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President George W. Bush visited MacDill June 16 to address the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and thank them for their efforts fighting the global war on terrorism. President Bush made more visits to MacDill in the coming months to include assessing hurricane damage.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Chisholm
 
 

The Stanley Cup, the National Hockey League championship trophy, made a visit to MacDill May 26 during the NHL finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley cup by defeating the Calgary Flames in seven games.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Chisholm
 
 

The Enduro Challenge was held Aug. 21, where 45 people competitors were challenged with a five-mile run, seven-mile canoe, 300 push ups and sit ups, a canoe portage, a one-mile swim, a 12-mile off-road bike, a 40-pound ruck-sack run, an obstacle course, a memory test and firing an M-9.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
 
 

Construction on MacDill's new 125-foot air traffic control tower began. The tower is scheduled to open this year and will feature a simulator to train air traffic controllers.

Photo by Airman Jose Climaco
 
 

Tech. Sgt. Denni's Fontenot and 2nd Lt. Tiffany Arnold dip their cups in the grog bowl, a tradition observed Sept. 17 at the 57th Air Force Birthday Ball.

Photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Robertson
 
 

Gen. John P. Jumper, chief of staff of the Air Force, gives a round of applause during the dedication of the Davis Conference Center during Corona in February. The four-day conference was attended by the Air Force's top leaders.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Chisholm
 
 

A new pier opened at Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Memorial Park in March to the delight of anglers.

Photo by Nick Stubbs
 
 

AirFest attracted an estimated crowd of 500,000 people to MacDill April 3 and 4. AirFest featured some of the military's top aircraft including the Navy Blue Angels.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
 
 

Troops from the Joint Communications Support Element returned from Iraq Sep. 19 overwhelmed to see their families and friends. 22 JCSE troops were deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
 
 

The nation mourned President Ronald Reagan, who passed away June 5. President Reagan was the fortieth president of the United States. He served two terms in office from 1981-1989.

 
 

Watching television reports on hurricanes was an all too common occurrence during the hurricane season. Florida was hit by three hurricanes, Frances, Charley and Jeanne during August and September.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Chisholm

 

 

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