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Balancing family and mission: Soldiers discuss becoming a father while deployed

Posted July 16, 2016 by Sgt. Walter Lowell

It's a tale as old as time: soldiers bidding farewell to their families to serve in a faraway land.

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Deployment direction

Posted September 11, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Life doesn’t stop when the deployment order comes down. Whether Airmen are single or married with a family, knowing who to talk to is the first step to a successful deployment. From notification through homecoming, the Readiness Non-commissioned Officer assists Airmen and their families through all phases of deployments….

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Face of Defense: Air Force Couple Navigate Military, Personal Lives

Posted September 18, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Erica Holbert-Siebert

Air Force Col. Laura Lenderman recently assumed command of the 375th Air Mobility Wing here, a job she never thought she would take on decades ago when she lived here as a child. She just knew what she wanted for her life, and from a young age she decided the Air Force would be part…

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Four F’s essential to life in military

Posted September 18, 2015 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Mark Fousek

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — I have had a lot of my non-military friends ask me the question, “How have you made it for 24 years in the military?”  Looking back, I realized that I already had a form of what the Air Force now calls Comprehensive Airman Fitness:  Mental, Social, Spiritual and Physical Fitness….

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AF family: Like mother, like daughter

Posted September 18, 2015 by Mark Wyatt

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — When Senior Airman Kara Watts was a college student and searching for inspiration, she said she only had to look as far as her mother’s military service. Now, Watts and her mother, Maj. Tobie Wethington, an information management information technology fellow at Defense Information Systems Agency, are both…

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Airmen: Are you taking care of them?

Posted October 21, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Marc Sellers

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Many years ago I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back east to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home.  After I dropped off my rental car I hopped on the bus that would take me back to…

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Family isn’t always blood

Posted October 26, 2015 by Senior Airman Rose Gudex

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — People like routines, schedules and structure, especially in the military. Change can sometimes be unwelcome and overwhelming, particularly if it’s a sudden, drastic change due to an illness. For Tech. Sgt. Thomas Echelmeyer, of the 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, that’s exactly what happened. His son, Tom Tom, was…

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D-M’s deployers return home

Posted October 15, 2015 by

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. –  — The last 24 of 48 total rescue personnel deployed from the 79th Rescue Squadron at D-M returned home at 3:40 p.m., Oct. 14. Airmen were greeted by family, friends and base leadership.  Photos are attached and a video link is included below. A total of 1,200 Airmen from across D-M…

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