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(Right) Master Sgt. Chad Hepner, 9th Medical Group first sergeant, and (left) Master Sgt. Nathan Schmidt, 9th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant, pose with a black bear Hepner harvested in California during the 2011 bear season. Hepner hunts so much that his family hasn't bought a cut of meat from a grocery store in 19 years. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Not just a hobby; a lifestyle
"If it walks, crawls, swims, or flies, it dies!" reads the bug guard attached to the front of Master Sgt. Chad Hepner's muddy truck.This saying is what the 9th Medical Group first sergeant tries his best to live by. He hunts so much that his family hasn't bought a cut of meat from a grocery store in 19 years."Hunting for me isn't just a hobby, it's
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2012
Staff Sgt. Scott Love, 9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal technician, starts his way down a 200 foot cliff during mountain warfare training in Auburn, Calif., Feb. 17, 2012. The EOD flight here stays proficient in mountain warfare training to handle various situations such as this. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/Released) Beale EOD stays proficient on unlevel terrain
The best way to deal with an improvised explosive device or an unexploded piece of ordnance is to blow it up in a controlled fashion. But what if that device is deep in a well, cave or underground irrigation system which can't be compromised by an explosion?The 9th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordinance Disposal flight here stays proficient in
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2012
Staff Sgt. James Cosens, 9th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the armory, turns in a cleared M-4 rifle to an armorer at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012. Every weapon is checked at least twice for safety requirements before it is turned into the armory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo) Arming the fight
The 9th Security Forces Squadron armorers are tasked with the duty arming and disarming the law enforcement and security patrols that keep Beale safe. Security forces personnel must draw their weapons from the armory prior to assuming post, a process of weapon exchange from armory to Airmen."The armory's main mission is to house and issue the tools
0 2/03
2012
Default Air Force Logo Rising to the top: Airmen, NCO organization builds leaders
Beale's Rising 6 organization is becoming a well known force around the base, supporting events like the Annual Awards Dinner and holding Airman Professional Military Education boot camps. "The Rising 6 organization is dedicated to providing the framework to help build our future leaders here at Beale through the promotion of professional and
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2012
9th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers march along Warren Shingle Rd. on Beale AFB during training Jan. 9, 2012. By going on long ruck marches across base and training together outside their kennels, these teams prepare for their mission to support combatant commanders around the world. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/Released) Marches prepare dogs, handlers for worldwide mission
Although the trainers at the 9th Security Forces Squadron military working dog flight say their dogs' teeth are its most important weapon, they must keep all parts of these animals body's fit to fight and their skills sharp. By going on long ruck marches across base and training together outside their kennels, these teams prepare for their mission
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2012
Default Air Force Logo Staying legal this voting season
With the presidential primaries lurking around the corner, there are a few things Airmen must remember during this upcoming political season.When joining the military or becoming a federal employee, it is done so with the knowledge this decision comes with some sacrifice."Everyone is encouraged to exercise their right to vote," said Sean DeMallie,
0 1/04
2012
Staff Sgt. Carys Cloudwalker, 9th Communications Squadron NCO in charge of the Communications Focal Point, troubleshoots a help desk ticket for a commander Dec. 21, 2011. Cloudwalker and other Comm. Airmen can remote into other computer, enabling them to solve issues without dispatching a technician. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Shawn Nickel/Released) Communications Airmen make small differences in a big way
In modern warfare, keeping good communication moving up and down the line can be critical to keeping Beale's 24/7 missions operating smoothly. A team of experts with the 9th Communications Squadron provides service to customers with communication problems and requirements -- often being the one-stop shop to get the right people on the job to fix
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2011
The new Iraq/Afghanistan Dog Tag Memorial before an unveiling ceremony at the Museum of the Forgotten Warrior outside of Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Nov. 10, 2011. The memorial was built to honor all of the servicemembers who have been killed during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Fowler/Released) Display memorializes Iraq and Afghanistan veterans
As the sun rose over the barn red walls and freshly laid gravel, slight wind through the new memorial sent 6,297 dog tags swinging, creating a low chiming sound. A crowd of spectators stepped back from thousands of reflections created by the tags, each representing a service member who has lost their life during the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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2011
Default Air Force Logo Wounded warrior program cares for injured Airmen
When his convoy was hit Sept. 15, 2009 by an Explosively Formed Penetrator blast, .50 cal gunner Staff Sgt. Phillip Newlyn would be taken back to his Forward Operating Base in Baghdad, Iraq, then medavaced to Balad Air Base before being transported to Landstuhl, Germany and onward to Walter Reed Medical Hospital, Md. There, Newlyn would spend the
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2011
Tech. Sgt. Thundercloud Hirajeta, heating, ventilation and air conditioning mechanic assigned to special duty, dances in his traditional regalia used in powwows and dance competitions. Hirajeta is a champion Straight Dancer winning several powwow contests throughout Oklahoma. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Robert Scott) Native American Heritage History Month Profile
Name: Thundercloud HirajetaRank: Technical SergeantJob Title: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning mechanic assigned to special duty.Time in service: 15 yearsWhere does the name Thundercloud come from? "My father named me the day I was born in Panama. When my mother went into labor it was a bright sunny day. My father had to retrieve something
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2011
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