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Lightning I pilot meets Lightning II, shares stories

Posted October 26, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan

Retired Maj. Earl Conrad Jr., a World War II fighter pilot who flew the original P-38 Lightning, visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 3, 2016, to get a glimpse of the F-35 Lightning II, the namesake of the legendary fighter aircraft which dominated the skies over the Pacific during his time in service.

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Remembering a legend: Air Force Medal of Honor recipient Col. Joe Jackson

Posted January 21, 2019 by

Air Force photograph by Scott M. Ash Retired Col. Joe Jackson poses with a permanent Medal of Honor display March 24, 2015, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. The display depicts him and other medal recipients. Jackson was in the Pentagon with fellow Medal of Honor recipient, retired Col. Leo Thorsness for a Q-and-A session…

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Vet, 94, recalls friend’s lifelong regret over Pearl Harbor

Posted November 30, 2016 by Katie Lange

At his kitchen table in Allentown, Penn., Pearl Harbor veteran Richard Schimmel shows me a small, laminated piece of paper. It's yellow and smudged from decades of aging, but the handwriting is legible, and it has a simple title: "Warning."

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Service in Silence: Trustworthy Airmen chosen for select, island hopping squadron

Posted November 28, 2016 by Lori A. Bultman

Silent service seems to be the common thread shared by alumni of 1st Radio Squadron Mobile, who began meeting annually in 1999 to share experiences and rekindle friendships formed decades earlier.

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Pearl Harbor survivor: USS Arizona came ‘completely out of the water’

Posted November 16, 2016 by Katie Lange

DOD graphic by Regina Ali “I remember everything, all of it. … Just like it happened yesterday.” That’s what a witty and alert Melvin Heckman, a 92-year-old Pearl Harbor veteran, told me when I asked him about his memories from the “date that will live in infamy.” And remember he did, from the amount of…

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Former Army combat medic helps fellow Wounded Warriors

Posted September 16, 2016 by by Shannon Collins

As the 100-degree Fahrenheit heat and humidity mercilessly held onto the day, the mountain bike riders slogged through the mud and then looked hopelessly up at the giant hill.

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WASP pursued love of flying, fought for women vets’ recognition

Posted March 11, 2016 by Shannon Collins

Women have been graduating from the Air Force Academy since 1980, and flying in combat missions since Operation Desert Storm, but before them were the World War II Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs.

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First to Fight: Marines land in Vietnam

Posted March 8, 2017 by Lance Cpl. Molly Hampton

On March 8, 1965, 3,500 Marines were the first U.S. combat troops to land in Vietnam. This presence confirmed the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Veteran unemployment rate lowest in nearly eight years

Posted December 4, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

A concerted national effort to hire veterans, coupled with their sought-after essential skills training, likely had an effect on making October’s veteran unemployment rate the lowest since April 2008, a Defense Department official said Nov. 30. Susan S. Kelly, who leads DOD’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, spoke to DOD News about the October Bureau…

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U.S., Japan honor lives lost in the Battle of Okinawa

Posted June 27, 2017 by Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Charles Plouffe

Marine Corps photograph by Lance Cpl. Charles Plouffe Okinawa residents pay their respects at the Cornerstone of Peace memorial wall during the Okinawa Memorial Day service at Peace Memorial Park, Itoman, Japan, June 23, 2017. The memorial walls are inscribed with more than 240,000 names of people who died in the Battle of Okinawa, regardless…

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