Airmen arming deployed defenders

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/29/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — The basic goal of a security forces specialist is to protect U.S. Air Force people, property and resources. While defenders have hand-to-hand combat training, their effectiveness is only enhanced by the weapons they carry and without the 379th ExpeditionaryContinue reading “Airmen arming deployed defenders”

Mobility Airmen making a difference down range

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/23/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — In nearly 70 years, airlift operations have come a long way since the early days of the Military Airlift Transport Service and mobility pioneer, Lt. Gen. William Tunner, but one thing has remained the same — Mobility Airmen areContinue reading “Mobility Airmen making a difference down range”

Mortuary affairs sends fallen warriors home

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 8/21/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — A solemn dignified transfer of remains is conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., from the aircraft to a transfer vehicle to honor those who have given their lives in service to America. These fallen warriors, however,Continue reading “Mortuary affairs sends fallen warriors home”

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”

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”

Joint STARS: Deployed maintainers saving lives

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 7/4/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — U.S. and coalition ground forces deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations depend on many different airframes and assets to complete their day-to-day operations including the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System maintained by the 7th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance UnitContinue reading “Joint STARS: Deployed maintainers saving lives”

Equal Opportunity: “Bridging the gap by building bridges”

by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs 6/4/2013 – SOUTHWEST ASIA — Air Force Equal Opportunity strives to accomplish its mission by promoting an environment free from personal, social or institutional barriers that could prevent Air Force members from rising to their highest potential. “Our greatest strength is our diversity,” said Master Sgt. Carlos Barter,Continue reading “Equal Opportunity: “Bridging the gap by building bridges””