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From left, Staff Sgt. Joann Kubon, 12th Missile Squadron aviation resource manager, Staff Sgt. Lauren Cerda, 341st Security Forces Support Squadron training instructor, 1st Lt. Sheila Koebel, 12th Missile Squadron ICBM operator, Staff Sgt. Dearetha Nelson, 341st Security Forces Support Squadron training instructor, and Capt. Morgan McNabb, 341st Medical Operations Squadron family advocacy officer, pose with their children.  Each mother has chosen to balance serving in the military and breast-feeding their child. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Delia Marchick) Malmstrom trailblazing breast-feeding support
Directly following maternity leave, I reported to Airman Leadership School as a senior airman in 2011. I timidly asked if it would be possible for me to graduate while taking breaks to pump breast milk for my newborn son.  The commandant and my instructor allowed me an additional five minutes to previously scheduled breaks, twice a day and
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2016
National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Airman Daniel Brosam) 'Savor the Flavor of Eating Right'
March is National Nutrition Month, but it doesn't mean it's the only time to eat right. Proper nutrition is important to be able to perform effectively and efficiently each day.According to eatright.org, National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics. The
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2016
Airmen from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., prepare to leave Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, on March 4, 2016. CBP missions began March 2004 and are designed to enhance regional security and provide reassurance to allies and partners that the United States is capable to defend its national security interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez) 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron to continue Pacific presence
Airmen assigned to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, deployed from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, to Andersen AFB, Guam to replace their sister unit, the 23rd EBS in support of the U.S. Pacific Command's continuous bomber presence.Since March 2004, Andersen AFB has hosted the CBP mission, which is designed to enhance regional security and
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2016
Col. Yvonne Spencer, 819th RED HORSE Squadron commander, sits in an interview Feb. 25, 2016, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Spencer is the first African American and first female to lead the 819th RHS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Beau Wade) To the horse!
Looking down the road as a new lieutenant in 1994, Col. Yvonne Spencer never imagined she would be in the position she is in today; a colonel and a commander of one of only four active duty RED HORSE units.Spencer took command of the 819th RED HORSE Squadron in July of 2015 and is the first African American and first female to lead her squadron.
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2016
Staff Sgt. Jerimiah Jensen, 320th Missile Squadron facility manager, conducts a routine maintenance check in the launch control equipment building of a missile alert facility belonging to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Jan. 28, 2016. Facility managers keep missile alert facilities in operation order for the nuclear deterrent mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lan Kim) Facility managers run the show
Through small towns, past decades-old farms and on a web of gravel roads, Airmen traverse the Air Force's missile complexes every day to maintain U.S. Strategic Command's mission of nuclear deterrence, with each and every Airman acting as a cog in the larger nuclear deterrence enterprise.Airmen from Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota;
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2016
Members of the 576th Flight Test Squadron monitor an operational test launch of an unarmed Minuteman III missile March 27, 2015, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. Participants in the 20th Air Force’s ICBM Center of Excellence Advanced ICBM Operations Course got the opportunity to watch such a launch and to see the work that goes into it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson) ICE: Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow’s ICBM Force
The 20th Air Force ICBM Center of Excellence, commonly known as the ICE, is about more than teaching instructors and evaluators.It has become a springboard for professional development of nuclear warriors.In fiscal year 2015, Air Force Global Strike Command provided funding allowing the ICE to send more than 260 Airmen on more than 38 professional
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Taking a proactive approach against winter
While "Only the Best Come North," there's no denying they don't come to enjoy the winters. Yet somehow, we have all found our way to Minot, North Dakota.  While our spouses are out doing what they do best, we are often left here at home to carry on with daily life supporting our war fighters.  This is a responsibility many of us take on with pride,
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2015
Travis Penfold, M1 Support Services aircraft mechanic for the 37th Helicopter Squadron , shrink wraps a protective casing on a starter generator’s wires Oct. 2, 2015, in the 37th HS hangar on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. The work is part of “phase maintenance,” which is scheduled upkeep for UH-1N “Huey” Bell Helicopters performed after a certain number of flight hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jason Wiese) Aircraft mechanics keep Hueys flying
Basic maintenance like oil changes, tire rotation and checking tire pressure can go a long way to avoid being stranded on the side of the road. However, breakdowns still happen to even the most regularly maintained car.Now imagine a breakdown hundreds of feet in the air."It's not like you can pull over at a cloud and hop out and take a look," said
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2015
Helmand, Afghanistan (July 25, 2015) - U.S. Air Force Col. Donald Holloway, Resolute Support Advise and Assist Cell-Southwest team lead catches up with Maj. Gen. Eqbil Ali Afghan Ministry of Defense General Staff, G6, Communications  after a the general addressed ANA 215th Corps at Camp Shorab. Deployed 20th AF colonel bolsters Afghanistan defense management
KABUL, Afghanistan (August 16, 2015) - In late July, the Resolute Support Advise and Assist Directorate deployed a small team to a remote region of Afghanistan on a straight-forward advising mission. Within 48 hours, the focus of their engagement with the Afghanistan National Army's 215th Corps shifted.Heavy fighting broke out in Now Zad district,
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2015
Senior Airman Zachary Pirrung, 90th MW Command Post senior emergency action controller, mans the command post at 12:54 a.m., Aug. 25, 2015. Pirrung was one half of the two-person team making up the night shift. A minimum of two individuals are required to always be available in the office 24/7, 365 days a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Malcolm Mayfield) 90 @ Nite: Command Post
At the heart of Warren's communication network lies the 90th Missile Wing Command Post.  These Airmen cultivate a web of information and pump that information out to the needed experts day and night."We have a 24-hour mission here," said Master Sgt. Spencer Glipa, 90th MW Command Post superintendent. "We are the central point of contact for the
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