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Tech. Sgt. Michael Brizuela, a staff sergeant in 1995, takes a photo with his bugle and an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Tucson International Airport. The aircraft maintenance specialist has volunteered countless hours to performing Honor Guard duty over the last 30 years. (Courtesy photo) Memorial Day stirs memories for honor guard veteran
This Memorial Day, while Americans gather to remember those who gave their lives for their freedoms, military honor guards will function as central fixtures at cemeteries, parades and solemn observances.For Tech. Sgt. Michael Brizuela, a full-time F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief at Tucson International Airport, the day is one of a thousand
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2012
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – – James Watland saw a lot change around him over the last 87 years, but still sees a lot of things he remembers in the KC-135 Stratotanker.  Watland served in the Air Force from 1952-1962 as an enlisted boom operator, being one of the first to work in aerial refueling.  He was back aboard a plane he could have served on recently as part of an orientation flight for employers and civic leaders hosted by the 927th Air Refueling Wing, a reserve unit at MacDill. (Official U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Rhodes) Former boom operator returns to the Air Force 50 years later
When the F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot hooked up to the KC-135 Stratotanker and looked through his canopy into the boom window of the aircraft above, he was surprised to see the face of an 87-year-old man smiling back at him.More than 50 years ago, James Watland sat in a boom pod of a KC-135 very much like one he sat in May 5, 2012, during an
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2012
Rich Kay takes a few minutes out of his day to go for a run Tuesday at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph outdoor track. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lincoln Korver) Health professionals offer cool advice
Anyone who has gone through basic military training knows how seriously the instructors take "hydrating," but do the trainees really know why they are encouraged to drink water regularly and beyond thirst?The human body's main goal is to maintain homeostasis, or balance, in all aspects of function. This includes maintaining a constant core internal
0 5/04
2012
Default Air Force Logo Retired chief receives dedication from Air Force Executive Dining Facility
Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley is dedicating the Pentagon's Air Force Executive Dining Facility to its recently retired director.Alfonso Sisneros, who is also a retired chief master sergeant, retired April 30 from civil service.Sisneros managed the facility for more than 30 years. He was recognized as a mainstay and for his vital role
0 5/04
2012
Default Air Force Logo Pilot takes initiative to learn language
In today's global world, Air Force mission success depends on Airmen's ability to communicate and collaborate across diverse cultural environments. Inspired by this idea, one Air Force pilot has taken the initiative to learn Japanese through the Air Force's Language Enabled Airman Program. Despite not needing Japanese in his daily job, Capt. John
0 5/04
2012
Master Sgt. Curtis Wilson, left, takes the oath of reenlistment being adminstered by his brother Capt. Heath Wilson as they rapell from a wall at the U.S. Air Force Pararescue School at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., in April 2012. Sergeant Wilson is a program manager at Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Headquarters at Kirtland and Captain Wilson is a nurse with the 99th Medical Group at Nellis AFB, Nev. (Photo by George Diamond). Airman continues family's heritage of service
Some families pass on estates, heirlooms, or recipes. All families pass on a heritage. Master Sgt. Curtis M. Wilson's family heritage is more than 300 years of military service spanning three generations.With 21 years of service already, Sergeant Wilson recently reenlisted with the help of his brother, Capt. Heath Wilson, in an innovative ceremony
0 4/26
2012
Default Air Force Logo Through my eyes: surviving sexual assault
"That night, my whole world turned upside down," said Airman Samantha Smith, a sexual assault survivor in the Air Force.On the night Smith was recalling, she became a victim of sexual assault and took her first of many steps down the road of recovery.That night, Smith attended a party with people whom she believed to be her close, trusted friends.
0 4/19
2012
One C-5M Super Galaxy and two C-5 Galaxys sit on the flightline Oct. 14, 2011, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Seven C-5s took off between Oct. 14 and Oct. 20 as part of a United States Transportation Command-wide 41-plane C-5 surge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Adrian Rowan) Galaxy rising: Positioning C-5 crews increases flight efficiency, saves fuel, money
It's been said that "flexibility is the key to airpower." It's because of that "flexibility" that Air Mobility Command officials are saving money by the millions and fuel in hundreds of thousands of gallons by positioning crews for C-5 Galaxy missions where they are needed without the expense of a permanent move.Program managers at the 618th Air
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2012
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  This pencil illustration attempts to visualize PTSD.  Those that suffer from this disorder are constantly trying to regain some sense of the normalcy they had before events that caused pieces of themselves to go missing.  This illustration was created by MSgt William Vance, Medical Multimedia Manager for the 59th Public Affairs Office.  This image is 7.5x10 @ 72 ppi and is available up to 8.5x11 @ 150 ppi. Living with PTSD
"I started to get really depressed and lacked the desire to do anything but sit around and play online to 'escape' the real world," he said. "I was having dreams of planes crashing, the smell of burnt flesh and rotting bodies. I still tried to push through this even as my sleep started to dwindle down to a couple hours a night as I would wake up in
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2012
Airman 1st Class Marita McCoy, 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office, holds a picture of her stepmother and father on the flight line at the Transit Center at Manas March 31, 2012. McCoy?s stepmother works with the Defense Biometrics Identification Systems, which is a part of the 376th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron here. Her father is a 376th Expeditionary Operations Group air traffic controller instructor. This is McCoy?s first deployment. She is deployed here from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lynsie Nichols) Airman 'close to home' while deployed
Not everyone has the pleasure of saying they served a deployment with their family, but Airman 1st Class Marita McCoy does.McCoy is assigned to the 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office and is deployed here from Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo. Her father and stepmother are both contract employees who live in
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2012
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