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Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319th Air Base Wing command chief, center, speaks to enlisted service members, officers and civilian employees in current or future leadership positions during a course focused on leadership May 8, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. The three-day Flight Leader Course is the first of its kind to be offered at Grand Forks AFB, and is designed to inform and expose class participants to important information which will help them succeed in their roles as leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez) New Flight Leader Course at Grand Forks AFB
The installation’s first Flight Leader Course was provided to enlisted members, officers and civilian employees in leadership positions May 8-10, 2018, in the Professional Development Center at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.
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Maggie Kaufhold, 5-year-old, shows Senior Airman Kevin Yi, 319th Medical Operations Squadron dental assistant, how to properly brush teeth on a stuffed animal Apr. 10, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Several agencies joined together for the Beautiful Child event, an annual children's activity fair.(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Desiree Economides) Grand Forks AFB does its part to support Child Abuse Prevention Month
“The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self,” said Nathaniel Branden, author of Six Pillars of Self-Esteem.
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Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319th Air Base Wing command chief (right), presents his chief coin alongside mentor and friend, (ret.) Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Markham, March 23, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Markham gifted Thomas this coin when Thomas pinned on chief in 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs) Reflections of Chief Master Sergeants
Recalling his early memories of the chief master sergeants who left impressions of exemplary leadership and model airmanship, (Ret) Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Markham expressively described Chief Master Sgt. Roberts. “This 6’3” polar bear grip, crusty old chief master sergeant walks in the room, and he represented protection,” said Markham using his hands to depict bear paws. “He took care of his Airmen. Whatever squadron he was in, that was the best squadron. When he was talking to you he knew all about your family when he walked into a room you knew everything was okay.”
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Col. Benjamin L. Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), briefs member of the 319th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319 ABW command chief, used the opportunity to applaud defenders for their dedication and professionalism, and recognized the challenges they face while protecting Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan) 319th Air Base Wing commander focuses on base security

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Airman 1st Class Brandon Hilliard, installation entry controller with the 319th Security Forces Squadron, left, and Senior Airman Dakota Smith, base defense operations center operator with the 319 SFS, interact with a driver passing through the main gate of Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., March 7, 2018. Installation entry controllers spend an average of 12 hours on each shift, staying vigilant and ensuring no one enters the base without authorization. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez) 319th Security Forces Squadron Airmen endure sub-freezing temperatures to protect GFAFB
A stream of cars lulled through the front gate of Grand Forks AFB on March 7, 2018, passing by piles of melting snow and ice. The 319th Security Forces Squadron Airmen on guard took turns checking the drivers’ identification cards, making sure everyone was authorized before allowing them to pass. The temperature was a comparatively ‘warm’ 22 degrees, considering the base defenders endured a heavy snowstorm just days prior while most of the base was relieved from work for the day.
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Default Air Force Logo Enlisted RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots train at Grand Forks AFB
Enlisted Airmen with the 69th Reconnaissance Group are scheduled to complete their final phase of mission qualification training to become RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots in early 2018 at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. Master Sgt. Chris and Staff Sgt. Matt, student pilots, are among the first enlisted members to become remotely piloted aircraft pilots since President John F. Kennedy took office in 1961.
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Airman 1st Class Nicholas Cash, firefighter with the 319th Civil Engineer Squadron, left, and Airman 1st Class Etelyn Cash, alarm monitor with the 319th Security Forces Squadron, spend time together on their day off in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Nov. 20, 2017. The couple has been married for nearly a year after getting married in January of 2017, three months after meeting. (Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Elora J. Martinez) Air Force provides support to new family
Imagine being doubted, criticized and talked down to by your friends, wingmen or supervisors for a decision you happily made and proudly shared. That is what happened to Airman 1st Class Nicholas and Etelyn Cash, who happened to get married during their technical training after knowing each other for two months.
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Senior Airman Michael Higgins, High Frequency Global Communication System radio operator with the 319th Communications Squadron, second from the back right, poses with the men’s All-Air Force softball team at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. (Courtesy photo) Warriors of the North make the cut
Making the cut for any Air Force sports team is just a dream for hundreds of Airmen who never see their names on any sort of final list of selected members. For Airman 1st Class Justice Graham and Senior Airman Michael Higgins, that dream became a reality in 2017.
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Default Air Force Logo Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility
Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the risk factors and warning signs, which allows for conversations to open up. Providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm and following up with loved ones are actions people can take to help others.
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Senior Airman Alexis Lopez, dental assistant with the 319th Medical Group, currently works at the medical treatment facility on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He previously was stationed at Oshawa Air Base, Japan, and hopes to cross-train to become a pararescueman. Dental assistant prevents dental disaster
Prior to anesthetizing a tooth for drilling, about two months ago, Maj. Jon Federspiel, chief of dental services with the 319th MDG, incorrectly identified which tooth to drill. Luckily, Lopez spoke up, correcting the mistake and avoiding irreversible action on the wrong tooth.
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