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Along came a ….

There is a restless buzz in the air on a still Tuesday afternoon as a swarm of wasps begin building their home outside a base dormitory window. For the dorm residents, this is a source of annoyance and fear … … Continue reading

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Barron: The Hardest Thing

Jeremiah and Brittany Barron set up a family care plan far in advance and are confident that their children will be well taken care of in the capable hands of their grandparents, but all the planning and preparation in the … Continue reading

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Briscoe: The Way Out

It was early when the first Airmen showed up at the 606th Air Control Squadron; it was 4 a.m., to be exact. Some were accompanied by loved ones, others stood there alone or mingled with coworkers. As the sun rose … Continue reading

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Briscoe: The PDF Line

It all comes down to this. The brown deployment folders, filled to the brim with information ranging from emergency contact information to weapons qualification forms, are prepped for the PDF line. The PDF line, or personnel deployment function, is a … Continue reading

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Barron: What are Toys without Children

The Barron Family Brittany and Jeremiah walked into their children’s empty playroom as their dog Jackson trailed along to lend a helping paw. He couldn’t exactly lift up any toys or fill boxes, but his rambunctious and playful demeanor made … Continue reading

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Following a Deployment

The 606th Air Control Squadron is about as diverse as Air Force units come. They provide radar support for local missions here, but when they deploy, they control areas as expansive as an entire region. The 606th is also unique … Continue reading

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The Berlin Airlift

Sixty-five years ago, one of the most memorable and decisive campaigns in U.S. Air Force history began: the Berlin Airlift. On June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union halted all supplies into the city of West Berlin from Allied Forces. In … Continue reading

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Av-Det Rotation 13-2

The first rotation of U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft from the 176th Fighter Squadron, 115th Fighter Wing, Wisconsin Air National Guard, recently arrived at Lask Air Base, Poland. More than 90 men and women from the 115th FW … Continue reading

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The Last Flight

The 81st Fighter Squadron sent its last A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft out of Germany May 17. Here’s one pilot’s journey as he travels to the States in his jet and returns without it.

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The Lone Ace

The 81st Fighter Squadron flew hundreds of fighter escort, close air support and interdiction missions, supporting the D-Day invasion and operating from numerous forward landing bases in while covering the Allied advance. The squadron also produced the 50th Fighter Group’s … Continue reading

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