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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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AF Wounded Warrior Program helps ease the troubles

Posted September 18, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Chris Gross

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Two wounded warriors and their caregivers talked about how they’ve benefited from the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program and some areas of improvement during the Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16. Tech Sgt. Alex Eudy and his wife, Alyson, along with Senior Airman Justin Deskin and his mother, Heather,…

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Airman brings home an MIA of 50 years

Posted October 15, 2015 by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — Not every service member makes it home from U.S. conflicts with other countries. Some of America’s servicemen have been missing in action for over 50 years. Yet, even though it’s been half a century since some of these conflicts, the U.S. is still doing whatever it takes to bring those who…

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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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Face of Defense: Air Force Staff Sergeant Beats Cancer

Posted September 25, 2015 by Air Force Tech. Sgt. James M. Hodgman

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — For many people, Independence Day is all about celebration, spending time with family and watching fireworks light up the night sky. But for Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard L. Johnson, July 4, 2014, was not a day for celebrating. On that day, just two months after his daughter, Ayda,…

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Rescuer reunites with ‘Katrina Girl’

Posted September 25, 2015 by Senior Airman Callie McNary

LOS ANGELES (AFNS) — Ten years ago, Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney hovered over a maelstrom of water, debris and human suffering. New Orleans, a once vibrant mecca for revelers and tourists, was ground zero for impoverished refugees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. By Sept. 6, 2005, Maroney said he had become depressed and felt…

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The voice of the victims

Posted October 14, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Kyle Johnson

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) — Power: the strength to make a decision. Control: the means to carry it out. These things are the currency of freedom, and what are robbed from sexual assault victims. “A lot of people think sexual assault is about sex,” said Capt. Jonathan Henley, a member of the Special Victims’…

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Warfighter of the week: Staff Sgt. Luke Carnathan

Posted October 15, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Adam Grant

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz — Staff Sgt. Luke Carnathan, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) spectrum manager, was recognized as the Warfighter of the Week, September 21. Carnathan, a native of Lexington, Miss., has been serving in the Air Force for 10 years. After graduating high school, he knew that he wanted to be a part…

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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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Living the American Dream

Posted June 26, 2015 by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson

SOUTHWEST ASIA — On Christmas day in 1991, the Soviet flag flew over the Kremlin in Moscow for the last time. People across the country took what jobs they could find, getting paid a fraction of what they made before as the local currency became nearly worthless. The burden of the country’s uncertain direction weighed heavily on…

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