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Face of Defense: Airman learns lessons from Afghanistan duty

Posted December 30, 2016 by Geoff Janes

The first thing you notice about Air Force Airman 1st Class Corynn Marcelo when she talks about her recent deployment to Afghanistan is her professionalism and military bearing.

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Airman takes action, saves three families

Posted August 11, 2018 by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook

Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Tech Sgt. Michael Cleary, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, aircraft structural maintainer poses for a portrait Aug. 6, 2018 in Glendale, Ariz. On July 14, 2018, Cleary aided in saving the lives of three families from a fire while on leave in his hometown of Manteca, Calif….

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Face of Defense: Marine reservist protects family from attacker

Posted January 27, 2017 by Marine Corps Sgt. Ian Leones

Marine Corps photograph by Sgt. Ian Leones Marine Corps Sgt. Gabriel R. McInnis, engineer equipment mechanic with Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, poses for a photo after receiving a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 7, 2017. McInnis received the medal…

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Face of Defense: Marines get recognition for rescuing trapped motorist

Posted June 14, 2017 by Marine Corps Cpl. Dallas Johnson

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Dallas Johnson Marine Corps Lt. Col. Vincent Dawson, left, the executive officer of Marine Aircraft Group 41, Marine Forces Reserve, awards Cpl. David Qualls the Navy and Marine Corps medal at the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment headquarters in Houston, May 20, 2017. In 2014, Qualls helped save a man…

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U.S., coalition Soldiers extract teammate from enemy lines using drone feed

Posted January 27, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull

Before he enlisted, Spec. Erik Salmon was a traveler, fond of seeing new places and experiencing different cultures. Since deploying to Iraq in May 2016 with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the 26-year-old intelligence analyst has been confined to tiny Camp Swift, behind dirt barriers, concrete walls and concertina wire.

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Airman earns medal for rescuing double amputee from flood

Posted March 14, 2018 by Samuel King Jr.

In total darkness, with temperatures only in the high 30s and in the midst of a monstrous rainstorm, Tech. Sgt. Phillip Dyer waded into rapidly-moving, chest-deep-and-rising waters to save a trapped, flood victim on the verge of hypothermia and drowning.

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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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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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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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Face of Defense: Soldier provides lifesaving aid to neighbor

Posted February 15, 2017 by Army Staff Sgt. Armando Limon

Army Spec. Anthony Kemp, an intelligence analyst assigned to Delta Company, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, received an award at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Jan. 20, 2107, for providing lifesaving aid to a civilian.

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