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Holding the line

By Senior Master Sgt. Mike Hammond
438th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

It was just after 4 a.m., July 17. Many on the base at Kabul International Airport, and forward operating base Oqab nearby, were still catching a last hour or two of sleep before the day would begin.

The bad guys, however, were not sleeping. Under the cover of darkness, a small force determined to attack the Kabul Airport and Afghan air force base next to it, took over a multi-story building under construction just north of the target. Armed with multiple rocket propelled grenades, automatic weapons, suicide vests and a vehicle rigged to explode, the attackers crept up to the rooftop and prepared to unleash hell.

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Will you marry me?

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Some people meet their significant others in public places like grocery stores, restaurants or school. Others create profiles on dating websites to search for their future spouses. My story doesn’t follow any of these examples. Instead, I found my future husband smack in the middle of a busy firing range at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

I’d like to say it was love at first sight, but that would be a lie. It took a little help from the Air Force for us to find each other and realize we’d met our match.

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Airmen get first look at ‘Inside Combat Rescue’ series

By Senior Airman Charles V. Rivezzo
60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

Inside Combat Rescue photo
Airmen and family members attended the premiere of “Inside Combat Rescue” at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Feb. 7, 2013. “Inside Combat Rescue” is a six-part documentary series about pararescuemen assigned to Moody who were deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Paul Francis/Released)

Nearly 10,000 miles away from Afghanistan, the war’s realities are sometimes hard to imagine. Businesses prosper and grocery stores remain stocked. Other than maybe a spike at the pump, many carry on with life with little regard of the turmoil that takes place on the other side of the globe.

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Our first Facebook Q & A: Security forces

By Tanya Schusler
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

If you love security forces, you’re in luck because our first-ever Facebook Q & A will focus on it. Follow along or ask questions on the official Air Force Facebook page April 24 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. CDT. The conversation will continue on the Air Force Recruiting Service Facebook page from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. CDT. The chat will feature Staff Sgt. Steven D. Koster, 343rd Training Squadron security forces technical training instructor, and Capt. Gilbert S. Wyche II, 343rd TRS operations officer for security forces ground combat training.

SF FB chat 4.2014

Koster is assigned to the 343rd TRS at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.  After graduating from basic military training and technical training, his first duty assignment was the 30th Security Forces Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During this assignment, Koster was certified in a variety of duty positions, including response force member and leader, installation patrolman, base defense operations center controller, noncommissioned officer in charge of police services, crime prevention officer, bike patrol flight chief, and Raven RQ 11B pilot. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Wyche is assigned to the 343rd TRS at Camp Bullis, Texas. He oversees the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center accredited initial skills training courses for all security forces officers and enlisted Airmen at Camp Bullis. He also manages 10 geographically separated training areas spread across 29,000 acres and accounts for $10 million in equipment. Wyche entered the Air Force in 2006 after graduating as a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Clemson University. He completed Security Forces Officer Technical School in 2006 as well. He has served as a flight commander, officer in charge of logistics and resources and operations officer at various stateside and overseas bases. As a security forces officer, Wyche has deployed on three joint expeditionary taskings with the U.S. Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

24 hours in the Air Force: your story in photos

by Tech. Sgt. Mareshah Haynes, Air Force News Service

Air Force Week kicks off in New York City

Are you a chef in the dining facility who prepares the midnight meal? Are you a security forces member who guards the gate at all hours? Are you a medical technician who works the swing shift in the hospital? Have you ever wanted to show the world exactly what goes on during your Air Force workday?

Here’s your chance. Help us document your Air Force story.

We want to show the incredible diversity, ingenuity, conflict and triumph that occur within the Air Force in just 24 hours. Help us tell your part of the Air Force story in our photo project, “24 hours in the Air Force.”

On March 29, participants will take a photo of what’s going on in their work center at a specific hour. Once we have all of the photos, we’ll compile them into an album showing Airmen at work in various locations and career fields during each hour of that day. The album will appear on our social media sites in April.

No one knows your Air Force story like you do, so who better to tell it? Send your name, location and career field to 24hoursintheAirForce@gmail.com to get your place on the clock.

Please remember to keep it classy, Air Force, and don’t submit any photos that you wouldn’t want your grandma or your commander to see. As always, operations security is a must. If you have any questions regarding OPSEC violations, contact your security manager or public affairs office.

Show us what’s going on where you are, whether it’s a promotion ceremony or an exercise. We want to see it.