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  • 445th CES: Illuminating, electrifying Air Force mission

    Civil engineers distribute electricity to everything across Wright-Patterson Air Force base that requires it, including houses, water processing facilities, and recreational facilities on base like the fitness center and movie theater.
  • 87 APS participates in Port Dawg Challenge

    Like other 445th Airlift Wing units, the 87th Aerial Port Squadron must ensure its members meet rigorous job-related training requirements. The training task lists can be daunting, so squadron leadership created a semi-annual, all-hands event known as “The Port Dawg Challenge.”
  • Terrorist attack diverted, former 445th Airman’s ultimate sacrifice

    Many Americans remember Sept. 11 as the day time stopped. Most can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when the horrific news footage began rolling across TV screens nationwide. In less than one hour’s time, 19 terrorists overtook four flights during an unprecedented attack on American soil. The first two flights struck the World Trade Center, killing nearly 3,000 people and injuring 6,000 more. The third flight struck the Pentagon, killing more than 100 people. A fourth flight, United 93, never reached its intended target.
  • Packing equipment nobody wants to have to use

    Before hitting the runway, every Air Force aircraft is strategically stocked with inflatable rafts, night vision goggles, parachutes, oxygen systems, flotation devices and more. The AFE Airmen, part of the 445th Operations Support Squadron, maintain the safety and emergency equipment for aircrew and passengers departing from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
  • Meet 4th AF's command chief: CMSgt Cynthia Villa

    Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Villa is Command Chief, Fourth Air Force, headquartered at March Air Reserve Base, California. As the senior enlisted leader, she is the Fourth Air Force commander’s primary adviser regarding the welfare, morale, operational readiness, and discipline of the enlisted force. Fourth Air Force has command supervision over the Reserve’s long-range airlift and air refueling units located throughout the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Guam; providing leadership, management and oversight to 18 flying wings, and one regional support group; with responsibilities encompassing 300 units and more than 35,000 personnel.
  • Oklahoma City bombing: 24 years later

    Air National Guard colonel pays homage to the victims of the April 19, 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City and relates the effects of this terrorist event to the need for Guardsmen to be ready at a moment's notice.
  • Mental health assessment key to readiness

    Each year, Airmen are required to complete a PHA (physician’s health assessment) to maintain readiness. Depending on the career field, service members are either required an in-person PHA with a doctor or to complete a PHAQ online questionnaire that will be reviewed by medical personnel. The questionnaire seeks to determine the presence of external factors, lifestyle choices or stressors that could lead to potential health problems.
  • Safety first: maintaining OPSEC in the age of social media

    The presence of social media is a constant in many areas of daily life. From the trendy to the controversial, almost anything can be found online and passed around networking sites publicly and permanently.
  • Recruiting makes March Madness media blitz

    AFRC was the title sponsor for the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA and Mountain West basketball tournaments, located in Memphis, Frisco, Texas, and Las Vegas, respectively. The diverse locations and the fact that these tournaments featured teams from across the United States – from California to Florida to Connecticut, helped AFRC recruit throughout the country.
  • Don’t let stigma prevent you from getting help

    Suicide is a three-syllable word that brings on a myriad of emotions: grief, anger, sadness, fear and depression. These emotions may be felt by the survivors of a suicide loss. What you don’t see in the above emotions is the negative emotions of survivors that surface simply because of the stigma that is anchored to suicide.
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