Consolidated tool kit enables deployed maintainers, aircraft

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/14/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — There is no acceptable margin of error when it comes to launching aircraft in a safe, secure and reliable manner. In order for jets deployed at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing to get off the ground, they require highlyContinue reading “Consolidated tool kit enables deployed maintainers, aircraft”

Mobility Airmen process deployed personnel for travel

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/9/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — While ramp services loads cargo on cargo jets, passenger services loads … You caught that? Yes, they load passengers and their baggage! The 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron’s passenger services section averages more than 85,000 passengers with 3,200 tonsContinue reading “Mobility Airmen process deployed personnel for travel”

Vehicles on the road, iron in the air

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/7/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — With more than 45 different airframes in the Air Force’s inventory totaling more than 5,500 aircraft, each one needs expert teams, equipment and ground vehicles to keep them ready to fly at a moment’s notice. “We keep vehicles onContinue reading “Vehicles on the road, iron in the air”

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”

8th EAMS checks cargo for correct care

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/1/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Whether its hazardous cargo, blood shipments, ammo and explosives, the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron’s cargo processing and special handling section ensures items are properly marked, have their paperwork and the security necessary for flying the items to theirContinue reading “8th EAMS checks cargo for correct care”

Joint STARS: Mission crews collect life-saving data

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/1/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — While maintainers and flight deck crews are essential to the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System’s role in the U.S. military’s ongoing war efforts, it’s the mission crew employing their tools that protect U.S. and coalition ground forcesContinue reading “Joint STARS: Mission crews collect life-saving data”

Healing deployed wounded warriors

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/31/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Established in 2008, the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group’s Intra-Theater Care Program here ensures no service member is sent home from the U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility before having a chance to get back in the fight. “We’re hereContinue reading “Healing deployed wounded warriors”

8th EAMS: “Where’s the waste gone?”

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/26/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — While in the sky or on the ground, humans must relieve themselves multiple times throughout the day, but when you’re 20,000 feet above in a C-17 Globemaster III where does it all go? Enter the 8th Expeditionary Air MobilityContinue reading “8th EAMS: “Where’s the waste gone?””

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”

CFACC visits with deployed Airmen

379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/24/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — The new Combined Force Air Component Commander visited with Airmen at various units across the wing here July 23 as they showcased to the general what they do to support the joint war fighter downrange. Lt. Gen. John W. Hesterman III, the CFACC andContinue reading “CFACC visits with deployed Airmen”