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  • Ever wonder how refuelers are refueled?

    Tech. Sgt. Thomas Conroy, 459th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, guides a fuel truck into place prior to refueling a KC-135R Stratotanker on the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, flight line July 20, 2017. The truck contains a hydraulic system used to draw fuel from underground reservoirs into the aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kat
  • 459th fires off five aircraft during rapid response exercise

    A 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135R Stratotanker takes off from the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, airfield during and exercise July 16, 2017. The exercise tested the unit's ability to rapidly deploy multiple aircraft within minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
  • Students see AFRC careers up close during KC-135 tour

    1st Lt. Kyle Swenson, 756th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, speaks to a career camp student about what it’s like to be a pilot inside a KC-135 Stratotanker on the Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, flightline July 25, 2017. The high-school age students visited the 459th Air Refueling Wing to learn about careers available to them in the Air Force Reserve.
  • Local leaders learn the business of flying

    Erin Vermilye, International Association of Chiefs of Police assistant director, looks out the window of a KC-135R Stratotanker during a flight with the 459th Air Refueling Wing, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, July 21, 2017. The 459th provides worldwide in-flight refueling, cargo transportation, passenger transportation and aeromedical evacuation.
  • First enlisted member to take reigns of 459th Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

    Reservists volunteer to work one weekend a month and two weeks a year for Reserve duty, however, there are times when Airmen are required to deploy to various locations in support support the overall mission. These deployments can be strenuous not only on the Airman, but their loved ones as well. This is why the DoD created the Yellow Ribbon
  • Force Support Squadron closures through 2018

    2017 Labor Day - Monday, September 4th (early closure Friday, September 1st at noon) Columbus Day - Monday, October 9th (early closure Friday, October 6th at noon) Veteran's Day - Friday, November 10th (early closure Friday, November 7th at noon) Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 23rd (early closure Wednesday, November 22nd at noon and closed
  • Maintainer feedback key to streamlining tablet use in aircraft repair

    Since 2013, maintainers with the 459th Maintenance Group have been at the forefront of modernization by utilizing current technologies to improve the efficiency of aircraft repair. They are the first unit in Air Force Reserve Command to utilize the eTools Lite System, moving away from hard copy technical orders to data-enabled tablets with digital
  • JBA recognizes LGBT Pride Month

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month is recognized each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan, New York. According to the library of Congress, the riots were a tipping point for the gay liberation movement in the U.S.“The base celebrates this month to raise awareness of gay culture and promote greater diversity
  • Taking care of Airmen while maintaining constant readiness -- thoughts from the new AFDW Commander

    “My job, as the commander, is to work for the Airmen of the Headquarters, Air Force District of Washington, and the Airmen within AFDW writ large,” said the new Air Force District of Washington Commander, Maj. Gen. James A. Jacobson, while sharing his initial thoughts about the command, its mission and, most importantly, its people.During the