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Military response begins as troops, equipment reach Liberia

Posted September 25, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON – The increased U.S. assistance President Barack Obama announced this week has begun to arrive in Liberia, one of the West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said here today. Army Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, the U.S. Army Africa commander who…

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Holocaust survivor: ‘You’re the last generation that will hear from us’

Posted April 26, 2012 by Amber Baillie

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — To this day, 77-year-old Marion Blumenthal Lazan feels a strong sense of fear when she sees a German Shepard. It takes her back to that cold, rainy night in 1944 when she arrived at Bergen-Belsen…

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Thankfulness leads one airman to serve

Posted November 26, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Serbian paramilitary forces surrounded Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the Bosnian conflict, bombarding the city with heavy artillery in 1992. U.S Air Force Capt. Merima White, 99th Medical Operations Squadron Family Medicine Residency resident physician, then 9 years-old, survived the conflict as a young child and attributes her experiences to who she is…

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Airmen deliver aid ‘outside the wire’

Posted October 18, 2012 by Master Sgt. Russell Martin

Master Sgt. Russell Martin 451st Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) — Humanitarian aid missions conjure up images of Airmen air-dropping supplies to austere locations too hazardous to deliver by trucks or convoy. Images of smiling villagers eagerly awaiting much needed vittles and supplies. But not all “HA” missions in Afghanistan require…

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From American Samoa to Afghanistan: Polynesian PERSCO processes Bagram Airmen

Posted May 8, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. Gary J. Rihn

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Lackland Air Force Base is worlds away from American Samoa, in more ways than one. And for Senior Airman Desirae Faasavalu, she found a few of those differences right away. “It was a huge culture shock, seeing all of the buildings and freeways and no greenery,” she said. Faasavalu is a…

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Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted June 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Daryl Knee

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, here, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service. The squadron employed the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the closure signals the end of A-10 operations in Europe. “For 71 years, the men and women of this fine squadron have ensured America’s…

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41 EECS Scorpions execute theater electronic warfare

Posted September 25, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — With more than 6,600 sorties and 38,000 flying hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron provides premier counter-communications electronic attack capabilities here. The unit flies the EC-130H Compass Call aircraft which is configured to execute worldwide information warfare tactics.  It conducts electronic attack operations in…

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Their legacy lives on at American cemetery in UK

Posted May 24, 2012 by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace

CAMBRIDGE, England (AFNS) — Service members from across the United Kingdom will make their way to the Madingley American Cemetery Memorial Service here May 28 to remember the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who fell during World War II in defense of the…

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Alaskan NORAD Region keeps Santa safe, on schedule

Posted December 19, 2013 by Master Sgt. Mikal Canfield

OINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Children around the world know the role the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, plays in tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve flight around the world. What many don’t know is the role an organization in Alaska plays in ensuring Santa makes his deliveries. U.S. and Canadian servicemembers of the Alaskan NORAD…

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Team of Airmen to attempt Mount Everest climb

Posted January 24, 2013 by Amber Baillie

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Four Air Force Academy graduates may be busy preparing to climb the world’s highest peak in May, but they haven’t forgotten where mountaineering first began for them: here, climbing Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks as cadets. A team of six seasoned Air Force mountaineers; currently stationed in Colorado, Alabama, Florida,…

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