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  • “Pathways” to success: Summer interns key contributors to AFDW mission

    “Pride...Teamwork...Success.”  A group of young adults were able to experience, first hand, what it means to embody the Air Force District of Washington’s motto as interns working on the AFDW staff this summer.Hired on under the Federal Government’s “Pathways Programs” the group of students from high school through post-graduate school and recent
  • JBAB change of command symbolic of AFDW’s global mission

    Colonel Wayne Blanchette took the reins today as Air Force Element Commander, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB), District of Columbia, succeeding Colonel Kendall D. Peters.  Colonel Blanchette also serves as Vice Commander of JBAB.  On this day, as JBAB welcomes its new Air Force Element Commander, otherwise known as “AFELM,” this ceremony is a
  • Vietnam veteran honored in D.C.

    The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard hosted a  flag folding ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 19.The ceremony, for Air Force Capt. Glenn Cook, a Vietnam War veteran, preceded a memorial service in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Cook, born on Sept. 10, 1945, was a Forward Air Controller stationed in Cam Ranh
  • 811th Airmen awarded VP Service Badge

    Four members of the 811th Security Forces Squadron have been awarded the Vice Presidential Service Badge for their mission support of the Vice President of the United States, May 21.The badge was awarded to 811th SFS members Staff Sgt. Peter Velez, former NCO in-charge of vice presidential aircraft security, Staff Sgt. Leonard Antonio, vice
  • Singing Sergeants seek skilled soprano

    In a small windowless room lined with U.S. Air Force paintings and a long wood table sits six of 13 women in anticipation of their audition. A chance to wear the U.S. Air Force uniform.They wait quietly as they flip through pages of prepared music.The women are from all over the country; Oregon, Kentucky, and Illinois. Some have bachelor's degrees,
  • Guardsman bares heavy weight

    She steps up to the bar, her back braced and supported; her head band catches any trace of sweat.Her team is cheering, while her coach powerfully slaps her back, yelling:"LEAD FROM THE FRONT! SHOW ME WHAT YOU'RE ALL ABOUT APRIL!"At 165 pounds, she grips the metal barbell with her callused, chalked hands and prepares to deadlift a personal
  • Making the cut: drill team sharpens trainees

    A duct-taped, 12-pound rifle fixed with an 11-inch blade launches up in the air, heightening tension, as it finds a drill team trainee's hand, arm or the ground, in preparation for its next movement.CLANK, CLANK, THUD!"Weapon down!" yells the trainee, as his heels clink together and he pops to attention.The trainees also halt their drill movements,
  • Sesame Street, USO help Team Andrews families prepare for PCS season

    "5-4-3-2-1." Team Andrews families counted down the launch of a Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families at the base theater here May 13 and 14. The performances, brought to them by the USO, told the story of Katie, a military child who just found out she will be relocating to a new place with her family. The character was created to help
  • Hard never means impossible

    A staff sergeant stands firmly at attention, rifle at his side, waiting to receive the next order from his evaluator. His hope is to become part of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard's firing party element.Airman 1st Class Grace Taylor, USAF Honor Guard training flight instructor, will determine if his skills are proficient enough to be on the team.