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  • Wing observes Native American Heritage Month

    This year's monthly observance of Native-American Heritage features a trip to the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and an open fair, according to the heritage committee chair. "The Native-American Heritage Committee has been working hard to create interesting events for this year's observance," said Master Sgt. Ramona Davis,
  • Arrival ceremony first to be held at AF memorial

    Under the spires of the newly dedicated Air Force Memorial another historic ceremony was held there Tuesday - the first foreign dignitary arrival ceremony. The arrival ceremony, hosted by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley, welcomed nine Pacific air chiefs from Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand and
  • Silent, contemplative act serves as closing for Air Force Memorial dedication

    With just a day having passed since introducing its new memorial to the world, the Air Force completed one final commemorative act, one likely to set the tone for the Memorial for decades to come. On the morning of Oct. 15 and in a setting more silent and solemn than the dedication activities of the day prior, Air Force leaders and members of the
  • Memorial dedication to launch AF's 60th Anniversary observance

    The nation's youngest military service kicks off its 60th anniversary observance this weekend with the official dedication of the Air Force Memorial at Arlington, Va. The memorial, composed of three bold and graceful spires soaring skyward to a height of 270 feet, will be dedicated and given to the nation by the Air Force Memorial Foundation at an
  • Flock of 'grey geese' gather to remember, lest we forget

    What do the WWII veterans of the 11th Bombardment Group have in common with the Air Force District of Washington, an AFDW wing and a historical flock of grey geese?They share 73 years of joint Air Force history and esprit de corps, from the burning airfields of Hawaii to our nation's capital.The 11th Bombardment Group veterans organized a reunion
  • General Smolen holds first officer’s call

    Air Force District of Washington Commander, Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen recently held his first officer's call addressing mid to senior medical officers to share his experiences being on the Command Screening Board. He gave the rising professionals a peak under the tent on how to effectively prepare and have all the squares filled for the
  • AFDW adds two Air Reserve senior leaders to headquarters staff

    Two Air Force Reserve senior officers have been added to the Air Force District of Washington headquarters staff.Brig. Gen. James "JJ" F. Jackson, currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander of the Air Force Doctrine Center, Maxwell AFB, AL, will serve as the MA to the AFDW commander, Maj. Gen. Robert Smolen, while Col. Laura
  • AFDW, Coast Guard partnership to improve homeland defense strategies in NCR

    New joint partnership strategies between Air Force District of Washington and the U.S. Coast Guard Station at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. are expected to improve homeland defense capabilities and better enable anti-terrorism support in the national capital region.Air Force District of Washington's 316th Operational Group at Andrews
  • Your 'new' AFDW patch

    All service members assigned to the 11th Wing will need to update their uniforms with the "new" Air Force District of Washington patch before April 1.Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Landis, superintendent of the 11th Mission Support Squadron military personnel flight at Bolling, coordinated the creation of the supplement to Air Force Instruction
  • New AFDW commander takes control

    In a triple change-of-command ceremony April 14 on the Bolling Ceremonial Lawn, Maj. Gen. Robert L. Smolen assumed command of the Air Force District of Washington and Air Force National Capital Region.With his family and friends, a large contingent of "The Chief's Own" and several Air Force senior leaders looked on from the ceremonial lawn's packed