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  • Healthy for the holidays

    Maintaining weight during the holidays seems an impossible feat. After all, ’tis the season for excess sugar, sticks of butter and festive spirits. The holiday season doesn’t have to be the end of healthy living, though. There are ways to navigate the holidays skillfully to avoid excess weight gain and Moody’s new dietitian is sharing her secrets to holiday success.
  • Transgender veteran lives inner truth

    A 9-year-old boy stands in front of the mirror looking at his outfit for the day. His mom comes behind him smiling and comments on what a handsome young man he is becoming. He looks at his mom with sad eyes and replies “I should have been a girl.” Taken aback, his mom smiles and says “Don’t be silly, go play with your trucks.” This is the reality people living with gender dysphoria face; feeling they are in the wrong body, and their internal feelings don’t match their outward appearance. “We’re not crossdressers, drag queens, or transvestites,” said retired U.S. Air Force Major Laura Perry, 45th Medical Operations Squadron master social worker. “There’s nothing wrong with those people. That’s just not us. In my case, I was a female stuck in a male’s body and that’s important to understand. I’m not just deciding that I like girl’s clothes or that I like to wear makeup. The choice that [transgender people] make is whether to transition or not. We don’t choose to feel like we’re trapped in the wrong body.”
  • Air Force reunites sisters

    What are the odds? After eight years of separation, sisters in blood turned sisters in service are being reunited in the same unit. “I was only 12 when we were separated,” said U.S. Air Force Airman Elizabeth Davis, 23d Communications Squadron knowledge management technician. “I felt like I lost part of me. She was always the person I looked up to, and then I didn’t have that anymore.”
  • Birds of two feathers flock together

    Many rivalries are held between firefighters and police officers nationwide, but when emergencies arise, both entities can be found running towards turmoil as a singular, lifesaving unit. That fact stands true at Moody, and it all begins with strategic planning in a modest room of Airmen from the 23d Security Forces Squadron and 23d Civil Engineer Squadron. Moody is one of the few Air Force installations to pair these units within the same four walls, allowing for smoother teamwork, better communication and elevated morale.
  • Veteran says goodbye to partner, hello to pet

    Alexander Nutting, former Military Working Dog handler assigned to the 23d Security Force Squadron, adopted MWD Dini during his retirement ceremony. Dini is a Vizsla bred dog who was born in 2004 and joined the Air Force as an explosive detector dog in 2009. The two met in March 2013 when Nutting was a new MWD handler. Nutting was one of Dini's six handlers and vowed to come back for the dog after separating from the Air Force in May 2015. The two will strengthen their bond in Nutting's household as Dini transitions from life as a service member into the life of a pet.
  • Airmen possess X-ray vision

    If it walks, sounds and looks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. Likewise, if symptoms, breathing and X-rays look like a lung infection, it’s probably a lung infection. The 23d Medical Support Squadron’s radiology diagnostic imaging specialists use sophisticated technology to capture images of the human body to assist physicians in diagnosing Team Moody members quickly and accurately.
  • Airfield management oversees the flightline

    Dodging litter and animals while questioning the GPS’s directions to drive into a lake are some struggles faced during road trips. Without the Airmen from one support section, Moody’s fleet would face many of the same struggles on the flightline. The safety of Airmen depends not only on aircraft, but also the airfields they use. The 23d Operations Support Squadron’s airfield management section is responsible for the upkeep of runways and other airfield components. Airfield management specialists ensure all Moody’s takeoffs and landings proceed without incident.
  • Moodys mechanics manage ground fleet

    Changing tires and oil, and replacing alternators and air conditioning units, is what comes to mind when thinking of automobile maintenance. At Moody, this maintenance is completed by multiple sections in vehicle management that work together to keep Moody’s vehicle fleet in tip-top shape. Whether it’s talking to the customer to find out what the vehicle is doing wrong, determining the cause, ordering the parts or performing the repairs, the Airmen in this shop ensure the job is done right and efficiently so Moody’s mission can continue. “Planes aren’t going to fly without us fixing the vehicles that fuel them, so we directly impact the mission,” said Keith Sharron, 23d Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance craftsman. “Moving people back and forth, food, weapons, ammo, tools- you name it, nothing on this installation is going to move without vehicles.
  • Key spouses support military families

    All over the world there are Airmen separated from their families while supporting various missions at deployed locations. At Moody, while these Airmen are gone for months at a time, the 23d Wing and 93d Air Ground Operations Wing Key Spouse Programs ensure support and care for their families. The Key Spouse Program, established Air Force-wide in 1999, is an official commander-directed program managed by hand-selected volunteers trained to provide peer-to-peer support, address the needs of military families and enhance readiness.
  • A bond so strong they’ll trust their life to it

    Airmen from separate Air Force components took time to train and foster relationships that could potentially mean the difference between life and death during their upcoming deployment. For longer than a month, the 820th Base Defense Group and New York Air National Guard’s 105th Base Defense Squadron, based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York, have trained hand-in-hand in preparation for their departure this week for partner deployments to Southwest Asia.