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ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England – Audra Wheeler hugs her 3-month-old daughter, Teagan, before reuniting with her husband Sept. 15, 2011. Approximately 60 Airmen from the 56th Rescue Squadron and 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron returned home after back-to-back deployments lasting more than nine months in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Odyssey Dawn and Unified Protector. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Cory D. Payne) Spouses put service before self
Thousands and thousands of Airmen from across the Air Force are deployed at any given time. American Airmen sacrifice time with their families to provide humanitarian assistance to countries around the world. They sacrifice time with their families to help train partner-nation militaries learning to be self sufficient. They sacrifice time with
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2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England  This is the path leading up to the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Flight Avionics Intermediate Section building across the street from the gas station, Sept. 7, 2011. AIS Airmen are responsible for providing the flightline with highly effective and efficient intermediate support to maintain the electronics on fighter aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany M. Deuel) Mysterious fortress at RAF Lakenheath
Across the street from the gas station, an ominous brown building resides. A passerby may wonder, is it an abandoned building? Is it a waterworks? No, it is the home of the 48th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Flight Avionics Intermediate Section. While the building's use is unknown to some, the contributions of the AIS Airmen to the 48th
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2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England - Liberty Warriors run the trail at Peacekeeper Park during the 24-hour Memorial Run, Sept. 10, 2011. The run, in remembrance in those that lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, ended at 1:46 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2011, the time the first tower was hit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tiffany M. Deuel) 9/11: Running for Remembrance
Gordon M. Aamoth. Katie Marie McCloskey. Andrew S. Zucker. Every thirty seconds, a name is spoken, with each name representing a life lost to the attacks on 9/11. To honor their memory, Airmen and families participated in a 24-hour memorial run, ending at 1:46 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2011, followed by a tree dedication at Peacekeeper Park. "The idea for
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2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England - Six years ago, Master Sgt. Kevin Carter, 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit flight chief, was overwhelmed by personal issues. Not seeking help from friends or co-workers, he attempted suicide. He survived however, and hopes his story will motivate others to seek help if they need to. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Cory D. Payne) One sergeant's story
Six years ago, Kevin Carter was a technical sergeant in the 494th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, and personal issues were piling up around him.He couldn't stop anticipating negative outcomes to events. Worse still, he wasn't talking to his friends or co-workers about what he was going through."[There] was a culmination of personal issues I didn't want
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2011
U.S. Air Force courtesy photo Keep your head, watch your mouth
According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, an estimated 15 million dental injuries and 5 million cases of traumatically avulsed teeth occur every year in the U.S.Nearly one-third of these dental injuries are sports-related. The Academy of General Dentistry reports athletes are 70 times more likely to sustain damage to teeth when not
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2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England - Staff Sgt. Andrea Martin (left), 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron inspection craftsman, Tech Sgt. Scott Douglass, 372nd Squadron Training Detachment 16 crew chief instructor, and Staff Sgt. John Phillippo, 492nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, practice preflight checks on an F-15E Strike Eagle at RAF Lakenheath, July 27, 2011. Detachment 16 offers more than 55 different courses to ensure all 48th Fighter Wing maintainers are qualified to repair and inspect assigned aircraft supporting the Liberty Wing mission of worldwide responsive combat air power and support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Cory Payne) Small unit, big impact
A requirement to train more than 2,000 Liberty Wing aircraft maintainers is a dynamic task for a large shop. At least that's what most would think. Instead, the 372nd Training Squadron, with less than 20 personnel, undertakes this duty."Not many people outside of the maintenance community knows who we are, what we do, or even where we are located,"
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ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England – Jack Highlander, RAF Lakenheath Youth Bowling Team member, bowls for practice at the Liberty Lanes, June 23, 2011. The league is open to all and has three age divisions: Pee Wee, ages 3 to 7; Bantam/Prep, ages 6 to 11 and Junior/Major/Senior, ages 12 to 21. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Megan P. Lyon) Avid bowler revamps youth bowling program
Some say "Home is where the heart is," but for members of the RAF Lakenheath Youth Bowling team, "Home is where the house is."To the 85-member team, Liberty Lanes is the "house" and their home bowling alley.In 2010, when Michael Palase, 48th Medical Group facility management, arrived, he said he found a floundering youth bowling program. Drawing on
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2011
ROYAL AIR FORCE FELTWELL, England -- Celebration participants watch as the Royal Air Force Red Arrows Aerobatic Team performs during the Fourth of July celebration, July 4, 2011. Approximately 30,000 Airmen, their families and local community members came together to celebrate America’s Independence Day. Attendees enjoyed a variety of food, played games, watched aerial displays, rode carnival rides and watched fireworks. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tiffany M. Deuel) Making friends 235 years later
Much has changed in the 235 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed.Back then, the newly declared United States of America didn't want anything to do with the United Kingdom.Today, however, Americans and British have a unique friendship, one so strong that the two communities can come together to celebrate America's Independence Day
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ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England – Members of the Lakenheath Officers’ & Civilians’ Spouses Club stand ready with vouchers for groceries and gasoline during their “Pay it Forward” contest June 21, 2011. The club raced around the base surprising junior enlisted personnel with the vouchers. (Courtesy photo) Spouses 'Pay it Forward'
The RAF Lakenheath Officers' & Civilians' Spouses' Club held their very own Amazing Race contest in "Pay it Forward" style to have some fun and to spread some unexpected cheer around the base.Teams from the OCSC had to follow clues taking them to various locations around the base where they had to perform specific tasks such as purchasing gas and
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2011
HIGHLANDS, Scotland – A train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct on May 30, 2011. Participants on the RAF Lakenheath Outdoor Recreation “Harry Potter and Loch Ness” trip rode round trip on the Jacobite Railway from Fort Williams to Mallaig, Scotland. This location was featured in the Harry Potter movies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch) Liberty Adventures: Discovering 'Harry Potter and Loch Ness'
(Editor's note: No federal endorsement is intended or implied concerning places of interest covered by the 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs.)As the sun started to rise, the group loaded up, ready to chart a course to find a mythical creature in the waters of Loch Ness, discover the birth place of the prophecies of old and ride the Hogwarts
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