Airmen work around the clock to build bombs that enable B-1 operators to deliver decisive air power to designated targets.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
Ammo Airmen support OIR one bomb at a time
Ammo Airmen assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron prepare to build bombs, March 13, 2015, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Day in and day out, Ammo Airmen work around the clock to build bombs that enable B-1 operators to deliver decisive air power to designated targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
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Handprints made with synthetic blood are shown on a piece of fabric during a liaison exchange, March 3, 2015, at the Criminal Evidence and Information Department, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar. During the liaison exchange, members from Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 241 and their Qatari counterparts shared different forensic methods they use when investigating a crime scene. The synthetic blood handprints were used to show blood spatter that would normally be invisible to the naked eye, but is captured using luminol spray. (Courtesy photo)
U.S., Qatari partners participate in AFOSI liaison exchange
Handprints made with synthetic blood are shown on a piece of fabric during a liaison exchange, March 3, 2015, at the Criminal Evidence and Information Department, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar. During the liaison exchange, members from Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 241 and their Qatari counterparts shared different forensic methods they use when investigating a crime scene. The synthetic blood handprints were used to show blood spatter that would normally be invisible to the naked eye, but is captured using luminol spray. (Courtesy photo)
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U.S. Special Agent Chad Hutchins, center, Forensics Science Consultant from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Ga., looks at a can which he dusted with neon fingerprint powder to enhance a fingerprint during a liaison exchange, March 3, 2015, at the Criminal Evidence and Information Department, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar.  During the liaison exchange, members from Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 241 and their Qatari counterparts exchanged different forensic methods they use when investigating a crime scene. Fingerprint powders have various formulations, and the appropriate powder must be used on the appropriate surface. For example, dark colored powders will show up a fingerprint far better on a light surface. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)
U.S., Qatari partners participate in AFOSI liaison exchange
U.S. Special Agent Chad Hutchins, center, Forensics Science Consultant from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Ga., looks at a can which he dusted with neon fingerprint powder to enhance a fingerprint during a liaison exchange, March 3, 2015, at the Criminal Evidence and Information Department, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar. During the liaison exchange, members from Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 241 and their Qatari counterparts exchanged different forensic methods they use when investigating a crime scene. Fingerprint powders have various formulations, and the appropriate powder must be used on the appropriate surface. For example, dark colored powders will show up a fingerprint far better on a light surface. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kia Atkins)

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The emblem portrays the expeditionary mission. The upper portion of the shield, together with the dart-like air vehicle represents expeditionary airpower capabilities. The lightning flash illustrates the great speed with which the power of the Wing can be unleashed. The lower portion of the shield is symbolic of the historic valor of the Wing's personnel past and present. The atomic symbol commemorates the Wing's operational heritage dating from the atomic era. The stars are grouped to depict the Wing's numerical designation.The lightning flash illustrates the great speed with which the power of the Wing can be unleashed. The lower portion of the shield is symbolic of the historic valor of the Wing's personnel past and present. The atomic symbol commemorates the Wing's operational heritage dating from the atomic era. The stars are grouped to depict the Wing's numerical designation

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