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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer Overcoming Adversity

A commander’s story of survival

The sound of tire treads rolling over a smooth driveway was the only sound that could be heard on the street Col. John Boudreaux lived when he and his wife, Susi, pulled up to it.

DOD photograph by EJ Hersom Overcoming Adversity

California surfing clinic assists wounded warriors’ recovery

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.

Army photograph by Whitney Delbridge Nichels Overcoming Adversity

Life with Lizzy

The saying goes “all dogs go to heaven,” but for many service dogs, their time on Earth is spent helping people who have seen more than the average human being. Such is the case for Army Master Sgt. Leigh Michel and her service dog Lizzy.

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ALS supports Bravo Base – “Camp Conklin”

U.S. Airmen attending Airman Leadership School, and other Desert Lightning Team members, assisted in the landscaping of Bravo Base, also known as Camp Conklin, in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 26, 2017.

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Jared Trimarchi Overcoming Adversity

Rescue Airman amputee wins battle to serve in AFRC

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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Overcoming Adversity

‘Hidden child’ tells his story of surviving Holocaust

Posted  April 26, 2017

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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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado
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The road to recovery; Airman defines true meaning of resilience

Posted  April 24, 2017

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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Airman, leaders battle cancer together

Posted  April 12, 2017

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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Dorothy’s Letter

Posted  April 5, 2017

Courtesy photograph Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Stoudt poses for a photo as member of the 192nd Tank Battalion. Stoudt, later, survived the Bataan Death March during World War II. The Bataan Death March was a forced march of 76, 000 POWs including Filipino and American soldiers by Japanese forces, which began April 29, 1942. Every…

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Bataan survivor’s descendant leads unit in grueling marathon

Posted  April 5, 2017

Thirty years ago, she was dancing on her grandfather’s feet. This month, she marched 26.2 miles through deep desert sand and over mountains carrying a 50-pound ruck sack with four comrades in arms, in his honor.

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