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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Del Valle, 693rd Intelligence Support Squadron operations section chief, is an avid jazz enthusiast and spends his after duty hours mastering the bass guitar. Del Valle toured with the Air Force Tops in Blue in 2006 which reignited his passion for music. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer) Half step down, whole step up
Master Sgt. John Del Valle works as the section chief of operations for the 693rd Intelligence Support Squadron. When he’s not performing his responsibilities as an Airman, he’s following his father’s footsteps.
0 1/05
2018
Airman 1st Class Logan Smith, a C-17 loadmaster, was on a Bravo alert schedule in September at Dover Air Force Base, 
when he received a call to support what would be his first  humanitarian mission in his career. Smith is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Graphic by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade) Mobility Airman recalls first humanitarian mission
Airman 1st Class Logan Smith, a C-17 loadmaster, was on an alert schedule in September 2017 at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, meaning he had a bag packed for the week and was ready at a moment’s notice.
0 12/26
2017
The Bird, and wildlife, Aircraft Strike Hazard program (BASH) is to preserve war fighting capabilities through the reduction of wildlife hazards to aircraft operations. According to the Air Force Safety Center during the 2016 fiscal year the Air Force had more than 4000 wildlife strikes to aircraft resulting in more than 20.6 million dollars in damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton) USDA, BASH saving lives, money
Every morning, two individuals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture wake up before the sun rises and grab an air-rifle, a pair of binoculars and some pyrotechnics similar to bottle rockets, then head to an airfield at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
0 12/22
2017
An Airman sings Singing boom operator inspires others
Growing up in a poverty-stricken, single-parent family, he used singing as a kind of therapy. Airman 1st Class Julian Awari, 349th Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, was only 6 years old when he first realized he had a talent for singing, and it was a hobby he would stick with throughout his life.
0 12/13
2017
The children of St. Michael, Alaska, visit with volunteers and Alaska National Guard members during Operation Santa Claus Dec. 5, 2017. Operation Santa Claus is an Alaska National Guard annual community outreach program that provides Christmas gifts, books, back packs filled with school supplies, fresh fruit and sundaes to youngsters in rural communities. Alaska National Guard brings Christmas gifts to local kids
The Alaska National Guard has a tradition of serving communities throughout Alaska during the holiday season, delivering Christmas gifts and a variety of delights to the children. In its 61st year, some things have changed over time, but the joyfulness and excitement never does. The island-town of St. Michael was selected for a visit Dec. 5, 2017, welcomed by the community, whose population of about 400 is largely Yup'ik Eskimo. They expressed gratitude and enthusiasm to their out-of-town guests who showed up to spread holiday cheer.
0 12/13
2017
Staff Sergeant April Cooper, an aeromedical evacuation technician at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, had just returned from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, after providing support for Hurricane Harvey. Knowing Hurricane Maria was about to make landfall, she left her bags right by her front door.  She was still on Bravo alert and knew when Maria hit, AE support would be needed quickly.
This second mission would last three weeks at MacDill AFB, Florida, compared to her five day mission at Little Rock. Her time in Arkansas would help prepare her for the mission of multiple flights to St. Croix in the near future. Aeromedical technician treats St. Croix patients, experiences first humanitarian mission
Staff Sgt. April Cooper, an aeromedical evacuation technician at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, had just returned from Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, after providing support for Hurricane Harvey. Knowing Hurricane Maria was about to make landfall, she left her bags right by her front door. She was still on bravo alert and knew when Maria hit, AE support would be needed quickly. This second mission lasted three weeks at MacDill AFB, Florida, compared to her five day mission at Little Rock AFB. Her time in Arkansas helped prepare her for the mission of multiple flights to St. Croix.
0 12/06
2017
A baby Heart to heart: AF steps up to help Airman’s family
Five days after their baby was born in 2011, they realized something was wrong. When they took her back to the hospital, they found out they were in for a long, rough road ahead. “They quickly rushed us over to the neonatal intensive care unit, and we met with a cardiologist who said that my daughter has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, which essentially means that the left side of her heart never formed and never will,” said Lt. Col. Kevin White, 344th Air Refueling Squadron director of operations, who was then a captain stationed at McConnell Air Force Base.
0 12/01
2017
Nora Moore, daughter of Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Moore, Vietnam War prisoner of war and missing in action, holds a photo of her dad, Sept. 22, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Thomas Moore was captured in South Vietnam by the Viet Cong and has been listed as a POW/MIA due to his remains not being found. Nora, was recently recognized as the first person in Keesler history to receive Gold Star Family status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Holly Mansfield) Searching for daddy in Bien Hoa
They were 30 miles outside of Saigon and their van had been overcome by the southern mercenary part of the Viet Cong. For a few minutes things were on the up and up and then a couple of the Viet Cong men came around to the back of the van and opened the doors. That is when they were captured. Those are the words ingrained in the head Nora Moore of the last documented days of her father, then-Tech. Sgt. Thomas Moore.
0 11/23
2017
Master Sgt. Christopher Scott, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron operations noncommissioned officer in charge, is one of over 25 defenders currently deployed and attached to the squadron with both a civilian and military law enforcement background. Guard, Reserve defenders bring experience to the fight
The training and experience Air National Guard and Reserve law enforcement Airmen gain in their civilian and military careers help keep people safe from enemies foreign and domestic. Many of these security forces members, or defenders, bring the knowledge of both careers to make them more effective both at home and abroad.
0 11/16
2017
The German-American Community Office Sign stands outside the office's building next to a statue of a fish with wings at Kaiserslautern, Germany, Oct. 26, 2017. GACO serves as a link between the German and American populations in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua) Bridging communities, cultures
Being introduced to a new culture can be exciting, but also sometimes intimidating. This is especially true for both Americans and Germans in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.
0 11/14
2017
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