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Default Air Force Logo Wounded warrior program cares for injured Airmen
When his convoy was hit Sept. 15, 2009, by an explosively formed penetrator blast, .50-caliber gunner Staff Sgt. Phillip Newlyn was taken back to his forward operating base in Baghdad, Iraq, then evacuated to Balad Air Base before being transported to Landstuhl, Germany, and onward to Walter Reed Medical Hospital, Md. There, Newlyn spent the next
0 11/18
2011
Former Senior Airman David Sharpe embraces his dog Cheyenne at their home Sept. 22, 2011, in Arlington, Va. Sharpe is the founder of Pets 2 Vets, a nonprofit organization that pairs shelter animals with veterans who live with post-traumatic stress disorder. Sharpe credits Cheyenne with saving his life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mareshah Haynes) A life for a life: By saving her, he saved himself
Rescue: to free from confinement, danger or evil. - Merriam-Webster DictionaryTen years ago when former Senior Airman David Sharpe adopted a pit bull puppy from a rescue shelter, he thought he was saving her life. In a dramatic twist of events just a few months later, she ended up saving his.Sharpe was on the verge of taking his life. As he sat on
0 11/17
2011
Tech. Sgt. Sarah Butcher, 627th Force Support Squadron dining facility manager, serves a Fit Plate meal at the Olympic Dining Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. “There are healthy options at every meal,” said Butcher. “But this way, it’s easier and quicker for people to identify the best options. Instead of looking around, they can just tell the staff they want to order the Fit Plate.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Leah Young) 'Fit Plate' gives Airmen healthy option
 Look out, waistlines! There's a new tool for keeping Airmen "Fit to Fight," changing the eating habits of Team McChord each day. This new tool is called the "Fit Plate", and it can be found everyday during breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Olympic Dining Facility on McChord Field. Prominently displayed near the front entrance, the Fit Plate makes
0 11/17
2011
Default Air Force Logo Veterans Day honors service, sacrifice
Until the 1960s, veterans groups used the red poppy as the symbol of Veterans Day. In Great Britain, it still is.The symbol comes from a poem, "In Flanders Fields," written by Canadian doctor John M. McCrae in 1915.The first two verses of McCrae's three-verse poem read:"In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark
0 11/09
2011
(U.S. Air Force Graphic/Steve Thompson)
Spooky dreams may be just what the doctor ordered
Ghoulish figures, demonic clowns, man-eating zombies and vampires. There was enough frightening stuff out there this Halloween that even the most fearless may have been spooked this year. So which of these nightmares are still keeping you up at night? For some individuals out there, Halloween was not their only nightmare of the year. As many as 25
0 11/04
2011
Tech. Sgt. Darrell Mathieu, 212th Rescue Squadron independent duty medical technician, checks the inventory of medical equipment on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Oct. 12. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Zachary Wolf) Medical technician aids rescue team
Jumping out of C-130s, rappelling out of helicopters, and saving lives are all in a day's work for the pararescuemen of the 212th Rescue Squadron here.The 212th RS members have 56 saves this year, and Tech. Sgt. Darrell Mathieu, the squadron's individual duty medical technician, plays a key role in that success. He does everything from logistics to
0 10/26
2011
Senior Airman Nyeisha Harrington, 451st Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron member, watches over the flightline during her stop at Tirin Kot, Afghanistan, Aug. 19, 2011. Security Forces Airmen like Harrington are in charge of protecting and providing security for thousands of deployed servicemembers and millions of dollars worth of deployed military assets and equipment. Senior Airman Harrington is deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Corey Hook)

 
FAST provides security for flights throughout Afghanistan
 In desolate areas of Afghanistan, where few roads can be found, C-130 Hercules and C-27 Spartans land on dirt runways to transport personnel and cargo to remote forward operating bases. Fly Away Security Team members provide security for those flights where they seldom have the luxury of a secured flight line."FAST really isn't much different than
0 10/11
2011
Afghan and U.S. Air Force airmen and soldiers from 1st Squadron, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, search a vehicle during an evening foot patrol within the ground defense area of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept, 3, 2011. The partnered patrol team talked to village leaders and searched for insurgent activity and threats in communities surrounding the airfield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jessica Lockoski 


Joint patrols hinder threats to Kandahar
As a golden sun falls behind a cluster of mountains north of Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, a foot patrol team of international airmen comb through surrounding villages, farm fields and terrain occupying the area's ancient dry lake bed. They make use of what little daylight is left. Working into the night, the Afghan air force security forces
0 9/29
2011
Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Paul K. Carlton Jr., right, directs responders after the Pentagon attack on Sept. 11, 2001.  Carlton kept the blue vest:  "It's a reminder that we live day-to-day." (DOD PHOTO) 9/11: Former AF surgeon recalls Pentagon post-attack response
The attackScores of people were injured, trapped. Before he made his way to the triage area where medics from all services would gather to treat and send off victims in ambulances, the senior Air Force medic waded through fire, smoke and chest-high debris looking for victims inside the Pentagon. "The clock was ticking," retired Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Paul
0 9/01
2011
The MI-171 helicopter simulator screen warps around the cockpit nose, providing a 180-degree view of simulated landscape for virtual flight operations at Taji Air Base, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2011. The new $4.8 million simulator provides invaluable training to Iraqi Army Aviation Command pilots, allowing them to experience multiple flight scenarios, including emergency conditions in a controlled, safe environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole) Real or reality?
What is real? If it's what you can see, hear and feel, then the MI-171E simulator here is real. The simulator is a training tool for the two MI-171E squadrons here and is mainly used for emergency procedures and simulated instrument meteorological-conditions flight.The process of obtaining the simulator began four years ago with a letter of request
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2011
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