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BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. (AFPN) -- Retired Senior Master Sgt. Juanita Williams works on one of the many U.S. Air Force Band uniforms that needs her attention. Ms. Williams volunteers her time once a week to help keep band members here looking their best for their many performances throughout the Washington, D.C. area and on their world travels. She was a part of the band for many years before her retirement in 1995. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jim Varhegyi) Patchwork of passions: Band seamstress can do it all
Her Grammy nominated voice has impressed audiences around the world, including the former President Bill Clinton and thousands of servicemembers. She’s performed with Bob Hope and Wayne Newton, but finds joy working with convicted criminals. As a kind and gifted woman, she is considered a “sacred piece of the hallowed halls of U.S. Air Force Band
0 11/17
2005
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Maj. Michael Moyles and his wife, Angela, run hand in hand toward the finish line at the Spokane Marathon. Major Moyles, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 1999, had defied the odds to beat the cancer. He is a commercial satellite communications operational manager with U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. (U.S. Air Force photo) Airman running against the odds
In Dec. 9, 1999, doctors diagnosed Maj. Michael Moyles with oligoastrocytoma, a type brain cancer, and gave him six years to live. Today, the major, a commercial satellite communications operational manager at U.S. Strategic Command here, is alive -- and beating cancer one step at a time. “You never know what tomorrow is going to hold,” Major
0 11/16
2005
Default Air Force Logo Woman veteran recalls World War II duty
The popular images of World War II show American men fighting the Axis powers. What are often missing are images of the women pioneers of the nurse corps who patched up the Soldiers so they could face and defeat the enemy. Ann Walker was among those pioneering veterans. Mrs. Walker is from Grand Forks. Her war story begins right after she left
0 11/10
2005
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Airman Joshua Lisowski drives along the flightline in an airfield sweeper ensuring all Foreign Object Damage debris is vacumed. Airman Lisowski is deployed from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and is part of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Peter Borys) ‘Dirty Boyz’ sweep away foreign object damage hazards
The mural painted on a concrete barrier inside the building where the “Dirt Boyz” work reads: “Once a dirt boy, always a dirt boy.” The dusty Airmen are members of the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineering Squadron. Among the many projects they do and services they provide, there is one in particular that leaves everyone of them a bit dusty -– the
0 11/10
2005
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AFPN) -- Col. LeEllen Coacher, 89th Airlift Wing Staff Judge Advocate, is given an aircraft orientation of the UH-1N helicopter by her daughter Capt. Kacey L. Grannis, 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot, during a visit to the 1 HS recently. This is the first time this mother and daughter have been assigned to the same base.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Bobby Jones) Mother, daughter reunite at Andrews
A mother and her daughter have the Air Force to thank for being able to serve together. Col. LeEllen Coacher, 89th Airlift Wing staff judge advocate, supervises six attorneys, eight paralegals and four Department of Defense civilians. Her daughter, Capt. Kacey Grannis, is a 1st Helicopter Squadron pilot. Colonel Coacher arrived here a few weeks
0 11/10
2005
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Sarah Beauchamp sets the ball during a volleyball tournament. The tournament is one of many events put together by professional organizations here. Airman Beauchamp is deployed from Dover Air Force Base, Del., and is assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marcus McDonald) Professional groups, services keep deployed Airmen busy
Three professional organizations are doing their part to boost morale and keep Airmen involved for the duration of their deployment here The Airmen Committed to Excellence, Middle Tier Association and Top 3 Organization are helping augment some of the 455th Expeditionary Services Squadron’s morale-building initiatives. “Each of these organizations
0 11/09
2005
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE,  N.D. -- Staff Sgt. Ben Davis connects the support rods to a B-52H Stratofortress bomb bay doors.  The sergeant is a crew chief with the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Danny Monahan) 'Fixers' keep 'big, ugly, fat fellas' flying
What makes a plane fly? Engines and wings first come to mind.But the answer is much simpler than that -- people. Maintainers to be exact.There are about 120 crew chiefs at the 5th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here. They are the lead maintainers who work on Minot’s fleet of B-52Hs Stratofortresses, commonly called the "big, ugly, fat fella." On a
0 11/07
2005
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) -- Jim Staffan does reps on one of the resistance machines in the Wright Field Fitness Center here. At 51, Mr. Staffan said, he was an overweight smoker, but he changed his life after becoming part of the Air Force civilian fitness program. He quit smoking and attended a health class at the health and wellness center. Since February 2005, he's lost 47 pounds and five inches off his waist. (U.S. Air Force photo by Spencer P. Lane) Wellness center helps one man get fit after 50
After Jim Staffan passed the half-century mark, he decided his once-lean physique was in need of help. He was 51, a smoker, overweight, with a 41-inch waist, 25 percent body fat and elevated cholesterol. The member of Air Force Materiel Command's Inspector General Office said he knew he needed to make some changes. But, the push for him to start a
0 11/03
2005
DJIBOUTI, Africa (AFPN) -- Airmen from the 449th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron prepare an HC-130 for a Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa mission. The New York Air National Guardsmen are from the 102nd Rescue Squadron, the oldest ANG unit. While deployed to Djibouti, Africa, the unit performed pararescue drops, air refueling for Marine CH-53s and stayed on alert, ready to recover any downed servicemembers. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Shannon Collins) HC-130 team trains to save lives during Africa mission
With ears pricked, they listen for the slightest sign of an alert. This Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa team knows it gets the call, it is a life-or-death situation. Approximately 65 aircrew and maintainers from the New York Air National Guard’s 102nd Rescue Squadron are deployed here with the 449th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron where they
0 11/02
2005
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan (AFPN) -- Staff Sgt. Andrew Topor assembles an aircrew survival vest. Sergeant Topor, a survival equipment supervisor/rigger, is deployed here from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. James H. Cunningham) (Released) Bagram survival equipment duo keeps A-10 pilots safe
From an initial review to final inspection, a survival equipment duo here is helping keep A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots safe and secure as they fly close-air support missions as part of the global war on terrorism. Whether assembling an antiG-suit, parachute or survival vest, Staff Sgt. Andrew Topor and Senior Airman Adam Hatch, both deployed from
0 11/01
2005
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