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When you can give, the Air Force Assistance Fund gives back

Posted April 13, 2018 by Gen. Mike Holmes,

Last year, ACC Airmen, their spouses and their children received almost $2 million in grants and loans from the Air Force Aid Society to help cover costs for basic living or medical expenses, emergency travel or child care. Our Airmen received another $236,000 in grants to help them further their education.

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JBLE Airman overcomes defeat, pays it forward

Posted April 6, 2018 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class MONICA ROYBAL

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — As he drove home on an overcast winter’s day, a flood of critical thoughts fueled feelings of defeat that consumed every moment since the blow horn was pressed to signal, “I quit.” Staff Sgt. Michael Svoleantopoulos, 497th Operations Support Squadron weapons tactician, returned from the Air Force Pararescue Indoctrination Course…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Danny Webb/Released)
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Air Force, NATO work to address pilot shortage

Posted April 6, 2018 by by JOHN INGLE

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — The shortage of pilots in the Air Force has been well documented, but the United States isn’t the only member of NATO looking for more people to fill seats. That was one of several topics discussed during the 75th meeting of the Euro-NATO joint jet pilot training program steering…

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Airman rescues double amputee from flood receives medal

Posted April 6, 2018 by Story and photo by SAMUEL KING Jr.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In total darkness, with temperatures in the high 30s and in the midst of a monstrous rainstorm, Tech. Sgt. Phillip Dyer waded into rapidly moving, chest-deep-and-rising waters to save a trapped flood victim on the verge of hypothermia and drowning. That is how the explosive ordnance disposal instructor spent…

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D-M executes Bushwhacker exercise

Posted March 2, 2018 by

Airman 1st Class Frankie Moore An A-10C Thunderbolt II takes off Feb. 12 during the Bushwhacker 18-02 Cactus Flag exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The Cactus Flag exercise is designed to test Davis-Monthan AFB’s ability to deliver attack aircraft anywhere in the world. The exercise also tests readiness in response to a deployment.

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Pilot battles brain cancer, recovery with faith

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class KEITH HOLCOMB

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Walking into his backyard after an Easter egg hunt, Capt. Hunter Barnhill’s hand formed a fist, holding itself with incredible and uncontrollable strength. He attempted to spread his fingers but instead fell to the ground before his friends and his 2-year-old son, Nolan, who looked confused. Unable to control…

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Medal of Honor recipient, former POW laid to rest

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Staff Sgt. ALYSSA C. GIBSON

WASHINGTON — As a Medal of Honor recipient and former Prisoner of War, retired Col. Leo Thorsness’s life mantra after returning home from the Vietnam War was “Faith, Family, Friends, and Fun.” With the support of Air Force senior leaders, his wife, Gaylee, and daughter, Dawn, kept those words close as they said their final…

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Medic administers life-saving aid after car crash

Posted March 2, 2018 by Photo and story by Senior Airman RIDGE SHAN

On Jan. 16, 2018, Staff Sgt. Geoffrey Rigby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy technician, was sitting in his truck waiting on a red light at the intersection of Dysart and Indian School roads in Glendale. A car suddenly veered into the intersection and struck oncoming traffic. Rigby immediately pulled to the side, turned on…

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Former slave, two-time Olympian becomes Airman

Posted March 2, 2018 by by Airman 1st Class DILLON PARKER

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — After enduring countless hardships and overcoming numerous obstacles, Airman 1st Class Guor Maker, a dental assistant in technical training, found his way out of war-torn South Sudan, Africa, and into the U.S. nearly 20 years ago. Surviving As one of roughly 20,000 children uprooted by the gruesome Second Sudanese…

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Face of Defense: Sisters in different services train together

Posted March 2, 2018 by Story and photo by DAVID DEKUNDER

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — Airman 1st Class Gisella Panchana graduated Jan. 30 from the Medical Education and Training Campus. She will begin the next phase of her service in the Air Force by continuing her training as a radiology technician at Travis Air Force Base, California. Even though Panchana, 26, is…

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