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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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