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Face of Defense: Ranger School graduate inspires candidates

Posted October 21, 2015 by Danielle Wallingsford Kirkland

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Speaking to a room-full of infantry lieutenants at the 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment Headquarters here Oct. 2, Army 2nd Lt. Michael Janowski sought to motivate recent Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course graduates with his story of resilience as they prepared to begin the Ranger course in a couple of days….

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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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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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Refugee to Airman

Posted September 12, 2018 by Senior Airman Ridge Shan

The memories are vivid for her. A recent trip to a Jamba Juice had stoked a particularly powerful one after a sip of a wheatgrass beverage. The fields around the camp were wheatgrass, and she could remember their taste, the way they felt against her skin as she ran through them in one of the few ways she could play.

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I was abused, reasons I ignored it

Posted October 28, 2016 by 931st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In observance of this, this article discusses one citizen Airman's experience to shed light on this issue.

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Rescue Airman amputee wins battle to serve in AFRC

Posted August 28, 2017 by Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice

For most, an amputation would be the greatest challenge they have ever faced in life, but for one Reserve Airman, the real struggle came when he fought to keep serving.

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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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Paralyzed vet goes from wheelchair to mountain bike

Posted September 23, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Despite being partially paralyzed after a mortar hit his team during a road-clearing mission in Iraq, Carlos Labarca helped his badly injured captain move out of the kill zone. The Army staff sergeant had to be forced by his base commander to board the helicopter home. He didn't want to leave his troops behind.

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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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The road to recovery; Airman defines true meaning of resilience

Posted April 24, 2017 by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado

Second Lt. Ryan Novack, the 36th Munitions Squadron flight leader, always wanted to race dirt bikes. After learning about a track here in Guam, it was only a matter of time before he hopped on a bike and pursued his hobby.

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