Army photograph by Don Wagner
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Message of Holocaust survivor and his liberator: Never forget

Posted May 1, 2017 by Don Wagner

Ernest Gross, 19, was in a long line of other prisoners awaiting certain death in the Dachau gas chambers and crematorium that lay ahead. He did not care. All but two brothers and a sister from his family of nine had been exterminated earlier by the Nazis.

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Army photograph by Stephen Sandifird
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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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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Elora J. McCutcheon
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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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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Rose Gudex
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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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Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Jim Araos
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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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