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Joint Base Andrews
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Joint Base Andrews News
First sergeant overcomes adversity; retires with former diamond
December 12, 2019
— As Senior Master Sgt. Steven Bradley speaks during a resiliency lunch at the Club on Joint Base Andrews last month, the door in the back of the room slowly creaks open and a group of eager smiling faces walks in with gift in hand.Bradley, an 11th Medical Support Squadron patient, wasn’t aware but he was about to receive his diamond signifying him...
Monument dedication honors JBA namesake
May 9, 2018
— Officials unveiled a memorial monument May 3 dedicated to Lt. Gen. Frank Maxwell Andrews and crew members of the B-24 Liberator, “Hot Stuff,” which crashed on nearby Mt. Fagradalsfjall, Iceland, 75 years before...
Native warrior culture
November 21, 2017
— November has been designated as National American Indian Heritage Month since 1990. This is a time to celebrate the cultures, traditions, histories, and acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans...
AF Nurse receives bronze medal
May 12, 2017
— Sixteen years ago, after making his decision to join the Air Force, Maj. James O’Neill never expected he would receive a Bronze Star Medal. O’Neill alongside seven members of the Air Force Mobile Field Surgical Team were honored here for their meritorious achievement for saving lives while deployed recently.O’Neill, a 779th Surgical Operations...
USAF family light it up blue
April 27, 2017
— Michael Christi is a three-year-old who loves animals, enjoys playing outside and adores school. He is like any other child who learns new subjects and socializes, but he performs differently due to having autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that is characterized by difficulty with social communication and a display of repetitive...
Prince George’s County, JBA support aircraft incident
April 14, 2017
— Prince George’s County personnel and Joint Base Andrews members, came together as the first response team for the F-16C Fighting Falcon incident in Clinton, Md., April 5, 2017.“JBA is an integral part of Prince George’s County,” said Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department public information officer. “Due to...
Yoga instructor stretches JBA members' resiliency
March 10, 2017
— A soothing voice leads a group of yogis through various stretches within a cool, eucalyptus-scented room.Le Nguyen, West Fitness Center yoga instructor, walks between colorful mats demonstrating poses and helping students with their form.“I have dabbled in yoga for about eight years,” Nguyen said. “I started getting serious with it during the last...
Aiding Recovery through Movement
February 3, 2017
— “It’s going to hurt, but it’s going to be a good hurt,” said Staff Sgt. Kivynn Pabst. “You’re doing a great job!”He offers helpful words of encouragement, as the patient’s face wrinkles with a grimace of pain and struggles to complete the movement. Pabst places his hand on the patient’s leg helping increase her flexibility with a leg stretch.Their...
Caretakers of Andrews’ furry warriors
December 22, 2016
— A small town girl from Fremont, Ohio, had the dream of working in veterinary medicine. Little did she know she would walk straight out of high school and into a U.S. Army recruiter’s office where she would obtain a job caring for animals.This girl is now U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Valerie Garvin, Public Health Command District animal care specialist at...
Farewell to Chief Topa
December 21, 2016
— Chief Master Sgt. Beth Topa, retired 11th Wing command chief master sergeant, said her farewells at The Courses on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 20.Topa officially retired on Dec. 9 after serving 24 years in the U.S. Air Force, six months of which were spent as the 11th WG command chief.“I’m going to miss the camaraderie and military atmosphere,”...
Chaplain guides LGBT community
June 30, 2016
— LGBT service members have the same resources and services available to them as the rest of the armed forces.One important and sometimes overlooked service is the religious and ministry services provided by military chaplains.Major Countess Cooper, 113th Wing chaplain, provides such a service."For the past 16 years, as a minister and musician, I...
A Soldier's Tale
June 28, 2016
— Prior to 1993, the policy of "don't ask, don't tell" was not in effect, but openly homosexual members in the armed forces still faced discrimination. One such individual was former Army Specialist Lisa Dickerson, a Bronx, New York native."Though small by comparison, the gay community in the military was large enough that we looked out for one...
Airman, Wingman, Gay Man
June 24, 2016
— While the LGBT community remains a minority in the military, they serve in the same positions of excellence and roles of responsibility as any other service member. One such Airman is Senior Master Sgt. Jeremiah Grisham, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight chief. "I am an Airman, a wingman, a leader, and also a gay man,"...
A Time to Tell: One Air Force Couple's Story
June 14, 2016
— Before 2011, the "don't ask, don't tell" law kept many in the dark. If a service member was gay, they held on to that secret tighter than a tourniquet on the battlefield, or risked discharge.According to Defense Department Directive 1304.26, issued in late 1993, military personnel were prohibited from discriminating against or harassing closeted...
MRI: below the surface
March 18, 2016
— The 779th Medical Group's Magnetic Resonance Imaging section cares for the estimated 14,000 military members, retirees and their families in the National Capital Region.MRIs help diagnose a variety of disorders thanks to its strong magnetic and radio waves that produce detailed images of the body. Some of the ailments that can be diagnosed are: ...
"I have cancer; cancer doesn't have me"
October 28, 2015
— October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a month dedicated to bringing awareness to breast cancer by educating the public on early detection and prevention, through events, campaigns, and information available.The 779th Medical Group Women's Health Clinic, along with the Breast Cancer Support Group on Andrews, held a successful forum, Oct. 16, to...
Emergency services keep 2015 Air Show safe
September 19, 2015
— The 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show was supported by the 779th Medical Group, the 11th Security Forces Squadron and elements of Naval Operations Support Center.Emergency services, medical support and security measures were put in place to ensure public safety during the show."We're always ready for whatever happens," said Staff Sgt. Chiniti Jiles,...
September 19, 2015
— Capt. Angelina Urbina is a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird personnelist, but before her current assignment, she worked at Joint Base Andrews.Urbina held several positions at JBA, her first base, including Deputy Chief Senior Leader Manager for Air Force District of Washington, 11th Force Support Squadron flight commander and 11th Wing executive...
Eye work on eyes
June 2, 2015
— You slide your chin onto the metal support, your forehead against curved metal, and enter a staring match with the machine's coal-black eye.From the darkness, a circular projection appears, a hot air balloon hanging in the background at the end of a straight road on a dull-green plain. The image blurs out of focus, returns to clarity, and blurs...
Port Dawgs off the chain
April 20, 2015
— The sun has reached its zenith on a hot spring day. Camouflage trucks back up in-line with the ramp of a C-17 Globemaster III sitting on the Joint Base Andrews flightline; oil and sweat bring a faint tang to the breeze blowing eastward across the asphalt bathed in sunlight unfiltered by overcast or clouds. The truck is pulling cargo: generators...
The 4th Floor
February 11, 2015
— Stepping out of the cold winter wind, though sliding double doors, into the warm, still air of a hospital, the white walls bathed in faint blue light from bulbs in covered fixtures. The white floors shine matte, worn with the footsteps of staff and patients. Radios and public announcement, laughter and whispers, echo down the sterile...
No snow days
January 29, 2015
— Snow begins to fall on Joint Base Andrews.Yellow snow plows rumble to life; the sound of massive engines reverberates off the concrete and metal walls of the snow barn, a building housing rows of heavy equipment and milling operators. Giant doors open to reveal a torrent of snow and ice steadily falling on the air field.The great machines lurch...
Chaplain Assistants: assisting Chaplains
January 9, 2015
— The Air Force has jobs for everything; from high-profile careers like the fighter pilot to the unsung heroes that keep the flight line clear of snow and debris. One of the most overlooked jobs in the Air Force is the Chaplain Assistant."People underestimate how important being the enlisted liaison is," said Keesha Green, 11th Wing Headquarters...
A legacy of love
September 26, 2014
— Zachary Fisher, a 16 year old from Brooklyn New York, started his career in construction, not knowing he would go on to build a foundation based on love and kindness, or that he and the love of his life, Elizabeth, would impact thousands of families and service members.Fisher and his brothers joined forces in the 1910's to create Fisher Brothers,...
Warrior of the Week
September 25, 2014
— Master Sgt. Jim DeVaughn, USAF Band recording engineer and assistant producer, is the Warrior of the Week for the week of Sept. 24, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews.DeVaughn is responsible for recording, editing and mixing live and studio performances of USAF Band musical flights. Devaughn was recently recognized for his audio mix of "America's Veterans:...