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Airman, leaders battle cancer together

Posted April 12, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Elora J. McCutcheon

Airman 1st Class Celeste Black, a crew chief with the 69th Maintenance Squadron, walked gracefully past the wing of an RQ-4 Global Hawk with her arm stretched out to touch the huge remotely piloted aircraft. From an outside perspective, it’s not evident that Black battled ovarian cancer less than a year ago.

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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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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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I lost my son: Airman turns tragedy into therapy through resilience

Posted February 23, 2017 by Master Sgt. Beth Anschutz

It took a failed suicide attempt and court-ordered therapy for her life to change.

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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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Holocaust survivor remembers journey to ‘American Dream’

Posted January 20, 2017 by Diane Betzler

Photograph by Diane Betzler Antelope Valley resident Pauline Killough is a survivor of the infamous Holocaust. She recently invited Aerotech News and Review into her home to share her story, and to let nonbelievers know that the Holocaust was real. Lancaster, Calif., resident Pauline Killough is living the American dream, but life for this naturalized…

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AF veteran embodies personal motto after overcoming cancer

Posted January 20, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Jim Araos

A Boston native assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Command embodies the motto "Boston Strong" every day by living his personal mantra of "Never Quit. Never Stop. Not Today. Not Ever."

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Deployed wounded warrior completes back-to-back tours

Posted January 6, 2017 by Staff Sgt. Katherine Spessa

“Being here, you get treated like a normal person, not like an amputee. Not like an injured guy,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell, as he added more 45-pound plates to his barbell.

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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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Life after loss: One Air Force family’s journey to recovery

Posted December 16, 2016 by Senior Airman Chip Pons

Nine months ago, Air Force Lt. Col. Melchizedek “Kato” Martinez, a career tactical communications officer, was welcomed home from another combat deployment, a constant in the Martinez family. His wife, Gail, along with their four children, had planned a family retreat to their second home, the one place that, no matter what was going on within their family, would center them -- Disney World.

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