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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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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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‘A blood transfusion saved my life’

Posted October 20, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Many children dream of taking a trip to Disneyland, and in 2001, 1st Lt. Fanita Schmidt’s family set off to make it a reality. But the family’s dream suddenly turned into a nightmare when Arizona winds blew their minivan off the road, causing the vehicle to roll down…

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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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F-15E Strike Eagle students complete training at D-M

Posted June 26, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

Student pilots from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., have been training here since June 17. Fourteen F-15E Strike Eagles from the 334th Fighter Squadron, as well as pilots and Weapons Systems Officers came to D-M to complete the Surface Attack Tactics phase of their training. “We’re a formal training unit that teaches brand new Strike Eagle pilots…

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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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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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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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(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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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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