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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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Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

Posted August 28, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Wendi L. McLean

I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital. These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but if we exercise, our cells get…

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From Vietnam escape to Air Force success

Posted May 17, 2017 by Kevin Gaddie

Khanh Phan appreciates every day of his life here.

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Licking their wounds: Trained dogs assist, comfort wounded Airmen

Posted November 17, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

Constant back pain from an injury suffered years ago in combat still troubles Staff Sgt. Ryan Garrison. It wakes him up at night when his medication wears off. It triggers his depression and anxiety, leading to angry outbursts.

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AFRL officer gives freedom new meaning

Posted July 2, 2018 by Jeanne Dailey

Air Force Research Laboratory physicist 1st Lt. Simeon Hanks dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and joined the U.S. Army. His story is not the typical story of most Air Force scientists.

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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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Coping with PTSD

Posted October 30, 2015 by Shannon Collins

As a disabled Air Force veteran living with post-traumatic stress from military sexual trauma, I’ve had my good days and bad days but all of my hard work over the past two years paid off when I recently achieved one of my goals — completing my first full marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon. I had…

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NASA’s first deaf engineer in active mission control role impresses

Posted May 19, 2017 by

On April 4, 2017, which was the 34th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger’s maiden voyage, a modified NASA Gulfstream III took off at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to become the first NASA aircraft to fly with a twisted wing flap configuration.

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Unique rehab center gets injured Airmen back on duty

Posted November 18, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

Not long after receiving innovative care for serious combat-related injuries, 2nd Lt. Marc Esposito gave his future wife a tour of the unique rehabilitation center that helped the Air Force special operator get back to jumping out of planes.

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Positivity and Persistence: The Barry Goode story

Posted August 11, 2018 by Ryan McCain

The daily routines of our lives are sometimes taken for granted, with the small things being overlooked, or flat out ignored. Imagine simple things such as walking and standing becoming a hard task that eventually requires assistance to complete.

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