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Staff Sgt. Chris Lelm holds up a piece of shrapnel found in his vehicle after a roadside bomb, made from a 155 mm artillery shell, exploded next to his truck in Iraq. Sergeant Lelm was one of many Airmen performing convoy duties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Lelm was presented the Purple Heart for his wounds. He is assigned to the 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Coomes) 'Boom!' Staff sergeant recalls roadside bombing
He had pieces of glass in his mouth and ears, six broken teeth, facial lacerations and a badly torn up vehicle, and he's probably lucky that things worked out so well. "I just looked up and 'boom!' said Staff Sgt. Chris Lelm, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron. "I don't remember hearing anything - I think we were too close to hear it. It was just a
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2006
GRAND FORKS AFB, N.D. -- (left to right) Master Sgt. Timothy Brittain, 319th Maintenance Squadron first sergeant and Master Sgt. Thomas Doyea, 319th Mission Support first sergeant, saved the life of an Airman during the Airmen’s Appreciation Dinner at the dining facility here Nov. 14. (photo/Airman First Class Ashley Coomes) First seargeants save Airman's life
"His face was dark red and he was pounding on his back. I asked if he was okay, but he didn't respond," said a Grand Forks Air Force Base first sergeant. Master Sgt. Timothy Brittain, 319th Maintenance Squadron, and Master Sgt. Thomas Doyea, 319th Mission Support first sergeant, saved the life of an Airman during Tuesday's Airmen's Appreciation
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Grand Forks AFB Services wins Eubank Award
The 319th Services Squadron was recognized last weekend as the best small base services program in Air Mobility Command. The Major General Eugene L. Eubank Service Award is presented to bases with fewer than 6,000 assigned military and civilian personnel for outstanding morale, welfare and recreation programs. Winning at the MAJCOM level isn't new
0 10/27
2006
GRAND FORKS AFB, N.D. --Members of 319th Air Refueling Wing, Grand Forks AFB, N.D., participate in convoy exercise training Tuesday here.  The training is designed to give Airmen a more diverse skill set for deployment around the globe. (photo/Airman 1st Class SerMae Lampkin) Grand Forks trains for worldwide crisis scenario
As tensions around the globe quickly rose last week, Grand Forks Air Force Base prepped to have its KC-135 Stratotankers in action when called upon. Fortunately, the words "Exercise, exercise, exercise" accompanied this doomsday scenario, meaning that this worldwide contingency was not a real-world event. The Oct. 17-18 exercise, dubbed '8044,'
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2006
Senior Airman Milton Carrell (right) is interviewed before competing in the ESPN series, "NBA Live: Bring It Home" video game competition Oct. 3 in Grand Forks, N.D. Airman Carrell is assigned to the 319th Operation Support Squadron at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Standing with him is his opponent, Scott Price of Oakland, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ashley Coomes) Bringing it: NBA Live; Airman represents the Air Force in video game competition
Draining 3-pointers, playing tough defense and going to the rim are all things Senior Airman Milton Carrell, 319th Operations Support Squadron, can do. Only he doesn't always do them on a regular basketball court. Airman Carrell, a.k.a. Q, was selected as a finalist in the NBA Live: Bring It Home video game competition sponsored by ESPN. "They
0 10/05
2006
Staff Sgt. Ryan Bigelow, 319th Logistics Readiness Squadron, volunteers his time to help beautify the base on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 29. Approximately 20 volunteers helped the Environmental office (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Coomes) Beautifying Grand Forks

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2006
(From left to right) Col. Diane Hull, 319th Air Refueling Wing commander; Lisa Bakke and Crystal Hurst, Starbucks store managers; and Chief Master Sgt. Harry Viel. 
The managers of the local Starbucks coffee shops presented 179 pounds of coffee to be distributed to deployed troops. 
“The coffee was donated from the community, our store just facilitated the donations,” said Ms. Bakke. “Many people included thank you cards to show their appreciation to the troops.” (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Coomes) GF says thanks a latte

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2006
Chief Master Sgt. Cynthia Davis  and Senior Master Sgt. Johnnie Sowell cut a rug after dinner at the ball. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Suellyn Nuckolls) Having a Ball

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2006
Airman 1st Class Alexander Lemieux, 319th Civil Engineering Squadron, shows the children’s fire safety house to General McNabb and Chief Master Sgt. Joseph Barron, AMC command chief. He is one of many Airmen to showcase their mission at Warrior Land Sept. 13. Showcasing the 319 ARW

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2006
Gen. Duncan McNabb, Air Mobility Command commander, re-enlists four Airmen during the all call during his visit Sept. 13 and 14. (Photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley Coomes) Gen. McNabb visits base to "thank Airmen"
"Well, it's not your aircraft or ships or weapons - we have all that. You're enlisted core is unlike anything we could imagine. If we were to face you in war -- that is where we would lose." Gen. Duncan McNabb, Air Mobility Command commander, began his all call here by recounting a conversation he had with Russian generals when they were asked what
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2006
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