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Importance of joint operations at MacDill
MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, has provided support for joint base operations since its establishment in 1939. Joint operations as a whole is important in the workforce due to each branch and base specializing in a certain mission.
Veterans, service dogs, stroll in the park to raise awareness
On the morning of Feb. 6, 2021, dozens of veterans and supporters, many with service dogs in tow, gathered behind the Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST) Color Guard, and walked along the Tampa Bay Riverwalk to raise awareness of the need for service dogs for veterans. The event was organized by Sierra Delta, a nonprofit aimed at connecting veterans with service-dog training. An honored guest, United States Central Command Commander General Kenneth F. McKenzie attended the event and spoke words of support for the wounded veterans.
MacDill celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month
From Nov. 1-30, the Department of Defense and MacDill AFB joins the nation in observing and celebrating National American Indian Heritage Month. The observance month recognizes American Indians for their respect for natural resources and the Earth, having served with valor in our nation's conflicts and for their many distinct and important contributions to the United States. This year the standard theme is in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s efforts to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II. This year’s theme is “Honoring the Past, Securing the Future.”
MacDill celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month
From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, MacDill AFB will observe and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when the contribution of Hispanic Americans who have served and are serving now are recognized. The observance started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson's administration as a one-week celebration called Hispanic Heritage Week. Years later, President Ronald Reagan proposed extending this celebration into a month-long event. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, officially designating the 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Ribbon cut on new Special Operations outdoor training facility
U.S. Special Operations Command Central cut the ribbon on a new outdoor human performance facility here June 3, 2020. The facility provides the opportunity to conduct a safe and socially distant workout while allowing a venue to maintain personal wellness. SOCCENT deemed it necessary to open the outdoor facility during a time where most public fitness facilities are temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
VAU Fallen Heroes Memorial visiting MacDill in March
A 28-foot wide American flag made from the dog tags of fallen service members is scheduled to visit MacDill AFB next month. The Global War on Terror Memorial Flag memorial will be located in the MacDill AFB Community Park, next to the Bayshore Blvd. Gate starting March 2. The memorial is a 28-foot wide by six-foot tall American flag that resembles the flag draped over a fallen service member's casket. It is made from more than 7,000 dog tags of service men and women who have died since 2001. The 50 stars honor the Gold Star families nationwide. Displayed in front of the flag is a battle field cross sculpted from mahogany wood.
Disabled veterans, caregivers granted access to MacDill’s military exchange, commissary, recreation facilities
Beginning Jan. 1, all service-connected disabled veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war and primary veteran caregivers will be eligible to access military installations worldwide including MacDill AFB. The newly eligible customers, about 4 million in all, will also be able to shop the military exchanges, commissaries and use certain morale, welfare and recreation activities. The expanded privileges and access are the result of the Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018.
MacDill hosts 4-H National Youth Science Day
The MacDill Youth Center and 4-H team members with Hillsborough County partnered to host their annual 4-H National Youth Science Day, Oct. 9, at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.
MacDill’s LIFTx 2019: Leaders Inspiring for Tomorrow
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright described resiliency as “the ability to recover from, or adjust easily, to misfortune or change.” MacDill based its second annual Leaders Inspiring for Tomorrow (LIFTx) seminar around resiliency to continue growing this skill in its Airmen.
MacDill honors POW/MIA with 5K run
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Karina Rodriguez (left), Airman 1st Class Dyllan Hipol (center), and Senior Airman Andrea Stutts (right), MacDill Air Force Base honor guardsmen, raise the POW/ MIA Flag Sept. 20, 2019, at MacDill AFB, Fla. POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated nationally on the third Friday of every September in honor of service