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Staff Sgt. Craig Ritter and 1st Lt. Joshua Loomis, 755th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Reaper team trackers, move into position to place ground sensors for an enemy movement and detection training scenario at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 14, 2013. The team uses a series of search techniques from simple eyes-on to ground sensors to track insurgent activity and provide site exploitation after an attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis) Tracker Airmen protect Bagram
A group of Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron is combining the old school skills of tracking with modern technology to bring a new capability to the fight."It stemmed from a lot of research in preparation for our deployment," Staff Sgt. Benjamin DeSantiago said, a 455th ESFS Reaper team tracker. "We thought instead of just
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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Shaine West, 97th Maintenance Directorate sheet metal mechanic, removes a screw from the finger seal of the number three engine on a KC-135 Stratotanker, Feb. 12, in an aircraft hangar. West completed the Grow Your Own Mechanic program and is now working full-time for the 97th MX. The GYOM program is an aircraft maintenance technician internship program. It was developed in 1999 under the Student Education Employment Plan in cooperation with the Southwest Technology Center’s Aviation and Aerospace program, providing aerospace jobs to the local area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kenneth W. Norman / Released) Altus AFB, local community partner to 'grow' mechanics
 Altus, Okla., is known for its agricultural community and an Air Force base. Together, they are not only growing crops, they are "growing" mechanics through the Grow Your Own Mechanic program.The GYOM program is an aircraft maintenance technician internship program. It was developed in 1999 under the Student Education Employment Plan in
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Tech. Sgt. Don McKenzie and Staff Sgt. Robert Walker, 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, wire analysis, set up the automatic wire test set, on the MC-130 Jan. 22, 2013.  The wire anlaysis shop is AFSOC's test bed for the automatic wire test set. This program provides special operations maintainers the ability to pinpoint maintenance issues in siginificantly less time.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer) Maintenance Airmen cut time with technology
A group of Airmen here are part of a unique shop created to help identify maintenence issues in MC-130 aircraft faster.The 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron wire analysis shop is a test bed for automatic wire test sets. Air Force Special Operations Command officials initiated the AWTS program about four years ago in order to provide
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bambi White, 451st Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, provides security of a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules Dec. 5, 2012, at a forward operating base in Afghanistan. When an aircraft lands at locations with little to no security on the landing strip, fly-away security teams come along to provide additional protection for the aircraft and crew. White's hometown is Pontoon Beach, Ill. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) FAST members provide much needed security at remote airfields
An aircraft commander has plenty to worry about while flying in potentially hostile environments: What are the landing conditions like? Is there security at the landing site? Are my crew and the aircraft safe? Do I have enough fuel? Do I have any mechanical issues? Thanks to U.S. Air Forces Central Command fly-away security teams, or FAST, at least
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2013
Staff Sgt. Sara Bolin, 920th Rescue Wing, aircrew equipment flight technician, adjusts a life preserver unit on Air Force Junior ROTC cadet Coleton Wells prior to his flight on a HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter.  Wells spent the day touring the 920th RQW and learning the ins and outs of rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Peter Dean) Cadet, cancer patient realizes dream of flying
In between chemotherapy treatments, a 16-year-old Air Force Junior ROTC student joined the Air Force Reserve Command's 920th Rescue Wing for the thrill of flight. "Absolutely amazing, best thing I've done in a long time," Coleton Wells said as he disembarked from one of the 920th RQW's HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.Zachary Kalish, Wells' best
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Sidney DeLibero, daughter of a 446th Airlift Wing Reservist, practices her kick at a taekwondo school in Edgewood, Wash., Oct. 17. DiLibero became the world's youngest taekwondo black belt at 6 years old Sept. 20, according to the World Taekwondo Headquarters in South Korea. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Rachael Garneau) Reservist's daughter is youngest blackbelt
The tenets of taekwondo are pretty similar to the Air Force's core values: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit. One McChord Field reservist's daughter followed all of those tenets to become the world's youngest taekwondo black belt, and it all started because of a deployment.Staff Sgt. Scott DeLibero is a
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Dawn Fiore, the wife a Reserve pilot assigned to the 326th Airlift Squadron, Dover Air Base, Del., strikes a fighting stance Nov. 16, 2012, at the base fitness center. Fiore discreetly battled multiple sclerosis for eight years until an online feature interview in 2012, when she went public about wrangling her medical illness with fitness and martial arts. After being diagnosed with MS, Fiore went on to earn a first degree black belt in Taekwondo and practices other martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Haidong Gumdo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik) Reservist's wife battles MS with mixed martial arts
Dawn Fiore has been studying martial arts for 17 years, but it was only last year she went public about her toughest opponent -- multiple sclerosis. The wife of Maj. Christian Fiore, a Reserve C-17 Globemaster III pilot assigned to the 326th Airlift Squadron here, was diagnosed with MS in 2005 and can still remember what she was doing when she felt
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Cadet 3rd Class Kerri Schmidt (foreground) and her twin sister, Cadet 3rd Class Kiersten Schmidt (background), speak with Academy Spirit reporter Amber Baillie (not pictured) during an interview at the Air Force Academy Jan. 15, 2013. The Schmidts are daughters of Kevin Schmidt, who graduated from the Academy in 1979 with his twin, Kerry Schmidt. (U.S. Air Force photo/Carol Lawrence) Twin legacy: 2nd-generation twins gain independence while attending Academy
Cadet 3rd Class Kerri Schmidt will never forget the moment she reunited with her twin sister after the two were separated for two weeks during Basic Cadet Training.During intense training and drills here, for the first time in their lives, the girls couldn't see or communicate with each other. As soon as Kerri spotted her sister, Kiersten, at the
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Cole VanOhlen (top) grapples with a wrestler from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy during the All-Academy Championship Feb. 5, 2012. VanOhlen is one of the country's top wrestlers, with a 21-2 record and 12 falls -- an Air Force school record -- in the 2012-2013 season so far. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) VanOhlen takes Air Force wrestling to higher level
Ask Air Force wrestling head coach Joel Sharratt what's helped the team compete at a higher level, and he'll give you one answer: the leadership and competitive spirit of senior wrestler Cole VonOhlen.VonOhlen, a native of Jackson, Minn., is easily among the best wrestlers in the NCAA, with a 21-2 record in the 149-pound class and 12 falls -- an
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A Special Operations Weather Team from the 10th Combat Weather Squadron, dons parachutes before boarding a 9th Special Operations Squadron MC-130P for Operation Nimble Response, Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 11, 2011. Operation Nimble Response is an exercise to hone humanitarian and disaster relief efforts. Close to 50 personnel from Head Quarters Air Force Special Operations Command, 1st Special Operations Wing, and 280th Combat Communications Squadron, in coordination with USAID, worked together to improve disaster response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter/Released) 24 SOW strengthens force through resiliency programs
Special Tactics Airmen have held the forefront of combat operations for more than a decade, undertaking the most dangerous missions. These mission-ready operators are the first ones there. They cannot be mass produced and are in great demand.The U.S. Special Operations Command's Preservation of the Force and Families initiative supports the special
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