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A 380th Air Expeditionary Wing KC-10 Extender aircrew laughs before a group photo after flying a sortie in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Dec. 25, 2016. KC-10 aircrews have completed more than 1,500 sorties during the liberation of Mosul, Iraq since Oct. 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tyler Woodward) KC-10 crew enjoys in-flight holiday meal, spends Christmas at 30,000 feet
A fog peeled back slowly from the flight line. Four aircrew members emerged from a transit van sharing witty banter and a few cheerful words as they moved their flight equipment towards a nearby KC-10 Extender.
0 12/28
2016
727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron weapons director Senior Airman Jordan participates in a resiliency project at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Dec. 19, 2016. Deployed Airmen were asked questions regarding resilience through the holidays. “The holidays are super important to me. But, it’s not where you are at that makes a holiday. It’s who you are with, the friends you make and the people who make you smile,” Senior Airman Jordan said. (Part 4) In their words: Deployed Airmen enduring the holidays
The following is a transcription of an interview with Senior Airman Marisa, 727th Expeditionary Air Control Squadron weapons director, which was recorded Nov. 28, 2016. We continue a series of Questions and Answers based on how deployed members stay resilient while away from home during the holidays.
0 12/27
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Capt. Christopher and 2nd Lt. Leigh Ann embrace each other at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Dec. 22, 2016. The married couple was reunited a day before their wedding anniversary and two days before Christmas when Christopher surprised Leigh Ann during her work shift at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo | Senior Airman Tyler Woodward) Expeditionary pilot surprises deployed spouse one day before wedding anniversary, days before holiday weekend
Repetition and getting into a routine while deployed has many advantages to a deployed Airman. One major disadvantage to deployed Airmen is leaving their family and support system back home.
0 12/27
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A maintenance crew removes excessive rubber buildup off of an active runway at an undisclosed in Southwest Asia, Dec. 15, 2016. Maintenance crews had roughly 5 minutes to evacuate the runways when aircraft were landing or departing. The strategic operation successfully enabled the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing to maintain its current level of support in Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tyler Woodward) Expeditionary Airmen collaborate to repair active runway, continue fight to defeat Da’esh
Over the span of 15 days 380th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron members successfully coordinated the removal of accumulated rubber build-up off of 560,000 square feet of an active runway at an undisclosed location, Dec. 19, 2016.
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380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog, Sam, participates in a resiliency project at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Dec. 9, 2016. Staff Sgt. Brandon, 380 ESFS working dog handler translated on behalf of Sam during the interview. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tyler Woodward) (Part 3) In their words: Deployed Airmen enduring the holidays
The following is a transcription of an interview with Sam, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dog, which was recorded Dec. 9, 2016. Sam’s handler Staff Sgt. Brandon, 380 ESFS working dog handler, helped as Sam’s translator. As the holiday season continues, we are using a series of Questions and Answers to show how deployed Airmen stay resilient while away from home.
0 12/20
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A 380th Expeditionary Security Forces military working dog handler and his dog inspect a suspicious vehicle during a training exercise at an undisclosed location, Nov. 25, 2016. Military working dogs are used for a wide range of activities – in this case, detecting explosive materials; they’re behavioral changes provide handlers with information to assess different situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile) 380th AEW strengthens emergency response procedures through training
The 380th Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight partnered with Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron military working dogs and Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron Fire Response Services for a joint training scenario at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia on Nov. 28, 2016.
0 12/08
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Staff Sgt. Anna, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group dental technician, participates in a 380 AEW resiliency project, Nov. 23, 2016. Deployed service members were asked to create an open dialogue about resiliency during the holiday season. “I always blamed myself for not answering that phone call. He left three voicemails. We had a conversation right before. And you know it was up and down emotionally with that man. It was ‘love you, I hate you.’ It was rough. And the one time I decided I was going to be strong he committed suicide – because I didn’t answer that phone call – it broke me. I blamed it on myself for a long time,” Anna said. (Part 2) In their words: Deployed Airmen enduring the holidays
The following is a transcription of an interview with Staff Sgt. Anna, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group dental technician, which was recorded Nov. 23, 2016. As the holiday season opens, we are starting a series of Questions and Answers based on how deployed members stay resilient while away from home.
0 12/07
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Capt. Alex, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, participates in a 380 AEW resiliency project, Nov. 23, 2016. Deployed service members were asked to create an open dialogue about resiliency during the holiday season. “We serve our country and our family. We want to be there to protect them and we’re not. So, I think sometimes that can be really hard. But it’s also important to realize we are out here to do good in the world,” Alex said. (Part 1) In their words: Deployed Airmen enduring the holidays
The following is a transcription of an interview with Capt. Alex, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, which was recorded Nov. 23, 2016. As the holiday season opens, we are starting a series of Questions and Answers based on how deployed members stay resilient while away from home.
0 11/30
2016
380th Fire and Refueler Maintenance members observe and advise Col. Kevin Eastland, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing vice commander, in removing the paint from an R-11 fuel truck tank sump at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, November 16, 2016. A problem was noticed with R-11 tank sumps and the manufacturer sent out a service kit to better support the tanks, which requires removing paint from part of the tank to properly attach the kit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carwile) 380 ELRS Airmen not afraid to ‘get dirty’ defending the region
The 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Fire and Refueler Maintenance team gathered to work on vehicles with wing leaders at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, November 16, 2016.
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Senior Airman Cameron, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing F-22 Raptor Maintainer, marshals an F-22 Raptor at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 14, 2016. Cameron was a part of the team that launched Brig. Gen. Charles Corcoran – who reached 1000 successful flying hours as an F-22 pilot – on Veterans Day, 2016. The F-22s in support of Operation Inherent Resolve have participated in approximately 10% of all deliberate strikes in to the dismantling of Da’esh in Mosul, Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyler Woodward) 1000 hours: Team effort earns historical Veterans Day achievement
— A cell phone alarm chattered. Senior Airman Cameron silenced his phone and checked his messages. He scrolled through the ‘I Love you’s, I miss you’s and I’m proud of you’s.’
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