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  • Incredible Contributions

    Try something with me.  Close your eyes and picture a typical doctor.  What is the doctor wearing?  How tall is this doctor?  What color is the hair?  How long is it?  Are there tattoos?  Is the doctor young or old?  Graying?  Do they have a kind face?  Is there a stethoscope around the doctor’s neck?  Now I want you to picture the ideal military
  • So here I am

    As I sit and ponder on what Black History Month means to me, I can’t help but to wonder, am I wrong for wanting to celebrate and remember those who have come before us and those who are still making a difference today? For me, this month is a time of education, appreciation, and understanding of who we are, where we’ve been, and what we plan to do for our future.
  • Air Force, 68 years later--Recognize past achievements; vector for future success

    With the establishment of the Air Force as a separate service, American leaders recognized the need for and value of a service focused on  the invaluable effects that airpower brings to the fight.While we make up the youngest of the American military services, the Air Force was born from, and continues to be, a beacon of innovation and change--the
  • Air Force Enlisted Village: Not just a place to live, a place to call home

    I first visited the Air Force Enlisted Village as a young first sergeant in 2009, when I was stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. I went to visit with the Tyndall Active Airmen's Association, Tyndall's E-1 to E-4 Professional Association, and was amazed at what I saw.This was also the first time I met the ninth Chief Master Sergeant of the
  • It started just like any other day

    It was June 2001 and there I was walking down the stage ready to receive my diploma. I was excited to graduate just like anyone else, but deep down inside I was scared. I didn't have any plans as to what I was going to do now; here comes the real world. Many of my friends joined the armed forces or went to college, but I decided to hit the
  • From Airman Leadership School to Afghanistan

    On Sept. 11, 2001, I was stationed at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey as a senior airman. At the time I had a line number for staff sergeant and was attending Airman Leadership School. After one of our exams, the ALS superintendent walked into our classroom in a very casual manner and stated, "Someone flew an airplane into one of the World Trade Center
  • A photojournalist's perspective of an AFSOUTH mission

    There I was lying in bed. My eyes slowly opened and I was instantly irritated, because my alarm hadn't gone off yet. I hate waking up before I have to. For a moment I forgot where I was. The bed was too comfortable, the room too clean and there was food in the fridge, so obviously I was not at home. I stumbled out of the mass of blankets on the bed
  • When keeping it real goes wrong

    It's Tuesday, and after a long day at work I'm reminded that I have an intramural league basketball game tonight. After arriving home and quickly changing I make my way back to the base gym to avoid the scrutiny of my coach and team mates. As I begin to search through the maze of a jersey bag to find one that isn't so small it cuts the circulation
  • The impact of a simple email

    It's been a long day. I'm tired, worn out. It seems like the emails just won't stop. Review this, update that, and the ever dreaded tasking that was due yesterday. One after another they attack my sanity, chipping away a little at a time. Just when I think the day couldn't get any more hectic from the demands of the 21st century, a ray of light
  • To a Generous and Grateful Nation, Thank You

    More than a decade has elapsed since the U.S. deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Since then I have gone on several deployments, I am still awestruck at the generosity of our countrymen and women. Each and every year our countrymen and women have never failed to send a taste of home in the form of care packages. The simple cardboard
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Guyana is going to be hosting U.S. servicemembers for a New Horizons exercise in May. During this three month exercise, U.S. military civil engineers and medical proffesionals will work alongside the Guyanese people in joint humanitarian assistance exercises. Check out the link to read more. U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) U.S. Embassy Guyana https://gy.usembassy.gov/guyana-to-host-new-horizons/
Check out photos from a recent meeting between the Fuerza Aérea De Chile and 149th Fighter Wing at Joint Base San Antonio as they continued their work together as part of the State Partnership Program. Colonel Juan Jose Iglesis, Chilean Air Force Foreign Liaison Officer, joined with Colonel Adam Mercier, 12th Air Force Air National Guard Advisor to the Commander, to discuss the program with 149th Fighter Wing personnel last week.
The AF Reserve Hurricane Hunters are in Curacao! The Air Force Reserve Command's WC-130J is on display and will offer an opportunity to learn how scientists collect hurricane information. The The NOAA WP-3D aircraft, used for both hurricane forecasting and research, will be on display as well!
Today we raise our goblets to a true U.S. Air Force legend. Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, has passed away at the age of 103. As a Lieutenant, Cole was the Co-pilot to Jimmy Doolittle during the infamous Doolittle Raid. In honor of him we remember how the Doolittle Raiders contributed to our proud heritage. Twelfth Air Force was created during the U.S. buildup of forces for World War II, by the Army Air Forces. The numbered air force activated on August 20, 1942. Brigadier General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, became its commander later that year. He was fresh off the historic Doolittle Raid, the surprise bombing of Tokyo, Japan, in April 1942. The recently promoted general officer worked to establish a fighting force capable of opening up another, this time, southern front in the European Theater.
Twelfth Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Commander Maj. Gen. Croft and Twelfth Air Force, Air Forces Southern, Command Chief Master Sergeant Chief Storms, recently met with United States Air Force Airmen that are supporting the Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.🤝
Here's a quick look into the Chilean Air Force's F-16 block 50!
Approximately 130 volunteers from Soto Cano Air Base participated in #ChapelHike78 during the weekend, carrying donations for a community of La Paz. The donations included 6,000 pounds of food to 200 families in Concepción de Soluteca!
The F-35A is the 🇺🇸 United States Air Force's latest fifth-generation fighter. With its aerodynamic performance and advanced integrated avionics, the F-35A will provide next-generation stealth, enhanced situational awareness, and reduced vulnerability for the U.S. and allied nations.
🇺🇲United States Air Force Weather Airmen in🇭🇳 Honduras explain the how a weather balloon 🎈release works and how the information collected is shared with agencies across the🌎 world to include the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center 🌀
Congratulations to the #RPA community on their 4 millions flight hours!🎉
🇭🇳🇺🇲 Firefighters 👨‍🚒 from Joint Task Force-Bravo aiding local Honduran firefighters to put out a wildfire🔥 last week #EnduringPromise
🇺🇸🇨🇴We are honored to have the Fuerza Aérea Colombiana Commander of the Colombian Air Force Maj. Gen. Ramsés Rueda Rueda visiting 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Headquarters.
Colombian Air Force supports US Navy Growlers for premier air-to-air combat training exercise ‘Red Flag’
Wow! The 🇨🇴Fuerza Aérea Colombiana Multi-Mission Transport Tanker Jupiter 767 conducts air-to-air refueling with a 🇺🇲U.S. Navy EA-18 #Growler Electronic Attack Squadron 134 Garudas during United States Air Force led #RedFlag 🚩19-2 at Nellis Air Force Base!
🇨🇴🇺🇸Fuerza Aérea Colombiana train with U.S. Navy ⚓️during 🚩#RedFlag 19-2! The Colombian Multi-Mission Transport Tanker Jupiter 767 ✈️ is conducting day☀️and night 🌖 refueling missions with EA-18 #Growlers from the Electronic Attack Squadron 134 Garudas! These missions are increase interoperability between the U.S. and Colombia. 🤝 #EnduringPromise #PromesaDuradera Embajada de los Estados Unidos Colombia U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
#EnduringPromise 🇨🇴🇺🇸#SOUTHCOM Military Deputy Commander U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Plehn traveled to #Colombia to meet with security leaders to strengthen the U.S.-Colombia bilateral security relationship and to deepen understanding of the rapidly changing security situation in Colombia. 🤝 Lt. Gen. Plehn met with Colombian Army Maj. Gen. Luis Navarro Jiménez, Commanding General of Colombian Military Forces, to discuss U.S.-Colombia defense cooperation.
🇨🇴🇺🇸The Colombian Air Force Fuerza Aérea Colombiana is training with U.S. joint forces and five Partner Nation Air Forces at Nellis Air Force Base for 🚩 #RedFlag 19-2! This is Colombia's third time participating in this exercise ✈️Training events like this build an enduring commitment between U.S. and Partner Nations Air Forces. 🤝🤝 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Embajada de los Estados Unidos Colombia
It's amazing to see partnerships continuing to grow with the Brazilian National Defense Force and the New York National Guard signing a Partnership Declaration yesterday. The State Partnership Program is an opportunity for Brazil and the New York National Guard to learn from one another exchange military skills and improve effectiveness, together. Força Aérea Brasileira
RT @Southcom: #SOUTHCOM's & @AFSOUTH's training exercise #NewHorizons19, kicks off in #Guyana, next month. The 3-month event will train U.S…
RT @jtfbravo: #Guatemala #Honduras #ElSalvador #CostaRica #Belize and @AFSOUTH firefighters participate in an obstacle course challenge dur…
Today we raise our goblets to a true U.S. Air Force legend. Retired #USAF Lieutenant Colonel Richard “Dick” Cole, t… https://t.co/bdIQdwPHgU
RT @jtfbravo: Major General Croft @AFSOUTH CDR conducted a Town Hall at Soto Cano to meet with our @usairforce personnel and JTF-Bravo key…
RT @jtfbravo: #612ABS personnel assisted the Honduran Fire Department in fighting a large wildlife in the Comayagua mountains earlier today…
🇺🇸🇨🇴We are honored to have Commander of the @FuerzaAereaCol Maj. Gen. Ramsés Rueda Rueda visiting 12th Air Force (… https://t.co/ixdpM9nwOX
RT @FuerzaAereaCol: Finalizó el ejercicio #RedFlag 19-2 en la @NellisAFB #EstadosUnidos donde la @FuerzaAereaCol participó junto a 21 escua…
🇨🇴🇺🇸Wow! The @FuerzaAereaCol Multi-Mission Transport Tanker Jupiter 767 conducts air-to-air refueling with a… https://t.co/sOV4qBSFp2
RT @Southcom: #SOUTHCOM Military Dep. Commander @USAirForce Lt. Gen. Michael Plehn met today w/ Colombian Army Maj. Gen. Luis Navarro Jimén…
RT @NellisAFB: Colombian Air Force taking to the sky to refuel Blue Force fighters for #RedFlag 19-2! #FightsOn #NellisAFB #AimHigh https:/…
🇨🇴The @FuerzaAereaCol is training with 🇺🇸U.S. joint forces and 5 Partner Nation Air Forces at @NellisAFB for🚩… https://t.co/jymiF93okY
RT @Southcom: The U.S. today is airlifting more humanitarian aid, including medical supplies, to help the people of #Venezuela. In cooperat…
RT @USAIDMarkGreen: WHEELS UP 🛫! The U.S. is airlifting more assistance to help the people of #Venezuela. Water treatment units & other sup…
RT @Southcom: Humanitarian Aid for #Venezuela: Additional @USAirForce C-17 flying #humanitarian aid from Miami to Cúcuta, Colombia today. @…
RT @theOFDA: LIVE NOW: Relief supplies from @USAID just landed in Cucuta, Colombia to help tens of thousands of people affected by the #Ven
RT @Southcom: 1st of 3 @USAirForce C-17s flying #humanitarian aid from Miami to Cúcuta, Colombia, takes off from @Homestead_ARB. @StateDept
Take a look at the first @usairforce C-17 heading to Colombia to bring aid. https://t.co/laR4brP2Wl
RT @Southcom: #SOUTHCOM Cdr Adm. Craig Faller in #Brazil to meet w/ defense leaders & discuss cooperation. Brazil & U.S. have a robust part…
RT @USAmbNicaragua: Muy orgulloso de poder recibir este camión de bomberos donado a #Nicaragua por el pueblo estadounidense y transportado…
SOUTHCOM Commander Visits 12th Air Force: https://t.co/m9W46fQzWq via @YouTube