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Default Air Force Logo What the FY13 Budget means to USAFE
Since the first Gulf War, the U.S. has been engaged continuously in combat operations and U.S. Air Forces in Europe have played a critical role. Not only have we deployed thousands of our Airmen and assets, we have also served as an essential support platform enabling the long-term projection and sustainment of combat power throughout the U.S.
0 2/21
2012
Billy the Cat (aka British Billy) lives in Elveden, a local village about ten miles from RAF Lakenheath. Billy has been around a bit. He came from a rescue centre and prefers not to dwell on the past. He is proud of his country and its heritage and counts his friends and family as hailing from all corners of the British Isles. He is proud to be a “moggy”. Many of his American friends and admirers ask Billy about the things puzzling them about life and culture in the U.K., and if he doesn’t know the answer, he has ways and means of finding out. Feel free to send him any questions, and when he isn’t sleeping or hunting, he’ll try and put a few thoughts together to help you out.
British Billy tosses pancakes
Pancake Day is approaching! Some know it as Mardi Gras, but to we Brits, it is known as Shrove Tuesday, or more colloquially, Pancake Day. This year, it is Feb. 21.The well-informed amongst you will know that Shrove Tuesday is the day before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. As the date of Easter changes each year, so does the date of
0 2/17
2012
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Tech. Sgt.  Samantha Webb, 48th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, prepares to go on patrol at the 48th SFS headquarters building, Jan. 18, 2011.  Webb has been in the Air Force for 11 years, stationed at RAF Lakenheath since August 2008 and has deployed five times.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Connor Estes) What does Air Power mean to you?
For a large majority of Airmen, their hard work and dedication is evident every duty day. A wrench turned is an engine fixed; a meal cooked and served is a happy Airman at a dining facility, an individual medically cleared for deployment is one more able-bodied war fighter contributing to a mission downrange. Most Airmen get a sense of
0 1/26
2012
British Billy this week explains some of the traditions surrounding the Scottish celebration of Burns Night. Robert Burns is regarded as the national poet of Scotland,and his birth is remembered each year with the Burns Night supper on Jan. 25, which includes the eating of haggis. Feel free to send Billy any questions you have about life in the U.K., and when he isn’t sleeping or hunting, he’ll try and put a few thoughts together to help you out. British Billy celebrates Burns Night
A little adventure is good for the soul, in my opinion. Live a little, push the boundaries, and move out of your comfort zone. Eat haggis. Haggis, probably the most traditional of Scottish dishes, can be eaten at any time, but is central to the Burns Night Supper. Burns Night is celebrated every year on Jan. 25, the birthday of the 18th century
0 1/25
2012
Wingman Resources Wingman: more than a cliche
(Editor's note: At the request of the author, his name and those of the parties involved in this story have been removed.)What is it to be a Wingman? One may think it's an overused cliché, but I'm here to tell you that being a Wingman is more than a term we place on a friend, peer or supervisor.Several years ago, I had the privilege to serve with a
0 1/04
2012
Default Air Force Logo Action Line: Zebra crossings and blocked access
COMPLAINT:Zebra Crossings - When I first arrived at RAF Lakenheath a little over two years ago, I sat through a driver's trainer class that covered the basics of driving while in the UK. This included the different kind of crosswalks. One of them that was highlighted was the Zebra Crossing. There are many of these on RAFL-including many along the
0 12/30
2011
Default Air Force Logo Action Line: Housing rumors
COMPLAINT:It is going around that soon all E1-E4s with children will be REQUIRED to move into Lords Walk as soon as they arrive (no billeting, just straight into their house), and if they choose to live off base, they will not receive OHA. They may implement the same policy for E5s and E6s as well, and possibly people without kids. I just wanted to
0 12/30
2011
Happy Hogmanay! Hogmanay is a Scottish celebration held every New Year's Eve. Celebrations start in the early evening and minutes before the New Year, a lone piper plays, then the bells of Big Ben chime at midnight; afterwards, everyone joins hands and sings 'Auld Lang Syne'
British Billy's Happy Hogmanay
As the other Alpha male in our happy homestead happens to be a proud Scotsman, my whiskers are already bristling with anticipation as the New Year approaches. The Scots have always preferred to postpone their seasonal celebrations for a few days to welcome in the New Year, an occasion the Scots call 'Hogmanay'.At Hogmanay, the Scottish reputation
0 12/30
2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England ? Staff Sgt. Nathan Santiago, 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 16 Aerospace Ground Equipment instructor, describes the engine of a munitions handling truck to Airman 1st Class Ashley Cory, 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron AGE apprentice, Dec. 29, 2011. Detachment 16 is responsible for the training of more than 2,000 48th Fighter Wing aircraft maintainers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney) What it means to be a wingman
All of us have at one time needed help. Maybe our car has broken down and we are left on the side of the road wondering what the next step will be. We sit there and watch people as they drive by us in our weakened state, lost in their own worlds, and wonder to ourselves why nobody stops to simply ask us if they can help.Finally, somebody does stop,
0 12/29
2011
Default Air Force Logo The dos and don'ts of the political season
With the excitement of the presidential primaries lurking around the corner, there are a few things Airmen must remember during this upcoming political season.When you joined the military or became a federal employee, you did so with the knowledge that this decision came with some sacrifice.Everyone is encouraged to register to vote, research
0 12/22
2011
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