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Desert Destinations: Grand Canyon National Park

Posted April 6, 2018 by

Visitors interact with various maps and documentation in the Yavapai Point Geology Museum in Grand Canyon National Park. The park offers a multitude of educational and historical opportunities for visitors to learn about Southwest heritage and culture. Visitors view Grand Canyon from Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park. The park is a little more…

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Desert Destinations: Humphreys Peak

Posted March 2, 2018 by

Senior Airman Ridge Shan An elevation sign stands atop the summit of Humphreys Peak. Humphreys Peak is Arizona’s highest point and the tallest mountain in the San Francisco Peaks. Airman 1st Class Alexander Cook Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, hikes Humphreys Summit Trail north of Flagstaff. The trail is…

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Married Soldiers become jumpmasters together

Posted July 7, 2017 by Story and photo by Army Staff Sgt. WILLIAM REINIER

FORT CARSON, Colo. — When Daniel and Angel Durkee first met, they were in high school chemistry class in Canyon Lake, California, and the reaction was immediate. They started dating, but their bond would be tested as Daniel, a year older, graduated, joined the Army, and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Now, Sgt….

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Airman experiences culture first-hand

Posted June 2, 2017 by by Staff Sgt. Matthew Morgan

Growing up I was never exposed to other cultures. I came from a small town in rural Pennsylvania, where everyone was the same. Everyone looked the same, acted the same, talked the same and had the same life experiences as I did. It wasn’t until I met and married my wife, Darling, that I learned…

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And You Shall Teach Your Children …

Posted May 5, 2017 by by Bonnie Scotto

For some time I’ve been interested in, and somewhat passionate about, Holocaust education. That was not always the case. I am Jewish, and I was always aware that my maternal grandfather’s family vanished without a trace during World War II. They were from Riga, Latvia and apparently, the Holocaust swallowed them up. No one could…

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Molding yesterday’s trainees into tomorrow’s Airmen
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Molding yesterday’s trainees into tomorrow’s Airmen

Posted May 5, 2017 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams

  Editors note: This feature is one in a series on focusing on single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story. MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — In the early hours of darkness, the sound of reveille routinely rings throughout Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Trainees spring out of their beds to begin days filled with…

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Base housing living chocked full of good things

Posted March 3, 2017 by by Lisa Smith Molinari

I was emerging from the base gym’s steam room, sweating and feeling a bit woozy, when I heard her. “We don’t do base housing,” a young female officer putting on her blueberry fatigues told a friend in the women’s locker room. She mentioned that she received orders to her next duty at Naval Station Mayport,…

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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower deployment

Posted September 17, 2016 by

Navy photograph by SA Joshua Murray Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Jason Deneui, right, from Elgin, Ill., shows Machinist’s Mate Fireman Recruit Tawnye Blaser, from Tucson, Ariz., how to maintain the catapult machinist watch log in a steam control room aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike). Ike and its Carrier Strike…

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Please give tomorrow a chance

Posted April 5, 2016 by CMSgt Steve K. McDonald

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — In March 1983, I was 16 years old and a senior in high school. I had a sister who was 17 and a brother who just turned 19. Through interesting circumstances, we were all seniors together. On Sunday, 4 March 1983, my brother committed suicide. That was a tough…

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Pararescueman looks to rejoin team despite losing leg

Posted April 5, 2016 by Jeremy Gerlach

In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, U.S. Air Force pararescueman, was sent to rescue a unit of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left, resulting in 20 surgeries over…

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