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Master Sgt. Andrew Axelrad, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1993 as a technical sergeant to become a Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note alto saxophonist. Axelrad performed and was featured with the Airmen of Note in front of his friends, family and home town one last time during the Labor Day 2016 weekend. Axelrad plans to retire from the Air Force after 24 years in February 2017. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Philip Bryant) Master Sgt. ghosting Glenn Miller
After begging his parents to play anything from their extensive selection of classic jazz albums, 5-year-old Andy Axelrad, too young to run the record player himself, sits by a record player with his legs crossed and eyes closed. The sounds of Miles Davis, Stan Getz, The Dave Brubeck Quartet featuring Paul Desmond, The Dorsey Brothers, and The
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2016
Airman 1st Class Austyn Helgeson and Senior Airman Scott Burdick, 11th Wing Civil Engineer firefighters, put out a fire during a live fire exercise at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 7, 2015. The exercise was part of the fire prevention week on JBA. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant/Released) 11th MSG, proud to support
A city needs certain jobs to make sure it can operate. Fire fighters, maintenance crews and personalist are just a few.And just like a city, here at Joint Base Andrews these jobs and more are tasked to the 11th Mission Support Group to keep JBA operating."The mission of the MSG is to provide installation and combat support to total force, joint and
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2015
Master Sgt. Jermey Lawley, 11th Wing Equal Opportunity superintendent, and the West Fitness center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., in a double exposure photograph to represent the physical fitness pillar of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant/Released) Balanced life
The U.S. Air Force recognizes four areas of life that contribute to a balanced lifestyle. Those four areas of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness, referred to as pillars, are mental, social, physical and spiritual.Last year, April 2, 2014, a new AFI 90-506 was published that established flexibility for commanders and community support coordinators to run
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2015
Air Force Capt. Glenn Cook was a Vietnam War veteran whose plane was shot down near Nha Trang, Vietnam, Oct. 21, 1969. His remains were never found. He was honored the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard held a flag folding ceremony May 19, 2015, at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo) Vietnam Veteran honored in D.C.
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard hosted a  flag folding ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 19, 2015.The ceremony, for Air Force Capt. Glenn Cook, a Vietnam War veteran, preceded a memorial service in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Cook, born on Sept. 10, 1945, was a Forward Air Controller stationed in Cam
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2015
The Vice Presidential Service Badge is awarded to Staff Sgt. Peter Velez, former 811 Security Forces Squadron NCO in-charge of vice presidential aircraft security, Staff Sgt. Leonard Antonio, 811 SFS vice presidential aircraft security team leader, Staff Sgt. Sorhaindo Peter, 811 SFS vice presidential aircraft security team leader, Senior Airman Albert Ritterbeck, 811 SFS vice presidential aircraft security team members at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 21, 2015. Only 473 people have been awarded the VPSB since its establishment in July, 1970. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua R. M. Dewberry) 811th Airmen awarded VP Service Badge
Four members of the 811th Security Forces Squadron have been awarded the Vice Presidential Service Badge for their mission support of the Vice President of the United States, May 21, 2015.The badge was awarded to 811 SFS members Staff Sgt. Peter Velez, former NCO in-charge of vice presidential aircraft security, Staff Sgt. Leonard Antonio, vice
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2015
Kristen Basore, audition participant, studies music in Hangar Two as she prepares to audition for a Singing Sergeant soprano position at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, D.C., May 5, 2015. Basore is one of 13 finalists auditioning for a position in the U.S. Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant) Singing Sergeants seek skilled soprano
In a small windowless room lined with U.S. Air Force paintings and a long wood table sits six of 13 women in anticipation of their audition. A chance to wear the U.S. Air Force uniform.They wait quietly as they flip through pages of prepared music.The women are from all over the country; Oregon, Kentucky and Illinois. Some have bachelor's degrees,
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2015
Staff Sgt. April Spilde, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard formal training instructor, deadlifts 340 pounds during the 2015 Cincinnati Women’s Professional and Amateur Powerlifting Meet in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 11, 2015. Spilde is an award-winning amateur powerlifter and has been lifting for two years. (Courtesy photo/ Peter Spilde) Guardsman bares heavy weight
She steps up to the bar, her back braced and supported; her head band catches any trace of sweat.Her team is cheering, while her coach powerfully slaps her back, yelling:"LEAD FROM THE FRONT! SHOW ME WHAT YOU'RE ALL ABOUT APRIL!"At 165 pounds, she grips the metal barbell with her callused, chalked hands and prepares to deadlift a personal
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2015
Joint Base Andrews volunteers gather equipment in preparation for home renovations in Bowie, Md., Jan. 29, 2015. Members gathered to help fix Tech. Sgt. Melvin Mateo’s home for his special-needs daughter. Mateo is an 89th Communications Squadron Government Network Operations Center crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan J. Sonnier) Air Force Home Makeover: JBA Edition
Recently, more than 45 Joint Base Andrews volunteers came together to help an 89th Communications Squadron Airman renovate his family's house to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.Tech. Sgt. Melvin Mateo, 89 CS Government Network Operations Center crew chief, said he was extremely grateful people were so willing to help him during a
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2015
Senior Airman Kyle Alexander, 89th Operational Support Squadron/Operational Weather Squadron weather forecaster, is coined by Col. Brad Hoagland, JBA/11th Wing commander, at the weather flight office on Joint Base Andrews, Md., March 13th, 2015. The 89 OSS/OSW is being recognized for correctly forecasted eight-out-of-eight winter weather system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant) Telling the future with 100% accuracy
You can plan a picnic with other's forecasts, but you can't do flight operations, according to Capt. Kurtis Schubeck, 89th Operational Support Squadron/Operational Weather Squadron flight commander.Flight operations are hardly a picnic, but the 89 OSS/OSW ensured mission readiness by correctly forecasting eight-out-of-eight winter weather systems
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2015
Senior Airman Tony Pauline (center), gets geared up for a chemical agent training exercise with help from Staff Sgt. Yaoska Quintana (left) and Staff Sgt. Jonathan Moroz (right) in the Memorial Tunnel at the Center for National Response in Gallagher, WV., March 17, 2015. All three Airmen are members of the 779th Aerospace Medical Squadron at Joint Base Andrews, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joshua R. M. Dewberry) Black Flag first responders train with tunnel vision
Cold and dimly-lit walls surround Airmen dressed in crinkling, sweaty plastic suits to protect against unknown hazards. Firefighters, paramedics, emergency responders, bioenvironmental engineers and police forces share the former highway tunnel year-round for numerous crisis situation exercises.Surrounded by wilderness for two weeks in Gallagher,
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2015
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