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Participants in the 2016 Child and Youth Programs Training Conference for the U.K. work on a poster during a Four Lenses session Sept. 10, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Four Lenses is made up of four color-coded temperaments denoting how someone views and reacts to the world around them. During the training childcare providers learned how to work more effectively with people with different lens colors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony) Mildenhall brings USAFE U.K. child, youth programs together
While aircraft are being fixed, fueled, launched, refueled, gathering intel and sent to deliver munitions to their target, two centers are charged with the important responsibility of caring for the Airmen who accomplish those missions’ greatest assets. Throughout the work week, Airmen and their spouses entrust their children to child development centers and youth centers on bases across the U.K. To ensure the children receive the best care possible, Team Mildenhall’s CDC and Youth Center organized and hosted the 2016 Child and Youth Programs Training Conference for the U.K. Sept. 10, 2016.
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U.S. Air Force firefighters and defenders from the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 48th Security Forces Squadron from RAF Lakenheath gather for a group photo with their counterparts from the 100th CES and the 100th SFS Sept. 7, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. The Airmen participated in a series of teamwork challenges that incorporated skills from both first responder career fields. Every year, the winning base team takes home the Battle of the Badges trophy, and RAF Lakenheath took this year’s winners’ title. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho) First responders compete in 2016 Battle of the Badges
U.S. Air Force firefighters and defenders from the 48th Civil Engineer Squadron and the 48th Security Forces Squadron from RAF Lakenheath gather for a group photo with their counterparts from the 100th CES and the 100th SFS Sept. 7, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. The Airmen participated in a series of teamwork challenges that incorporated skills
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Team Mildenhall members prepare to run in the Patriot Day 5K Sept. 9, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England.  The event was held in remembrance of the victims and first responders who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tenley Long) Team Mildenhall Patriot Day 5K run
Team Mildenhall members prepare to run in the Patriot Day 5K Sept. 9, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. The event was held in remembrance of the victims and first responders who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tenley Long)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas D. Torkelson, 100th Air Refueling Wing Commander, talks to the audience at an event, on RAF Mildenhall, England. During 9/11, Torkelson was a Captain serving as a flight commander in the 909th Air Refueling Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere) Looking back: 100th ARW commander shares memories of 9/11
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that changed the world forever. On that fateful day, the 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, Col. Thomas D. Torkelson, was a captain serving as a flight commander with the 909th Air Refueling Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. In a recent interview with 100th ARW Public Affairs, Torkelson shared his memories of what happened that day. This is his story.
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U.S. Air Force Col. Thomas D. Torkelson, 100th Air Refueling Wing commander, briefs the wing’s mission to Team Mildenhall spouses Sept. 8, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. The Spouse Immersion Tour gave Team Mildenhall spouses an opportunity to network and gain a better understanding of programs and facilities on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Halan) Team Mildenhall spouses gain knowledge during base tour

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A tribute to Paul Charland-Marlow, former 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department lead dispatcher, is on display outside the emergency communication center Sept. 9, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Charland-Marlow passed away March 30, 2016, so the firefighters decided to put together a tribute in his memory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere) 100th CES Emergency Control Center dedicated to former lead dispatcher
A tribute to Paul Charland-Marlow, former 100th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Department lead dispatcher, is on display outside the emergency communication center Sept. 9, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Charland-Marlow passed away March 30, 2016, so the firefighters decided to put together a tribute in his memory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen
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Faith Rutterford, 100th Civil Engineer Squadron secretary, checks paperwork before routing it to the commander Sept. 2, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Over her 57 years on base Rutterford has seen many changes and events, including visits from presidents, prime ministers and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. (U.S. Air Force photo by Gina Randall) MoD employee celebrates 57 years on base
The year was 1959 and the first teenage generation free from conscription emerged in Britain. Young people were given a voice and freedom to do what they wanted with their lives. The parents of the ‘60’s teenage generation spent their youth fighting for their lives in World War II. Because of this they wanted their own children to enjoy their youth and be able to have more fun and freedom. By the early 1960s, teenagers were already significantly different from those of a decade before. Back then, one 18 year-old-girl wanted a career, and embarked on a journey that would see her celebrate her 75th birthday on the very base at which she began employment 57 years prior.
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Team Mildenhall Airmen and spouses prepare their plates at a Hearts Apart event Sept. 8, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall. The monthly Hearts Apart dinners are a way for spouses and family members of deployed Airmen to gather together and connect. The dinner for this event was spaghetti and meatballs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tenley Long) 488th IS bringing families together
Team Mildenhall Airmen and spouses prepare their plates at a Hearts Apart event Sept. 8, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall. The monthly Hearts Apart dinners are a way for spouses and family members of deployed Airmen to gather together and connect. The dinner for this event was spaghetti and meatballs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tenley Long)
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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Dustin Hall, 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron chief enlisted manager, poses for a photo Sept. 8, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. In September 2001, Hall was a staff sergeant in the 1st Airborne Communication and Control Squadron, based at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He was working as an airborne secure voice operator on an E4-B Advanced Aircraft Command Post aircraft when the news broke of the Sept. 11 attacks in New York. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere) Reflection, reality: 352nd SOSS chief shares 9/11 memories
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the Pennsylvania countryside, resulting in the loss of 3,056 lives. Back then, Chief Master Sgt. Dustin Hall, 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron chief enlisted manager, was a staff sergeant in the 1st Airborne Communication and Control Squadron, based at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. He was an airborne secure voice operator.
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The names of the 100th Bomb Group service members who lost their lives at the air traffic control tower hang on the wall for guests to read at the 100th BG Memorial Aug. 25, 2016, in Thorpe Abbotts, England. The memorial site honors the squadrons and units which served from that airfield between 1943 to 1945. During World War II, the 100th BG suffered tremendous loss during the initial bombing missions, which earned them the nickname, the “Bloody Hundredth.” The tower has been reconstructed from the original structure and houses donated artifacts relating to the memorial. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho) Volunteer efforts honor Thorpe Abbotts museum
The view from the air traffic control tower is of vast golden grass edged with trees – a peaceful and silent contrast to the once bustling airfield. Throughout the museum, the hallways and rooms are filled with World War II artifacts, ranging from canteens to machine guns. Taps, the song that honors service members who have lost their lives, begins to play as visitors enter a room dedicated to the men of the 100th Bomb Group. As the song sounds throughout the dimly lit nook, the pictures and names of the fallen soldiers are read and remembered. The ATC tower at the Thorpe Abbotts museum is a refurbished original structure used by the 100th BG during World War II. Construction of the memorial site began in the 1970s by a group of volunteers who refused to let the tower be demolished for agriculture. Today, volunteers continue to honor the site to keep the memory of the fallen men alive.
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