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Giving life through the Living Donor Program

Posted July 1, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

As Airmen, it is our responsibility to help each other, as well as our civilian counterparts from day to day. But what if the need was greater than something as simple as a ride to work? What if it was as great as a kidney donation? Located in Sacramento, Calif., The University of California Davis…

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5,000 days of war: Any time, anywhere, all the time

Posted June 26, 2015 by Airman Kai White and Airman First Class Ryan Conroy

Hurlburt Field, Fla — It’s been 5,000 days of struggle, rugged landscapes, blood and sweat. It’s been 5,000 days of exhaustion, injuries, and long separations from family, friends and home. On June 27, the 17th Special Tactics Squadron will mark 5,000 days of unremitting war. Their 5,000-day epoch began in October 2001, one month after the…

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Empowerment: More than just a word

Posted April 1, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ryan Sparks

I am a first-term Airman at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota. I am approaching one year time on station and getting close to achieving the next skill level in my job. At this stage in my career, my number one focus is on training and mastering my job. All Airmen are expected to…

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Do your goals match your dreams?

Posted October 14, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Evelardo De Leon

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As a young man I grew up in a not so great area of San Antonio, Texas.  My parents were not perfect people but they did invest in me.  They taught me the basics and to be a man of my word. We were a family of little means but my…

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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

Posted July 31, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment. Although senior NCOs are the primary people to go, there are a limited number of senior NCOs…

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Optimism helped Vietnam vet survive as POW

Posted July 17, 2015 by Karen Abeyasekere

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) — When 2nd Lt. John “Spike” Nasmyth climbed into his F-4 Phantom II on Sept. 4, 1966, to fly a combat mission over Vietnam, he never foresaw that he’d be blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile. The last words he heard before his jet was transformed…

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AAPIHM luau held at D-M

Posted June 12, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lutgardo Baltazar, 612th Air & Space Operations Center, plays a ukulele and sings with Tech. Sgt. Mariefaye McGuire, 355th Medical Support Squadron, while they emcee the Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month luau at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, May…

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Northrop awards scholarships to two students

Posted May 29, 2015 by

Northrop Grumman recently announced winners of its eighth annual Engineering Scholars program, which will provide college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in the greater San Fernando Valley community who are interested in studying engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics. During an awards reception hosted by Northrop Grumman’s Woodland Hills, Calif., facility May 21, Huong…

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Edwards maintainer makes All-AF, All-Armed Forces volleyball team

Posted June 19, 2015 by by Jet Fabara

Every year athletes across the Air Force try out for a chance to not only represent their base, but the Air Force at a national level. For one 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Weapons Load team member, his opportunity arose through the Air Force Men’s Volleyball program. Senior Airman Evan LaRochelle’s journey began at the Air…

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Making a Splash: NCO Goes Deep to Re-Enlist

Posted July 10, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — A Tyndall Airman re-enlisted in a unique way recently, diving approximately 70 feet under water to swear in for another three and a half years of service. Technical Sgt. Robert Barnes, 325th Communications Squadron quality assurance NCO in charge, wanted his re-enlistment to be one he will always remember. He knew…

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