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Fighting to fly: Creech Airman thrives after life-changing crash

Waking up in an unfamiliar place, having suffered numerous injuries, he couldn’t believe the scene set before him. He waited for the curtains to be drawn to reveal the hospital bed and medical equipment attached to him were all fake.

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Soldier lets strength, courage define her

In late March of 2018, Natalie Wamsley was finishing up warrant officer candidate school, maxing her last Army Physical Fitness Test and taking another successful step in her 16-year military career. On April 6, she learned she had cancer.

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Wounded Army veteran finds new purpose with NFL team

Once the smoke cleared, the squad leader with the 82nd Airborne Division saw his injured leg and began to push himself out of the crater the bomb had left.

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Perseverance in face of adversity

With her inviting smile and exuberant personality, it’s hard to believe that Senior Airman Lin Evenson has endured multiple devastating hardships in her life.

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Refugee to Airman

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.


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Overcoming Adversity

Fighting to fly: Creech Airman thrives after life-changing crash

Posted  April 17, 2019

Waking up in an unfamiliar place, having suffered numerous injuries, he couldn’t believe the scene set before him. He waited for the curtains to be drawn to reveal the hospital bed and medical equipment attached to him were all fake.

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Overcoming Adversity

Soldier lets strength, courage define her

Posted  April 15, 2019

In late March of 2018, Natalie Wamsley was finishing up warrant officer candidate school, maxing her last Army Physical Fitness Test and taking another successful step in her 16-year military career. On April 6, she learned she had cancer.

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Wounded Army veteran finds new purpose with NFL team

Posted  December 27, 2018

Once the smoke cleared, the squad leader with the 82nd Airborne Division saw his injured leg and began to push himself out of the crater the bomb had left.

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Everyday Heroes

Miracle on Burro Street

Posted  December 26, 2018

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Kindra Stewart Staff Sgt. Brock Gladson, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron lead firefighter, poses for a personality portrait Dec. 3, 2018, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Gladson enlisted in the Air Force as a firefighter in 2013. Today, he is the lead firefighter at Fire Station 3 on…

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Retired Airman’s resilience sets leading example

Posted  December 26, 2018

Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Alyssa D. Van Hook Retired Senior Airman Karah Behrend, a member of the Air Force Wounded Warriors Program, poses for a photo at the Tactical Fitness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 16, 2018. Behrend has overcome life-altering adversities with her inspiring resiliency, positive attitude and constant effort….

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