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  • Dealing with holiday stress

    It's that time of year again.  All things pumpkin spice become all things peppermint; television networks start showing nostalgic, holiday-themed movies; in Northwest Florida, we complain about cold weather while the rest of the country actually deals with winter; and I write the "holiday stress" mental health message. My challenge of course, is to
  • Staying healthy during the holidays

    I have been working here in the health and fitness field for almost 20 years and every year the same question arises - "How do I stay fit through the holidays?" Most people will gain two to three pounds over the holiday season, but there are recommended strategies to stay fit, even when time is tight.My philosophy - anything is better than nothing!
  • The Son Tay Raid, need for special operations forces

     In May 1970, U.S. intelligence analysts learned approximately 70-80 American POWs were being held at Son Tay Prison, located about 30 miles west of Hanoi, Vietnam.On June 1, 1970, Army Brig. Gen. Don Blackburn, the special assistant for Counterinsurgency and Special Activity, briefed Air Force Lt. Gen. John Vogt, JCS/J3, and Army Lt. Gen. Donald
  • Cyber readiness inspection ahead

    On behalf of U.S. Cyber Command, a Defense Information Systems Agency inspection team will conduct a Command Cyber Readiness Inspection here Nov. 30 - Dec. 4.Massive preparations are underway across the base, including compliance validation actions for 100-plus checklists.A CCRI is the communications equivalent of a base Operational Readiness
  • Choosing to live

    Team Eglin EDITOR'S NOTE:  The 96th Test Wing completes its Wingman Day training Nov. 9 that focuses exclusively on resiliency.  In light of this training, here is a commentary on just that subject from an Airman in the Air Force Materiel Command.I have worked for the federal government for 13 years. In each and every one of those years, I have
  • Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor

    Veterans have made a selfless choice to lay their lives on the line to serve and protect our country. In many cases, they have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we continue to have our rights and freedoms.Veterans Day is a time we set aside to honor these special Americans.Originally known as Armistice Day since 1919, President Dwight D.
  • Seasonal influenza vaccine now available

    A mass influenza vaccination line for active duty only is Oct. 26-29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 413th  Flight Test Squadron auditorium (Bldg. 439) and will be on a first-come first-served basis.  The auditorium is located on West F Avenue, across from the old library on the East side of the base.The influenza
  • The in-house recruiter: an open letter to my peers

     I'll never forget the first time my Air Force pride shot through the roof of my heart.It wasn't upon graduating basic training; that was more of a weight lifted relief. It wasn't the first time I saw an F-22 Raptor take off, and it wasn't when I, as a young Airman, stood tall saluting during the sound of Retreat at my first duty station.No. The
  • Domestic Violence Awareness: The Silent Witness Project

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The "purple flyers" at the base gates and at the 7th Special Forces Group compound are Eglin's version of the Silent Witness Project which honors those who suffered as a result of domestic violence.How the initiative beganIn 1990, an ad hoc group of women artists and writers, upset about the growing
  • AFMC promotes Depression Awareness Month

    During the month of October, Air Force Materiel Command will promote Depression Awareness. As part of its Mental Fitness Campaign, AFMC will inform the workforce about the signs and symptoms of depression, offer anonymous behavioral health screenings, and promote mental fitness assistance programs and services. According to the National Institute

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Practice makes perfect. Blue battles Red. The 96th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Blue team claimed the weapons load crew supremacy victory July 13, 2018. The quarterly competitions ensure our Airmen are skilled at weapons loading. #FlyFightWin
Thanks to a recent innovative idea, the 96th Test Wing’s support and defense unit became its latest developmental test squadron. https://bit.ly/2NVKt2s
NOISE ADVISORY. Engineers with the 780th Test Squadron are scheduled to conduct a munitions test July 17-18, 2018. The test, which will take place on Range B-75, is expected to produce a large blast that may be noticeable to residents and visitors throughout the local area. For information, call 882-2836. Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce | Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce | Crestview Area Chamber | Destin Chamber of Commerce | Navarre Chamber | Greater Navarre Area Chamber of Commerce | Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office | Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. | Escambia County Sheriff's Office | Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office FL | Niceville Police Department
#FlashbackFriday Premier College Intern Program participants lift off on a UH-1 familiarization flight with the 413th Flight Test Squadron here on June 27. The 12 interns are in a new three-month paid summer internship. The goal is to recruit the best engineering students for the Air Force. #AimHigh Niceville Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce | Destin Chamber of Commerce | Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce | Walton Area Chamber of Commerce | Crestview Area Chamber | Navarre Chamber | Greater Navarre Area Chamber of Commerce
👏👏👏 Congratulations Sergeant. This 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldier will compete in the U.S. Army Best Warrior competition Sept. 30, 2018. #AimHigh
Do you know these squared away Airmen? They recently graduated from the Honor Guard's 120-plus-hour course. Well done! DYK: #Eglin's Honor Guard performs in more than 400 ceremonies a year. Their primary duty is to provide dignified military funeral honors for Airmen that served the country with honor. Their area of responsibility spans 20 counties throughout the #Florida and #Alabama region. US Air Force Honor Guard | 33rd Fighter Wing | 53d Wing - Eglin AFB | AFMS - Eglin - 96 Medical Group
Your #AirForce - always there.
#MondayMotivation The Alpha Warrior Tour obstacle rig is coming July 30-31. Do you have what it takes? “I had never done this type of training before Alpha Warrior came to the bases,” said, First Lt. Nicole Mitchell, stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. “It was really fun and is a great way to help people get into a different workout routine.” Alpha Warrior, built around a unique apparatus, challenges Airmen as they tackle the various obstacles or stations. The AWT is open to all branches of service. Call the main fitness center at 882-6223 for information and read more here: https://bit.ly/2m4D4Rx 33rd Fighter Wing | 53d Wing - Eglin AFB | The 7th Special Forces Group | AFMS - Eglin - 96 Medical Group | 919th Special Operations Wing | 20th Space Control Squadron | Eglin Spouses' Club
The little bird, a baby least tern, fell from the roof of the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron's building. When quick thinking LRS troops saw what happened, they called Jackson Guard for assistance. JG then enlisted the help of the 96th Civil Engineer HVAC personnel to access the roof. Once JG wildlife biologists gained access to the roof they reunited the young least tern with its flock! Least Terns are listed as a threatened species by the state of Florida. Well done Airmen! #FridayFeeling Eglin Life | Eglin Spouses' Club | Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
DYK: The 96th Security Forces Squadron Defenders defend the 724 square mile Eglin reservation and its waterways. #ThursdayThoughts Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office | Niceville Police Department | Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. | Escambia County Sheriff's Office | Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office FL
#HappyIndependenceDay 🇺🇸 33rd Fighter Wing 53d Wing - Eglin AFB AFMS - Eglin - 96 Medical Group 919th Special Operations Wing 20th Space Control Squadron Eglin Spouses' Club The 7th Special Forces Group
Happy Fourth of July! 🇺🇲️ An Independence Day message from your United States Air Force leadership. Heather Wilson | Gen. David L. Goldfein | CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright | 33rd Fighter Wing | 53d Wing - Eglin AFB | AFMS - Eglin - 96 Medical Group | @919th Special Operations Wing | 20th Space Control Squadron
Surrounded by 50 state flags, a giant American flag, heavy humidity and almost 4,000 eyes, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein took to the stage during an all-call here. The general addressed the state of the Air Force and the service’s ongoing effort to revitalize squadrons, strength joint leaders and teams, and advance multi-domain command and control. He also praised Eglin’s efforts in the modernization field and with keeping the warfighter up to date on the battlefield. “In the short time I’ve been here, I can say you are leading the effort when it comes to innovative thinking,” he said. In his closing remarks the CSAF shared his love for the job and the people at his command. “It has never been a more important time to serve and as your chief, I couldn’t be prouder to serve with you,” said Goldfein. 33rd Fighter Wing | 53d Wing - Eglin AFB | AFMS - Eglin - 96 Medical Group | 919th Special Operations Wing | 20th Space Control Squadron |
"There are so many steps to get to where I want to be, but I'm willing to go that far and do whatever it takes to become the best Air Force pilot I can be,” said Airman 1st Class Brianna Lisner, 58th Fighter Squadron aerospace scheduler. Lisner was selected for a T-38C Talon II incentive flight with the intention of one day becoming an Air Force fighter pilot. #KnowYourMil 33rd Fighter Wing
#FlashbackFriday The 'Hog' makes history The A-10C has already demonstrated tremendous capability in supporting the Global War on Terror. According to then 40th Flight Test Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Evan Dertien, now Gen. and 96th Test Wing commander, putting this bomb on the aircraft "will give the A-10 an outstanding precision targeting capability that will help the Air Force continue to provide precision engagement." While making Air Force history was a great feeling for the 40th team, Dertien said the rewards of a successful test are more far reaching. "When the weapons are proven in combat and you get feedback from the deployed flying units that a capability worked as expected and made a difference in the fight, that's the big payoff," he said. For the first time a guided bomb unit-54, the Laser Joint Directed Attack Munition, or LJDAM, was dropped from an A-10C November, 2008. Air Force Materiel Command​ | Warthog News​ | A10 Warthog
U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 32 from Naval Air Station Oceana trained here at the 33rd Fighter Wing to integrate F/A-18 Hornet and F-35A Lightning II flight operations to prepare for joint warfare in the future. “This training not only helps the Navy pilots and maintainers, but also teaches our Airmen how to operate in the joint environment,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Erik Axt, 33d FW Director of Staff and F-35A instructor pilot. “Changing the people and the assets we’re working with adds training value for all of us.” https://bit.ly/2tKh9Tq
Test wing aces latest unit inspection “Overall, the Inspector General's team was very impressed by the wing,” said Brig. Gen. Evan Dertien, 96th TW commander, in a letter to wing Airmen. “’Highly Effective’ ratings are very rare, so getting two is an outstanding accomplishment and reflection of your hard work.” UEIs focus on helping wing commanders identify areas of improvement to better support the mission. “The 96th TW continues to set the example for performance,” said Dertien. “When the final UEI report is released it will contain both strengths and recommended improvement areas. We can continue improving our unit to meet the needs of the Air Force and our nation’s warfighters.” Air Force Materiel Command's Inspector General's inspection served as a continual evaluation of performance from April 2016 to now. The four major graded areas were: executing the mission, managing resources, improving the unit and leading the people. Air Force Materiel Command
What we do. Air Force Materiel Command develops and supports war-winning capabilities for the nation. That's our mission. Our Airmen support the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Coast Guard and our allies around the world. Watch to learn more. #FlyFightWin
Remembering the Khobar Towers The sacrifice of our fallen heroes is never forgotten. Each year, past and present members and families of the 33rd Fighter Wing meet at the Khobar Towers Memorial here to honor the 12 Nomads and seven other Airmen who were killed during the terrorist attack in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996. 53d Wing - Eglin AFB | 919th Special Operations Wing | 20th Space Control Squadron | AFMS - Eglin - 96 Medical Group | Eglin Spouses' Club
The 96 Civil Engineer Group’s EOD flight hosted & participated in the beta test for @usairforce new #EOD ‘Tier 2’ p… https://t.co/9Cw0bKTL3J
#ICYMI A few scenes from the #POWMIARecognitionDay ceremony. We continue the nation's promise. #NeverForget the sac… https://t.co/LW1KFNvxE7
Aspire to be the best for the team. Teamwork makes the dream work! #MondayMotivation from the Profession of Arms Ce… https://t.co/35gODtYBkC
#HAPPENINGNOW POW/MIA Ceremony at the Air Force Armament Museum Foundation. Today we honor the sacrifices of forme… https://t.co/fmUPibACF0
UPDATE TO Sept. 18-21 STATE ROAD 285 CLOSURES: Road Closure for State Road 285 for Sept. 20 and Sept. 21, 2018 have… https://t.co/MvwtZl5T5g
RT @usairforce: Our own @AstroHague will launch into #Space in less than a month! https://t.co/RaQsXp14NP
RT @DeptofDefense: Today marks 71 years of #AirForce strength in the skies. Happy Birthday to the @USAirForce. #AFBday #AF71 https://t.co/y…
#Eglin Testing scheduled for Sept 18-21. State Road 285 will close for the duration of scheduled times: Sept 18 bet… https://t.co/jc7c0RTjng
RT @usairforce: .@SecAFOfficial: Over the past 6 months, #USAF acquisition has striped 56 yrs out of planned schedules in our acquisition.…
RT @usairforce: .@SecAFOfficial: We have an obligation to our countrymen. To tell them, as those before us have done in their time, what sh…
RT @usairforce: .@SecAFOfficial: The #USAF is too small for what the nation expects of us. 312 Operational Squadrons is not enough. #ASC18
No one ever injured their #Eyesight looking on the ☀️🌟 bright side. - Profession of Arms Center of Excellence.… https://t.co/Yf6HYa4Xpf
#MondayMorning Stay tuned! Day 1 of the @Air @AirForceAssoc Air & Space Conference is underway. Follow @usairforcehttps://t.co/VEZFuiQaxA
RT @usairforce: .@AirNatlGuard units from 14 states are stepping up to help #HurricaneFlorence response efforts. #Readiness #Resilience htt…
RT @DeptofDefense: Planning for the future? You should know what benefits are available. In addition to the High-3 or new #BlendedRetiremen