Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr.
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Korean War veteran honored by nephew

Posted November 30, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson

Air Force photograph by Samuel King Jr. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Russell Rhodes speaks to the audience after receiving the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016. The 85-year-old Rhodes requested the medal ceremony be held at the base’s fuels flight, where Rhodes was stationed during his Air…

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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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Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden
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Candy Bomber rededicates Frankfurt’s Berlin Airlift Memorial

Posted November 28, 2016 by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden

Dozens of German and American citizens indulged their collective sweet tooth for freedom with thanksgiving and reflection during the reopening ceremony of the Berlin Airlift Memorial at Frankfurt International Airport Nov. 21, 2016.

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Photograph courtesy of Joe Danyo
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Rarely told Pearl Harbor stories of female military nurses

Posted November 28, 2016 by Katie Lange

Photograph courtesy of Winnie Woll Pearl Harbor nurse Teresa Stauffer in her formal Army attire in the early 1940s. Teresa Stauffer Foster was strolling through a garden near Hawaii’s Tripler Hospital on a quiet Sunday morning when a low-flying plane approached. The pilot waved in her direction, so naturally, the Army nurse waved back. A…

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Retirees seeking foreign government employment need pre-approval

Posted November 18, 2016 by Tammy Cournoyer

Military retirees seeking any civil employment with a foreign government agency — or any instrumentality of a foreign government agency — must apply for permission in advance or risk losing their military retirement pay. For retired Airmen, the Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of State serve as approval authorities for requests, though the…

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Unique rehab center gets injured Airmen back on duty

Posted November 18, 2016 by Sean Kimmons

Not long after receiving innovative care for serious combat-related injuries, 2nd Lt. Marc Esposito gave his future wife a tour of the unique rehabilitation center that helped the Air Force special operator get back to jumping out of planes.

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Veterans honored at local restaurant

Posted November 18, 2016 by Diane Betzler

Photograph by Diane Betzler World War II Army Sargent Robert Killough and his wife Pauline enjoyed a good meal at the Claim Jumper Restaurant in Palmdale. The World War II vet ate for free, the restaurant’s way of saying thank you for your service. Antelope Valley veterans received a special thank you for their service…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota
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Thunderbolts honor Tuskegee Airmen

Posted November 16, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota

A granite paver was unveiled honoring the World War II Tuskegee Airmen during a Veteran’s Day ceremony Nov. 11, at the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix.

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Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz
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Goodbye Mica, thank you

Posted November 16, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Javier Cruz Tyndall Airmen provide a final salute to retired U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog, Mica T204, at the end of her final patrol Nov. 14, 2016, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Mica provided over 4,500 hours of counter-explosive operations and installation protection for more than 45…

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