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Refugee to Airman

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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Couple provides support for foster animals

Whether they are kept for a few weeks or a lifetime, sheltered animals around the nation rely on dedicated and caring individuals that can help them find a home.

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Positivity and Persistence: The Barry Goode story

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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Air Force Widow vows to bring awareness to invisible wounds

Air Force veteran Stacey Pavenski, 46, of Palm Bay, Fla., has post traumatic stress disorder, but she didn’t get it from serving in combat. It came from her husband’s combat struggles that drove him to take his own life in their bedroom, Sept. 18, 2017, while she was in the kitchen. He was 45.

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AFRL officer gives freedom new meaning

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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Rescue Airman amputee wins battle to serve in AFRC

Posted  August 28, 2017

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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Army recruiter saves crash victims, receives Soldier’s Medal

Posted  June 28, 2017

Master Sgt. Michael Huson recalled having a lot on his mind as he drove down Interstate 78 to his New Jersey office one morning last October.

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Through tragedy, loss and amputation, Airman learns ‘new norm’

Posted  June 23, 2017

In July 2011, August O’Niell was on a rescue mission in Afghanistan when his helicopter came under fire from enemy insurgents. Several rounds pierced the chopper, with one tearing through O’Niell’s lower limbs.

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Surviving Khobar Towers: An Airman’s Story

Posted  June 16, 2017

June 25, 1996 at 10:15 p.m., a large truck pulls into a parking lot across the fence line from the military housing complex known as Khobar Towers in near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

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Face of Defense: Marines get recognition for rescuing trapped motorist

Posted  June 14, 2017

Marine Corps photograph by Cpl. Dallas Johnson Marine Corps Lt. Col. Vincent Dawson, left, the executive officer of Marine Aircraft Group 41, Marine Forces Reserve, awards Cpl. David Qualls the Navy and Marine Corps medal at the 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment headquarters in Houston, May 20, 2017. In 2014, Qualls helped save a man…

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