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MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., was formally dedicated as an air base April 16, 1941. The base is named in honor of Col. Leslie MacDill, a respected aviation pioneer in the Army Air Corps who died in a BC-1 plane crash shortly after taking off from Bolling Field, D.C. in 1938. From bombers to tankers: MacDill celebrates 77 years of excellence
From bombers to fighters to tankers, I’ve seen a great deal in my 77 years.
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Roger Zehr, the officer in charge of operations intelligence assigned to the 6th Operations Support Squadron, pauses for a photo with his wife Nelcy Rivera, and their two sons, Alexander and Aidan Zehr-Rivera, in March, 2018. AFAF supports battle against cancer
He began his Air Force career as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist – an Airman trained to survive and operate in all conditions and teach others to do the same. Second lieutenant Roger Zehr, now an officer in charge of operations intelligence with the 6th Operations Support Squadron, spent years honing his skills, overcoming obstacles, and learning to thrive in any situation; however, nothing prepared him for a diagnosis his son received during his time stationed at Beale Air Force Base, California in 2014.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Byron Hayes, the career assistance advisor assigned to the 6th Force Support Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., instructs Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Detachment 640 at Miami University, Ohio, March 19, 2018. Flying classrooms – teaching future leaders in the air
Leadership – a quality that may come instinctively to some, can be learned. Since military members are charged with the responsibility of taking care of and connecting with the men and women serving alongside them, this quality is one of the priorities of military service. Many leadership courses are offered in the armed forces. While most involve a grounded classroom, some new and very unique opportunities exist at an altitude in excess of 35,000 feet.
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The Memphis Belle replica, a B-17 heavy bomber assigned to the 91st Bomber Group, arrived at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 13, 2018. Famous B-17 replica, Memphis Belle, comes back home to MacDill
The flight line at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, was much different than what it was during World War II, when aircraft flew constantly overseas to contest Nazi Germany. Some of those planes never returned to the U.S., but at approximately 10:30 a.m. March 13, 2018, MacDill welcomed back home, the famous Memphis Belle B-17.
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Military working dog Apacs rests during his retirement ceremony March 9, 2018, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Apacs retired after six years of honorable service From explosives to doorbells: MWD Apacs retires
“In accordance with Title 10 U.S. State Code Chapter 153 Section 2582, military working dog Apacs, badge number Romeo 650, you are hereby relieved from duty, 6th Security Forces Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and retired effective 20 February 2018,” the narrator announced while reading the retirement order.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron pause for a photo at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., March 7, 2018, in honor of Women’s History Month. These Airmen shared personal trials, tribulations, and words of wisdom to empower women to continue breaking barriers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Perdue) Breaking barriers: MacDill Airmen continue to inspire others
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – Determined. Confident. Fearless. Ambitious. Independent. These are just a few of the words used to describe the women around the Air Force and here at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
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MacBones, 6th Air Mobility Wing safety skeleton, rides a bicycle at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 10, 2014. Bicyclists need to wear a properly fastened and approved bicycle helmet while riding. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Tori Schultz/Released) MacBones returns, ready to promote Team MacDill safety
Partially hidden in the 6th Air Mobility Wing headquarters building at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, exists an Airman whose biggest concern is safety. His career, which has required him to endure normally painful or deadly situations, was put on hiatus a few years ago. However, this Airman decided to dust off his rigid, bony frame and venture out to share his story. He cannot keep a secret because everyone can see right through him.
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U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. David Deleon, an intelligence officer assigned to the 6th Operations Support Squadron (OSS), pauses for a photo with cadets from the University of South Florida DET-158 Reserve Officer Training Corps, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 21, 2018. MacDill educates the future officers of the Air Force
Every year, Airmen separate or retire from the Air Force due to many different reasons. However, those voids are filled by new and eager Airmen who join the ranks to serve their country. One of the programs responsible for cultivating the young Airmen of tomorrow, while also offering significant opportunities, benefits and training, is the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Roger Potts, an aircrew flight equipment supervisor assigned to the 6th  Operations Support Squadron, simulates mitigating contamination in an aircrew contamination control area (ACCA) at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 13, 2018. Training exercise bolsters MacDill’s wartime proficiency
Military operational readiness is paramount in preventing the loss of life and surviving in austere conditions. Between Feb. 12 and 15, the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, conducted an operational readiness assessment to exercise the wing’s wartime readiness.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Gallo, a chaplain assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing Chaplain Corps, talks to Airman 1st Class Nathan Meyer, a firefighter assigned to the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron, during his shift at the crash fire station at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 24, 2018. Air Force chaplain shares story of service
His office is adorned with pictures of family, scholarly degrees and books of worship. Service members of all branches can be seen sitting by his desk, confiding in him for personal issues they would never tell anyone else. Sitting opposite of them, is a ministry professional, listening intently, prepared to provide all the counseling he possibly can. As a chaplain, Capt. Matthew Gallo, assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing Chaplain Corps, is one of the Air Force’s subject matter experts in the realm of spiritual resiliency, helping Airmen and their families get through any burden they may carry.
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