WASHINGTON — Now through May 1, nominations are being accepted and reviewed for Portraits in Courage, Vol. 8.
“Portraits in Courage is a Chief of Staff initiative designed to tell Airmen’s stories of courage, valor, and heroism. Our Airmen do the impossible every day. These narratives embody our warrior ethos and personify the Air Force Vision. There’s no better time to tell your story, or share the story of fellow Airmen,” said Maj. John Baum, Portraits in Courage project officer.
The volume will be published this fall online at www.af.mil/specials/courage/index.html. There will also be a limited print edition.
Air Force officials said packages should focus on leadership, valor, courage, exemplary performance and commitment, or service above self in either a combat, combat support role, or extraordinary event outside the normal call of duty.
Baum said “extraordinary event” isn’t limited to actions in theater.
“Airmen do amazing things in and out of theater every day,” Baum said, “I can’t tell you the number of stories I’ve heard about Airmen coming to the aid of car crash victims, intervening and possibly saving an Airman’s life who showed signs of being suicidal, and there’s more. All of these are stories befitting of Portraits in Courage.
”Submissions should highlight the nominees’ accomplishments during the previous two years and appeal to an audience of Airmen, their families and civilians.The 300 to 500 word pieces, officials said, should be in narrative format and not only shed light on the Airman’s career field, but relate a compelling story that reinforces the service’s core values, culture and the Airman’s creed.Packages must include the nominees’ biography and three supporting high-resolution digital photos (no less than 300 dpi), featuring the Airman in action and donned in his or her air battle uniform, flight duty uniform or equivalent tactical uniform.
For more information or to submit a story, call 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs at (623) 856-6011.