The Perfect Surprise Party

You know how I said I wasn’t so sure I would be able to keep up a daily blog? I caved a few days ago, but I’m back! Life gets busy sometimes and while it’s still busy, let’s pump out a quick post here about planning the ultimate celebration for someone close. So instead ofContinue reading “The Perfect Surprise Party”

Born in the military: One family’s legacy of service

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/26/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Military deployments are difficult for both the service member and the family members they leave behind. Being in a dual-military parent family doesn’t make it easier, but after nearly 50 years of combined service, the current Wakefields are continuingContinue reading “Born in the military: One family’s legacy of service”

8th EAMS ramp services load “tons” of cargo

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/18/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — With one of the most diverse mission sets in the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron handles a “ton” of cargo making the work of the unit’s ramp services Airmen here exponentially important to the joint warContinue reading “8th EAMS ramp services load “tons” of cargo”

8th EAMS ATOC coordinates deploying cargo, passengers

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/12/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Moving cargo and personnel from location to location within the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility can be quite the feat, but for 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron Airmen in the air terminal operations center here, it’s their “bread and butter.” “We have theContinue reading “8th EAMS ATOC coordinates deploying cargo, passengers”

Deployed service members share meaning of July Fourth

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 6/27/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — When the initial battles in the Revolutionary War broke out in April 1775, few colonists sought total independence from Great Britain, and those who did were considered radicals. On June 7, 1776, the Continental Congress appointed a five-man committee to draft a formalContinue reading “Deployed service members share meaning of July Fourth”

Dirty Jobs: Water, fuel systems maintenance

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 6/19/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Water and fuel systems maintenance Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron worked to replace one of the largest sewage lift station pumps here June 18. “These pumps tend to get clogged with rags, sanitary napkins, etc.,” said Staff Sgt. Daniel Schrader,Continue reading “Dirty Jobs: Water, fuel systems maintenance”

Rachel Lipsky livens deployed servicemember’s resolve

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 6/5/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — During an Armed Forces Entertainment tour across the region, the Rachel Lipsky Band visited servicemembers assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing here May 29 and 30, saw several facilities, and put on two performances. Lipsky’s influences are Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter,Continue reading “Rachel Lipsky livens deployed servicemember’s resolve”

Maintenance chaplain makes big impact

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 5/23/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — With the blinding sun baking down on the hot tarmac, maintenance crews strive to keep aircraft strategically poised to support troops on the ground in the area of operations. The work isn’t easy, the days are long and nerves can be frayed. ThatContinue reading “Maintenance chaplain makes big impact”

Memorial Day: Remember our veterans

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 5/21/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — The Civil War ended nearly 150 years ago on May 9, 1865, marking the beginning to a new era. However, many lives were lost during the more than four-year war; and, as a result, the Grand Army of the Republic established what wasContinue reading “Memorial Day: Remember our veterans”