• 379th EFSS serves Afghanistan evacuees

    The 379th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron is generally best known for providing services that help maintain the morale and welfare of deployed service members at Al Udeid Air Base, including running facilities such as the base’s five dining facilities, lodging, several gyms, community centers,

  • Controlling Chaos

    There was a constant smell of human waste and body odor in the air. Burn pits were being utilized to dispose of equipment. The bite of discharged gunpowder filled every breath. All of it mixed together to create a smell U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Harold S. Balcom III will never forget.The news of the

  • AUAB supports Afghanistan evacuation

    A U.S. service member high-fives a child who was evacuated from Afghanistan Aug. 21, 2021, in an undisclosed location somewhere in Southwest Asia. As part of the Afghanistan evacuaton, service members are supporting evacuees that departed Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. (U.S.

  • JET/IA Airmen bring expertise to the battlefield

    With Airmen and civilians scattered across 20 different locations in Afghanistan doing jobs such as training Afghans to fly helicopters, keeping their outposts secured with inspections or installing upgraded water pumps for local villages, the 955th Air Expeditionary Squadron plays a role in each of

  • Life of a bomb: from ‘cradle to grave’

    Earlier this month, a bomb was used to take out a high-stakes member of the Islamic State in Afghanistan—a big win for troops, especially those who moved the explosives through each step, eventually making it onto the F-16 Fighting Falcon that dropped it on target.

  • A Family That Flies Together

    Deploying in the military is an expected situation. Deploying to the same location with family, friends or spouses is fairly common nowadays. Deploying to separate locations and flying on the same missions as your brother, well that’s not common at all, but it happened.

  • AAF graduates 22 fixed-wing pilots including two females

    Twenty-two students graduated from Initial Entry Fixed-Wing (IEFW) school, including two women pilots, at a ceremony in Pardubice, Czech Republic, June 27. During the ceremony, the graduates were congratulated by the guest speakers for their tremendous accomplishments throughout the 15-month