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Col. Kristine B. Smith, the 710th Combat Operations Squadron deputy director, from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., stands surrounded by her family as they pin on her colonel rank, July 14, 2017, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Smith was promoted by Col. Dustin P. Smith, the Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Central Command chief of staff, and her husband, as his last official duty in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado) Colonel promotes wife, then retires
When military members hold their promotion ceremonies, many times their families enjoy the occasion alongside them. Spouses, children, parents, siblings and other relatives witness the time-honored ceremony and take part in the tradition of pinning or tacking on the next rank.
0 7/18
2017
Default Air Force Logo Officials urge retirees to transition club membership to virtual portal
For many Air Force retirees, a club membership is one way to stay connected to the service they love. Air Force Services Activity officials are encouraging retirees to activate their new Air Force Club Member Portal accounts before losing that connection.
0 6/30
2017
Tech. Sgt. Christopher D’Angelo, right, a 490th Missile Squadron missile alert facility manager at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., poses for a photo with his wife, Chanda, son, Jace and daughter, Brittyn at their home in Great Falls, Mont., June 7, 2017. D’Angelo was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after he was injured by an improvised explosive device Jan. 15, 2008. He said his wife has been very supportive with helping him cope with his PTSD. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chad Thompson) Healing from invisible wounds: The other side of the story
Chanda D’Angelo was in a frenzy; she quickly washed all the clothes in her home, zoomed the vacuum across every floor, wiped down every surface, cleaned out the refrigerator and stove and scrubbed the windows and mirrors until they were spotless. Exhausted, she had just enough time to get her hair and nails done – everything had to be perfect for her husband’s return.
0 6/28
2017
Capt. Nicole Tripputi, a contract negotiator with the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Big Safari, gives the oath of enlistment to her sister, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stem, an 88th Aerospace medicine squadron ophthalmic technician, during a re-enlistment ceremony June 19, 2017, inside the auditorium of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The two have been stationed together at Wright-Patterson AFB for the first time since August 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michelle Gigante) Airman looks to sister for re-enlistment ceremony
An ophthalmic technician in the 88th Medical Group didn’t choose to be sworn in by her unit commander when she was ready to re-enlist. Instead, she turned to a family member – her younger sister. The re-enlistment ceremony for Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Stem was held June 19, 2017, in the auditorium of the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, with Capt. Nicole Tripputi, a contract negotiator with the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Big Safari, doing the honors.
0 6/27
2017
First Lt. Will Jones, a 700th Airlift Squadron pilot (left) and Lt. Col. John Jones, the 94th Operations Group deputy commander, pose for a photo on the Dobbins Air Reserve Base flightline May 25, 2017. The father and son aviators began working together at Dobbins ARB earlier this year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Peek) Son continues family military legacy, works alongside father at Dobbins
A new pilot here has a particularly special memory from Father’s Day last year. While he was attending C-130 pilot training at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, his father came to visit. His father is no stranger to Little Rock AFB, he also attended training there as a young aviator and was later stationed there when his son was born. Some might call it a family reunion of sorts.
0 6/19
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force Inns selects eight finalists for Innkeeper Award
Eight U.S. Air Force installations were selected as finalists for the Air Force Innkeeper Award.
0 6/19
2017
Soul country singer/songwriter Sundance Head launches his tour of 10 Air Force installations at Beale Air Force Base, California, June 30, 2017. (Courtesy photo/Meredith Truax) 'Voice' winner launching AF tour
Sundance Head, the winner of NBC’s “The Voice” season 11, is ready and eager to bring his original soul country music to Air Force audiences. As part of its initiative to bring quality entertainment to Airmen and their families, the Air Force Services Activity was just as eager to sign the Texas music artist to a 10-base tour.
0 6/12
2017
The photos of retired Maj. Ernest Curtis Hughes, retired Lt. Col. Curtis Hughes and 2nd Lt. Curtis Hunter Hughes, a Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 17-10 graduate, are displayed proudly by the Hughes family. Hunter’s graduation June 9, 2017, made him the third in a family of fighter pilots. (Courtesy photo) Third generation pilot graduates at CAFB
When one Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 17-10 graduate pinned on his Air Force wings, June 9, 2017, he became the third generation of Air Force fighter pilots in his family.
0 6/12
2017
Default Air Force Logo Join spouse assignment consideration keeps mil-to-mil couples together
Summertime is a busy season for permanent changes of station and military couples may be apprehensive about the possibility of being separated from their spouses during their next assignments. They have little to be concerned about, however, as the Air Force Personnel Center has an accommodation rate of more than 96 percent for mil-to-mil married couples through the assignment of military couples option, commonly known across the Air Force as a “join spouse” assignment.
0 6/02
2017
First Lt. Nicholas Lundin, the 480th Intelligence, Reconnaissance and Surveillance Wing chief of current operations, stands between his dad, Michael Lundin and grandfather, Ray Lundin while saying the oath of enlistment administered by Lt. Col. Brian Webster, presiding officer, May 24, 2017, at the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. Underneath the Pacific portion of the WWII monument, 1st Lt. Lundin’s new rank was pinned on by his father and grandfather. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Darnell T. Cannady) Celebrating generations of military service
Three generations of Lundins gathered at the National World War II Memorial May 24, 2017, to celebrate the military service of family members, past and present.
0 5/30
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force bowling centers offering Kids Bowl Free program
This summer, children at Air Force installations have the opportunity to bowl for free, thanks to the Kids Bowl Free program.
0 5/26
2017
Maj. Bret Peters, the 737th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron assistant director of operations, administers the oath of office via teleconference to his daughter, Army 2nd Lt. Brittany Peters, during a commissioning ceremony at the University of North Carolina, May 12, 2017. Peters is a deployed member of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Eric Sharman) 386th AEW navigator commission’s daughter on graduation day
Now a newly minted second lieutenant, Brittany Peters was set to graduate the ROTC program at the University of North Carolina, and commission into the North Carolina Army National Guard. While deployed to Southwest Asia, Bret Peters made sure he had the technology to swear-in his daughter, via video teleconference, live streaming at the class graduation and swearing in ceremony.
0 5/18
2017
Col. Joseph McFall, the 52nd Fighter Wing commander, promotes his sister, Lt. Col. Theresa Goodman, to the rank of colonel via video teleconferencing technology, May 15, 2017, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Goodman is a medical inspector at the Air Force Inspection Agency headquarters at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., 5,296 miles away from Spangdahlem. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Staci Miller) Birds of a feather: brother promotes sister via VTC
The video stream stuttered, lagged and occasionally froze, but it ended with Col. Theresa Goodman looking into a webcam and rendering a perfectly clear salute to her brother stationed 5,296 miles away from her location, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Col. Joseph McFall, the 52nd Fighter Wing commander here, promoted his sister, who he refers to as Tess, to the rank of colonel via video teleconferencing technology, May 15, 2017. As soon as her new rank took effect, Goodman made sure to jokingly let her older brother know it would be the last salute she would have to give him for a while.
0 5/16
2017
Brittany Boccher is flanked by her husband Master Sgt. Adam Boccher, an Air Force Office of Special Investigations special agent with Detachment 327, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, the Air Force vice chief of staff, after she received the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year Award May 12, 2017, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. (Gordon C. James Public Relations Photo/Suzanne Trevino) AFOSI spouse earns Military Spouse of the Year
Brittany Boccher, the spouse of Master Sgt. Adam Boccher, an Air Force Office of Special Investigations special agent, from Detachment 327 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, had a memorable year in 2016. Boccher was selected as the 2016 Little Rock AFB Military Spouse of the Year and the AFOSI Deborah Law Spouse of the Year. That was only the beginning.
0 5/15
2017
Pictured are the Harchaoui triplets (from left): Myriam, 436th Supply Chain Operations Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Rabah, 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke AFB, Ariz.; and Warda, 60th Medical Operations Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif. All three were born in Algeria before immigrating to the United States, and are Airmen serving in today’s Air Force. (Courtesy photo) Algerian triplets join Air Force for better future
Their journey has carried them over thousands of miles, from a barren region in Africa to California’s Simi Valley where eventually the Harchaoui triplets — Myriam, Rabah and Warda — would join the U.S. Air Force. Scott Air Force Base is now home to Myriam, who recently reflected on her unique journey.
0 5/05
2017
Default Air Force Logo TRICARE changes to Nexium coverage
Starting June 28, the drug Nexium will no longer be a TRICARE preferred, or formulary, drug. This means it will no longer be available in military pharmacies, and you will pay more if you get it through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a retail network pharmacy.
0 5/05
2017
Michael L. Chavis, a Gold Star parent, shows his new Gold Star Base Access ID card to Carla Diamond, a U.S. Air Force Headquarters community readiness consultant, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 1, 2017. These cards are part of an Air Force initiative allowing Gold Star family members, immediate relatives of deceased Airmen, unescorted access to Air Force installations to visit buried loved ones, attend base events, and stop by Airmen and Family Readiness Centers for support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jordyn Fetter) Base access introduced for Gold Star families
For the first time, Gold Star Base Access ID cards were issued to three family members of fallen Airmen at Joint Base Andrews, Md., May 1, 2017.
0 5/04
2017
Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes, the Air Combat Command’s first sergeant, poses for a photo with his wife, Stephanie, and their adopted children at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 27, 2017. Along with adopting two children, the family has also fostered 13 children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard) Airman provides family, haven for orphans
As an Air Force first sergeant, Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes’ job is to take care of others, and whether or not they are in his chain of command, he provides support to those in need. As a first sergeant for Air Combat Command and an ordained minister, Henry Hayes not only shapes the lives of Airmen, but the lives of the children he and his wife, Stephanie, have fostered or adopted.
0 5/03
2017
U.S. Air Force Col. Terry Hamrick, 17th Training Wing Vice Commander, and Toni Hansen, 17th Force Support Squadron Director, award Staff Sgt. Stephen Yelbert, , 17th Comptroller Squadron financial services technician and Non-Commissioned Officer in charge for reports and analysis, the Air Force 2016 Club Scholarship for 4,000 dollars at the Norma Brown Building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 28, 2016. Yelbert received 2nd place in the scholarship competition throughout the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caelynn Ferguson/Released) $36,000 in scholarships available to AF club members, families
The deadline to apply for the 2017 Air Force Club Scholarship Program is May 12. During the past 19 years, the program has provided college tuition assistance to more than 440 Air Force Club members and their eligible family members.
0 4/24
2017
Children participate in the trike-a-thon at the Nellis Child Development Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 14, 2017. The trike-a-thon was one of several activities held in April to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nathan Byrnes) DoD celebrates Month of the Military Child
April is designated as the Month of the Military Child by the Department of Defense Education Activity. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.
0 4/21
2017
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