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Goldfein hosts first town hall with CMSAF

The Air Force’s top officer and enlisted leader hosted a town hall forum in the Boyd Auditorium at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., July 20, 2016.

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Research, technology aid effort to help TBI patients

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Since the Vietnam War, doctors have seen an increase in service members returning from combat with traumatic brain injuries from blasts. At the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), a directorate of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, doctors and therapists use research and technology to help service members with…

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Retired Airman builds bonds, resilience with comedic veterans

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. (AFNS) — After 28 years of service, Maj. Darlean Basuedayva was selected for retirement during the 2011 U.S. Air Force reduction board. Basuedayva dreamed of commissioning since she was in grade school, and was crushed by the separation, she said. The Air Force was not only her ticket out of working in…

U.S. Airmen and civilians from the 355th Comptroller Squadron volunteer at the Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Ariz., in Tucson, July 14, 2016. They participated in a three hour volunteer shift, which involved sorting and boxing different kinds of nonperishable foods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour/Released) Local

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DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — An Air Force base cannot function properly or complete its mission effectively without public trust and support from the local community. The Honorary Commander Program opens the door to good communication by allowing D-M and the Tucson, Arizona community to see how each other operate. “The program is used to…

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Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior continues Marine Corps career

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — “This seemed like a good way to give back to the Marine Corps and thank them for letting me stick around after I got wounded,” said Marine Corps Master Sgt. Berle Sigman, a student in the Faculty Advisor Course at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Sigman, who graduated from the…


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General reflects on Hispanic heritage, credits mentors with success

Posted  September 18, 2015

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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Face of Defense: Air Force Staff Sergeant Beats Cancer

Posted  September 25, 2015

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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A Trek for Life Thirteen wounded veterans are selected for Raytheon, No Barriers expedition

Posted  September 25, 2015

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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Rescuer reunites with ‘Katrina Girl’

Posted  September 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AFNS) — Ten years ago, Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney hovered over a maelstrom of water, debris and human suffering. New Orleans, a once vibrant mecca for revelers and tourists, was ground zero for impoverished refugees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. By Sept. 6, 2005, Maroney said he had become depressed and felt…

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24-hour journey for heroes, father

Posted  September 25, 2015

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) — He reached his 5th hour of running alone in the still of a dark, cold night lit only by streetlights surrounding the track — 25 miles down, 75 more to go. Nauseous, tired and consumed by a stomachache, Capt. Michael Gruber, the 35th Communications Squadron director of operations, felt…

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