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Col. Paul Birch, left, 93d Air Ground Operations Wing commander, and Col. Benito Barron, 820th Base Defense Group (BDG) commander, pose for at photo during a change of command ceremony, July 12, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony represents the formal passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one officer to another. Barron, who recently relinquished his duties as the Chief of the Homeland Defense and Protection Division for Headquarters United States Northern Command, will now command the 820th BDG. The 820th BDG is the Air Force’s only unit specifically designed to provide fully integrated defense operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt) 820th BDG continues legacy of defense
The 820th Base Defense Group held a change of command ceremony, July 12, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The ceremony represents the formal passing of responsibility, authority and accountability of command from one officer to another. Col. Benito Barron, 820th BDG commander, who recently relinquished his duties as the Chief of the Homeland Defense and Protection Division for Headquarters United States Northern Command, will now command the 820th BDG. The 820th BDG is the Air Force’s only unit specifically designed to provide fully integrated defense operations.
0 7/12
2018
Airman Tyler Carpenter, 823d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member, drinks from his canteen after finishing the last obstacle during an Army Air Assault readiness assessment, Dec. 7, 2017, at Camp Blanding, Fla. The AAA readiness assessment is designed to prepare Airmen for the Army Air Assault School curriculum as well as its physical and mental stressors. During AAA, U.S. troops are taught an array of skills associated with rotary-winged aircraft. These skills widen the 820th Base Defense Group’s ability to swiftly deploy and defend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider) Airmen prep for Army Air Assault School
The AAA readiness assessment is designed to prepare Airmen for the Army Air Assault school curriculum as well as its physical and mental stressors. During AAA, U.S. troops are taught an array of skills associated with rotary-winged aircraft. These skills widen the 820th Base Defense Group’s ability to swiftly deploy and defend.
0 12/11
2017
Beth Houtz places a retirement pin on her husband, Chief Master Sgt. David Houtz, 823d Base Defense Squadron chief enlisted manager’s lapel, during his retirement ceremony, Dec. 1, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Houtz enlisted in the Air Force on Oct. 6, 1991. During his 27-year career, he has held numerous leadership roles while supporting Operations Provide Promise, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider) 823d BDS chief retires after 27 years of service
Houtz enlisted in the Air Force on Oct. 6, 1991. During his 27-year career, he has held numerous leadership roles while supporting Operations Provide Promise, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve.
0 12/01
2017
Retired Master Sgt. Baron Acosta puts his head down for a moment during a Safeside memorial service, Nov. 8, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Safeside reunions are biennial and scheduled around the 820th Base Defense Group’s high-ops tempo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider) Veterans, Airmen congregate during Safeside Reunion
Vietnam and Desert Storm veterans came together to bond with the new generation of Safeside members. The three-day event consisted of a memorial service for fallen Safeside members, a current capabilities demonstration and a golf tournament.
0 11/16
2017
U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, right, poses for a photo with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Walter E. Piatt, 10th Mountain Division commander, during his visit to the 20th Air Support Operations Squadron and 10th Mountain Division, Oct. 9, 2017, at Fort Drum, N.Y. Holmes visited Airmen belonging to the 14th, 20th and 682d ASOS, and 18th Weather Squadron Detachment 1 during Warfighters Exercise 18-1, to observe Airmen fully engaged in roles they would fill for the Army while downrange. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson) ACC commander witnesses integrated readiness
The commander of Air Combat Command visited Airmen belonging to the 18th Air Support Operations Group, during Warfighters Exercise 18-1, Oct. 9, 2017, at Fort Drum N.Y.Gen. Mike Holmes observed the WFX, which is designed to test a commander’s ability to direct their forces and successfully defeat the enemy. WFX 18-1 tested the 10th Mountain
0 10/12
2017
Members of the 820th Base Defense Group pose with Tech. Sgt. Joe Ostrum, 820th Combat Operations Squadron personal parachute program manager, front, third from the left, after he earned his senior-rated parachutist badge during a static-line jump, Oct. 3, 2017, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. During a static-line jump, the jumper is attached to the aircraft via the ‘static-line’, which automatically deploys the jumpers’ parachute after they’ve exited the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Jumpmaster earns senior-rated star
A member of the 820th Base Defense Group earned his senior-rated parachutist badge, joining the ranks of experienced jumpmasters within the Air Force, Oct. 3, at the Lee Fulp drop zone in Tifton, Ga. Tech. Sgt. Joe Ostrum, 820th Combat Operations Squadron personal parachute program manager, completed the final requirement to obtain a senior rating by fulfilling jumpmaster duties during a static-line jump.
0 10/10
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Sjon Green, 820th Combat Operations Squadron (COS) parachute rigger, secures an MC-6 parachutes lines, Oct. 4, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 820th COS’s four-person shop of parachute rigger’s are responsible for ensuring every 820th Base Defense Group parachute is serviceable, while also ensuring ground safety at the drop zone. The team has packed and inspected more than 490 parachutes in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Airmen ‘rig’ parachute game

0 10/05
2017
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Staff Sgts. Stan Mason, Charlie Jefferson, Doc Lawrence, and Master Sgt. Kenneth G. Webb. None of you know these individuals, but their legacy and efforts as supervisors are evident.These NCOs were my very first influences in the Air Force and the reason I am wearing these chevrons today.Front-line supervisors have the greatest impact on the Air
0 8/29
2017
Airman 1st Class Homer Holland, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam member, carries an unconscious team member during a simulated explosives and hazardous material scenario, May 24, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The exercise simulated initial responses from first responders who then contacted other appropriate units after assessing the potential threat while also assisting the simulated victims of hazardous materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Team Moody, FBI partner for training
Members of Team Moody and the FBI partnered for roadside bomb and weapons of mass destruction training May 22-25, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The training brought to light the similarities and differences between the two bomb management teams.
0 6/01
2017
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