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Military spouse seeks donor for kidney transplant

Posted May 15, 2015 by Natalie Lakosil

Looking at Tawanna Clapp you wouldn’t guess that she spends 21 hours a week on dialysis. Tawanna was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, FSGS, in 1996 during a routine physical for college. According to the National Kidney Foundation, FSGS is a disease that “describes scarring in the kidney. “Glomerulosclerosis is not caused by a single disease….

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen)
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Commentary – Our Air Force: 68 years of guts, innovation and air superiority

Posted September 18, 2015 by Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — In 1911, a young Henry Arnold learned to fly at the Wright Brothers aviation school on a dusty field in Ohio. A strong advocate of aviation research and development, “Hap” Arnold went on to become a five-star general. He made history. In 1918, Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker shot down 26 enemy…

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Malcolm Johnson, civilian Prisoner of War

Posted October 13, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby 

TUSCON, Ariz., — Ninety-four-year-old Malcolm “Mickey” Johnson sits in his wheelchair wearing a maroon baseball cap with the words “Survivors of Wake Guam-Cavite” written in light blue letters. Johnson’s step-son and daughter-in-law sit attentively while he talks about his experience as a civilian prisoner of war. In April of 1941, Johnson was 19 years old when he…

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AFSOUTH Airmen make time to visit orphans, delivering gifts to those in need
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AFSOUTH Airmen visit orphans, deliver gifts to those in need

Posted June 26, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AFNS) — Up a winding mountain road through the mountains of Honduras, about an hour outside the city of Tegucigalpa, is the town of Casa de Corderitos, a small community of orphaned and neglected children. This is where Airmen from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) decided to spend some of their downtime…

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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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Face of Defense: Ranger School graduate inspires candidates

Posted October 21, 2015 by Danielle Wallingsford Kirkland

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Speaking to a room-full of infantry lieutenants at the 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment Headquarters here Oct. 2, Army 2nd Lt. Michael Janowski sought to motivate recent Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course graduates with his story of resilience as they prepared to begin the Ranger course in a couple of days….

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Celebration and education; Equal Opportunity

Posted July 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen 

In 1948, Ester Blake became the first enlisted female in the U.S. Air Force, pictures were still black and white, and families gathered around radios for the evening news. Since then, the U.S. Air Force has gone through many changes. The Davis-Monthan Equal Opportunity office specializes in making sure that everyone is treated equally and…

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New VA website encourages Veterans to tell their stories of hope

Posted May 15, 2015 by

WASHINGTON – May is Mental Health Awareness Month. To commemorate the month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is encouraging Veterans, along with their families and friends, to visit and view recovery journey stories on the website, MakeTheConnection.net. Make the Connection is a national awareness program operated by VA aimed at reducing the negative perceptions and stigma associated…

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Face of Defense: Air Force Couple Navigate Military, Personal Lives

Posted September 18, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Erica Holbert-Siebert

Air Force Col. Laura Lenderman recently assumed command of the 375th Air Mobility Wing here, a job she never thought she would take on decades ago when she lived here as a child. She just knew what she wanted for her life, and from a young age she decided the Air Force would be part…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)
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Airman provides vitality through marrow donation

Posted October 13, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

TUCSON, Ariz. — One out of 540 members of the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program ever proceeds to donate marrow or stem cells. An Airman from Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, had the opportunity to be one of those donors. The C.W. Bill Young DoD Marrow Donor Program works exclusively with military personnel…

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