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  • 380 AEW AWACS provide the big picture to combatant commanders

    Imagine a pilot flying their aircraft in theater. While the pilot has onboard sensors downloading, processing, and providing a lot of information during the flight, their systems have limited range. Staff Sgt. Joshua Payne, 968th Expeditionary Airborne Air Control Squadron senior surveillance technician, works within a crew that regularly reaches more than 20, each having their own specific purpose on a very technical level. Their role is to help the pilot expand this limited scope of data, and enable mission effectiveness.
  • Lightning strikes at AFE

    Airman 1st Class Ryan Joplin, 380th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, connects an air hose to a pump to test an F-35A Lightning pilot life preserve unit June 26, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. LPUs have an integrated inflatable vest to prevent drowning and are inspected every 105 days
  • AMMO builds destruction

    Airmen of the 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron build six GBU-38s June 21, 2019, at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates. The team built six GBU-38s for the fighters of ADAB in support of operations within the U.S. Air Forces Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Thornbury)
  • Al Dhafra welcomes new 380 AEW commander

    Brig. Gen. Lance Pilch took command of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing during a ceremony July 1, 2019, presided by Maj. Gen. Chance Saltzman, U.S. Air Forces Central Command deputy commander.
  • Putting the ‘AFE’ in safe

    AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates – Aircraft Flight Equipment Airmen have their work cut out for them with the array of missions at the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing.Two of the five AFE sections works around-the-clock operations to ensure the safety of KC-10 Extenders and E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control Systems aircrews are met. The
  • ADAB Fitness Center helps Airmen reach their fitness goals

    The ADAB Fitness Center has events scheduled daily to include various classes, intramural sports, fun runs, as well as challenges and contests to spark the competitive spirit across the base. T-shirts are handed out upon completion of some of the competitions and 5K runs, giving more than just bragging rights to those who want to show off their accomplishments. “It’s an incentive program to allow Airmen to better themselves, to better the mission,” said Master Sgt. Jessica Lamb, 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron fitness center noncommissioned officer in charge.
  • Finance team eases Airmen’s minds on monetary issues

    The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing hosts a finance team of five Airmen who came together from five different states, and are here taking care of the base in all financial capacities. The team met during their finance-specific, pre-deployment training at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. There they were divided up into their respective jobs to learn exactly what Air Force Central Command would expect from them at their deployed location. It also allowed the team to get to know each other prior to their trip downrange so they could hit the ground running.
  • ADAB celebrates, educates, and honors Juneteenth

    Senior Airman Hollye Ware, 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management technician, and her team took it upon themselves to educate ADAB on the significance of Juneteenth. “The significance of Juneteenth is to celebrate the freedom of those slaves who were still living under horrible conditions after the Emancipation had been declared, mainly in Texas,” said Ware. “In hosting the event, we wanted to really push the fact that everyone appreciates the freedom and liberties given.”
  • F-15E Strike Eagles arrive to ADAB

    Four F-15E Strike Eagles from the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina prepare to land at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2019. The F-15E’s joined ADABs inventory of other fighters to include F-15C Eagles and F-35A Lightning IIs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris
  • Inspector General keeps ADAB ready and compliant

    The office of the inspector general can be described as the eyes and ears of the commander, working directly for the wing commander to ensure compliance of Air Force instruction and guidance. “We observe and report,” said Lt. Col. Justin White, 380th AEW IG. “We observe what’s going on, we weigh it against the guidance that’s out there, and we report.”