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Jeff Thatcher, son of Doolittle Raider Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, gives remarks at the National Museum of the United States Air Force April 18, 2017. The memorial service, including a wreath laying, honored the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in which 80 volunteers used 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers to strike the Japanese mainland from the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, turning the tide of World War II. The ceremony included two flyovers of B-25 bombers, one in the missing man formation, and a B-1B bomber flyover. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth) Wright-Patterson, NMUSAF pay tribute to Doolittle Raid 75th anniversary
Friends, family and fans from around the country came together to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raid April 17-18, 2017, at the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The April 18, 1942, Doolittle Raid on Tokyo was an important event in the development of American air power as it was the first combat use of strategic bombardment by the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II.
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2017
Becky Thatcher, daughter of the late Doolittle Raider Staff Sgt. David Thatcher, and Tech. Sgt. William Hatten, a 28th Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief from Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., unveil the newest rendition of the Ruptured Duck artwork during a ceremony April 17, 2017, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The original artwork featured a cross-eyed duck, wearing a leather helmet, staring out over crossed crutches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth) Rechristening honors Doolittle Raiders’ 75th anniversary
The 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders was commemorated April 17, 2017, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a B-1 Lancer bomber from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, was rechristened the “Ruptured Duck”. New nose art was also unveiled on the B-1 in tribute to a B-25 Mitchell bomber flown during the Doolittle Raid in 1942.
0 4/19
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US. Army soldier Ricardo Plana, and his wife, Emerenciana Plana, pose for a photo in the Philippines, in between 1946 and 1949. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ricardo Plana and thousands more prisoners of war were forced to march 70 miles before entering concentration camps during WWII. To honor his and other POW’s sacrifices, Plana’s grandson, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Max Biser, 23d Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of confinement, marched 26.2 miles, March 19, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range, N. M. (courtesy photo) Bataan Death March: Airman honors POW grandfather
Starvation, torture and a 70-mile march to concentration camps or dying in the process were the only options Philippine soldier, the late Ricardo Plana, faced after the U.S. surrendered the Bataan Peninsula to the Japanese during World War II. Now, 75 years later, his grandson, Staff Sgt. Max Biser, of the 23rd Security Forces Squadron, traveled to the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, to complete the 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March, March 19, 2017.
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Chief Master Sgt. Jake Higginbotham, the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, holds the arm band that retired Master Sgt. Francis M. Bania wore while imprisoned after the Bataan Death March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes) Bataan Death March veteran legacy marches on through ISR Airmen
The year is 1942, and Pfc. Francis Michael Bania of the 10th Signal Service Detachment, and 75,000 other U.S. and Filipino servicemen, marched for several days, about 65 miles, to prison camps in the Philippines. During his grueling journey, Bania had no idea that many years later an Airman would create a bond with his legacy, honoring him in the 75th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
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2017
Senior Airman Liam Miner, 720th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, stands by ready to marshall King 52, the first HC-130 configured for Air Force rescue, down the Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, taxiway for the last time March 6, 2017. King 52 will retire at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, with more than 50 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice) AF's 1st HC-130 takes its final flight to retirement
After more than 50 years of faithful service and rescue missions spanning the globe, King 52, the first HC-130P/N configured for Air Force rescue in 1964, retired March 6, 2017. Accompanied by its 920th Rescue Wing dedicated crew chiefs and a nostalgic aircrew, the aircraft, tail number 4852, heads to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, from Patrick AFB, Florida, where it has been stationed since mid-2015.
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2017
Col. Ryan Samuelson, the 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, David Condon, the Spokane mayor and Todd Mielke, the Greater Spokane Incorporated CEO, perform a ceremonial cake cutting during Fairchild Air Force Base’s 75th anniversary event, March 1, 2017. The relationship between Team Fairchild and the community has been beneficial for both, having provided for each other opportunities for recognition and support through events that have taken place in the past 75 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) Fairchild kicks off 75th anniversary
Fairchild Air Force Base kicked off its 75th anniversary with a celebration event here with Spokane area elected officials, civic leaders, honorary commanders and others March 1, 2017. Col. Ryan Samuelson, the 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander and David Condon, the Spokane mayor, both gave remarks about the unequaled partnership and support the base and surrounding community has with each other.
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2017

The 903rd Aeromedical Evacuation Flight was awarded the Air Force Presidential Citation, the Marine Corps Presidential Citation, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation for their support in assisting with initial care and providing in-flight medical care to thousands of wounded service members during the Vietnam War. (Courtesy Photo)
903rd AEF to hold 50th anniversary
Original members of the 903rd Aeromedical Evacuation Flight will gather at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in May, 2017, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Established in February, 1967, the 903rd AEF was the first Air Force tactical aeromedical unit used in a combat area.
0 2/27
2017
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Alabama Air National Guard flies a mission with the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group Dec. 13, 2016. The red tail flash of the jet brings the Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy back to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, to which the 134th EFS is currently assigned. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) Red Tail legacy comes full circle
Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing take great pride in the heritage created for them by the Tuskegee Airmen. Today a key piece of the wing’s history has once again returned to its flightline.
0 2/18
2017
Maj. Francisco Leach, the 25th Air Force deputy chief of safety and former U-2 pilot, has been recognized as the 2016 Presidential Advance Agent of the Year. (Courtesy photo) Presidential honor bestowed on AF officer
When the President of the United States travels, stateside or abroad, there is an advance team who arrives weeks ahead to handle airport logistics. These team members, or agents, volunteer for the job and are the “best of the best” at what they do. That is why Maj. Francisco "Cisco" Leach, the 25th Air Force deputy chief of safety, felt honored when he was recently selected from 96 agents as the 2016 Presidential Advance Agent of the Year.
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2017
Senior Airman James Pratt, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, performs John Mayer’s “Age of Worry” in front of the 28th Mission Support Group inside the base theater during their annual awards ceremony, Jan. 26, 2017, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Pratt applied for the Air Force Entertainer of the Year by submitting a cell-phone video of himself performing a song. On Jan. 30, he was announced as the recipient of the Air Force-wide award and coined by Col. Gentry Boswell, the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Ellsworth ‘Rock Star’ wins AF Entertainer of the Year
“Hi, I’m Senior Airman James Pratt, and I’m stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota,” he said, introducing himself to the crowd. “I competed in and won the Air Force Worldwide Talent Competition. Being a musician and in the Air Force has been a humbling experience for me, to say the least. I find myself having trouble expressing myself outside of my dorm room, so I’m hoping by performing I’m able to help other Airmen express themselves as well.”
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