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Bergdorf: Odyssey of an Airman

Posted May 11, 2016 by Senior Airman Michael J. Hunsaker

Beale Air Force Base Calif. — The calmness prior to an engagement with enemy combatants resembles the calmness before a storm. The air is still and sounds are quiet, life is bliss and then in a moments instance muzzle flashes erupt, bullets are whistling by your head and rocket-propelled-grenades are exploding. Chaos engulfs around you,…

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Brothers share multiple deployments

Posted May 10, 2016 by Army Spc. Travis Terreo

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (AFNS) — After spending their entire childhood together, some siblings go their separate ways as adults and keep in touch from a safe distance. For the De La Pena brothers, that’s not the case. Capt. Christopher De La Pena, the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Lessons Learned Directorate deputy director,…

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A boxing savage

Posted May 10, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Christian Sullivan

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Nine times out of 10, hitting someone in the face could land an assault charge. That isn’t the case for Staff Sgt. Ryan Savage, a successful amateur…

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Academy grad returns to the mat for chance at becoming a champion

Posted May 9, 2016 by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Coming from a small town in southern Pennsylvania, 1st Lt. Clayton Gable, a 2nd Space Warning Squadron supervisory statistician, grew up in a family that had a…

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AF spouse receives spouse of the year accolades

Posted May 9, 2016 by Tech. Sgt. Bubba Franks

FORT MYER, Va. (AFNS) — Michelle Aikman was named Military Spouse Magazine’s 2016 Air Force Military Spouse of the Year during a luncheon May 5 at Fort Myer. Surrounded by her family and previous Air Force military spouses of the year winners, Aikman was recognized for her lifetime of accomplishments. Aikman, who graduated from the…

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Leaving a legacy, beginning a tradition

Posted May 9, 2016 by Senior Airman Hailey Haux

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — If there is one thing you would like people to remember about you when you pass on, what would it be? Gen. Jerome F. O’Malley and his wife Diane were known for their leadership and contributions to Air Force families and the communities surrounding them. Gen. O’Malley often told his staff, “You…

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Internship program offers hands-on experience in military setting

Posted May 6, 2016 by Steve Warns

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Graduating college seniors interested in hands-on experience working with child and youth programs on military installations worldwide are encouraged to sign up for the Military Extension Internship Program (MEIP). The MEIP enables students to integrate their schooling with more professional knowledge and skills gained through practical, real-world work…

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Putting mental health in focus

Posted May 6, 2016 by Prerana Korpe

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Nearly one in five adults, or 43 million Americans, has a diagnosable mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time of year to bring awareness to mental…

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Air University wargamers battle to keep America’s lights on

Posted May 5, 2016 by Senior Airman Tammie Ramsouer

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — Cyber experts from across the military, government agencies and private industry joined forces here April 27, to mitigate future cyberattacks within the U.S. The Air Force Cyber College’s two-day wargame brought the CIA, FBI, Goldman Sachs and others into participation. Security experts analyzed how they handled cyberthreats independently,…

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Female Air Force officer looks to take on Marine martial arts course

Posted May 5, 2016 by Senior Airman Jaeda Tookes

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) — First Lt. Elizabeth Guidara, a 12th Missile Squadron missile combat crew commander at Malmstrom Air Force Base, is training to become the first Air Force female officer to go through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence. “Once I finish the course, I will be a certified…

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