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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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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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(U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo)
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24-hour journey for heroes, father

Posted September 25, 2015 by Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — He reached his 5th hour of running alone in the still of a dark, cold night lit only by streetlights surrounding the track — 25 miles down, 75 more to go. Nauseous, tired and consumed by a stomachache, Capt. Michael Gruber, the 35th Communications Squadron director of operations, felt…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman First class Veronica Pierce/Waner Brothers photo/Erica Parise)
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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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A Trek for Life Thirteen wounded veterans are selected for Raytheon, No Barriers expedition

Posted September 25, 2015 by Raytheon Public Affairs

It’s an adventure that will change lives. The nonprofit No Barriers Warriors has selected 13 highly decorated wounded warriors for its Veteran Wilderness Expedition through the Grand Canyon, which takes place Oct. 12-21. No Barriers adventure treks are designed to empower wounded warriors, helping them to overcome obstacles and unleash their potential. Raytheon is underwriting the expedition. It will push…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James M. Hodgman)
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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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General reflects on Hispanic heritage, credits mentors with success

Posted September 18, 2015 by Shannon Collins

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) Education and mentorship helped a young Hispanic girl who dreamed of going to the U.S. Air Force Academy not only achieve her dreams, but also earn the rank of major general…

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AF family: Like mother, like daughter

Posted September 18, 2015 by Mark Wyatt

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — When Senior Airman Kara Watts was a college student and searching for inspiration, she said she only had to look as far as her mother’s military service. Now, Watts and her mother, Maj. Tobie Wethington, an information management information technology fellow at Defense Information Systems Agency, are both…

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‘The Power of 1’: A single person can save a life

Posted September 18, 2015 by Shannon Collins

WASHINGTON — As part of ongoing Defense Department and Department of Veteran’s Affairs efforts to continue to combat suicide, Pentagon officials recently emphasized the powerful role of individuals — as well as peer support and other resources — in suicide prevention. DoD, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, is promoting the “The Power of…

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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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