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Staff Sgt. Michael David, an airfield management operations supervisor with the 6th Operations Support Squadron, waits for the air traffic control tower to clear him onto the airfield at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 22, 2016. Airfield management Airmen are responsible for performing multiple daily airfield checks to ensure it’s safe for aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mariette M. Adams) From Hurricane Irma evacuation to Maria recovery – the 6th OSS
Prior to Hurricane Irma, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, made preparations in anticipation of a probable direct hit. Aircraft and other assets were moved to alternate locations, and Col. April Vogel, the commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing, issued an evacuation order.. The credit for all of the work couldn’t go to just one Airman however; a collaborative effort by all of Team MacDill ensured the base could endure the storm and come out unscathed. One squadron in particular, the 6th Operations Squadron, foresaw a busy road ahead and stepped up to the challenge with their marching order and vision: “Steadfast Partner… Exceptional Mission Support.”
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Randall St. John, an entry controller assigned to the 6th Security Forces Squadron, delivers his post briefing to Master Sgt. Adrian Wright, sustainment services flight superintendent assigned to the 6th Force Support Squadron, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 21, 2017. Shadow Day program exposes Airmen to larger Air Force picture
The Air Force employs a variety of jobs ranging from medical, mechanical, to administrative and information technologies. However, Airmen rarely get a chance to experience what their brothers and sisters-in-arms do on a daily basis.
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Jadee Purdy, the director of the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron, pauses for a photo in the emergency management building at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 21, 2017. During Hurricane Irma, Purdy performed tasks ranging from emergency operations center director to the chief of the hurricane ride-out team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mariette Adams) In the wake of the storm: one team, one fight
As headlines raced across television screens around the country, Florida families packed up their children, pets and whatever memories could fit into their cars to flee north onto crowded roads filled with millions of others seeking safety.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Vanagas, the wing plans and programs chief, assigned to the 6th Air Mobility Wing, pauses for a portrait at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 14, 2017. Vanagas flew back from his deployment in Turkey to serve as the director of the Crisis Action Team during Hurricane Irma. (Photo by Senior Airman Mariette Adams) Wingmanship: How MacDill came together through Hurricane Irma
It was a late Tuesday night when he heard his phone ring from across the room of his house at his deployed location of Incirlik, Air Base, Turkey.
0 9/22
2017
Maria Flores, a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, poses for a photo after a workout at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Dec. 8, 2016. Flores, a 56-year-old bodybuilder, is training for competitions coming up in 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks) MacDill retiree perseveres, becomes bodybuilding pro at 57
Last year, she continuously trained and competed all around the United States. This year, on July 19, 2017, she kept at it and after the USA Masters Nationals in Pittsburgh, she finally earned the title she had been striving for - an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Professional. Maria Flores, a 57-year-old bodybuilder and retired U.S. Army sergeant first class at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, didn’t skip a beat preparing to get her IFBB pro card.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alicia James, right, an aerospace medical service technician assigned to the 6th Medical Support Operations Squadron, takes a patient’s temperature and blood pressure in the 6th Medical Group Clinic at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 7, 2017. The family health clinic sees approximately 180 patients daily and averages 39,000 appointments each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mariette Adams) Family health helps maintain Mobility Forces at MacDill
As a service member, maintaining optimum readiness is crucial. Executing mission-related tasks can sometimes take service members around the world and separate them from loved ones.
0 9/07
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dhanajay Patel, right, an air traffic controller, and Airman 1st Class Tyler Hernandez, left, an air traffic control apprentice, both assigned to the 6th Operations Support Squadron, look for aircraft in the airspace around MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 16, 2017. Multilingual ATC Airman sets sights for diplomacy
Throughout the world, the universal language of aviation is English. However, one Airman at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, has been honing his fluency in multiple languages since birth. Staff Sgt. Dhanajay Patel, an ATC watch supervisor-in-training assigned to the 6th Operations Support Squadron, can speak English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Spanish and some French.
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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dejahnay Fort, a boom operator assigned to the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Randall Glover, a vehicle operator assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron, pause for a photo at MacDill Air Force Base Fla., August 10, 2017. Fort and Glover became friends in high school and happened to get stationed together. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Caleb Nunez) From Friends to Wingmen
“It’s funny…” they both said as they looked at each other and broke out into laughter. “I didn’t like him at first,” she finished while he nodded his head in agreement.
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An unexploded ordnance (UXO) sits in a training sand pit created by emergency management at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Aug. 2, 2017. Emergency Management ensures Air Force maintains optimum readiness
When planning for an emergency, coordination is important. These types of situations take many forms. Be it a hurricane or weapons system discovered nearby, each situation requires everyone affected to be equally prepared. The Air Force, as well as the Department of Defense, never hesitates at the importance of emergency management. As a result, there is a career field solely dedicated to minimizing any damage caused during an emergency.
0 8/03
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Alexander Thibodeaux, an explosive ordnance disposal team member assigned to the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron, reaches for an improvised explosive device during a “Category A” training scenario at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., July 19, 2017. During a “Category A” scenario, the ordnance poses a direct and immediate threat and must be disarmed at any cost to save others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks) Initial success or total failure: EOD Airmen
Civil engineer Airmen can possess many different duty titles. From firefighters and pest management to surveyors and electricians, CE jobs require a “safety first” mentality. For Explosive Ordnance Disposal, safety and proper training can be the difference between life and death. They are one of the few “battlefield Airmen” jobs in the Air Force and are tasked with the identification and removal of explosive devices at home station and abroad.
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