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AF recognizes LGBT service members during Pride Month

Posted July 1, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Heather Davis

The last decade has given way to great change in the military as it marches toward the crumbling walls of discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members. “The true genius of America is that America can change,” said President Barack Obama. “Change happens because of ordinary people, countless unsung heroes of our American…

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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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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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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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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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Psyched to solve for X: Math champ tells parents how to get kids excited about numbers

Posted September 4, 2015 by from Raytheon Public Affairs

Want to show your kids that math is exciting? Look no farther than Kevin Liu. Liu is a ninth-grade math master with a lightning-fast mind. He has appeared on national television, schooling Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan in a head-to-head quiz. He is a two-time finalist and 2015 champion of the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, a…

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Need help? Trust your ‘Shirt’

Posted July 31, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — When young Airmen need help or are looking for guidance, a good place to start is with a senior NCO. Making it into the top 3 percent in the U.S. Air Force is a major accomplishment. Although senior NCOs are the primary people to go, there are a limited number of senior NCOs…

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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer)
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Luke veteran survives three wars, plane crash

Posted November 9, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Timothy Boyer

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “I should have been shot down,” he said, recalling one of his 133 missions in his F-4 Phantom II during the Vietnam War. “I was patrolling a river just above the demilitarized zone. There was a large cargo boat the enemy would use to transport supplies so I figured I might…

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Deployment direction

Posted September 11, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Joshua Strang

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Life doesn’t stop when the deployment order comes down. Whether Airmen are single or married with a family, knowing who to talk to is the first step to a successful deployment. From notification through homecoming, the Readiness Non-commissioned Officer assists Airmen and their families through all phases of deployments….

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