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  • Continuing a legacy

    Very few things happen by chance and often times, history repeats itself. The June 1997 issue of Recruiter Magazine contained an article entitled “Making History,” written about Terry Cooper. She was a senior master sergeant who was the first-female squadron superintendent of the 336th Recruiting Squadron. Twenty years have passed and there has only been one other female to hold that position.
  • DM OPFOR bolsters joint training

    Insurgents slowly approach a bazaar, hugging a wall as they creep down an empty street. Armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s, they are on the hunt for U.S. troops rumored to be in the area. In an adjacent field, an MV-22 Osprey kicks up a thick cloud of dirt as it lands. Excited by the target, the insurgents scale the wall only to be quickly neutralized by a force of waiting Marines.
  • Airmen eliminate biohazards

    A group of Airmen start their work for the day by unloading a tub of pesticides. The weight of the tub shifts unexpectedly, crushing the leg of an Airman. Chemicals spew from the tub causing chemical burns on the Airman’s skin. The harmful fumes from the chemicals cause the other Airmen to cough profusely, among other symptoms like burning eyes, vomiting and confusion. This was the simulated scenario Moody’s Wing Inspection Team tested the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron’s fire department, emergency management flight and bioenvironmental flight with, during a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense exercise (CBRNE), Feb. 16, here.
  • 822d BDS crawls through FMP

    A child’s first steps are monumental for them and the parents that have coached and encouraged them; but before they walk, they roll over, crawl and stand. Likewise, the 822d Base Defense Group uses Tactical Operation Center exercises, Full Mission Profiles and Mission Readiness exercises to lay the foundation for the development of skills vital for them to deploy successfully. The 822d BDS conquered the crawling stage of that development Feb. 14-15 when its members completed a Full Mission Profile exercise, here.
  • Newest Thunderbird continues Moody legacy

    Upon enlisting as an F-15 Strike Eagle crew chief in 1997, Chief Master Sgt. Jason Hughes, 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron chief enlisted manager, dedicated 20 years to servicing six airframes. Now, he will become the newest member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. After many years of contributing to the Flying Tiger’s historic heritage and achieving several milestones, Hughes wanted to pursued another challenge. As the chief enlisted manager at the 23d AMXS, he saw an opening for the same position for the Thunderbirds and felt compelled to apply and earned the position. As the incoming Thunderbird’s CEM, Hughes will provide advisory skills to the commander about aircraft maintenance and be the enlisted force manager for two years. Hughes will take on the role of managing 120 enlisted personnel spanning from 25 various career fields. Upon arrival with the team, he’ll also will reunite with a familiar face, former Moody A-10 pilot, Capt. Erik Gonsalves, Thunderbirds narrator pilot. While Hughes doesn’t foresee what the future may hold, he says he’s honored to have been entrenched in the fight for Moody’s A-10 mission and that he’ll fully cherish the opportunity of donning the prestigious Thunderbird flight suit.
  • 822d BDS rolls through TOC

    Rolling over, crawling and standing; all vital phases in children’s development that lay the foundation for when they start walking and running. Likewise, Tactical Operation Center Exercises, Full Mission Profiles and Mission Readiness Exercises; lay the foundation for the development of skills vital for the 822d Base Defense Squadron to deploy. The 822d BDS began that preparation this week when its members completed its rolling over phase with a TOC exercise, here.
  • 'MAC' keeps munitions booming

    The 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s conventional ammo section enhanced their knowledge for setting up and maintaining their Munitions Assembly Conveyers, Feb. 3, here. A MAC is an $85,000 conveyer belt Airmen use to build bombs. It’s basically an assembly line that helps these Airmen efficiently construct munitions that may be used to neutralize threats and protect our own. “[The MAC] makes life a lot easier and faster,” said Staff Sgt. Skylar Young, 23d EMS, munitions operations custody account custodian. “You have one person on one end doing one thing to the munition and have another person taking care of something else. At the end it all comes together in one solid piece.”
  • History of the rank, top one percent

    It has been 57 years since the first Airmen earned the rank of chief master sergeant. Chiefs weren't a part of the enlisted structure when the Air Force was created in 1947. In fact, it took 11 years and an act of Congress before the rank even existed and Jan. 28, Moody added seven of their own to the long lineage.
  • Tinkering technicians save millions

    Time clocks for physical assessments, scoreboards in the gym, aircraft parts, refrigerators, tablets, and televisions—all of these items have something in common. They are some of the things that the 23d Maintenance Group’s Air Force Repair Enhancement Program technicians have fixed, here. The AFREP is designed to save the Air Force money by repairing electrical components that are misfiring, have gone bad or are causing issues that maintenance professionals do not have the clearance to repair. “Our goal is to repair Air Force assets so that money is not spent on things that can be repaired,” said Staff Sgt. Alexandria Jones, 23d MXG AFREP technician. “My favorite part about my job is the opportunity to learn something new. If you ask someone from maintenance what they do, they’ll say ‘we swap little black boxes’ because that’s the extent of what we are able to do on the flight line.”
  • Sifting through the myths of DDR

    Airmen are entrusted to protect the nation and themselves. Whether it’s drawing a blood sample or packing a parachute, Airmen must be situationally aware with a drug-free, stable mind. Would you want someone who’s high on illegal drugs, or an unauthorized controlled substance such as someone else’s prescription or an outdated one of your own, packing the parachute that you have to jump out of a plane with?