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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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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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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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412th LRS aids stranded motorists

Posted October 23, 2015 by Kenji Thuloweit

The 412th Logistics Readiness Squadron sent out four buses early Oct. 16 to assist the Kern County Sheriff's Department and California Highway Patrol in transporting motorists who had been trapped in a mudslide on State Route 58 east of Tehachapi.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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