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Staff Sgt. Eric Schmidt (center), 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, stands among other winners after winning first place in his division and first place overall during the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders Arizona Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Pro Qualifier Competition August 28. By winning first place Sergeant Schmidt was awarded a Pro-card allowing him to go and compete in International Fitness and Physique Association professional competitions. (Courtesy photo) Part-time bodybuilder, full-time Airman
Bodybuilding: the developing of the body through exercise and diet; the developing of the physique for competitive exhibition.Staff Sgt. Eric Schmidt: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron; Airman, father, husband and competitive bodybuilding professional."I was sold after my first competition," said Sergeant Schmidt.In September 2008,
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Peter Hoffman, 720th Special Tactics Group program analyst, poses by his work station at his group's headquarters building at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 15, 2010.  Mr. Hoffman, a quadriplegic, was hired by the 720th STG and became Hurlburt Field's first hire under a recent Presidential executive order directing an increase in hiring disabled people throughout the federal government. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown) (RELEASED) Disabled employee's hiring a "win-win" for workforce, AFSOC
Peter Hoffman is a program analyst who has worked with the 720th Special Tactics Group for nearly a decade. Mr. Hoffman is critical to the future capability of AFSOC Airmen, and he is also a quadriplegic, the result of a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down more than 25 years ago. As one of the great analytical thinkers and
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Airmen salute Senior Airman Mark A. Forester as he is laid to rest in Haleyville, Ala.  Airman Forester was killed Sept. 29 during combat operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kristopher T. Levasseur/43rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs)
Alabama Airman laid to rest
Under a blue sky, a four-ship formation of F-16 Vipers loitered above northwestern Alabama. Below, an Air Force combat controller established radio contact with the pilots. October 7 was a hot fall afternoon on the outskirts of Haleyville, Ala.Eight days earlier, Senior Airman Mark A. Forester, a combat controller with the 21st Expeditionary
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Christopher Larkin, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron commander, speaks to the audience during Senior Airman Daniel Sanchez's memorial service at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 28, 2010. Airman Sanchez, Air Force Special Tactics Combat Controller assigned to the 23rd STS, was killed in action in Afghanistan, Sept. 16, 2010. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sheila deVera/RELEASED)
That others may live
When one of your own falls to enemy fire, it hits everyone in the family like a gut check. Make no mistake, the special tactics Airmen of Air Force Special Operations Command are family. Most of the time, these quiet professionals spend their days readying for war - honing their bodies and minds for their next deployment. But when one of their
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Andrea Hubbard captured her husband, Tech. Sgt. Daniel Hubbard, and their children, as he prepared to go to work at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The photo, "Morning with Daddy," captured first place in the MyAirForceLife.com contest, and earned her new camera equipment and a showing of her photograph at the Pentagon. (Courtesy photo by Andrea Hubbard) Photographer's passion proves adage true
The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words stands especially true when one espies an image that stops them in their tracks to contemplate every space in the picture and discern what made it stand out and speak to them.Andrea Hubbard, wife of Tech. Sgt. Daniel Hubbard, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, knows a good picture
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1st Lt. Jeffrey Buchholtz, right, and Senior Airman Ben Rasine, left, both 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron J-Team, secure a tent door during Operation Jackal Stone in Croatia, September 2009. The J-Team is comprised of engineering specialists who enable special operations forces by providing resources to sustain their presence for weeks wherever they are required. (Courtesy photo from U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. James Jarvis) The J-Team: Air Commando engineers "Always There, Anywhere"
If you've ever flipped a light switch, driven on a paved road or even flushed a toilet on an Air Force base, you've benefited from the technical know-how and practical expertise of a civil engineer. Civil engineer squadrons perform vital services at Air Force bases around the world. Most civil engineer squadrons' daily routines are dedicated to
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(Then) Cadet Antoine Hood drives the lane during a game against the University of Las Vegas during his junior year at the Air Force Academy.  Hood, now a captain with the 919th Special Operations Wing had a celebrated college basketball career at the Air Force Academy from 2002-2006, but has yet to realize his dream of playing in the NBA.  With his active-duty commitment now complete, the reservist says he’s ready to take the next step and make that dream a reality.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert W. Valenca) Hoop dreams: AFSOC Reservist envisions flight in NBA
For one Air Force Reservist, the dream of flight isn't pulling Gs in a fighter, but leaping toward the basket over the hardwood court of an NBA arena.So far, the dream has been barely out of reach for Capt. Antoine Hood, but he continues to pursuit of being a professional basketball player."I'm currently being pursued by a few organizations," said
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U.S. Air Force graphic Future of finance: PiPs, E-Finance
When Air Force members move to different duty stations or come back from temporary duty assignments, one of their first stops used to be the Finance office.  However, Air Force Finance offices around the globe are moving to a new, electronic way of doing business.  Instead of driving and talking to a finance person, people will start clicking and
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Mario and Genghis Webb play a game of "monster chase" in the backyard of the Ronald McDonald House July 20, 2010, in New Haven, Conn. The Webb family has been staying at the Ronald McDonald House following Genghis liver transplant surgery in April, when his father, Senior Airman Mario Webb, donated 20 percent of his liver to his son. Airman Webb is assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes) Airman gives of himself to save son
An Airman from Hurlburt Field, Fla., donated a portion of his liver to help save the life of a two-year-old boy.Senior Airman Mario Webb, a ground radio maintainer from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, acted as a living donor to give his son, Genghis, a liver transplant in April. Airman Webb and Genghis are scheduled to be released in early
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Senior Airman Fiatagata Ulukivaiola, 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, does high knee step aerobics during Post Pregnancy PT at the Commando Fitness Center, Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 21, 2010.  The class, sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center, is intended to help active-duty women recondition themselves and prevent injury by training members how to increase and maintain their fitness level properly after maternity leave. (U. S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Orly N. Tyrell/Released) Body after baby: Getting back into the groove
Pregnant women are given a lot of information about what changes to expect during the 40 weeks it takes to carry a baby to term. They are told they should maintain a balanced diet and continue to exercise. They are also told they can expect to gain 25-35 pounds.With the ongoing emphasis on physical fitness and new bi-annual testing requirements,
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