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How to Live Heroically Medal of Honor recipients share secrets of everyday valor

Posted September 11, 2015 by From Raytheon Public Affairs

They risked their lives to save others in battle. Now they’re teaching younger generations to show that same spirit of bravery. Many of the United States’ 78 living Medal of Honor recipients have taken on a new mission: sharing character-building lessons with teachers and students at middle schools and high schools. About 30 will tell their stories…

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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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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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Prisoner of war shares 32 worst days

Posted September 25, 2015 by by Rebecca Amber

A ceremony honoring service members who are prisoners of war or missing in action was held in the Base Exchange Sept. 18 for National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The ceremony, hosted by the Air Force Sergeants Association, was attended by the American Legion and POW/MIA Patriot Guard. Guest speaker Andrew Ramirez shared the story of the…

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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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Army recruiter saves crash victims, receives Soldier’s Medal

Posted June 28, 2017 by Devon L. SuitsJune

Master Sgt. Michael Huson recalled having a lot on his mind as he drove down Interstate 78 to his New Jersey office one morning last October.

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Rescuer reunites with ‘Katrina Girl’

Posted September 25, 2015 by Senior Airman Callie McNary

LOS ANGELES (AFNS) — Ten years ago, Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney hovered over a maelstrom of water, debris and human suffering. New Orleans, a once vibrant mecca for revelers and tourists, was ground zero for impoverished refugees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. By Sept. 6, 2005, Maroney said he had become depressed and felt…

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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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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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Ceremony recognizes POWs, MIAs

Posted September 18, 2015 by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California (AFNS) — On the Air Force’s 68th anniversary, more than 100 Airmen attended a National POW/MIA Recognition Day event to hear a Soldier’s story of sacrifice and endurance. “I was beat, starved and humiliated,” said Army Sgt. 1st Class Obie Wickersham, 90, sporting a full head of white hair and…

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