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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
 BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- “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
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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
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- 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.” All the things people to do
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Capt. David, 79th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron pilot, taxis an F-16 Fighting Falcon before a night mission Jan. 13, 2017 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. To become a pilot, David went to school while working as a maintainer, through a deployment to Balad Airfield, Iraq and temporary duties where he was often gone for three weeks out of every month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Maintainer-turned-fighter-pilot puts new skills to the test
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan-- When Capt. David was a child, his father would take him out to the flightline at Canon Air Force Base, New Mexico and sit him in the cockpit of an F-111 Aardvark. Looking up at his dad, David would say, “One day, I’m going to be a pilot.” Fast forward a couple of decades later: “I guess I kept my word,” he said,
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Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron C-130 Hercules debrief NCO-in-charge, stands in a C-130 hangar at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2017. After a sports injury in 2010, Caswell underwent a year of surgeries, two years of painful limb-recovery therapy, followed by physical therapy. In October 2014, his limb still hadn’t healed and began to worsen. Caswell elected to amputate his injured leg. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Deployed wounded warrior completes back-to-back tours
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- “Being here, you get treated like a normal person, not like an amputee. Not like an injured guy,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, as he added more 45-pound plates to his barbell.  In the crowded 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron “prison gym” at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Caswell is outlifting most.
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Capt. Stephen, 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, prays during a service held Jan. 1, 2016 at the Warrior Chapel, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 455th Air Expeditionary Wing chaplains and their sister service partners offer a variety of religious services for all faiths throughout the week at several chapels around Bagram. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Chaplains encourage spiritual resilience over new year
Capt. Stephen, 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, prays during a service held Jan. 1, 2016 at the Warrior Chapel, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 455th Air Expeditionary Wing chaplains and their sister service partners offer a variety of religious services for all faiths throughout the week at several chapels around Bagram. (U.S.
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Senior Airman Dylan Robinson, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, sits in the flight deck of a C-130J Hercules during an inspection Dec. 9, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. C-130J major system improvements include an advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics, color multifunctional liquid crystal and head-up displays and state-of-the-art navigation that includes a dual inertial navigation system and GPS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Herk maintainers keeps fleet flying
Senior Airman Dylan Robinson, 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, sits in the flight deck of a C-130J Hercules during an inspection Dec. 9, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. C-130J major system improvements include an advanced two-pilot flight station with fully integrated digital avionics, color multifunctional liquid
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U.S. Air Forces Central Command Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Montgomery speaks to Airmen with the 455th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron’s En-Route Patient Staging Flight during a visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 23, 2016. The ERPS team here is comprised of reservists and Montgomery took the opportunity to discuss the importance of the Air Force Reserve and thank them for their service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) AFCENT command chief visits Bagram Airmen
U.S. Air Forces Central Command Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Montgomery speaks to Airmen with the 455th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron’s En-Route Patient Staging Flight during a visit to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 23, 2016. The ERPS team here is comprised of reservists and Montgomery took the opportunity to discuss the importance of
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Members of the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron participate in a white elephant gift exchange Dec. 25, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The mission continued over the holiday, but service members took time to celebrate the holiday by talking with their families and spending time with their units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Mission continues through Christmas
 The day began like any other at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The sun rose blindingly bright over the mountains. Security forces members grabbed their coffee and their body armor on the way to their patrol vehicles. F-16 Fighting Falcons thundered down the flightline for their quick climb into the sky.   What marked this day as different were the
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One of the event’s organizers, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Tuscany and Operations NCOIC Tech. Sgt. Davon Muse, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron members, participate in a “Ruck March to Remember” fallen comrades Dec. 21, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The ruck march was six miles long – one mile for each fallen Task Force Crimson Airman killed in an attack Dec. 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) ‘Ruck March to Remember’ honors 1-year anniversary of fallen
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan-- The pre-dawn light illuminated the downturned faces of nearly fifty gathered in a circle. Their heads bowed, their breath misting in the cold, each listened intently to the chaplain’s prayer.  The prayer circle is a tradition for Task Force Crimson, one usually performed before each outside-the-wire mission, to ask
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Carolers from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing cheer after the lighting of the Christmas trees at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 15, 2016. The Christmas tree lighting ceremony also featured caroling, a bonfire, s’mores and appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, Rudolph, and the Grinch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa) Christmas tree lighting brings holiday cheer to Bagram
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan-- The Chapel Team with 30 of Santa’s helpers endeavored to bring Christmas cheer to deployed Airmen missing their family and friends back home during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony held Dec. 15, 2016 at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. “I needed this,” Master Sgt. Alissa Brooks, 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness
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