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Elmendorf Air Force Base - Anchorage, AK

 

 

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NOISE ADVISORY: July 17-20, JBER will conduct testing of controlled detonations in the Eagle River Flats to measure sound levels in Eagle Bay and the Eagle River Flats waterways.

Residents in and around JBER and Eagle River may hear loud noises created by live-firing of high-explosive munitions as these tests are conducted in support of data collection as part of a scientific acoustic study.

A big thank you to Col. George T.M. Dietrich III for his accomplishments as commander of the 673d Air Base Wing and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. You will be missed! Good luck on your next adventure in North Carolina.

We’re excited to have you here in Alaska, Col. Patricia A. Csank. We know the men and women of the 673 ABW and JBER are in good hands!

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Arctic Warriors,

On Tuesday, I spent a couple of hours working side-by-side with SSgt Angela Belk, an Emergency Department Paramedic here at JBER. That day, the Emergency Room (ER) was pretty busy. SSgt Belk walked me through how the ER was laid out, the current patients being attended to, and the specific treatment plans they were receiving. Originally an EMT, SSgt Belk was selected for advanced paramedic training and has been awarded the special experience identifier. It was awesome to witness her skills firsthand. I was able to watch her establish IVs, conduct lab draws, administer an EKG, check patient vitals, and transport patients to other areas of the hospital for needed test, such as CT scans. Her ability to seamlessly move from patient to patient while remembering what each one needed was remarkable. Throughout the fast-paced action and sometimes hectic environment, I was amazed at SSgt Belk's calm demeanor and professionalism, as she maintained her positive attitude and smile the entire time.

Pacific Air Forces and the entire Pacific Command is focused on our requirement to be ready to "Fight Tonight," and we often mention a key to that is being "fit to fight" and how much our medical professionals play a part in that. But, I was humbled and gained an even greater sense of pride on this day for what SSgt Belk showed me that I, and I think the rest of us often forget. The patients we interacted with that day were retirees of our great Air Force, one a CMSgt that retired out of the Civil Engineer Squadron in 1992. I was reminded that being an Airman does not end when we retire.

Being an Airman is a lifestyle, a 24/7 commitment that one carries with them the rest of their lives. We regularly see the Air Force symbol, but do not always remember its meaning. The star at the bottom represents the components of our one force and family; active duty, civilians, Guard, Reserve, and retirees.

SSgt Belk and the entire 673d Medical Group reach our entire family probably more than any other organization and they do it
every day with Integrity, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All They Do!

What a humbling experience...I am honored to be the command chief of this great wing!

v/r CMSgt Charles Orf
673 Air Base Wing

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We'd like to welcome the U.S. Navy's VAQ-139 and their EA-18G Growler aircraft as they work with our F-22 Raptors.

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ATTENTION JBER! Burn ban has been lifted. http://www.jber.jb.mil/Services-Resources/Fire-Prevention/

Here's a look at the fitness centers' staffed operating hours.

If you haven't registered for 24/7 access to the fitness centers yet, please check out the link below.

http://www.jberlife.com/fitnessaccess

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The latest issue of the Arctic Warrior is available online:
https://www.dvidshub.net/publication/issues/41840

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ATTENTION JBER! Burn ban continues to be in effect. Open fires are PROHIBITED due to very high-extreme fire danger. Barbecue grills ARE allowed. Portable outdoor fireplaces may NOT be used.
This ban remains in effect until the Municipality of Anchorage lifts the ban.

The Heat is on! As we reach record high summer temperatures this week, enjoy your holiday celebrations safely.

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In case you didn't get a chance to see the static aircraft and vehicles at the Arctic Thunder Open House 2018, here is a recap of a few!

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Anchorage School District Dimond High School Lea Bouton's flight with the #afthunderbirds

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Arctic Warriors,

Last Monday, June 25, I spent a few hours working with A1C Branden Morris and SSgt Chameka Harrington, both from the 773d Logistics Readiness Squadron. They both ran me through the paces of the Inbound Cargo Activity and Outbound Cargo Movement. I cannot put into words the attention to detail required to work in these two areas. I was impressed not only with their subject knowledge expertise, but also the enthusiasm and level of pride they took in what they do on a daily basis. When you think about it, nothing comes to or leaves JBER without these two fine Airmen and the rest of their team putting their hands directly on it. On average, they receive 2,060 items/223K lbs and push out around 800 items/140K lbs a month. Simply amazing when you consider the amount of work that goes into receiving and shipping each individual item. This is where I got to experience the exceptional job they do every day, as they allowed me to help with the process.

I cannot do justice to their processes with words, but I would like to highlight just a couple of things. They use several systems and forms, such as the Cargo Movement Operations System, Integrated Logistics System-Supply, DD Form 1348-1As, DD Form 1149s, and DD Form 250s, to open and verify each item, the quantity, TCN/NCN, and to validate who is set to receive it. Once all that is complete and they determine what customer ordered the item, the package is either stored in the proper warehouse or delivered to the customer via the LRS' Ground Transportation personnel.

We ended the day in Outbound. Whether it is parts to support another installation or unserviceable parts to be fixed, it does not go without coming to their office for support to be shipped out. I got to witness firsthand how they advance food shipments for ACA clearance to the respective sights/islands. I saw the meticulous detail applied to hazardous items that were being packaged up. I also got to witness custom pallet building, as they were preparing some snow plow blades for shipment to King Salmon for their summer rebuild efforts. The outbound cargo movement section receives items from customers and their supply counterparts daily and prepares them for shipment via FedEx, UPS, DHS, AMC missions, or even their own trucks for shipment to our friends up North.

Both A1C Morris and SSgt Harrington embraced their mission set and understood where they fit in the first part of the 673d ABW's overall mission, "delivering comprehensive and innovative customer support." I was honored to work side-by-side with them. I enjoyed hearing their stories, where they were from, why they joined the Air Force, and where they see
themselves in 5 years.

I am continually humbled by the professional Airmen assigned here and am grateful for the opportunity to be their Command Chief.

v/r CMSgt Charles Orf
Command Chief Master Sergeant, 673 ABW

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Thank you for coming to the JBER Arctic Thunder Open House 2018. Visit the following links to view additional imagery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arcticwarrior/ https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/ArcticThunder

There's still plenty of aerial demonstrations and static displays to see at the Arctic Thunder Open House! The food here is awesome too! Inbound traffic through the Boniface and Richardson gates ends at 2 p.m.

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Pararescuemen from the 212th Rescue Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard, prepare for their airdrop presentation of the U. S. and Alaska flags during the Arctic Thunder opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

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It's a beautiful day for the Arctic Thunder Open House at JBER! The gates are open now. Come early and view the static displays before the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

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Arctic Thunder Open House 2018 was packed today!

Gates open tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. so make sure you arrive early to get a parking spot and a seat!

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For those of you still here attending Arctic Thunder Open House, water is available at several vendors. However, there are no public water stations. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please plan according when attending tomorrow’s show.

At this time, Arctic Thunder Open House 18 inbound traffic has been closed off. If you missed the event today, it’s not too late!

Boniface and Richardson gates open to the public at 8:30 tomorrow morning, so come out and enjoy the show!

(REMINDER: Non-Department of Defense I.D. Card holders are to use Boniface and Richardson gates only)

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Air Force and Army work together during the Joint Forces Demonstration at the Arctic Thunder Open House 2018!

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Arctic Thunder Open House 2018 opening ceremony!

Catch the rest of the Arctic Thunder Open House today. Watch the Army and Air Force work together in the Joint Forces Demo, see the C-17 soar the skies, the Thunderbirds dazzle the crowd with their aerial maneuvers, and much more!

Although it looks like the weather is dreary, we're not expecting any weather related impacts to the show today. Bring sunscreen and stay hydrated

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