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  • Soccer tourney lifts U.S., U.K. spirits at deployed base

    Last weekend I saw the Blatchford-Preston Complex fitness center host an international soccer competition on a scale not seen since the 2010 World Cup! The competition was comprised of 10 teams, two of which were solely British, competing in two individual leagues, with the first and second place teams in each league playing off for the right to
  • 9/11 Message to Airmen

    September 11th is a time to reflect on the fateful day twelve years ago that forever changed our nation. We must never forget the nearly 3,000 innocent people who lost their lives; nor should we ever forget the countless family members, loved ones and friends whose lives were forever changed. We are compelled to remember the spirit of resolve,
  • How to establish an expeditionary ground safety office

    Two months into my deployment at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing I received orders to forward deploy to an undisclosed location. I was told to pack only the necessary uniform items, toiletries and report to public health for out processing. The information provided was a minimum to say the least, but at least I would be doing my job ... I
  • Constant Pressure Over Time

    As operations at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing transition from expeditionary to enduring, in my opinion, no other combat air forces platform personifies enduring more than the RC-135V/W Rivet Joint operated by 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron aircrews.This month, the RJ celebrates its 23rd consecutive year deployed to the U.S. Central
  • EOD world revealed to 64th AEG Airmen

    The world of explosive ordnance disposal is unfamiliar to many Airmen. When danger strikes or a bomb is cordoned off, all they know is a team shows up and miraculously the threat is gone. It seems like an adventurous job, but it is a very serious and an extremely intense career field. While most people will never truly know what being an EOD
  • The Heroes of CrossFit: Keeping the community going

    Hero WOD, every CrossFitter knows the term, and every CrossFitter knows that for the next 24 hours after you've completed it, you're smoked - complete muscle exhaustion. But all cramps and bruises aside, you will finish it.A WOD is the CrossFit workout of the day, programmed in blocks to improve all around fitness, incorporating strength training,
  • Christmas in July

    Southwest Asia is hot! How hot, you ask? Ask any one of the Airmen conducting base defense operations wearing 25 to 40 pounds of extra gear designed to protect them from dangers when it's 110 degrees. At times it can be difficult to keep their morale up, to say the least, but not on Aug. 8! The 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron and Force
  • Host nation invites Grand Slam officers to Iftar dinner

    Sunday I was lucky enough to be invited to an Iftar dinner hosted by a local military leader at his Falcon Sanctuary. Iftar literally means "to break fast," and refers to the evening meal after sunset when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.Annually, the military leader invites 60 coalition military officers, including 30
  • Mass casualty exercise at 64th AEG

    It's 8 a.m. at the vehicle maintenance facility as an Airman puts new tires on a Humvee. His coworkers are going about their morning routine unloading a shipment of oxygen and acetylene bottles from the back of a delivery truck with a forklift. As the pallet of oxygen bottles is being lifted from the back of the truck, an unsecured bottle sways and
  • Chaplain’s thoughts on ‘perception’

    When I was wing chaplain at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, I went with the security forces commander one evening to visit a seriously injured Airman in the intensive care unit at a large hospital in the city of Suwon.Neither one of us were familiar with the hospital, so we wandered around using the Braille method to discover the ICU. After