Air Force

August 3, 2012

Air Force News – August 3, 2012

Nevada

Colombia became the 29th nation to participate in Red Flag exercises at Nellis Air Force Base in July. Despite Nevada’s vastly different terrain, weather and operational environments, the Columbian air force came to participate in the world-class, realistic air combat training that can’t be acquired anywhere else.

 

Southwest Asia

The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing held a major accident response exercise to prepare for an emergency that can happen at any time. This particular scenario included a building explosion and focused on the actions of Air Force, coalition and host nation first responders, including fire department, security forces and medical personnel.

 

Japan

F-22A Raptors from the 1st Fighter Wing, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., deployed to Kadena Air Base signify a continued commitment to regional stability and security, while allowing units to train in the Pacific theater. F-22s routinely deploy throughout the U.S. Pacific Command’s area of responsibility.

 

Hawaii

A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots debuted the Scorpion, a new helmet system that arranges target information on a heads-up display so pilots know where targets are positioned on the ground without ever losing visual contact of these targets.

 

Air Advisor Academy unveils memorial for fallen Airmen

The Air Advisor Academy hosted a dedication ceremony July 27 for the new Air Advisor Memorial at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

While the memorial honors all air advisors who have made the ultimate sacrifice, the ceremony honored eight Airmen and one contractor who were killed April 27, 2011, in Afghanistan.

More than 100 family members of those air advisors, as well as fellow air advisors and Air Force and community leaders, flew from around the world to attend the ceremony and honor the fallen: Lt. Col. Frank Bryant Jr., Maj. David Brodeur, Maj. Jeffrey Ausborn, Maj. Raymond Estelle II, Maj. Phil Ambard, Maj. Charles Ransom, Capt. Nathan Nylander, Master Sgt. Tara Brown and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. James McLaughlin.

Sean Bryant and his mother Janice get a close view of the waterfall July 27 at the Air Advisor Memorial at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Sean is the son of fallen Air Force air advisor Lt. Col. Frank Bryant Jr., who was one of nine air advisors killed April 27, 2011 in Afghanistan and for whom the Luke Air Force Base fitness center is named.

Linda Ambard, the widow of Major Ambard, said she was humbled when she first heard about the plans for the memorial, especially because her husband was an immigrant to the U.S. He had emigrated to the U.S. from Venezuela when he was 12 years old. Seeing her husband’s military service honored and remembered by his Air Force family made her appreciate that extended family that much more, she said.

“It is really nice to know people still care, people still remember,” Ambard said. “His name stands as a testimony to a life well lived.”

That camaraderie played an important part in completing the memorial, said Col. Olaf Holm, the Air Advisor Academy commandant and the creative force behind the project. The whole thing was built through donations and volunteer labor, and the fact that it was finished in approximately four months is a testament to the ideas of community and family, Holm added.

The idea of having a peaceful, private place where people can remember and reflect on air advisors who have made the ultimate sacrifice is one Holm said he hopes will be embraced by the families of the fallen nine.

“These are really wonderful people who have gone through a tremendous amount,” Holm said. “If in some way this eases their pain and makes them feel better, it’s going be a huge emotional time for me.”

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123311749




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DT_JTC0216

Supreme allied commander comes home

Gen. Philip Breedlove, left, NATO supreme allied commander, Europe, visited Luke Air Force Base Sept. 12. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, right, 56th Fighter Wing commander, briefed the general on Luke’s evolving mission to train F-3...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

Command post chief averts potential disaster

Senior Airman Grace Lee Capt. George Normandin, 56th Fighter Wing Command Post chief, received the Aviation Safety Well Done Award Sept. 2, presented by Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th FW commander. Normandin took control of an F-...
 
 
Senior Airman
MARCY COPELAND

EOD Airman changed for good by life experiences

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Tech. Sgt. David Gerig’s, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team chief, first assignment after technical school was Kadena Air Base, Japan. The challenges in life are often w...
 

 
Courtesy photo

Helping people goal of CPTS Airman

Courtesy photo Airman 1st Class Scott Giles, left, 56th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, holds “trumpet in flight” at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Giles now helps new Airmen in-process to Luke Air Force ...
 
 

Air Force News – September 19, 2014

England The first wheelchair rugby game during the 2014 Invictus Games in London went to the United States as they grabbed an early lead and never relinquished it. USA Team beat Australia 14-4 to advance in the tournament. Cameroon Military leaders of 17 African nations and the U.S. gathered for the fourth annual African Air...
 
 

People First – September 19, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story. AF survey...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin