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Castaway Airman helped map the world

Posted January 13, 2017 by John Turner

For six months in 1956 Bob Cunningham, a former Air Force radar operator, lived on a remote knob approximately 2,000 feet long and 850 feet wide in the Spratly Islands group located midway between the Philippine Islands and Vietnam. His home was a canvas tent and he manned radio and radar equipment for a secret Air Force project mapping the earth.

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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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Former soldier’s service dog offers sign of hope, compassion

Posted December 14, 2016 by John Budnik

The black, coiled-haired puppy released a deep bellow while napping under a conference table at the feet of his new owner.

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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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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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AF spouse receives spouse of the year accolades

Posted May 9, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bubba Franks

FORT MYER, Va. (AFNS) — Michelle Aikman was named Military Spouse Magazine’s 2016 Air Force Military Spouse of the Year during a luncheon May 5 at Fort Myer. Surrounded by her family and previous Air Force military spouses of the year winners, Aikman was recognized for her lifetime of accomplishments. Aikman, who graduated from the…

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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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Female Air Force officer looks to take on Marine martial arts course

Posted May 6, 2016 by adriennek

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — First Lt. Elizabeth Guidara, a 12th Missile Squadron missile combat crew commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base, is training to become the first Air Force female officer to go through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence. “Once I finish the course, I will be a certified…

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Tuskegee Airmen gather for 75th anniversary

Posted March 28, 2016 by TSgt. Patrick Brown

Original members of the Tuskegee Airmen, their families and supporters gathered in downtown Montgomery, Ala., March 22 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III was among the guests. Only 40 miles from where the U.S. Army Air Corps trained the first African…

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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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