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Wright Flight more than about flying; student organization visits 162nd Wing

Posted May 29, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made world history by putting together a wooden frame with some metal fittings and heavy cotton fabric, and giving it power to gain altitude for a controlled flight. It was an amazing feat, made possible with a can-do attitude and a drive to truly conquer new heights. It’s…

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History of Memorial Day

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Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration…

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Memorial Day: What does it mean to you?

Posted May 22, 2014 by Master Sgt. Jennifer Shirar

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — What does Memorial Day mean for you? For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. We fire our grills up and plan trips to the lake–there is palpable excitement as we discuss how to spend the extra-long weekend. But Memorial Day is much more. “Memorial Day is a time…

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D-M A-10 pilot reaches 3000 hours

Posted May 15, 2014 by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie

The 357th Fighter Squadron commander surpassed the milestone of flying 3,000 hours in an A-10 Thunderbolt II, May 5. Lt. Col. Michael Curley grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He joined the U.S. Air Force when he was 18. Curley’s passion for flying was ignited when he was a little boy. “I went to a state…

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Diamond Sharp May 9, 2014

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Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Libertyann Kehr / 355 FW Staff First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Cole Jacob Duty Title: NCOIC Military Justice When joined the AF: Aug. 31, 2005 Hometown: Anchorage, AK Hobbies: Reading, playing with children Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Libertyann Kehr, is the NCOIC of Military Justice at the base legal office. She is a…

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An Airman’s Airman says goodbye: Chief Master Sgt. Clark departs the 162nd Wing

Posted May 8, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Erich B. Smith

It wasn’t his ear-to-ear grin, the strong grip when he shakes your hand, the sleeves that are always rolled up on his ABUs or the memorable way he belted out the national anthem at unit functions that set Chief Master Sgt. Shane Clark apart at the 162nd Wing here for 31 years. Instead, it was…

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AFN set to honor military spouses through Facebook initiative

Posted May 1, 2014 by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

WASHINGTON – The American Forces Network Broadcast Center has established a hashtag for Facebook users to help AFN honor military spouses during Military Spouses Appreciation Day on May 10. The initiative will center on a special hashtag — #spouseappreciation — that Facebook users can include in posts and photos that pay tribute to military spouses….

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Diamond Sharp April 18, 2014

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Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jessica Nail / 612 AOC (CPD) First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jamie Harwick Duty Title: ATO Production Technician When joined the AF: August 16, 2011 Hometown: Cambridge, Illinois Hobbies: Soccer, Playing musical instruments, and Auto-mechanics Selection Reasons:   Airman Nail was handpicked to participate in a two part development and operational testing…

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Military child recognized by Arizona BGCA

Posted April 17, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

A Sonoran Science Academy freshman was recently selected as the Boys and Girls Club of America Arizona Military Youth of the Year. David Zulli, son of Lt. Col. Daniel Zulli, 355th Fighter Wing base chaplain, competed against other youth around Arizona, winning a $1,000 scholarship and advancing on to the regional competition. Being a military…

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Being blessed by benevolence; AF honors Ben’s Bells founder

Posted April 17, 2014 by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie

Jeannette Mare, founder and executive director of Ben’s Bells Project, flew in a Hometown Hero flight with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, April 11. After 11 years of service, Mare was awarded the Hometown Hero Award for the resilience she displayed following a personal tragedy. “I was completely shocked, because it is…

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