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Retired Air Force Col. Eileen Collins is flanked by Robert "Hoot" Gibson, left, and Brian Binnie at the 17th International Women in Aviation Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday, March 25, 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo/Annette Crawford) Life among the stars
When she was an average kid growing up in Elmira, N.Y., Eileen Collins enjoyed simple pastimes. She and her family would drive to the local airport and sit on top of their car, sip root beer, and watch the planes take off and land.That average kid grew up to have an extraordinary career as an astronaut, flying higher than those planes of her
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2006
Deanie Parish as a WASP on the flightline at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., in the early 1940s. (Courtesy photo/Deanie Parrish)
WASP shares her World War II experiences
She helped set the standard for future female Airmen, contributed to the Air Force becoming a separate service, and she and her friends put themselves in harm's way far from home to serve the Army in an experimental flying program at their own expense, all in the name of patriotism. “At that time, everyone was doing something and I felt obligated
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2006
Airman 1st Class Skyler Burts rests on a banister at his dormitory at Spangdahlem, Air Base , Germany. He still bears the scars from the single-vehicle accident and the hand and arm surgery that followed. Airman Burts is a firefighter with the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Amaani Lyle) Airman recalls fatal crash that cost him two friends
Black sneakers. Boston baseball cap. Black shirt. Boots. “It’s so clear, I can still remember what they were wearing,” recalls Airman 1st Class Skyler Burts, of his friends and fellow firemen who perished in a single-vehicle automobile accident in August 2005. The memories, much like the scar tissue etched across Airman Burts’s forehead, are
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2006
Sporting his kilt in Southwest Asia, Senior Master Sgt. Todd Flickinger, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, recently defended his stateside title of "Best Legs in a Kilt." (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mark R.W. Orders-Woempner)
Airman named "Best Legs in a Kilt"
Senior Master Sgt. Todd Flickinger, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, recently defended his stateside title of “Best Legs in a Kilt” right here in the desert. For the past two years, an annual contest held in Bethlehem, Pa., as part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, resulted in Sergeant Flickinger being named the winner. When it came time for
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2006
Staff Sgt. Ernesto Otero catches a saber during practice at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. Sergeant Otero is a nutritionist with the 52nd Aerospace Medical Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. John E. Lasky) 
Airmen toss sabers to honor comrades
Senior Airman Dallas Smith looks at ease twirling his shiny saber in the air and doing precision movements and passes with his Eifel Sabre Drill Team.But he was once content to just sit in the background -- one of the people who “just doesn’t want to participate” in anything, he said. And he admits joining the honor guard “for a nice bullet” in his
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2006
Maj. Andrea Jensen, 40th Expeditionary Group B-52 pilot, stands in front of a B-52 Stratofortress. Major Jensen has accumulated 100 combat flying hours providing close-air support for forces on the ground in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Master Sgt. John Rohrer) B-52 pilot shares her Air Force experience, contributions
She follows Air Force history -- through her family’s footsteps. Her dad and his siblings grew up in an Air Force family, having nothing but great things to say about the Air Force way of life. Maj. Andrea Jensen, a forward deployed B-52 pilot with the 40th Air Expeditionary Group, has had a love of planes since she can remember. On her first
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2006
Capt. Smitty McClellan (front row, second from left) poses with a group of the Women's Army Corps unit she led during World War II. (Courtesy photo) 

World War II veteran recalls her service to country
Their service to the nation during World War II is represented by images like “Rosie the Riveter.” However, American women did much more than fill in for the millions of men in the armed services. More than 350,000 women were volunteers who served in uniform. Viola Smith, a recreational director from Grant, Fla., was one of those volunteers. At age
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2006
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Profitt runs wearing a flexible prosthesis, a C-Sprint, which absorbs impact. In 2003, while activated at Dover Air Force Base, Del., supporting the war on terrorism, the reservist's leg was amputated when he was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma, a malignant soft tissue tumor. He is a 512th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guidance and control section technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Marnee A.C. Losurdo) Amputee Airman overcomes cancer, maintains athletic lifestyle
In 2005, he ran the New York City Marathon and skied down the Rockies. The fact he has one leg isn’t slowing him down. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Profitt is an active sportsman -- the 38-year-old reservist plays racquetball, bobsleds, canoes, cycles and runs. But, three years ago the 512th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guidance and control section
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2006
Airman 1st Class Suzanne Van Elk gets a pallet rolling for download from a C-17 Globemaster III at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. When cargo includes hazardous material, like the volatile methanol on this pallet, loadmasters plan the cargo load around it, keeping incompatible cargo away. Airman Van Elk is deployed from McChord Air Force Base, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo) When needs arise in Central Asia, C-17 crews deliver
The C-17 Globemaster III crewmembers start their day around noon. It will end in about 18 hours, around 5 or 6 tomorrow morning. Today they will fly to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, and back twice, taking one group of passengers a step closer to home and another to the first day of their year long deployment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom
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2006
Physical therapist Scott Dewey checks the range of motion of Senior Airman Dan Acosta's legs during a therapy session Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at the burn rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Steve White) Airman recovering from bomb blast hopes to continue to serve
He stirs every few minutes as he sits talking in the living room of his base housing unit. He doesn’t show it with any grimace on his face, but he has not yet healed from the wounds he received in combat less than three months ago. All the while, he talks frankly, pulling his 4-year-old daughter near at times, about what he remembers of the events
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