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Almond Blossom Festival honors veterans

Posted March 15, 2019 by

Photograph by Paul Kinison Betty Ermey, daughter of Gunny R. Lee Ermey, served as grand marshall for the 2019 Almond Blossom Festival Parade. The 70th Annual Quartz Hill Almond Blossom Festival was March 8, 9 and 10 at George Lane Park in Quartz Hill. This year’s festival also featured a car show, with proceeds benefiting…

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Fulfilling our nation’s promise: DPAA brings service members home

Posted March 13, 2019 by Staff Sgt. Hailey Haux

A woman sits across from her father as tears begin to stream down her cheeks. She opens a small box and pulls out a photo of her dad in his uniform and inhales deeply -- she's been waiting for this moment her entire life. She exhales.

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10th Mountain Soldier to be posthumously awarded Medal of Honor

Posted March 13, 2019 by Sean Kimmons

Army photograph Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on June 1, 2007, while his unit — Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team — conducted route clearance southwest of Baghdad. A 10th Mountain Division squad leader credited with saving the…

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Vietnam War Veteran formally presented medal 46 years after awarded

Posted March 6, 2019 by Fonda Bock

Army photograph by Fonda Bock With wife Rita by his side, Vietnam War veteran and Radcliff, Ky. resident Sgt. 1st Class James Hicks (retired) is officially presented the Air Medal Feb. 22, 2019, by Brig. Gen. Robert Bennett, the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army and executive director of Military Postal Service Agency. With his…

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Sully H.W. Bush has new job at Walter Reed Medical Center

Posted March 1, 2019 by

Navy photograph by PO3 Julio Martinez Capt. Mark Kobelja, left, director of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, appoints Sully H.W. Bush to the honorary rank of Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class during his welcome aboard ceremony at the USO Warrior and Family Center, Feb. 27, 2019. Sully, late President George H.W. Bush’s service dog,…

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Tuskegee Airman posthumously honored after decades MIA

Posted March 1, 2019 by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris

As Black History Month draws to a close, so does the mystery of U.S. Army Air Forces Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson, a Tuskegee Airman declared missing in action after his plane crashed in Europe in December 1944.

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XP-80 marks 75th anniversary

Posted March 1, 2019 by R. Ray Ortensie

Air Force photograph The XP-80A being prepped for first flight, Jan. 8, 1944. The XP-80 was a result of the combined interest of both the Army Air Forces and Lockheed in producing a jet-propelled airplane of superior performance. While Lockheed representatives were at Wright Field, Ohio, in May 1943, Army Air Force officials invited Lockheed…

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Mi Amigo flypast, memorial service touches millions

Posted February 27, 2019 by Tech Sgt. Aaron Thomasson

In a time of war, it is often true that a brief life burns brightly. For many of the 416,800 Americans who sacrificed their lives for freedom during World War II, their brief moments are known as part of a greater tide of courage that freed Western Europe of genocidal oppression. For the ten men…

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Final resting place of USS Hornet CV-8 located in South Pacific

Posted February 14, 2019 by Courtesy of Paul Allen

Wreckage of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Hornet rests on the floor of the South Pacific Ocean around the Solomon Islands, 5,400 meters (nearly 17,500 feet) below the surface as discovered last month by the expedition crew of Paul G. Allen’s Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel.

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Retired AF female forerunner laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted February 11, 2019 by Staff Sgt. Victoria H. Taylor

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank Friends and family of retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Marcelite Harris attend her full honors military funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Feb. 7, 2019. Harris’s accomplishments include being the first woman aircraft maintenance officer, one of the first two women air officers commanding at…

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