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The gift of a lifetime

Posted March 3, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney

Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, there are more than 119,000 men, women and children on the national waiting list; every 10 minutes another person is added, lengthening the list every year.

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Face of Defense: Air Force Staff Sergeant Beats Cancer

Posted September 25, 2015 by Air Force Tech. Sgt. James M. Hodgman

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — For many people, Independence Day is all about celebration, spending time with family and watching fireworks light up the night sky. But for Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard L. Johnson, July 4, 2014, was not a day for celebrating. On that day, just two months after his daughter, Ayda,…

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From cotton fields to airfields

Posted December 2, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Regina Edwards

Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Leroy Mazell Smith, has lived a life few could imagine. 

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Service Dog lends war veteran a helping paw

Posted April 23, 2018 by Tech. Sgt. Liliana Moreno

What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members?

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California surfing clinic assists wounded warriors’ recovery

Posted November 8, 2017 by Shannon Collins

After losing his arm and leg in battle, a Hawaiian soldier being treated at the Naval Medical Center San Diego told his doctors that more than anything else, he wanted to surf again.

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Overcoming the shadow of death: An Airman’s fight against depression

Posted March 24, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

Staff Sgt. Srun Sookmeewiriya or Sook, as many people know him, may seem like a happy and carefree Airman at first glance.

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Army captain defeats cancer

Posted December 20, 2016 by Stephen Standifird

Army photograph by Stephen Sandifird Capt. Monica Rosario, a cancer survivor, is at Fort Leonard Wood awaiting her pick-up for Engineer Captain’s Career Course. At age 25, Monica Rosario was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer, a diagnosis that would start her on a personal battle, not only for her future as a Soldier, but…

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Holocaust child survivor speaks at Luke AFB

Posted April 26, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Marcy Copeland

Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., held its Days of Remembrance April 20, 2017, honoring the memory of the lives lost during the atrocities of the Holocaust. In attendance was Charlotte Adelman, a child survivor during World War II in Paris, France. Adelman spoke with the men and women of Luke and shared her story of…

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Face of Defense: Pregnancy saves Airman’s life

Posted January 27, 2017 by Senior Airman Rosemary Gudex

Over nearly a decade of Air Force service, Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn Combs, 21st Force Support Squadron noncommissioned officer-in-charge of customer support at the military personnel section at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., has had more than her share of adversity to battle, but she comes back stronger every time she gets knocked down.

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Airman beats cancer, completes 22nd marathon

Posted November 11, 2016 by Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle

His cancer diagnosis came as a complete surprise. After all, he had just run his 21st marathon. Other than a recent cold, he was a picture of perfect health.

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