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459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, MD


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Former 459th Operations Group commander acquires wing commander position at 514th AMW ...

Congratulations to our medal recipients and Quarterly Award winners recognized at Commander's Call this UTA!

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Please join us in saying farewell to our Operations Group commander, Col. Thomas Pemberton, and wish him luck on his new endeavors at McGuire Air Force Base!

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One of our 459th Air Refueling Wing members, Master Sgt. David Brown, shares a historical meeting with World War II veteran and is recognized by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force!

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There are so many great educational opportunities afforded to JBA members and their families. Check out this Fire Explorer Academy offered to our youth:

Welcome to JBA Col. Andrew M. Purath! Purath is the newest commander of the 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews.

An Air Force veteran shares her story on PTSD hoping to help others endure this invisible wound.

Fourth of July is tomorrow and we all know what that means... fireworks! Have a great day and remember your firework safety.

The UH-1N Huey helicopters hosted at JBA's 1st Helicopter Squadron are slated to be replaced by new aircraft as early as 2020.

"The Air Force Reserve Command is expanding the Aviation Bonus Program to qualifying Air Reserve Technicians (ART) as part of an effort to increase rated-aircrew retention ... Eligible ARTs will receive a bonus of up to $18K, while AGRs will now receive up to $35K. Those interested have until Dec. 31 to apply."

June is LGBT Pride Month and JBA is hosting an awareness panel June 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 113th Wing auditorium (Building 3252). Attendees will learn about resources available to LGBT service members and be invited to participate in an anonymous question-and-answer session. Free pizza will be provided for lunch.

The first KC-46A's, the Air Force's latest in aerial refueling aircraft, are set to roll out at McConnell Air Force Base this October.

Cadets with the Civil Air Patrol had the memorable experience of seeing a refueling in action on board a KC-135 today! We appreciate everyone who assisted in the flight.
Joint Base Andrews / Air Mobility Command / Air Force Reserve

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In this month's Warrior Spotlight we recognize Staff Sgt. Bianca Johnson, who plays a vital role in keeping our pilot's vision clear for take off.

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Get your video recognized! The Air Force is hosting a contest for Airmen to get creative and submit their best recruiting video. Winner will get the chance to be flown out to Washington, D.C. and shadow a professional marketing crew.

The 459th hosted a Safety Day event for our flying and maintenance squadrons this UTA following a directive from the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein to ensure the continued operational safety of our air systems. "We cannot afford to lose a single Airman or weapons system due to a mishap that could have been prevented,” said Goldfein. For more information, see the link in the comments section.

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Love is in the air! We teamed up with the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard to host spouses from both units to fly on the KC-135 and witness refueling in action.

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We would like to welcome Col. Douglas E. Gullion as our new Wing commander. Farewell to Col. David A. Owens Jr. who was a tremenous leader. We know we have been left in good hands and are looking forward to the many rewarding years to come.
Joint Base Andrews / 113th Wing DC Air National Guard / Air Mobility Command / 4th Air Force Headquarters / Air Force Reserve

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See how AFRC is tackling a maintainer shortage with a new recruitment program...

CONGRATULATIONS Washington Capitals!!! We are stoked to have hosted you!

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The June issue of Citizen Airman magazine is now online. Check it out here:

We love it when mission partners visit our headquarters auditorium! Check out this retirement ceremony for military working dogs hosted here!

The Air Force Invisible Wounds Initiative wants to gather more information about your experiences to better understand the culture surrounding invisible wounds in the Air Force to influence future policies and processes. For more information, contact TSgt Candace Gonzalez (240) 857-7058 or Mrs. Julie Russell (240) 857-5981.

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Members of the 459th and their mission partners hosted Pilot for a Day. Pilot for a Day is a program which provides an opportunity for seriously ill children to be an honorary pilot and tour the dynamic units which call Andrews home.
#Pilotforaday 113th Wing DC Air National Guard Joint Base Andrews

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It's incredible the diversity of Citizen Airmen we have here in the Air Force Reserve. With the amount of travel afforded our members, the opportunities to learn and discover new cultures is endless!