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Top comments on “Caption This” photos

By Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie
Air Force Social Media

A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
– Charlie Chaplin

With the “Caption This” posts on our Facebook and Twitter pages we strive to bring some joy to everyone’s day. In these posts, you, the fans, share thousands of comments to create comedy gold. Thousands of comments are typed in and we had a tough time whittling it down to our top picks. It was a tough job, but everyone on the Air Force Social Media team compiled their favorites from the past seven “Caption This” posts.

Make sure to read through our top choices to see if we chose your caption!

SEPTEMBER 1, 2015:

Staff Sgt. Alexander (left), 9th Operational Support Squadron, gives instructions to a U-2 pilot during a combat survival course in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City, California, Aug. 18, 2015. After attending Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school, Airmen are required refresher survival training every three to five years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)
Staff Sgt. Alexander (left), 9th Operational Support Squadron, gives instructions to a U-2 pilot during a combat survival course in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City, California, Aug. 18, 2015. After attending Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school, Airmen must take refresher survival training every three to five years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo/Released)

1) What year is it? 2015. It worked! – David Gooden

2) I told you not to press the red button!
– Dave Hodgkiss

3) “What are you doing?” “Santa called in for backup.”
– Mike Ropes

Continue reading Top comments on “Caption This” photos

Most Viral Videos by Air Force Followers

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force values innovation, and our followers on social media are very creative individuals. These fans took their love of the service to a new level, creating videos that feature Air Force members or messages. They are pretty awesome, in fact, you might recognize one or two of them – these are the most viral videos by Air Force followers.

Air Force BMT in 2 minutes:

This humorous video takes us back to the good-ole-days, when we first started our Air Force journey. An Airman fresh out of basic military training recounts and acts out his favorite things about BMT, from the antics of his military training instructor to the lessons he discovered while there. Enjoy! Continue reading Most Viral Videos by Air Force Followers

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

Six things only Airmen understand

By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Whether you were an aircraft mechanic who sported the Shade 509 fatigues during the 1960s or a new Airman who graduated from basic military training last week, there are common references only known to those who’ve been a part of the greatest Air Force in the world. Some have serious origins and some are just for fun — See which Air Force-isms made our list:

Airman SnuffyMaynard Smith AKA Airman Snuffy
Sometimes promoted to sergeant, this individual always seems to be in trouble and making poor decisions. Airman Snuffy is often used as an example by military training instructors to describe to new trainees unacceptable or poor behavior.

The fun part about this saying is that Airman Snuffy actually did exist. His real name was Maynard Smith, a tail gunner in WWII forced into the military by a judge after a run-in with the law. Being senior in age to most of his instructors, Smith took the first opportunity out of training to make rank by volunteering for aerial gunnery school. Smith’s first mission in war was on a B-17 that took heavy damage. The plane took over 3,500 bullet holes and caught fire multiple times during the mission. Smith single-handedly put out the fires, lightened the aircraft by throwing out supplies and rendered aid to the six wounded aircrew members on the flight.

His heroic actions earned him the Medal of Honor, making him the first enlisted recipient. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson arrived to present the Airman his medal, but Smith hadn’t been informed of the ceremony. He was later found scraping leftovers from breakfast trays after being placed on KP duty for disciplinary reasons. His often difficult personality forever branded future troublesome troops. More on the legend of Airman Snuffy here.
PHOTO: Maynard Smith aka “Airman Snuffy” chose to be an aerial gunner because it was the quickest way to make rank. (U.S. Air Force file photo)

Secret SquirrelAircrew members before Operation Desert Storm.
The term is thought to have been created during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 after seven B-52Gs from the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, took off for the world’s longest combat mission. The BUFFS were carrying a “black” weapon that was developed under strict secrecy in 1987. The aircrews called it “Secret Squirrel” after a cartoon character, but it was officially designated the AGM-86C conventional air-launched cruise missile (CALCM). The term secret squirrel is used today to describe information that is deemed too sensitive to be discussed outside secure areas, or even the secure areas themselves.
PHOTO: Aircrew members gather for a photo at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., before the mission that will fire the opening shots of OPERATION DESERT STORM, Jan. 16, 1991. (Courtesy photo)

“Shut up and color!”Keep calm and shut up and color
This endearing term has been long used by Air Force leaders and supervisors to help motivate their Airmen to put the mission first and get their tasks completed. This statement reminds them to focus on the bigger picture, and how they fit into the Air Force as a whole. It is not intended to offend, but rather to encourage Airmen to reevaluate themselves as leaders and followers. More info about this term’s meaning can be found here.

Best and brightest
This somewhat overused term can be found on many officer and enlisted performance reports to describe Airmen who are considered the true “cream of the crop” in the Air Force. These Airmen go above and beyond Air Force standards to become the service’s leading commanders, supervisors and leaders. They are selected for highly-competitive jobs as aide-de-camps for general officers, Air Force representatives with top companies through the Air Force Education With Industry Program, first sergeants or even military training instructors. The Air Force also recognizes its “best and brightest” every year with the service’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award. This award recognizes 12 outstanding enlisted personnel for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements. In short, this term helps identify Airmen who have excelled at their rank and in their career field. It signifies their commitment to joining the top tier of the Air Force and becoming one of the service’s future leaders.The 2013 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. PHOTO:The 2013 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year attended a reception and awards dinner hosted by the Air Force Association during the 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2013, in Washington D.C. The OAY award recognizes 12 outstanding enlisted personnel for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement, and personal achievements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Varhegyi/Released)

Hurry up and waitAirmen process through a mock-deployment line during an exercise.
Wikipedia defines “hurry up and wait” as “any scenario where part of the time you are rushing and working very hard, and part of the time you are waiting around and prepared to work on demand and as needed.” It’s probably one of the most common phrases used by Airmen because it happens so frequently in the Air Force, such as in deployment lines, during exercises, and even at customer service offices. Airmen are frequently tasked to support functions and events where they are placed on “stand by” until they are needed or called upon.  This term is most often used to express frustration with lengthy processes and procedures.
PHOTO: Senior Airman Kalaya Irby, 30th Force Support Squadron customer service representative, assists Airmen to ensure the accuracy of their documents in preparation for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Antoinette Lyons/Released)

Squadron mottos and chantsCadets at the Air Force Academy shout a squadron chant.
Almost every squadron in the Air Force has some type of motto or chant they use to distinguish themselves at Air Force functions like award dinners and promotion ceremonies. Squadron chants help Airmen come closer together as a unit and enhance esprit de corps. It gives them something to bond them together when they are around other units or organizations from other Air Force bases too. Here are some of our favorite chants:

– “MXS, simply the best! Tell them why. We make them fly!”
– “What’s your profession? Fly, fight, win!”
– “Engineers lead the way!”
– “Best of the best! FSS!”
– “Med Group! Best care…anywhere!”
– “Pull chocks! Maintainers rock!”

PHOTO: U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet 4th Classmen of Cadet Squadron 40 performs a squadron chant in front of waiting family members after the Acceptance Parade at the Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mike Kaplan/Released)

A trainee is urged to move faster by an Air Force Military Training Instructor.Move with a purpose
Being in the Air Force is more than working a typical 9-to-5 job. It’s a privilege to serve and defend the nation, and “moving with a purpose” is seen as a way that each Airman takes pride in their work and service. Airmen first learn about this principle from their military training instructors at basic training. At this point, it’s more of a motivational phrase to get someone moving in the right direction. The term is often reinforced at technical school and by supervisors at each duty station to instill in each Airman to accomplish every action with the mission or goal in mind.
PHOTO: A trainee is encouraged to move faster by an Air Force military training instructor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Melinda Mueller/Released)

Can you think of some other Air Force-isms that didn’t make this list? Sound off in the comments below!

You know you’re in the AF when…v4

By 1st Lt Tori Hight
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force isn’t just a job to most Airmen…it’s a way of life. It’s engrained in you from day 1 of Basic Military Training and throughout the years of your career even as it fades, gets “reblued,” and sometimes wears thin — it never dies. This lifestyle means habits and quirks that made sense to others in the military will follow you throughout your life on the outside — where those same habits probably earn you a strange stare or two from the average passerby. So, let’s celebrate those quirks and habits with our fourth installment of: You know you’re in the AF when…

1) Your young children approach strangers in uniform and call them “Mommy” or “Daddy”


PHOTO: Chances are every single kid in this room called him Daddy when he walked in. Seriously, have you ever been to the child development center in uniform? It’s like an angry mob…

2) You make your bed at home with perfect hospital corners

Academy cadets stand by for a room inspection.

PHOTO: Because if you don’t make your bed with perfect hospital corners – people will die!

3) You have at least one pet with a military-related name

A retired military working dog makes himself at home.

PHOTO: Bonus points if the pet actually served in the military as well.

4) Saying sir or ma’am is automatic

A basic cadet at the Air Force Academy receives a verbal reprimand.

PHOTO: Just don’t confuse the two. You can only do so many “Ma’am you are a ma’am, not a sir, ma’am” pushups.

5) You always have a pen on you

Air Force Form 341

PHOTO: How else can you fill out your Form 341?

6) You aren’t sure what to wear to a business casual function
Air Force officers show off their 'party shirts'.

PHOTO: Party shirts anyone?

7) When the Internet is down, no one can work

An Airman inspects a computer motherboard.

PHOTO: Now…which button was it?

8) You can’t bring yourself to walk across the grass…ever

An Airman tees off on a golf course.
PHOTO: Except this grass…this is OK.

9) Your whole table orders water to drink at lunch

Airman pours water on his head to cool down.

PHOTO: Just don’t be like this guy in a restaurant. Wait staff won’t appreciate cleaning this up.

10) Ladies: you get your hair cut when you are home on leave visiting family because you can’t find anyone good near your base

Military member dontaes hair to charity.

PHOTO: Just a few inches off the bottom please…

In case this list didn’t seem complete to you, check out our first, second, and third versions. What’s your favorite military habit or quirk?