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1st FW welcomes new commander June 23, 2017 — U.S. Air Force Airmen and civilians from the 1st Fighter Wing welcomed their new commander during a change of command ceremony June 23. U.S. Air Force Col. Jason Hinds assumed command of the wing which is comprised of six squadrons with more than 1,300 members who employ and sustain worldwide rapid deployment of over 40 F-22 Raptor aircraft. MORE

JBLE welcomes new commander June 23, 2017 — U.S. service members and civilians from welcomed their new commander during a change of command ceremony June 22. MORE

The founding fathers of Langley June 21, 2017 — On August 22, 1834, history was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that would change the thoughts of flight in the United States of America. At that time, Samuel P. Langley, for whom Langley Air Force Base would be named after, served as the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and studied the possibility of heavier-than-air flight. MORE

Forecasters predict nature to ensure airpower is maintained June 21, 2017 — A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor rips through the clouds toward its target, ready to engage, while an ominous patch of dark sky forms in the distance. As the pilot closes in, the radio awakens and barks ‘abort mission’. The reason of aborting the mission is due to a massive thunderstorm that could cause catastrophic damage or possible death if it were to make contact with the aircraft. MORE

USO centers thrive through volunteer efforts June 21, 2017 — At Joint Base Langley-Eustis, the United Service Organizations, Inc. centers play a major role in supporting U.S. service members by providing morale events, a place to relax and a break from the stressors they may be facing. The backbone of these centers are the men and women who volunteer their time to keep them operational. Across the eight USO centers in the Hampton Roads area, the facilities offer snacks and beverages, gaming consoles, pool tables, reading material and many other amenities. MORE

Soldiers, community celebrate Army’s 242nd birthday June 21, 2017 — Members of the Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Hampton Roads community gathered to celebrate the U.S. Army’s 242nd birthday with a streamer ceremony and a Music Under the Stars concert, presented by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band, June 15, 2017. The evening’s event also included a streamer ceremony which concluded the week of birthday celebrations. As this year marked 100 years since the U.S. entered WWI, the theme for the Army birthday was ‘Over there! A celebration of the World War I Soldier.’ MORE

JBLE, local police train in domestic violence intervention June 21, 2017 — Officers and patrolmen of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, and Hampton Roads law enforcement community attended a Domestic Violence Intervention Training course, June 12 through June 16, 2017. The course was hosted by the 3rd and 221st Military Police Detachment from JBLE, along with instructors from the U.S. Army Military Police School Behavioral Science Education Training and Mobile Training Team. Geared to teach alternative techniques in communicating with victims, family members and accusers of domestic violence, the 40-hour course was provided for civilian and military law enforcement officers from Camp Peary, Newport News and JBLE. MORE

Army divers inspect Third Port to ensure mission readiness June 21, 2017 — The 74th Engineer Dive Detachment deep sea divers participated in an underwater training exercise to sharpen their skills at Joint Base Langley Eustis on June 5, 2017. Two weeks later, the detachment assigned to the 92nd Engineer Battalion, inspected the piers at Third Port, located at Fort Eustis, to determine if repairs were required to keep the port operational. “Third Port is the Army’s main vessel East Coast port,” said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Nate Cardinal, 74th Eng. Dive Det., 92nd Eng. Btn., executive officer. “Third Port (staff) suspect there may be some erosion from beneath the piers. This could potentially weaken the structurally integrity and make it unsafe for heavy equipment and people to be working on the piers.” MORE

SARM: Keeping warfighters on track June 20, 2017 — U.S. Air Force F-22 pilots at Joint Base Langley-Eustis work closely with U.S. Air Force T-38 Talon pilots, who pose as adversary air, to improve their war-fighter capabilities. However, before pilots can perform their duties, they must sharpen their skills and ensure they have proper documentation before they fly. T-38 pilots assigned to the 71st Fighter Training Squadron rely on a 3-person team, known as the squadron aviation resource managers, who ensure they are “good-to-go” when it comes to being legally qualified to fly. MORE

Problem solvers: Ombudsmen assists wounded, ill or injured find care June 20, 2017 — Established in 2007, the U.S. Army Medical Command Ombudsman Program has been helping service members and their families navigate through the medical needs after being wounded, ill or injured. Initially created by the U.S. Navy as a role filled by military spouses, MEDCOM ombudsmen have transitioned into a vital resource on installations by looking out for the morale and welfare of military families. Ombudsmen serve as neutral mediators, or resource consultants, that act as liaisons between the military or family member, MEDCOM and the Medical Treatment Facility commander, to communicate the needs and concerns of the patient. MORE

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