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Air Mobility Command wins Sadler Cup in first Defender Challenge in 14 years
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Luciano Rosano, 421st Security Forces Squadron combat training instructor, fires an m9 pistol during weapons training during preparation for representing Air Mobility Command in the 2018 Defender Challenge on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Sept. 4, 2018. Rosano qualified to be a part of the AMC team for the challenge by running a six-mile run while carrying 25-35 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
Sept. 19, 2018 - Air Mobility Command’s team earned first place for dismounted operations at the 2018 Defender

An office with a view
U.S. Air Force Col. Jacqueline D. Breeden, 305th Air Mobility Wing commander, discusses problem areas, expectations and mission requirements with 305th AMW leaders at the Combined Maintenance Operations Facility at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 6, 2018. Breeden went on an immersion tour with the 6th Airlift Squadron to hear from Airmen firsthand what issues they are facing in their daily specialties and also to congratulate and award those who worked hard to stand out amongst their peers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Jessica Blair)
Sept. 13, 2018 -     She didn’t come from a military family, nor did she have any prior experience, but in 1990 she

JCOC brings insight to American public
John E. Harmon Sr., founder, president and chief executive officer of African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Joint Civilian Orientation Conference member and honorary commander, poses for a photo at the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey office, Trenton, N.J., Aug. 22, 2018. The Defense department hosts an annual civic liaison program known as the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, which allows selected civilians to participate in an installation tour to get an inside look at what our service members are all about. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Blair)
Sept. 12, 2018 - It’s not often that the general public are able to observe first hand all of the diverse occupations

9/11 ceremony commemorates first responders
A wreath of yellow flowers stands in front of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst 9/11 Memorial following a commemorative ceremony at the Timmermann Center on JB MDL, N.J., Sept. 11, 2018. The memorial site contains twisted steel beams that were salvaged from ground zero, and was officially completed in 2016.
Sept. 12, 2018 - Leaders and members of the joint base community commemorated 17 years since the attacks of 9/11

An unforgettable day turned to a beautiful moment
Now U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. John Burdick, 87th Logistics Readiness Squadron assistant installation deployment officer, appears in a photo from when he was a chorister in 2001 at Saint Thomas Choir School in New York City.
Sept. 12, 2018 - The sounds of cars honking, the wind whistling between the towering buildings of the city, September
DOD Stories
Afghan Forces Proving Their Resilience, Mattis Says
An Mi-17 from the Afghan air force prepares to land at the Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar during a medical evacuation exercise hosted by soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade in Kandahar, Afghanistan, May 8, 2018. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield
Sept. 24, 2018 - Afghan security forces have taken severe casualties, but they continue to fight and protect the populace, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said during a news conference at the Pentagon.

Secretary Discusses Fight in Middle Euphrates River Valley
A coalition member hangs an 81-millimeter mortar prior to launching it at a known ISIS location near the Iraqi-Syrian border, May 13, 2018. The coalition provided fire support and airstrikes to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces as they continued Operation Roundup, the military offensive to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and liberate all land east of the Euphrates River. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy R. Koster
Sept. 24, 2018 - The fight continues in the Middle Euphrates River Valley to wrest the last 2 percent of land once controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria from the grasp of the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters.

U.S., Afghan Doctors Work to Improve Medical Care
Navy Capt. Cynthia Gantt, commander of the NATO Role III Multinational Medical Unit, talks to the Kandahar Regional Military Hospital commander at the Role III in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 17, 2018. Medical officers from Role III and KRMH conduct routine case studies and medical training. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield
Sept. 24, 2018 - U.S. Navy medical professionals are working with their Afghan counterparts to improve medical care at Kandahar Regional Military Hospital in Afghanistan.

Army Astronaut Prepares for December Launch
From left, future International Space Station crew members Army Astronaut Lt. Col. Anne McClain, with U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command; Oleg Kononenko, with the Russian space agency Roscosmos; and David Saint-Jacques, with the Canadian Space Agency, pose for a picture as a Soyuz rocket arrives at the launch pad June 4, 2018, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Army photo
Sept. 24, 2018 - One soldier is proving childhood dreams can come true as she prepares to launch into space for the first time.

Mattis Pays Tribute to Prisoners of War, Missing in Action
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks during a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 21, 2018. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Sept. 21, 2018 - Service members who were held as prisoners of war and those still missing from the nation's wars deserve respect and admiration from the nation for which they fought, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.
JB MDL Features
New command chief inspires motivation, positivity
CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT JAMES E. FITCH II
Aug. 13, 2018 -     Driving home for the summer after freshman year of college, a young man of 19 noticed a

Airman completes Army NCO Master Leadership Course
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Valentino Thorne, 87th Logistics Readiness Squadron superintendent of squadron readiness, poses with his Army classmates after a U.S. Army NCO Academy master leadership course graduation on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., July 20, 2018. Thorne took the two-week class as a requirement of promotion to E-7 and graduated as the class leader with an overall 90 percent average. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
Aug. 6, 2018 - Whether pinned to the collar or tacked onto the sleeves, rank defines each service member. It shows

Veterinarians, dentists repair K-9 canine
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Louis Marconyak, a root canal specialist with the 87th Dental Squadron, performs a root canal on Ricky, a military working dog with the 87th Security Forces Squadron, at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Veterinary Treatment Facility, July 26, 2018. Marconyak primarily performs this procedure on human patients, but recieved training during schooling to operate on military working dogs.
Aug. 2, 2018 - When a military working dog injures a tooth, it’s up to a team of dentists and veterinarians to

Counselors at law: Defending all Airmen
U.S. Air Force Maj. Kasey Hawkins, Air Force Legal Operations Agency Area Defense Council lawyer, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michele Stroud, Air Force Legal Operations Agency defense paralegal, read military legal books on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., June 4, 2018. The Area Defense Council is a team of two or more Airmen lawyers and paralegals who provide free services to all Airmen with any legal issue or offense. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
June 4, 2018 -     Making career mistakes is common; some are minor and can be fixed with a little tape while

A little boy’s dream to become a golden star
Landon Biggs and his brother, New Jersey boys, pose for a picture during the 2018 Power in the Pines Open House and Air show on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., May 6, 2018. Landon travels with his family throughout the Northeastern U.S. to watch the U.S. Army Golden Knights perform. He and his brother wear flight suits identical to the Golden Knights and dream of being on the team one day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Ariel Owings)
May 7, 2018 -     The smells of festival food fill the air as he climbs over enormous static aircraft displays.
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