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Air Force leaders issue Veterans Day message

Posted November 11, 2015 by

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody have issued a Veterans Day message to Airmen. “To the Men and Women of the United States Air Force: On this Veterans Day, we honor those…

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Bataan Death March survivor visits Kansas base

Posted October 28, 2016 by Senior Airman Christopher Thornbury

A 99 year old, World War II veteran who survived the Bataan Death March visited McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Oct. 20, 2016.

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Local veterans treated to softball tournament

Posted November 4, 2016 by Diane Betzlier

Photograph by Diane Betzler Alexandrea Ballentine, a volunteer at the Hats off for Heroes softball tournament sells T-shirts honoring two Antelope Valley fallen heroes. Resident veterans from the William J. “Pete” Knight Veterans’ Home in Lancaster, Calif., were treated to a day of fun and relaxation at the third annual Hits for Heroes softball tournament…

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Army’s Past Conflicts Repatriation Branch ensures no Soldier left behind

Posted November 22, 2017 by Master Sgt. Brian Hamilton

"I remember that day when they announced in our high school that Blootie Turner had died, the whole place got real quiet. Blootie was a great football player and a better person. He was the most popular kid in school."

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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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Four NCOs, 16 Army vets to compete in Rio Paralympics

Posted September 7, 2016 by David Vergun and Gary Sheftick

Army photograph by Tim Hipps Sgt. Elizabeth Marks of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program wins the women’s 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 28.54 seconds — only .01 seconds off the world record in her classification – in the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Swimming Team Trials on June 30 at the Mecklenburg…

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Every day is Memorial Day for veterans at Vietnam Wall

Posted May 24, 2017 by by David Vergun Army News

There's hardly a day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that Patrick Pellerin doesn't see an emotional, often tearful veteran or family member looking up the name of a loved one on the wall.

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Official urges families to learn about veteran burial honors

Posted January 15, 2016 by Terri Moon Cronk

Planning funerals for military veterans and retirees can be overwhelming for their families, and the Defense Department’s director of casualty and mortuary affairs wants family members to familiarize themselves in advance when possible to know what to expect with military funeral honors. Deborah S. Skillman said families should learn about military funeral honors eligibility ahead…

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US, Russia sign memorandum on air safety in Syria

Posted October 21, 2015 by Lisa Ferdinando

Senior U.S. and Russian defense officials signed a memorandum of understanding Oct. 20 on air safety in Syria, the Pentagon’s press secretary said. The MOU is aimed at minimizing the risk of in-flight incidents among coalition and Russian aircraft operating in Syrian airspace, Peter Cook said at a Pentagon’s news conference. The MOU went into…

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Volunteer ‘Doughboy’ team works to bring WWI MIAs home

Posted June 24, 2017 by Katie Lange

Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Chrissy Best U.S. service members and the local community honor U.S. service members killed during World War I during a Memorial Day ceremony at Brookwood Military Cemetery in England. Brookwood, the final resting place for 468 service members and 41 unknown service members from World War I, is one…

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