First-ever first sergeant symposium at deployed base

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/7/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — A First Sergeant Symposium designed to provide information and tools to aspiring first sergeants was held here July 27 and Aug. 3 for the first time ever at a deployed location. First sergeants are the principal advisor to theContinue reading “First-ever first sergeant symposium at deployed base”

Grand Slam Wing rocks July Fourth

379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/11/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Service members deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing celebrated July Fourth participating in activities throughout the day culminating in a ceremony and rock concert in Memorial Plaza. After posting the colors, a few words of motivation by Brig. Gen. Roger Watkins, the 379th AEW commander, and invocationContinue reading “Grand Slam Wing rocks July Fourth”

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”

B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 6/14/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Carrying the largest payload of both guided and unguided weapons in the Air Force inventory, the multi-mission B-1B Lancer is the backbone of America’s long-range bomber force and is flown here by the 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. “We have a lot of coalitionContinue reading “B-1B Lancer: More than meets the eye”

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”

Local school stimulates servicemember’s spirit

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 5/30/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Servicemembers deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing here spent time interacting with children at a local school’s annual military appreciation day May 25. School representatives began the day by showing attendees a picture slideshow depicting how Grand Slam Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors andContinue reading “Local school stimulates servicemember’s spirit”

Grand Slam Wing observes Memorial Day

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 5/28/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — U.S. and coalition forces deployed to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing came together May 27 here during a Memorial Day retreat ceremony at Memorial Plaza. The ceremony included a few words from the 379th AEW commander, Brig. Gen. Roger H. Watkins, an invocationContinue reading “Grand Slam Wing observes Memorial Day”

Day on the Job: Rivet Joint maintainers

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 5/23/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Airmen from the 763rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit catch a RC-135 Rivet Joint after the aircraft returns from a mission here May 22. This airframe is the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing’s primary intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform; picking up real-time information on the coalition’sContinue reading “Day on the Job: Rivet Joint maintainers”

Fairchild Airman receives Bronze Star

A Fairchild physician was awarded the Bronze Star Medal here recently for her service during Operation Enduring Freedom at Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul from June 2011 to March 2012. When asked about her medal, Capt. (Dr.) Leslee Kane, a Bozeman, Mont., native humbly said, “I was just doing my job like everyone else.” The captainContinue reading “Fairchild Airman receives Bronze Star”