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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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‘Don’t stop, won’t stop, keep fighting’

Posted December 12, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Courtney Richardson

The 47th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., hosted a local Tucson child as part of the "Pilot for a Day" program, Dec. 4.

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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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Premature twin miracles refuse to accept medical odds

Posted November 30, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling

When Matthew and his wife, Mandy, were pregnant with their twin boys, Dean and Luke, she began to feel contractions at 23 weeks, which is significantly shorter than the average 40-week pregnancy.

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Airman reflects on cancer battle, gives back with ‘passion project’

Posted November 22, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Lauren Ely

At 28 years old, then Staff Sgt. Nathan Combs never imagined he would be in a hospital room at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s Wilford Hall receiving chemotherapy.

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