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Col. Charles Cornelisse provides words of comfort to the family of retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John Alison. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Tech. Sgt. Raymond Mills) 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
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Senior Airman Cornelie Hall, 779th Medical Support Squadron command support staff and Base Pride detail Airman, collects tree debris Aug. 16, 2012. Base Pride is a week-long detail that works to maintain installation cleanliness and uphold Andrews’ sanitation standards. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lindsey A. Porter) 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,
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U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. David Perez, works with the directorate of logistics at Fort Meade, Md. He has served in the Air Force for 11 years. (Courtesy photo) 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
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Staff Sgts. Caleb Gibson, left, and Erick Bartels use patient simulator equipment to check Propaq Encore monitors at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 15, 2012. The Airmen are biomedical equipment technicians assigned to the Medical Logistics Flight of the 779th Medical Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Val Gempis) 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
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Staff Sgt. Kody Whiteside, 779th Medical Operations Squadron medical 
technician; Senior Airman Sean Smith, 11th Security Forces Squadron elite gate 
guard member; Airman 1st Class Gil E. Gonzolez, 779th Dental Squadron dental 
technician; Senior Airman Antonio Hernandez, 779 MDOS cardiopulmonary 
technician; Senior Airman Marcus Mendez, 779th Surgical Operations Squadron 
radiology technician; and Senior Airman Danielle Robles, 779 MDOS aerospace 
medical technician.  These members of the Andrews Base Honor Guard were the 
first to respond to a single-vehicle accident while driving home from an Honor 
Guard ceremony Aug. 10, 2012. (U.S. AIr Force photo/Staff Sgt. Torey Griffith)
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
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Master Sgt. Sylvia Dieble, 1st Helicopter Squadron superintendent, educates and mentors junior enlisted Airmen at  a Speed Mentoring forum held at The Club at Andrews Aug. 16, 2012. Junior enlisted members were able to spend seven minutes at each table and bring their challenges and questions to leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Amber Russell) 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
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Army military policemen assigned to the 811th Engineer Company help simulated survivors evacuate a neighborhood involved in a simulated nuclear blast attack at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center at Camp Atterbury, Ind., July 26, 2012, during exercise Vibrant Response 13. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Terence Ewings) 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
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Air Force TSgt. David "De Fierro" Perez, elite endurance athlete and professional fighter, will represent the USA in the Duathlon World Championship set to take place Sept. 2. Perez is a Vehicle Management and Analysis craftsman at Fort Meade, Md(courtesy photo) 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
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Tommy "Tiny" Lister, a character actor and professional wrestler widely known for his role as neighborhood bully Deebo in the “Friday” movie trilogy, visited Joint Base Andrews’ 1st Helicopter Squadron on July 12. The 1 HS flew Lister to Dover Air Force Base, Del., to visit the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Office, USO and troops there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Aaron Stout) '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
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A copy of the Springboard, one of the first on-base military newspaper publications distributed here, highlights the accomplishments of service members and families stationed on Camp Springs Army Air Base during World War II. Formerly known as Camp Springs Air Base, Joint Base Andrews has continually run a military newspaper publication since 1944. The Capital Flyer, the base's most-current publication, will cease distribution July 6, and be replaced by The Andrews Gazette, a combined military and civilian newspaper. 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
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