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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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Army ‘Teddy Bear Clinic’ stitches together veterinary experience with helping military kids

Tattered, well-loved teddy bears, elephants, cats, unicorns and a pig lay in a pile as Soldiers from the Fort Carson, Colo., Veterinary Clinic prepared to patch up the stuffed animals at the Fort Carson Family Homes Community Center.

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Retired military working dog honored for his Army service

Four U.S. military working dogs were the latest recipients of the American Humane Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage May 22 at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.


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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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Healing from invisible wounds

Posted  June 14, 2017

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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A kidney for Kai

Posted  May 31, 2017

Sgt. 1st Class Rob Harmon, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 3rd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade communications section, sat waiting for a meeting at Hunter Army Airfield in December 2016.

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