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  • Anatomy of a bomb: USAF senior leaders get hands on experience

    Like an 80s action film, one may assume the Air Force has an endless supply of ready-made munitions available at a moment’s notice but what Hollywood leaves out are the Airmen who work behind the scenes assembling munitions together piece-by-piece. To curb this misconception, the 9th Munitions Squadron here hosts a two-day course that gives senior leaders a hands-on experience on the rigors of building ordnance. The course is designed to help decision makers obtain a better understanding of munitions at the tactical level and the process it takes to meet the strategic demands to maintain air superiority.
  • High capability, high demand: Expeditionary reconnaissance squadron in Europe fulfills transregional requirements

    Lt. Col. Jeremy Verbout is the 1st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron commander in Europe. Verbout’s squadron is responsible for U-2 Dragon Lady operations in nearby regions and is essential in providing high-altitude intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to combatant commanders.
  • Air Force Ball 2017

    Airmen and their families gather for the Air Force Ball to celebrate its 70th anniversary at Beale Air Force Base, California, Sept. 17, 2017. The Air Force was officially recognized as a branch of service on Sept. 18 1947.
  • Team Beale honors POWs

    Team Beale held a 24 hour nonstop run and a remembrance ceremony to honor POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 15, 2017, at the Recce Point Club here. National POW/MIA Day is an annual observance held on the third Friday of September. It began as a way to recognize the nation’s prisoners of war and the service members who are still missing in action.
  • Beale EOD participates in Urban Shield

    9th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance technicians participated in Urban Shield Sept. 10, 2017 in Dublin, California. Urban Shield is an exercise, which evaluates the response capabilities of law enforcement agencies and military units in the area. Beale EOD sent a team to Urban Shield to build relationships with civilian law enforcement agencies, and train on a variety of different scenarios.
  • Small robot advances safety and capability for EOD

    An explosive ordnance disposal technician looks in the direction of improvised explosive device he was dispatched to neutralize. Staged just outside the danger zone, he prepares to approach the IED, but instead of donning a forest green, explosive resistant bomb suit, he reaches into a backpack and pulls out a small remote controlled robot. Operating robots to defuse explosive threats is a regular and often first line option used by EOD Airmen to ensure safety. But when the location of the device is inaccessible to larger, bulky robots, Airmen don bomb suits to complete the mission.
  • Beale leaders hear directly from AF families, Airmen at installation improvement town hall

    Installation leaders hosted two town hall events Aug. 31, 2017, at the Community Activity Center here. The town halls were open for Airmen and their families to bring their concerns and ideas on improving the base in an open forum.
  • Beale Airmen promote positive relations between law enforcement; communities

    9th Security Forces Squadron Airmen participated in the annual National Night Out, hosted in Marysville, recently to promote positive relations between law enforcement and the local community they are sworn to protect. National Night Out is an event held in over 16,000 communities nationwide. 9th SFS Airmen attended to help build relations with the local neighborhoods by showcasing what they do to ensure the safety and security of Beale Air Force Base.
  • Enlisted pilots complete check ride

    The first group of enlisted pilots recently completed their initial check rides in the basic qualification training for the RQ-4 Global Hawk.
  • New equipment gives Airmen time to breathe

    After a pilot completes their Initial Aerospace Physiology Training they occasionally go through a refresher course to maintain their flying status. In order to complete the course aircrew work with the 9th Physiological Support Squadron for a variety of reasons, including a hypoxia demonstration.