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Oct. 3, 2016

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

Nov. 6, 2015

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

Oct. 22, 2015

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

May 26, 2015

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

May 21, 2015

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

May 14, 2015

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,

April 14, 2015

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

March 30, 2015

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

March 26, 2015

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

March 19, 2015

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,