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If it isn’t you, it could be your neighbor

Posted April 19, 2013 by Senior Airman Kelly Galloway

WESTOVER AFB, Mass. — “Hey sexy … you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. During the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted April 5, 2013 by Jessica Turner

April is National Autism Awareness month NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and…

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Mission focus vs. mission detractors

Posted April 5, 2013 by Col. Peter S. Ford

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Our mission to fly, fight and win in numerous environments requires intense focus … minute by minute. If we lose this focus, we risk our mission. Red Flag 13-3 just finished. During this demanding time, we all safely accomplished weapons school, advanced operational tests, Thunderbird season preparation, aggressor operations…

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Moon landing jump starts general’s own space legacy

Posted March 29, 2013 by Desiree N. Palacios

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — When Neil Armstrong made history with man’s first footsteps on the moon, Susan Helms needed a little nudging from her mom to get excited. And get excited she did. She realized that there would never be another first step on the moon, and even as a young 11-year-old, knew the…

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A life in flight for first female ‘Thunderbirds’ pilot

Posted March 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

(AFNS) — Since 1953, the Air Force’s air demonstration team, the Thunderbirds, have captivated spectators across the world and showed its audiences what the Air Force’s aircraft are capable of. For two years, Lt.Col. Nicole Malachowski surprised audiences not just in the air, but especially when she stepped out of the cockpit of the fighter…

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Chance of a lifetime; getting the most from volunteer experience

Posted March 22, 2013 by Maj. Dear Beloved

We all hear about the myriad of volunteer opportunities available on and off base. Our leaders encourage us to get out in the local community and represent the Air Force.

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Former WAC interviewed as one of oldest living Airmen

Posted March 15, 2013 by Randy Roughton

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — After Mildred McDowell left the Air Force in 1949, she had one regret – that she no longer had her Women’s Army Corps uniform. Fortunately, the year before she died, someone read a story about her life and sent her a replacement. When McDowell died at the age of 104…

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Women play huge role in World War II aviation efforts

Posted March 8, 2013 by Martha Lockwood

The Air Force’s acceptance of women into the force dates back to long before the first “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. In 1942, the U.S. Army Air Corps took the unheard-of step of forming and employing two women’s aviation units. That same year, a unit of flight nurses who had not yet quite finished…

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Plan ahead for those you love

Posted March 1, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

(AFNS) — Last year, I dealt with the death of two people close to me. In September, my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59, due to an illness. The man I thought to be indestructible, suddenly was gone. Almost exactly two months later, a long-time friend also passed away in the hospital…

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African-American leaders thrive through education

Posted February 22, 2013 by Martha Lockwood

(AFNS) — It’s difficult to know when or how inspiration will strike, or who provides the personification that in our mind’s eye, we become. For some, it is a favorite teacher or an historical figure. For others, it is a parent. And for others, it may be a fictional character who helps us see how…

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