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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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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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Deployed 355th SFS Defender received recognition

Posted May 15, 2015 by

SOUTHWEST ASIA  — Airman 1st Class Tinalouise Dunbar, from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, was recently selected by 386th Air Expeditionary Wing leadership as April’s Unsung Hero Award recipient. Dunbar distinguished herself by protecting the US Speaker of the House, 30 distinguished visitors, six Senators and two British members of Parliament. She liaised with the United States Secret…

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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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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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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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Fighter pilot makes history at USAF Weapons School

Posted July 10, 2015 by Susan Garcia

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho (AFNS) — Capt. Kari Armstrong, an F-15E Strike Eagle weapon systems officer with the 389th Fighter Squadron, received more than a diploma from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, June 27. Armstrong also became the first female F-15E weapons school officer and the…

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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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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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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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