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Veterans remember Gulf War 25 years later

Posted August 26, 2015 by Megan Locke Simpson

Twenty-five years ago this month, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Shortly thereafter, the 101st Airborne Division deployed to the Middle East as part of the U.S. response to the action in what became known as the Gulf War.

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Soldier missing from Vietnam War accounted for

Posted August 24, 2015 by

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Aug. 21 that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be buried with full military honors. Army Maj. Dale W. Richardson of Mount Sterling, Ill., will be buried Aug. 29, in Mountain View, Ark. Richardson was assigned to 2nd…

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Ninth CMSAF laid to rest

Posted August 19, 2015 by TSgt. Daniel DeCook

“If you've met Chief Binnicker, you've met an icon -- a hero, a legend," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody.

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VA announces new rules regarding service animals in VA facilities

Posted August 17, 2015 by

Aug. 17, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it has revised its regulation regarding the presence of animals on VA property. The updated regulation will ensure VA practices remain consistent with applicable federal law. It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities in developing a clear and consistent understanding of the criteria governing facility…

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World War II airman’s remains identified

Posted August 7, 2015 by

The remains of a serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, said the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in a DOD news release issued Aug. 6. U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Stephen V. Biezis of Chicago, will be buried Aug….

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Remains of Pearl Harbor victims raised for identification

Posted July 29, 2015 by Audrey McAvoy

The military July 27 exhumed more caskets containing the unidentified remains of USS Oklahoma crew members killed in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred five coffins from four grave sites at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, where they have rested for decades. The work is…

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POW visits Pentagon tribute section, reminisces about hard times

Posted July 22, 2015 by SSgt. Whitney Stanfield

Retired Col. Leon Ellis was a prisoner of war for 1,955 days during the Vietnam War. During a July 16 visit to the Pentagon, he and his family stopped by the Air Force POW tribute section. Ellis said some painful memories flooded back about his time as a POW as he viewed the paintings.

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Optimism helped Vietnam vet survive as POW

Posted July 22, 2015 by Karen Abeyasekere

When 2nd Lt. John "Spike" Nasmyth climbed into his F-4 Phantom II on Sept. 4, 1966, to fly a combat mission over Vietnam, he never foresaw that he'd be blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile.

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WWII Veteran, POW receives Presidential Unit Citation

Posted July 10, 2015 by SrA. Hailey Haux

A veteran from the greatest generation was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation with one oak leaf cluster by Sen. John S. McCain on Capitol Hill, July 7.

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AF Vietnam veterans honored on Capitol Hill

Posted July 10, 2015 by SSgt. Carlin Leslie

Current and former service members, members of Congress, Vietnam veterans and Air Force senior leaders gathered in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington July 8 for a Congressional Commemoration to honor those who served during the Vietnam War.

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