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Airman 1st Class Seth Seward, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Fly Away Security Team Defender, deployed from Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., provides half of the 360 degree security to a C-130 Hercules during a mission to Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan Dec. 18, 2015. The 455th ESFS FAST is the all-encompassing security team that provides ground safety and cockpit denial to protect the aircraft and crew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Rau) Offutt deployed defenders keep airlift lifeline alive
On a lonely, dirt runway in the "Middle of Nowhere, Afghanistan," a C-130 Hercules's engines whine while it waits to be unloaded. It carries with it life-sustaining supplies the Forward Operating Base has been running low on for a week now. It is chock full water, food, and ammunition; each one of these is crucial to the FOB's survival. With
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James Battig, a fabrication work leader with the 55th Maintenance Squadron, delicately places the first of many nose art pieces onto an RC-135S Cobra Ball while parked in dock 4 of the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility on Sept. 2, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  The Cobra Ball had the first higher headquarters approved art, a serpent tightly coiled around a black sphere.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Josh Plueger/Released) War Paint
Painted enamel teeth stretch menacingly across a canvas of riveted steel, animating the inanimate. Shark-mouthed aircraft taunt enemies with snarling grins. Mobile galleries patrol the skies.  Whether a functional designator, reminder of home or a symbol of intimidation, air crew artists have been tagging the fuselage of aircraft since its earliest
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Tech. Sgt. Jon Hardiman, Reserve recruiter, talks to Staff Sgt.  Michael Smith,  338th Combat Training Squadron, about his options for transition into the Reserves Dec. 3 in the Reserve Recruiting Office, Bldg. C, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  Active duty Airmen have the option of using the Palace Chase and Palace Front programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake) Why reserve?
Team Offutt has seen a lot of location changes recently - from the education office moving from Building D to Building C, to the Military Personnel Section moving from the Building C to Building 49 but there is one office that is not going anywhere, and it's the Reserve Recruiters.Although there are only two of them, Master Sgt. Clarence B. Goodloe
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Jim and Sheila Goeltz proudly display a collection of pins and patches earned through their 44-year involvement with the American Volkssport Association on Nov. 6, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.  They were introduced to the budding Volksport community while stationed in Germany in 1971.  They’ve been members of what is referred to as Volksmarching ever since.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger/Released) Marching On
Beneath a golden canopy of fall foliage, Jim and Sheila Goeltz stroll through a tree-lined corridor. Underneath their feet lies a brick red running track, which encircles the historic parade grounds of Offutt Air Force Base.  Step-by-step and side-by-side they move steadily through the still afternoon air.  Their synced strides are a result of 44
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Mike Melichar rings up deployment items for Tech. Sgt. John Smith, a contracting officer in the 55th Contracting Squadron, Nov. 9, 2015 at the Envision Xpress store, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Melichar worked for a tiling company prior to taking the job at Envisoin. (U.S Air Force photo by Josh Plueger) Envision: changing the misconception
Walking into the bottom floor of Building D, originally a World War II aircraft assembly plant, can be eerie to say the least. It is dimly lit, with no windows or color. The floor is paved and occasionally wet, resembling a dark alley.But for customers headed to the Envision supply store, the dreariness remains outside the glass doors.  They are
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Military Working Dog Rocky bites simulated assailant, Senior Airman David Bafaro, 55th Security Forces Squadron MWD handler, as Staff Sgt. Elbert Foreman, 55th SFS MWD handler holds his leash, Oct. 21 at the 55th SFS MWD training facility. MWD Rocky is a fully certified, trained and validated explosive detector dog valued at nearly $25,000. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kendra Williams/Released) This Rocky comeback is no movie fairytale
A fully trained and certified military working dog is valued at anywhere between $20,000 and $40,000, depending on its background and expertise.For that reason alone, trainers at the Department of Defense Military Working Dog School at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, go to great lengths to help a dog accomplish its training before they decide it
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U.S. Air Force Airman Kyle Sacca mans the front desk of the Offutt Language Learning Center Sept. 23. The 55th Wing is home to two LLCs that are vital in the upkeep of linguist training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake) LLCs vital to linguist mission
Not every Airman has what it takes to become a linguist.Long before they step off the bus at basic military training, potential candidates must complete a Defense Language Aptitude Battery test. The test examines their capability to learn a secondary language and if they pass their score is used to determine which level of difficulty their assigned
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U.S. Airmen assigned to the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron talk during an EC-130H Compass Call aircraft final mission meeting on the flight line at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 6, 2015. The Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system using a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford/Released) 41st EECS Scorpions defend the force with Compass Call
On the combat frontier in Afghanistan, the ability to disrupt or exploit enemy command and control communication is vital to protecting the lives of U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface and special operations forces.A big part of that mission is entrusted to the Airmen of the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron who fly the EC-130H
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Meyer, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, lays in the arms of his father, Paul Meyer. Meyer saw his father as his mentor, disciplinarian, friend, counselor, and hero. (Courtesy photo) Going nowhere fast: Offutt Airman battles the odds to succeed
As a high school student living in small town U.S.A., he was going nowhere fast and his family was struggling with several challenges of their own.  With several failing grades and zero desire to do more than the bare minimum, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Daniel Meyer, 55th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was far from being on a path to success;
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Kamal Jung Kunwar, chief conservation officer and author, greets U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott Bettencourt, a pharmacy flight chief with the 55th Medical Support Squadron, while visiting with volunteers building working elephant corrals in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.  An international crew of volunteers came to Chitwan to build the corrals that will replace the chains elephants were tethered to in their off time. (photo courtesy of Elephant Aid International) OPERATION: Unchained
A Jetstream 41 aircraft glides over the chiseled relief of the Himalayan Mountains en route to Bharatpur, Nepal.  U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott Bettencourt peers out a window as the topography of the land levels replacing rocky summits with the lush lowlands of south-central Nepal. By his side is a small team of volunteers along with two weeks'
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