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  • Team Moody 'Safeside' defenders support Hurricane Michael

    Defenders from the 822d Base Defense Squadron prepare to depart Moody Air Force Base, Ga., to provide base security at Tyndall AFB, Fla., during Hurricane Michael recovery efforts, Oct. 11, 2018. Moody’s ‘Safeside’ defenders will secure the area as Tyndall’s Ride Out Element conducts damage assessments during the aftermath. Since Oct. 8 and until further notice, Tyndall has been on evacuation notice.
  • Moody ‘rucks the distance’ during POW/MIA Recognition Day

    The 347th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) hosted the POW/MIA Recognition Day ruck march, Sept. 21, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. For the first time at Moody, the 347th OSS hosted a ruck march to pay tribute to those who’ve been captured or missing in the line of duty by carrying a POW/MIA flag for 24 hours.
  • Airman sets sights on Defender Challenge

    Seven Moody defenders trudged through a gauntlet that tested their capability, lethality and readiness. Ultimately, only Senior Airman Jeffrey Lewis, 822d Base Defense Squadron fireteam leader, had the scores, determination and perseverance to advance to the next level for a chance to represent Air Combat Command (ACC) during the 2018 Defender Challenge, Sept. 8-14, at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.