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The golden hour: A military responder

Posted February 17, 2017 by Airman 1st Class James Thompson

The date is Aug. 11, 2016. Glass and debris lie scattered across the pavement amongst puddles of oil and brake fluid. The hiss of passing traffic mixes with slow, faint gasps for air as sweltering heat waves radiate across the Las Vegas highway.

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Malcolm Johnson, civilian Prisoner of War

Posted October 13, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby 

TUSCON, Ariz., — Ninety-four-year-old Malcolm “Mickey” Johnson sits in his wheelchair wearing a maroon baseball cap with the words “Survivors of Wake Guam-Cavite” written in light blue letters. Johnson’s step-son and daughter-in-law sit attentively while he talks about his experience as a civilian prisoner of war. In April of 1941, Johnson was 19 years old when he…

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Long awaited Purple Heart

Posted May 6, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kevin Tanenbaum The Purple Heart was awarded to retired Staff Sgt. Julius Farrar at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 28. On Aug. 7, 1782, during the Revolutionary War, General George Washington issued an order establishing the honorary badge of distinction: The Purple Heart. NELLIS AIR FORCE…

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Airmen steps up, saves life

Posted April 28, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Lauren Sprunk

He was rushing to work when cars suddenly started braking and driving around a car in the middle of the street. On the side of the road he saw an overturned van with the driver still inside.

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Luke veteran survives three wars, plane crash

Posted November 9, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy would use to transport supplies so I figured I might…

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Little Rock Airman saves woman from drowning

Posted July 10, 2016 by SSgt. Regina Edwards

“That scream was even more chilling than the water I and my friend were in,” said Senior Airman Colton Lien, a 19th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordinance disposal technician.

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Airmen stop woman from jumping off bridge

Posted May 24, 2017 by Ron Mullan

What started as an ordinary day for three Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., soon turned into anything but. Their quick reaction and application of the Air Force’s Wingman concept saved a life May 10, 2017. Capt. Justin Phelps and 1st Lt. Camden Rogers of the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron, 552nd Air Control…

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US Airman recognized as ‘hero’ in Paris

Posted August 28, 2015 by By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane

PARIS (AFNS) — U.S. Ambassador to France, Jane D. Hartly, recognized Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone for his actions in saving countless lives during a terrorist attack aboard a train headed toward Paris Aug. 21. “We often use the word hero, and in this case I know that word has never been more appropriate,” Hartley…

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Ramstein Airman douses flames, saves lives

Posted October 14, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

There are probably few people who aren’t first responders who would run into a burning building for a stranger, but that’s exactly what one Airman assigned to the 721st Aerial Port Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, did.

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A kidney for Kai

Posted May 31, 2017 by Sgt. Caitlyn Smoyer

Sgt. 1st Class Rob Harmon, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade communications section, sat waiting for a meeting at Hunter Army Airfield in December 2016.

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