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Military installations off the beaten path

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

When you sign up to join the Air Force, you’re not only agreeing to put service before self, but also to put location before self. Sometimes you’ll find yourself stationed far away from friends and family. On other occasions, you’ll receive orders to serve at  remote locations for one year or more. While some remote bases are relatively close to civilization, these four military installations are located in the some of the most obscure areas in the world.

1. Thule Air Base, Greenland

Ceremonial Guardsmen from the Top of the World Honor Guard present the American, Canadian, Danish and Greenlandic flags prior to the Memorial Day Array-to-the-Bay Relay Run hosted by the 12th Space Warning Squadron here May 25. The run was held to honor Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler and Capt. David Lyon, two fallen service members from the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (Courtesy photo by Torben Bjerre/Released)
Ceremonial Guardsmen from the Top of the World Honor Guard present the American, Canadian, Danish and Greenlandic flags prior to the Memorial Day Array-to-the-Bay Relay Run. The run was held to honor Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler and Capt. David Lyon, two fallen service members from the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (Courtesy photo by Torben Bjerre/Released)

Located 947 miles from the North Pole, Thule AB, Greenland is the Air Force’s northernmost installation. Contrary to popular belief, Thule AB is still operational, and is home to the 21st Space Wing’s global network of sensors providing missile warning, space surveillance and space control to North American Aerospace Defense Command and Air Force Space Command. Continue reading Military installations off the beaten path

Base mottos

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Whether Airmen love their base or would describe their relationship as more of the love-hate type with their locale, they tend to come up with unique nicknames and sayings for bases where they’re stationed. We asked you to share your creative base mottos with us on Facebook. Here are some favorites organized by location!

Alaskan bases in general:
Trent Fry- Alaska: “Fishin’ is the mission!” And, during the summer, it IS true.
711 ACW Cape Lisburne AK. “Where you look south to see the Northern Lights”
Don DeMarte- Alaskan Air Command…Fishin’s the Mission or AAC = Always Away Camping Continue reading Base mottos

Successful PCS secrets

By Senior Master Sgt. André E. KillKelley
28th Logistics Readiness Squadron

move2The permanent change of station season is almost upon us, and with it being a busy time in a military family’s life, it is good to start preparing ahead of time.

The secrets to a successful PCS are preparing early and personally taking control of your household goods movement. The best place to start is at your own computer and by going to the Defense Personal Property Program website at http://www.move.mil.

At the DPPP website, you will be able to check the net weight of your shipment and find out how many days of storage you’re authorized for or have remaining. You will also be able to learn more about how you can transport pets, personal effects and other prohibited items.

In addition, Air Force officials recently announced changes to the Department of Defense policy on transporting a member’s professional books, papers and equipment with their household goods during a PCS.

Known as “pro-gear,” the new PBPE policy will impact orders issued on or after May 1. PBPE will be limited to a maximum of 2,000 pounds, and include items in a member’s possession needed for the performance of official duties at his or her next assignment.

PBPE items include instruments, tools and equipment unique to technicians, mechanics, medical professionals, musicians and members of other professions. They also include specialized clothing, such as diving suits, space suits, flying suits and helmets, band uniforms, chaplains’ vestments, and other specialized apparel and out-of-the-norm uniforms or clothing.

The policy excludes other items of a professional nature that will not be necessary at a member’s next duty station, like text books from schools and personal books, even if they are used as part of a previous professional reading program. This also includes previously allowed items like personal computer equipment, memorabilia and table service.

A PCS can be very exciting, but quite intense as well. Taking steps to ensure you have what you need in a timely manner will definitely help make the process smoother for you and your family.

PHOTO: Changing duty stations can be hard, especially during the peak moving season from May to August. The Defense Personal Property System website is available for Airmen as a one-stop shop where members can completely manage their move process. (Courtesy photo illustration)