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(U.S. Air Force Graphic/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi) Through struggles, to the stars
June's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pride month celebrations are relatively new to the Department of Defense and to the Air Commandos of Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, but the history of LGBT service members' fight to openly serve in the armed forces is a long and proud one. In the very month and year of the United States'
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Importance of staying connected
Anytime, Anywhere. To the warriors of Air Force Special Operations Command, these are more than words. They are the foundation upon which a selfless and courageous ethos is built. It is an ethos that has led the men and women of AFSOC to engage in dogged combat for over a decade. For one AFSOC community in particular, this form of warfare has led
0 6/04
2014
Default Air Force Logo Optimizing Performance: Learning from elite, world-class athletes
Elite athletes consistently perform at a higher level than those who are merely average. That seems intrinsically obvious. However, it is not just their ability to win more consistently, elite athletes prepare differently and optimize their performance through a combination of goal setting, visualization, self-talk and arousal control. Those same
0 12/06
2013
Chief Master Sgt. Scott Doremus, maintenance superintendent of the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, stands by an EC-130E Commando Solo on loan to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 19, 2013. The EC-130E has been in service in the Air Force for more than 50 years and among its many distinguished combat missions flew during Operation Eagle Claw, an attempt to rescue U.S. citizens held hostage in the U.S. embassy in Iran in 1980. Saving a C-130: Aircraft 1857
She wasn't just any C-130. Throughout my 20 years with Aircraft 1857, I was always aware of her vast history. Not only did she fly more than seven years during the Vietnam War, but she also actively participated in Operation Eagle Claw as "Republic 5."This past year was her final operational year. She was due to retire in June to the boneyard at
0 10/29
2013
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. John Bainter) Poisoned by my own hand
It was 2011, three-and-a-half years into my Air Force career at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. My day started like any other... I woke up to shower and brush my teeth to get ready for work. However, everything changed when I looked into the mirror. Something was wrong: the whites of my eyes were slightly yellow.Little did I know this would be the
0 10/29
2013
Special Tactics candidates hold up items for inspection after completing a 12-mile ruck march in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Sept. 13, 2013. The Special Tactics candidates had four hours to complete the ruck march, which is one of the final tests they must pass before graduating technical school. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) Father, son journey to Black Beret
When my children were very small, I took them to an air show featuring the Thunderbirds. This was the first time they were formally introduced to the Air Force.As the Thunderbirds went through precision drills, my eyes filled with tears as my life as an Airman flashed before me. I looked down, and my son looked at me with such reverence and
0 10/21
2013
Senior Airman Joe W. McFadden, a photojournalist of 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, salutes the Air Commando tablets at the Airpark at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 13, 2013. The stones bear the history of the 1st Air Commando Group dating back to the chindit flyers in Burma-Indo-China in 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway) The meaning of being an 'Air Commando'
"Having Hurlburt Field on a set of orders does not make you an Air Commando -- you have to earn it." I wasn't sure what to make of that phrase when Vincent Milioti, former director of the Combat Aviation Advisor Qualification Course, told me it in October 2009. I was fresh out of technical school and reported here, my first duty station, a few
0 8/13
2013
Trey Rice sleeps holding a doll with a photo of his father Staff Sgt. Tony Rice June 11, 2013. Hug-A-Hero dolls are used to help children cope with the stresses of seperation while parents are deployed or away.
(courtesy photo) Air Force dad "saving the country every day"
What makes a military father different from every other father out there? Is it the sacrifice of time spent away from home, the sometimes long hours spent working through exercises and real world conflict? Or is it the unfaltering commitment to freedom for all, combined with the drive and necessity to provide for one's family?A military father is
0 6/13
2013
Default Air Force Logo The men I left behind
I'm one of the thousands of women who have gone to war. I'm neither unique nor exceptional. If you ask around, you'll hear stories similar to mine.In the past, expectations for girls didn't include the possibility of growing up to be veterans. We aren't born warriors. We've been brought up in a way that makes it possible. To me, Women's History
0 3/27
2013
Courtesy photo True Values
-- Are certain people drawn to the Air Force because we already possess many of the core values deep down inside of us? As Airmen we constantly hear about our core values; Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence In All We Do. These values are constantly reinforced throughout our Air Force career, but for the first time since I swore to
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2013
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