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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 the shadow of death: An Airman’s fight against depression

Posted  March 24, 2017

Staff Sgt. Srun Sookmeewiriya or Sook, as many people know him, may seem like a happy and carefree Airman at first glance.

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Salutes & Awards

Female pilot follows in mother’s boot steps

Posted  March 16, 2017

With childlike wonder she watched as her mother pulled on a pair of combat boots. She witnessed her mother forge forward, knocking down walls that once stood to stall female progression. In the wake of that advancement, there was a maneuverable route the young girl could use to reach her own future goals.

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney
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The gift of a lifetime

Posted  March 3, 2017

Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, there are more than 119,000 men, women and children on the national waiting list; every 10 minutes another person is added, lengthening the list every year.

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I lost my son: Airman turns tragedy into therapy through resilience

Posted  February 23, 2017

It took a failed suicide attempt and court-ordered therapy for her life to change.

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class James Thompson
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Everyday Heroes

The golden hour: A military responder

Posted  February 17, 2017

The date is Aug. 11, 2016. Glass and debris lie scattered across the pavement amongst puddles of oil and brake fluid. The hiss of passing traffic mixes with slow, faint gasps for air as sweltering heat waves radiate across the Las Vegas highway.

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