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Sept. 13, 2012

Chaplains provide support and comfort for families

From the first phone call to a grieving family to get to know their lost loved one, to the carefully chosen words spoken at a graveside service, the chaplains at Arlington National Cemetery are tasked with some of the most difficult duties at the cemetery. Led by Senior Chaplains from the Air Force, Col. Charles Cornelisse; Army, Lt. Col. Thomas

Sept. 13, 2012

You've got Base Pride detail

Under a mid-day August sun, humidity and heat beat down on sticky soda bottles, greasy fast food containers and a seemingly endless number of discarded cigarette butts. Together, these items lie fermenting in the ditch near the Andrews Main Exchange. Armed with a black garbage bag and plastic gloves, Tech. Sgt. Jody Lucas, Base Pride NCO in charge,

Aug. 23, 2012

Airman, Duathalete, demonstrates motivation

(This feature is written as a follow-up of the, "MMA Fighter pulls no punches at World Duathlon Championship," story.) Motivation is essential to success.  Team U.S.A. Duathalete David "DeFierro" Perez, a U.S. Air Force technical sergeant who works with the U.S. Cyber Command directorate of logistics at Fort George G. Meade, Md., has it in

Aug. 23, 2012

Behind-the-scenes look at saving lives

It was his first deployment to Afghanistan, and to make matters worse, he was assigned to one of the busiest trauma centers in the region. Staff Sgt. Caleb Gibson felt a sense of shock, pride and satisfaction as he watched U.S. military medical personnel treat injured troops. "It was shocking to see the extent of injuries in there. But at the same

Aug. 20, 2012

Team Andrews ceremonial guardsmen respond to car crash, help save lives

Their job that day was to provide final honors on behalf of a grateful nation for a retired master sergeant who had come to the end of his life journey in West Virginia.While on their journey home from the funeral, however, six-members of the Andrews Base Honor Guard used their skills to preserve the lives of two women Aug. 10, 2012.Those two women

Aug. 17, 2012

Speed mentoring at The Club

Andrews Airman and NCOs in charge showed up to The Club at Andrews mentally-clad in questions and challenges for SNCOs from all over base to engage in speed mentoring, the cutting-edge new alternative on the mentoring scene, Aug. 16."I think it is a great opportunity for our Airmen to get out and get SNCO mentorship," said Senior Master Sgt. Tesha

Aug. 3, 2012

779th Medical Group essential to Vibrant Response 13

The "walking wounded" arrived first to the field hospital set up by the 779th Medical Group. The warbling siren from an ambulance heralded the arrival of patients on litters. The doctors, nurses and medical technicians greeted them with the initial care that could save their lives or at a minimum alleviate some of their suffering.The Joint Base

July 23, 2012

Airman, MMA fighter, pulls no punches as Duathlon World Championship competitor

Every step was agony. With the brutal pain of blisters cutting through his feet, amplified by the weight of combat gear and 55-pound rucksack he donned, Tech. Sgt. David Perez recalled feeling almost too engulfed in his own pain and mental struggle to keep moving forward through the last 16 miles of the 2009 Bataan Death March."I was tired, hot and

July 17, 2012

'Deebo' gets lifted with the 1st Helicopter Squadron

Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr., a character actor and professional wrestler widely known for his role as neighborhood bully Deebo in the Friday trilogy movie series, made a visit to Joint Base Andrews 1st Helicopter Squadron on July 12. The 1st HS flew Lister and Elaine Rogers, USO Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Chief Executive Officer and president, to

June 28, 2012

Capital Flyer takes final flight

After more than seven decades, the Capital Flyer newspaper makes its final flight today, ending a rich legacy that dates back to the inception of "The Springboard," the first base newspaper at Camp Springs Army Air Base.As I write this, my last Capital Flyer entry, I do so with mixed emotions. I'm excited about the future and how the 11th Wing