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KMC members honor Kindergraves

Posted May 24, 2017 by

452 American children laid to rest in the Kaiserslautern Kindergraves during the Ramstein Area Chief’s Group and German-American and International Women’s Club’s Kindergraves Memorial Service in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 20, 2017. The Kindergraves are the final resting place for American children who died at or shortly after birth from 1952 to 1971. Every year after…

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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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A Trek for Life Thirteen wounded veterans are selected for Raytheon, No Barriers expedition

Posted September 25, 2015 by Raytheon Public Affairs

It’s an adventure that will change lives. The nonprofit No Barriers Warriors has selected 13 highly decorated wounded warriors for its Veteran Wilderness Expedition through the Grand Canyon, which takes place Oct. 12-21. No Barriers adventure treks are designed to empower wounded warriors, helping them to overcome obstacles and unleash their potential. Raytheon is underwriting the expedition. It will push…

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Airman beats leukemia into remission

Posted May 15, 2017 by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson

In January 2012, Staff Sgt. Nicholas Worley, a 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems craftsman at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, an uncommon form of blood-cell cancer that starts in the blood-forming bone marrow cells.

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‘Hidden child’ tells his story of surviving Holocaust

Posted April 26, 2017 by Brian Brackens

Courtesy photograph Samuel Lauber, a retiree from the 88th Air Base Wing Medical Group, survived the Holocaust after being rescued as a toddler by the Detry family in Lalouviere, Belgium. These pictures were taken around the time Lauber went into hiding from the Nazis during World War II. The year is 1942 and the Nazis…

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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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Overcoming, looking past disabilities

Posted October 27, 2015 by Richard W. Essary

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — A series of wrong choices one night – driving too fast without a seat belt – resulted in an automobile accident that would leave 17-year-old Todd Henrie with a lifelong disability. Accident investigators estimated Henrie entered a 25 mph corner doing nearly 100 mph before he hit a telephone pole that…

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Healing from invisible wounds

Posted June 14, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett

On Jan. 15, 2008, Senior Airman Christopher D’Angelo, a heavy equipment operator, was the lead gunner in an armored vehicle convoy on a road near Baghdad. The sun was shining and the air comfortable.

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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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AF Wounded Warrior Program helps ease the troubles

Posted September 18, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Chris Gross

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Two wounded warriors and their caregivers talked about how they’ve benefited from the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program and some areas of improvement during the Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16. Tech Sgt. Alex Eudy and his wife, Alyson, along with Senior Airman Justin Deskin and his mother, Heather,…

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