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  • Andersen AFB's Legacy: Operation Linebacker II

    Thirty-nine years ago, Andersen Air Force Base became involved in Operation Linebacker II, an operation that would arguably be the most significant event in the installations long and distinguished history. Andersen AFB became the site of the most immense buildup of air power in history. More than 12,000 Airmen and 153 B-52s took up five miles of ramp space on the flight line. This article is about the operation that had many names, to include "The Eleven Day War", "11 Days of Christmas", "December Raids or Bombings" and "The Christmas Bombings"- but whatever moniker is used, it boils down to the massive bombing effort of North Vietnam from December 18-29, 1972.
  • Longest race of my life: two days to Ironman; more than a race

    If you have been following this series, then you would know that in two days I will be competing in the Ironman 70.3 Superfrog. I have written about why I signed up, many aspects of training, and my diet.For the final article before the race I want to post about the real reason I undertook this race, but after writing a seven page article about my
  • Attitude

    You can either love what you do or hate it, but it all depends on your attitude.Colin Powell once said, “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”I read this during a challenging assignment when I didn’t have the right attitude. I was a section superintendent responsible for the actions, products and well-being of 10 people. We all got along great
  • Airmen are always on the record, clock and red carpet

    A few years ago, I happened to be scrolling through my Facebook account and came across a comment made by an Air Force staff sergeant that I had saved in my friends list. It appeared she was on a rant about some rapper stomping on the U.S. flag as part of his new video. What I found most disappointing about the post was that she was apparently NOT
  • The day breast cancer changed my life

    Cold, confused and on the brink of tears were just a few of the emotions I experienced the morning I graduated Air Force Basic Military Training. As I waited all morning for my parents to greet me after eight long weeks, thoughts started running through my mind, why are my parents late? This isn't like them. Finally I looked up to see my mother
  • Diego Garcia’s master budget analyst, resource advisor recognized

    While Airmen have come and gone, a Pampanga, Philippines, native has been the lone off-shore Philippine general schedule employee here for nine years.Whenever personnel get the rare opportunity to visit Diego Garcia a second time, one of the first inquiries is the status of Elizabeth Del Pilar. It is not uncommon to see a smile on their face when
  • Coming together for COPE NORTH

    A typhoon has devastated the fictional island nation of "Guastralia." Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command has tasked the 36th Contingency Response Group to team up with Royal Australian Air Force, Japanese Air Self Defense Force, and Republic of Korea Air Force counterparts to open "Novotonia Air Base," a bare base at which the U.S. Government is
  • "Reviewing Our Core Values"

    Last year while at a commander's conference, I had the opportunity to listen to a speech from Lt. Gen. David Fadok, Commander and President of Air University, , and he explained his "values." This prompted me to take a hard look at what I felt was important to me and as a result I put together some thoughts to try and communicate how and what I
  • Season’s Greetings from COMPACAF

    Gillian and I are happy to be stationed in the Pacific theater once again, celebrating the holiday season alongside the rest of our PACAF family.While this is a time of celebration, we want to shift our focus from celebrating 'with' our families to actually celebrating them. Quite often, mission requirements force us to make sacrifices throughout
  • Growing in Leadership

    Leadership is the art of influencing and directing people to accomplish the mission. Well, this sounds easy enough! Is it really a walk in the park? What if you have that task that no one wants to do? How do you make it happen? How do you become that great leader that can handle any situation no matter how small or large? On the surface, leadership
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Congratulations to A1C Blade Jones, an airfield and weather systems apprentice and our newest "Team Andersen's Best" winner! When Jones is not creating improved processes he's marching in the base honor guard.
https://www.andersen.af.mil/News/Features/Article/1813931/dod-official-updated-transgender-policy-based-on-treating-all-with-dignity/ Updates to the Defense Department’s transgender policy took effect April 12, and defense officials stressed the policy is anchored in the core value of treating all service members with dignity and respect.
Make a difference and take the Living Pattern Survey! Maximum participation is encouraged and critical to the COLA (cost of living allowance) determination process for Guam. This is your opportunity for your voice to be heard! The survey is available until May 14. Visit https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/colaSurvey.cfm… and let your voice be heard.
Congratulations to Capt. Anne Freeby, chief of contracts and fiscal law with the 36th Wing Judge Advocate, for winning "Team Andersen's Best." Freeby also serves as the government's representative in courts-martial and administrative boards.
A little courtesy for the hard-working GOT fans on Guam please.
Breaking: Andersen AFB is extending its grace period for enforcement of the REAL ID act until July 15. Personnel desiring to sign guests onto base will still need to get a pass from the Pass & ID building at the North Gate during business hours only: M-F: 6 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. https://www.dhs.gov/real-id?fbclid=IwAR3a1sEp17BOD5OaUWLZP7OVGKslfC3LIRbSTcUkJ46y0iUjJ_mEGyalNOM
April is Sexual Assault Prevention Response awareness month. Yesterday, Team Andersen made the morning's blue skies even bluer during a color run: one of many events being put on to raise awareness and promote the complete eradication of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the force. For more information on SAPR services and its importance see links below: https://www.andersen.af.mil/Units/Wing-Staff-Agencies/Andersen-Support-Agencies/SARC/ https://www.dvidshub.net/video/591806/andersen-afb-sexual-assault-and-prevention-response-program
A big congratulations to our four newest Chiefs! Your determination and excellence has brought here. We look forward to seeing what you do.
36th Force Support Squadron conducted a quarterly Top Chef cooking competition Friday, April 5, to showcase the talent and skills of our Airmen. The event was held for friendly competition as well as practice for future Air Force wide cooking competitions. Congratulations to our winning team from the 36th Communications Squadron, TSgt Pacheo Morales & Mr. Robert Arellano!
Andersen AFB's drinking water continues to be safe to drink. Both the Guam Environmental Protection Agency and the 36th Wing found the water on North West Field to be safe, despite the Guam EPA's notice to stop using Pool Time chlorination tablets to sanitize a water tank on North West Field. For more information follow the link below. https://www.andersen.af.mil/News/Features/Article/1807602/andersen-air-force-base-drinking-water-continues-to-be-safe/
Leading Change from the Front
Minot Air Force Base Thanks for lending us your B-52s. We're sure the crew and maintainers are appreciating this beautiful tropical paradise during your second Winter. #WhynotMinot
National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Team Andersen is playing its part by raising awareness and promoting education on how to prevent the abuse and neglect of the most vulnerable and innocent members of our family. #NCAPM2019
Sailors from the #TeamAndersen's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 "Island Knights" lent a hand to the firefighting effort on Nimitz hill, March 28th. “Those homes are still standing today because of the strength of the interagency partnerships and the hard work of HSC-25's Sailors to ensure our aircraft are always ready. I couldn’t be prouder of the whole team.” - HSC-25 Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Frank Loforti. read more at: https://www.dvidshub.net/news/316346/hsc-25-evacuates-cruise-passenger-fights-fire-nimitz-hill
Congratulations to Team Andersen's newest promotees! -March 29, 2019
Andersen hosted Resiliency Day Friday, Mar 29, as a team and resiliency building event. The day consisted of a 5-mile team run with obstacles, the Alpha Warrior challenge rig, a cookout, and resiliency training for the Airmen. Thank you to all the volunteers and participants who made this day a huge success! Also congratulations to the winners of the 5-mile team run, the MDG!
An update has been made to AFI 36-2903 - Service members are now authorized to have beards in uniform! The official updates and regulations can be found in AFI 36-2903.3.1.2.3. Beards (as of April 1, 2019) More information on the matter can be found in the article below! https://www.latlmes.com/breaking/air-force-permits-beards-in-uniform-1
It's National Doctor's Day on Saturday and we'd like to give a big thank you to all of Team Andersen's physicians for everything that they do to ensure we're healthy! (Top left to right: Maj. Jason Garner; Capt. Konstantine Dietrich; Bottom left to right: LT. Jessica Tedford; LT. Erik Kumetz; Capt. Casie Leightner)
(2/2) We alerted @mpdmontgomery and have been working with them on this incident. The base went into lockdown for t… https://t.co/nwRRVGWLTW
(1/2) At approx. 12:30 a.m., Airmen from 42nd Security Forces Squadron responded to suspicious activity near the fo… https://t.co/KZLGaUG2Sh
The upcoming gate schedule during the holidays: Maxwell AFB: Day Street and Kelly Street gates will be closed Nov.… https://t.co/pt2FZrIshK
Team Maxwell, Flu shots are being offered today (November 6) to Active Duty, dependents (to include children), and… https://t.co/lSjfG0yDtp
The City of Montgomery has done a lot of work to improve downtown and the city as a whole. This award is well-deser… https://t.co/yFoBc5VUfY
Some exciting things happening over in the Barnes Center at Gunter, as the First Sergeant Academy revamps curriculu… https://t.co/0Y5pRPfnZH
The Kelly St Gate will be restricted to FEMA and commercial truck traffic only, at 6 p.m. tonight and lasting throu… https://t.co/UoIvqHBCLf
Winds expected throughout the evening across central Alabama. Nothing like they've seen in Florida and the Gulf Coa… https://t.co/Wiw7vAVTBn
Tropical Storm and Hurricane warnings for counties south of Montgomery. Stay safe as #HurricaneMichael comes ashore. https://t.co/ZUfiger1pg
RT @NWSMobile: 750am - Potentially CATASTROPHIC Hurricane #Michael heading toward the Florida Panhandle this morning. This is the GOES-East…
Another @RedCross shelter is open in Alabama, this time in Troy for those with medical needs. #hurricanemicheal https://t.co/K57hlmQX6A
A new @RedCross shelter is open in Alabama for anyone displaced by #HurricaneMichael. https://t.co/uswIePOULo
We're expecting more than 800 first responders to stage out of Maxwell before moving south and support… https://t.co/YQRfek1EUu
A local Evacuee Shelter is open in Montgomery for anyone getting away from #HurricaneMichael. https://t.co/dxPoXWnHt8
Some good information on local county items in advance of #HurricaneMichael https://t.co/bxDI1dSP5u
The Maxwell Fitness Center will be housing teams supporting FEMA efforts in response to #HurricaneMichael. The Maxw… https://t.co/hPqVs3d0tK
@MaxGunFitness center will be housing teams supporting FEMA efforts in Florida and South Alabama. Today at 1500 the… https://t.co/6LXQhZYWes
Maxwell and Gunter are not in the path, but Alabama will experience some impacts. Stay safe and informed as the sto… https://t.co/GIxNpePh5E
I added a video to a @YouTube playlist https://t.co/L6qxWeTonG 2018 GOE LtCol(ret) Bill Schwertfeger (USAF) Introduction Video
I added a video to a @YouTube playlist https://t.co/D12k6pue6C 2018 GOE LtCol(ret) Kelly Latimer (USAF) Introduction Video