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Tricia Heller speaks at the Air Force Academy's National Character and Leadership Symposium Feb. 22, 2013. Heller is the executive director of Blue Alliance, a support group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Academy alumni. The Spectrum cadet club provides support for present-day cadets who consider themselves gay, lesbian, bisexual or questioning. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan) LGBT leader supports cadets in overcoming adversity
For one U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and leader within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, the Air Force core values were a source of sustainment while she balanced her Air Force career with her sexual orientation prior to "don't ask, don't tell.""Be true to yourself and be true with yourself to others," said Tricia Heller, a
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Participants in the Afghan Trauma Mentorship Program take a tour of the Craig Joint Theater Hospital laboratory on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2013. The program invites Afghan doctors and nurses to learn about the latest medical techniques and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Dobrydney) Afghan medics train at Bagram
Even in the midst of conflict, it is important to keep an eye toward the future.To that end, the staff members at Craig Joint Theater Hospital here have trained more than 40 Afghan doctors and nurses as part of the Afghan Trauma Mentorship Program."The goal is to train Afghan health care providers to be able to operate using the latest technology
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christofer Curtis, a CV-22 flight engineer of the 8th Special Operations Squadron, and his family meet Gary Sinise after the Lt. Dan Band performed a concert for Hurlburt Airmen, family and guests on the flight line at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 9, 2013. Curtis had previously met Sinise in the hospital while Curtis recovered from injuries sustained during a deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Naomi M. Griego) Airman revisits recovery with Lt. Dan
Lt. Dan, as Forrest Gump film actor Gary Sinise is affectionately known, may not actually be a member of the military, but he treats each service member he meets with the deep-seated respect that should be given to a brother-in-arms. For Hurlburt Field's Tech. Sgt. Christofer Curtis, a CV-22 flight engineer of 8th Special Operations Squadron,
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Retired Col. Lee Ellis, a prisoner of war who spent five and a half years in the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War, spoke at the Air Force Academy's National Character and Leadership Symposium Feb. 21-22, 2013. (courtesy photo) POW recalls 'hidden treasure' in lessons learned
A prisoner of war held in the "Hanoi Hilton" for five and a half years shared his compelling story of imprisonment and success with U.S. Air  cadets Feb. 21-22 during the 2013 National Character and Leadership Symposium here.Like Sen. John McCain and others, retired Col. Lee Ellis was held captive after his plane was shot down Nov. 7, 1967.Ellis
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Airmen got a chance to show off their hard work and dedication to fitness as they participated in a bodybuilding competition at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2013. The competition was open to all servicemembers and civilians located on BAF.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Chris Willis) Bagram bodybuilders push it to the limit
Bodybuilding is not a sprint, it's a marathon.Airmen got a chance to show off their hard work and dedication to fitness as they participated in a bodybuilding competition open to all service members and civilians on Bagram Airfield.The arena was packed with spectators as the bodybuilders prepared backstage, oiling up and getting pumped to entertain
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APIAY AIR BASE, Colombia -- Tech. Sgt. Adrian Jackson, 204th Military Intelligence Battalion weather operator from Charleston, S.C., gets transported by an Army helicopter during his deployment to Apiay Air Base, Colombia. Jackson is a member of the 52nd Fighter Wing weather flight at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. He volunteered to deploy and is supporting the battalion as they work with Colombian forces to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance missions against the war on terrorism and drugs. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo/Released) Welcome to the jungle: forecaster supports counterdrug operations
He didn't know where it was to or what it was for, but when Charleston, S.C., native Tech. Sgt. Adrian Jackson heard about a short-notice tasking to deploy, he volunteered immediately.Jackson volunteered he having only been on-station two months."Because he was new to base, he was ineligible to deploy for six months, however he wanted to go, so he
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Cadet 1st Class Alexa Gingras prepares a lysogeny broth during her biochemistry lab Feb. 13, 2013. The broth is used to grow bacteria, which Gingras uses to produce fluorescent proteins for her research, which involves getting fluorescent proteins to react to illegal drugs. Gingras is a native of Tucson, Ariz. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) Cadet's research aims to bust spice users
A senior cadet's summer research, which earned her recognition from Air Force Chief Scientist Dr. Mark Maybury at an awards ceremony Feb. 1, will help catch users of spice and similar products several weeks after they've ingested the substance.Cadet 1st Class Alexa Gingras, working with two doctors at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at Joint
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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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