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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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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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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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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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Overcoming cancer, embracing life

Posted October 31, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

She placed a pillow under her right shoulder and put her right arm behind her head on the bed. Using her left hand, she pressed the pads of her fingers around her right breast gently in small circular motions, covering the entire breast area and armpit.

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