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Senior Airman Martin Baglien, 349th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, smiles as he tells how lucky he feels that his family survived the California wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Oct. 31, 2017. Behind Baglien lies what remains of his family’s neighborhood after the fire ravaged it. Citizen Airman’s selfless actions aid California wildfire victims
Hurricane-like winds roared across the state of California, creating a catalyst that ignited wildfires on Sunday, Oct. 8. The fires tore through wine country, scorching more than 160,000 acres and leaving more than 15,000 people homeless. One of the hardest hit areas was Santa Rosa, which lost 3,000 homes to the fastest-spreading fire, the Tubbs fire. Senior Airman Martin Baglien, 349th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, and his wife, Marissa, were sleeping in their home in Santa Rosa, when they were startled awake by a pounding at their door at 2 a.m. that first morning. As they answered the knock, Marissa’s family stood outside. Their house was gone. “We were dead asleep, just like everyone else,” Baglien said.
0 11/07
2017
Senior Airman Thomas Ribeiro, 60th Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight mechanic, walks through a ready line of equipment staged to support aircraft mechanics and crew chief on a moment’s notice at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., on Nov. 15, 2016. Ribeiro currently works as a dispatcher and a kind of “roving mechanic,” helping keep aircraft maintenance on schedule. The AGE shop provides more than 500 pieces and 53 types of equipment 24 hours per day, every day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken Wright) One team, one fight
Between the two of them, there are more than 50 years of combined Air Force experience. Yet, Senior Master Sgt. John Young, 60th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight chief, was experiencing something unique at Travis Air Force Base, California, which he hadn’t seen in his career. He is partnered with a Reserve AGE flight chief
0 11/22
2016
Senior Airman Heather Flitcroft, 349th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, poses for a photo at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 15, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joseph Swafford) Travis Airman continues family tradition
Growing up as a child, one Airman from the 349th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, watched her father as he prepared his Air Force flight suit and luggage for a trip, and knew he was going somewhere important to make a difference. She wanted to ensure she did the same one day.
0 8/16
2016
Master Sgt. Gregory Hicks and wife, Teresa and their children at the Yellow Ribbon event in Baltimore. Prior to his six-month deployment to the Middle East, Hicks, stationed at Travis Air Force Base, California, was a teaching aide in a post-secondary program for students with special needs. Now he’s about to begin his first semester as a high school teacher. Despite positive outcome, deployment challenges couple
Hicks, an air transportation journeyman at the 82nd Aerial Port Squadron, also studied for an hour or two before bed each night while deployed. He eventually felt prepared to pass the exams, which he did while still overseas. He completed the paperwork to receive his certification, leaving him excited to go home and begin a new career. But returning from deployment would prove to be a difficult transition for Hicks and his family.
0 8/10
2016
Airman 1st Class Martel Surop, 60th Contracting Squadron contracting specialist, finds gratification in the small, but important tasks of his job at Travis AFB, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken Wright) Airman finds meaning ‘sweating the small stuff’
In a small cubicle, within a large office, in an expansive building, in the largest wing in Air Mobility Command, Airman 1st Class Martel Surop works diligently to do his part for the Air Force.
0 8/07
2016
Staff Sgt. Kyle Fletcher, 349th Air Mobility Wing financial management specialist, knows that while his job requires a meticulous attention to detail that can become tedious, the results of his work impact people who count on his diligence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken Wright) Every cog counts
FM Airman knows every effort counts
0 7/21
2016
Ryan Pavey holds the hand of Lola Oliver while visiting the Veteran's Home of California in Younville, Calif. (Courtesy photo) Reserve teen tackles job as singular voice for AFRC youth
For 17-year old Ryan Pavey, representing the collective voice for tens of thousands of Air Force Reserve youth sets him apart from the average teen. As the AF Reserve representative to the AF Teen Council, it’s something he believes allows him to make a difference in the lives of kids just like him.
0 3/29
2016
Staff Sgt. Amy Adams, 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Captain Lindsey Gilmore) A medical student, a nurse, and a med tech board a plane
Air Force training prepares you for many things; sometimes it can even prepare you for ‘making the big decisions’ such as the landing destination of an aircraft full of people.
0 3/23
2016
As we close out the year 2015, some people will make New Year’s resolutions. Others take a moment to reflect on a proud accomplishment from this year. The 349th public affairs team was finding out who has made a New Year’s resolution, or who was proud of making a difference for the greater good, even one person, in the past year. On behalf of your intrepid public affairs staff, we wish our Airmen, and all our friends and family here at Team Travis, a safe and prosperous New Year! Around the Wing
As we close out the year 2015, some people will make New Year’s resolutions. Others take a moment to reflect on a proud accomplishment from this year. The 349th public affairs team was finding out who has made a New Year’s resolution, or who was proud of making a difference for the greater good, even one person, in the past year. On behalf of your intrepid public affairs staff, we wish our Airmen, and all our friends and family here at Team Travis, a safe and prosperous New Year!
0 12/31
2015
Organized by the Airmen of the 349th Air Mobility Wing, supported by the 349th Medical and Maintenance Group "elves," OTB visits local schools bearing gifts bags for the children in hopes of making their holidays a little more merry and bright! Operation Teddy bear
Organized by the Airmen of the 349th Air Mobility Wing, supported by the 349th Medical and Maintenance Group "elves," OTB visits local schools bearing gifts bags for the children in hopes of making their holidays a little more merry and bright! (photos by Ellen Hatfield)
0 12/25
2015
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