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  • Commentary - No frills needed when establishing short-notice bare base

    It began March 18 with a call from Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander, that they needed a site survey to assess all aspects of operations, maintenance and mission support requirements at a Western European installation. The stand up of the 406th Air Expeditionary Wing, now officially the 313th AEW, to support an increase in
  • Sharp communication needed for Operation Unified Protector

    As part of the NATO-led Operation Unified Protector, 313th Air Expeditionary Wing crews flying air refueling missions work with aircraft from several partner nations.Good communication is key to the air-refueling process. On any given sortie, tankers might be operating at different altitudes with their receivers following them waiting for
  • Teamwork essential to safely recovering aircraft

    Their job is to get planes in the air as quickly as possible, but once a plane is gone, they wait for it to come back.The more than 130 Airmen who work on ground crews here ensure when an aircraft lands after completing a 10-hour mission over the area of responsibility, it receives the best of care to get it ready to go again.When a plane is 20
  • 'Calico' wing serves as representation of Total Force team supporting world-wide operations

    Airmen serving in the 313th Air Expeditionary Wing here are from myriad places, but they are "one team."Those Airmen, and the planes they use for air refueling and airlift for Operation Unified Protector, are not only active duty, but also from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve -- a Total Force effort. It's an effort that is supporting
  • Promotion Surprise

    Friday, April 8, 6:00 p.m. shift change brought a big surprise to the 313th Maintenance Group Airmen, they thought they were forming up to take a group picture. Little did they know what was about to happen. The group formed up, smiles were present on the faces of the Airmen, the camera was in position and at the last minute Col. Mark Van Kooten,
  • ANG: Citizen today, warrior Airmen tomorrow

    Like any typical Saturday, Master Sgt. Jocelyn Fredrick planned to spend the weekend with her two young children. But a phone call early in the morning changed all that. Sergeant Fredrick, an intelligence specialist with the 171st Air Refueling Wing, Pittsburgh, was called to serve in Operation Odyssey Dawn and had approximately 24 hours to prepare
  • Total Force supports Odyssey Dawn

    Aircraft and Airmen from more than 10 bases across the Air Force have united to form the 313th Air Expeditionary Wing here.The wing formed in 72 hours after the start of Operation Odyssey Dawn, a mission to enforce a no-fly zone put in place to protect the civilian population of Libya.The first unit to arrive was the 171st Air Refueling Wing, an
  • Food for 500

    Hundreds of Airmen have arrived here to support Operation Odyssey Dawn, and they are all hungry.The dining facility has progressed from serving 450 meals a day to 1,600 since the start of the operation, which is a no-fly zone set up to protect the civilian population of Libya.To support this increase, a team of nine Airmen deployed from Spangdahlem
  • Third Air Force commander visits Operation Unified Protector Airmen

    Third Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc visited here March 31 to meet with Airmen working to support Operation Unified Protector.Unified Protector is a NATO-led mission to operate a no-fly zone over the nation of Libya and provide humanitarian assistance to the Libyan civilian population, in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution
  • Weather Airmen see whether Unified Protectors fly

    Even the perfectly planned mission cannot be executed if the weather does not cooperate.Aircrews supporting Operation Unified Protector, a NATO-led operation designed to protect the civilian population of Libya, look to the Airmen in the weather office here to make sure they have a smooth flight."Weather can make or break a mission," said Maj. Jay