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Art therapy provides lifeline for wounded warriors

Posted November 13, 2015 by By Terri Moon CronkDoD News

WASHINGTON — Service members who take part in art therapy to soothe the symptoms of war’s invisible wounds display acts of courage and resilience to put them in control of their lives, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today. Speaking at the 2015 Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Recognition “Show of Strength” event at…

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Planes by day, cars by night; Airman’s passion brings balance

Posted November 10, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada  — During the day he sits in a cushy, thick seat in a ground control station flying yet another eight-hour sortie in the remotely piloted aircraft, the MQ-9 Reaper. By night he sits in a thin, lightweight racing seat, harnessed into a raw, stripped out track monster. He is Tech. Sgt. Gabriel,…

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Bone pins by day, bowling pins by night

Posted November 10, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Ariel D. Partlow

Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas — The uniform: an unequivocal symbol of what an Airman stands for, where their loyalties lie, and who they’ve pledged their allegiance too. The people behind the uniform, however, are as diverse as the nations they originate. Born in Toluca, Mexico, Senior Airman Javier Perez, 47th Medical Support Squadron diagnostic…

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Luke veteran survives three wars, plane crash

Posted November 9, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy would use to transport supplies so I figured I might…

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First sergeant’s 720-mile run gains national attention

Posted October 27, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Luke W. Nowakowski

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — A 2nd Space Warning Squadron first sergeant accomplished his goal of running 720 miles in 30 days from Aurora, Colorado, to Abilene, Texas, in order to raise money and awareness for wounded warriors. “The moment this idea came to me, it seemed crazy,” 1st Sgt. Troy Drasher said…

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Overcoming, looking past disabilities

Posted October 27, 2015 by Richard W. Essary

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — A series of wrong choices one night – driving too fast without a seat belt – resulted in an automobile accident that would leave 17-year-old Todd Henrie with a lifelong disability. Accident investigators estimated Henrie entered a 25 mph corner doing nearly 100 mph before he hit a telephone pole that…

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Family isn’t always blood

Posted October 26, 2015 by Senior Airman Rose Gudex

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — People like routines, schedules and structure, especially in the military. Change can sometimes be unwelcome and overwhelming, particularly if it’s a sudden, drastic change due to an illness. For Tech. Sgt. Thomas Echelmeyer, of the 21st Aerospace Medicine Squadron, that’s exactly what happened. His son, Tom Tom, was…

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DeCA collects 1.6M pounds in Feds Feed Families items

Posted October 22, 2015 by emmauribe

FORT LEE, Va. – The Defense Commissary Agency has just finished a record-breaking year for its participation in the Feds Feed Families campaign, chalking up a 64-percent increase in donations, with a total of more than 1.6 million pounds of grocery items collected for area food banks. During the 2015 campaign, which ran from July…

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At Raytheon, women leaders excel despite gender imbalance in the engineering profession

Posted October 22, 2015 by

At Raytheon, women lead development and production of some of the most advanced weapon systems in the world. That’s a real rarity, considering the gender imbalance in the science and engineering fields. Some 87 percent of all engineers in the United States are men, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. Laura McGill, for…

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Airmen: Are you taking care of them?

Posted October 21, 2015 by Commentary by Master Sgt. Marc Sellers

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Many years ago I was just starting out as a young flight chief and senior NCO. I had traveled back east to attend the Maintenance Production Superintendent Course and was headed back home.  After I dropped off my rental car I hopped on the bus that would take me back to…

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