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  • BTC: the lifeline of the AOR

    In combat zones, having blood products readily available to treat critically wounded patients is crucial to save the lives of military members downrange. Due to the base’s robust mission, a fleet of several different types of aircraft, its prime location in a relatively safe area and large enough facilities to support the constant movement of blood products, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, is home to the only Blood Transshipment Center in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.
  • F-22 Raptor deployment to Al Udeid Air Base makes history

    Airmen and F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar in early July 2019, marking the first-ever fifth-generation fighter aircraft deployment to AUAB.
  • AUAB power projection: Aeromedical Evacuation

    If any servicemember throughout U.S. Central Command needs medical care beyond what they are able to receive locally, they don’t need to worry. The 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron has them covered.
  • EA-6B Prowler’s final chapter being written at Al Udeid

    VMAQ-2, the last of the four Marine Prowler squadrons, is completing its final deployment in Qatar with the last six aircraft in the U.S. military inventory.
  • B-1B weapons loaders conduct combat-capability training

    Weapons load crews assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conduct a training exercise on a B-1B Lancer assigned to the 9th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron with inert munitions at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Sept. 13, 2018.
  • Al Udeid-based C-17s link AFRICOM, CENTCOM

    Crews from the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron recently completed multiple cargo missions with the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to U.S. Africa Command, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, with the most recent mission, Aug. 28.
  • Connecting culture and service: Ramadan

    Twenty-two years ago, then Airman Gloria Weatherspoon, would not have imagined wearing a hijab, also known as a headdress, celebrating Ramadan in a Muslim country while deployed. The month long religious observance for Muslims is a time of intensive worship and increased prayer.
  • B-52 upgrade arrives in the Middle East

    The B-52 Stratofortress’ assigned to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron operating out of Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar became the first B-52’s in the U.S. Air Force to employ the conventional rotary launcher upgrade in combat operations on Nov. 18.
  • Gen. Lengyel checks in with Guardsmen deployed to AUAB

    U.S. Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, Chief of the National Guard Bureau and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher S. Kepner, senior enlisted advisor to the Chief, NGB, visited deployed Guardsmen at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 24, 2017.
  • Exercise Atlas Mountain brings together three coalition partners, puts flight line safety to the test

    After months of planning, the U.S. Air Force joined with its coalition partners from the United Kingdom and Qatar to take part in an exercise on the runway at Al Udeid Air Base. The exercise, originally proposed by the UK in order to satisfy internal safety requirements, was designed to test the effectiveness of an emergency response to an aircraft accident on the runway. By the time the exercise took place on Oct. 3, it involved around 120 to 150 service members from three coalition forces.