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Senior Master Anthony Thompson Jr., 55th Wing Career Assistance Advisor, has charted a year-long plan to execute the commander’s intent to "build leaders." According to AFI 36-2624, The Career Assistance Advisor, First Term Airmen Center and Enlisted Professional Enhancement Programs, the CAA  acts as principal advisor to commanders and supervisors on retention issues  and assists unit-level commanders and superintendents in the development of superior front-line supervisors by creating learning opportunities to support desired audiences. CAA spearheads Offutt professional development
“The 55th Wing will be a learning organization.” With that statement at a recent commander’s update briefing, Col. Michael Manion, 55th Wing commander, provided Senior Master Anthony Thompson Jr., the 55th Wing’s new Career Assistance Advisor, a mandate, and empowered him to improve the unit by building leaders using all the resources at his disposal.
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Tech. Sgt. (Ret.) Ben Clark, a warrior with the Air Force Wounded Warrior CARE Event at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, competes in wheelchair basketball at the Offutt Field House Aug. 4, 2017. Clark was medically retired from the Air Force due to injuries sustained in a 2009 deployment to Iraq. Not broken, just redesigned: Former Team Offutt members return for Warrior CARE Event
Wounded Warriors and caregivers from all over the Midwest flocked to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, from Aug. 1 – 4 for the North Central Air Force Wounded Warrior CARE Event, comprised of days spent in ambassador training, adaptive sports and interacting with members of Team Offutt. For many of these warriors, the time spent at Offutt was a
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Students at the Zabuli Education Center in Kabul, Afghanistan, hold the school supplies they received in part due to the efforts of Staff Sgt. Jason Strong, a data operator on the E-4B at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, in September 2016. The school, founded by Razia Jan in 2008, provides K-12 and college education for Afghani women, who rarely have access to education in Afghanistan. What Tomorrow Brings: Offutt Airman helps build better future in Afghanistan
In 2011, Jason Strong walked into an Air Force recruiter’s office and fell in love.“I joined the Air Force at a very chaotic time in my life,” said Strong, now a staff sergeant and a data operator on the E-4B at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. “I had been in foster care for my senior year of high school, which was the only year I went to public
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Staff Sgt. Ashleigh Buch, an instructor with the 338th Combat Training Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., looks out over the city of Omaha from her apartment Oct. 20, 2016. Buch is the first openly serving transgender Airman to be recommended for a return to flying duties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rachel Hammes) Transgender Airman flies high with new AF policy
On Ashleigh Buch’s 27th birthday, she woke up early, as usual, to go on a run before squadron physical training. She had always loved running, but today, as her feet pounded the pavement in the pre-dawn light, she prayed. “Please, let me be a woman. It’s my birthday, please let me have this.”She started to cry as she ran, repeating her prayer again
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Casey Ryan, 55th Security Forces Squadron Officer-in-Charge of Logistics, fires at silhouette targets place inside of a berm at the Eastern Nebraska Gun Club on Sept. 28 in Louisville, Neb.  Ryan is a member of the Air Force’s competition shooting team where he fires a combination of three types of guns and several targets.  Ryan also has the additional duty as Officer-in-Charge of the Emergency Services Team (SWAT) for Offutt Air Force Base.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger) Six rounds a second
From the time it takes you to read this sentence, the smoke would have already cleared and more than 20 shell casings would be on the ground from Lt. Casey Ryan’s .40 caliber STI Eagle.   The amazing part is how all 20 rounds he shot would have likely hit a book sized target and he would have already ejected the old magazine, loaded a new one and
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Joe Knott, an electronic duplicating systems technician with Defense Logistic Agencies Document Services, walks through an assortment of papers inside the supply room of the print shop located in the Martin Bomber building on Oct. 11, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  The Document Services print shop offers a wide variety of paper weights and finishes for their Department of Defense customers to choose from.  In a digital age, print continues to meet mission requirements
Through entrance 11 and over inactive train tracks of the lower-level Martin Bomber Building, sits a solitary door in the repurposed World War II manufacturing plant - behind it, a decades-old mission persists.Behind this door, Joe Knott, an electronic duplicating systems technician, walks among industrial print machinery juxtaposed with
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Technical Sergeant Kyle Wilkins, an RC-135 crew chief out of Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. warms up at the Armed Forces Bowling Championships at Travis Air Force Base, California (U.S. Air Foce Photo by Louis Briscese) Maintenance Airman strikes out
Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned.U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Aaron Wilkes, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, tried out for the 2016 Air Force Bowling Team and didn’t make it, but that isn’t where his story begins or ends. Starting at age five, Wilkes began accompanying his father to league nights at the bowling alley every
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Ken Smith, a weather operations requirements manager with to the 557th Weather Wing, and Lisa Gill, with the 55th Force Support Squadron, stand in front of the Mercer Building in downtown Omaha, Neb., May 5, 2016.  The barrier fence, that surrounds the construction site, is decorated with printed banners depicting Omaha-area artists’ contributions to the Old Market Business Association beautification project designed to shield the site until the restoration is completed.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger/Released) Two Team Offutt members beautify the Old Market
Icicles descend from the century-old building inching closer to greet the cobblestone streets of Omaha’s historic Old Market district on a frigid January morning.  The heart of the Old Market, 11th and Howard, is encased by unnaturally thick sheets of ice made possible by the Omaha Fire Department’s hoses as they continue to fight a gas fire
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Holly Taylor, 55th Communications
Squadron unit deployment manager, and her sister, Brittney Carlson, pose for a photo with Taylor's son during a Moms, Pops and Tots event on March 19. This new program is designed to bring parents with children under the age of
five together so they have the opportunity to socialize and build bonds with others in the same situation. (Courtesy photo).
Offutt Airmen start a new kind of social network
Moving boxes, some empty, collect in corners and along unimpeded stretches of empty walls. The landscape outside, peoples’ faces are foreign and new. Sounds echo in the new home, amplified by an excitable toddler eager to explore the space.The new world quickly becomes one of isolation as the mission requires your spouse to leave the country.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Jocelyn Smith, an executive officer with the 55th Wing Headquarters, skates past a blockade of Sioux City Roller Dames at the Ralston Arena, Neb., March 26, 2016. Smith, one a member of the Omaha Rollergirls, has been a participating in the roller derby sport for XX years.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger/Released) Amelia Airhurt: Offutt Airman is a fighter on wheels
Jocelyn Smith can remember the moment she really learned to fly. She was in high school, and she knew what she wanted her plane to do to land perfectly. And, for the first time, she was able to make the plane do exactly what she wanted, landing smoothly and easily. The World War II veteran who served as her teacher turned to her and yelled, “Why
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