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September 20, 2013

Air Force News – September 20, 2013

Aviano couple receives first same-sex joint spouse assignment

They waited patiently each day, week and month checking the news, filing repeals and losing hope.

But, Master Sgt. Angela Shunk and Tech. Sgt. Stacy Shunk received the news they had been longing for on Sept. 3, 2013, when the two Aviano Airmen were informed that they had received an assignment together under the joint spouse program, the first of its kind in the Air Force since a Supreme Court decision about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Although legally married in the state of New York on March, 17, 2012, DOMA prohibited the Department of Defense from extending benefits, such as joint spouse assignment consideration, to same-sex spouses.

“Since our marriage wasn’t recognized by federal government at the time, we submitted a request for an exception to policy,” said Angela Shunk. “It came back as a no.”

Their final hope rested upon the Supreme Court, which was reviewing the constitutionality of DOMA.

“Since Supreme Court decisions come out every Thursday in June, we’d be waiting and watching the news, and every week it wasn’t DOMA,” said Angela Shunk. “Finally, in the last week, it was the DOMA decision, and we had [the television] on at work. On June 26, our marriage was federally acknowledged. We were ecstatic.”

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California

Maj. Jaesin White saved the life of a teen girl during a family outing. At a natural waterslide he found the girl showing signs of hypothermia. He quickly took control, doing self aid buddy care and getting the girl the help she needed.

Colorado

Nearly 100 Colorado National Guard Airmen and Soldiers, along with high-mobility vehicles and helicopters, have been mobilized to assist local authorities in search-and-rescue operations in the midst of extensive flooding in the state.

Afghanistan

After a hard landing on Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, a C-130 Hercules with two engines missing has gashes and burns throughout. A fly-away security team from the 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron forward deployed from the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan, to FOB Shank to secure these assets.

Cambodia 

Twenty engineers from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces have spent the last four days working alongside 16 engineers from U.S. forces to provide engineering assistance to the citizens of Takeo by renovating three medical centers.




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