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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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The mission of the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight is to reduce or eliminate conventional ordnance, improvised explosive devices, and chemical, biological and nuclear threats to personnel and property. It is a crucial mission with room for more. Currently, the EOD team has positions available for four dedicated Reservists. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Madelyn McCullough) Focus under fire: EOD keeps troops safe
In the mountains of Afghanistan, embedded with Soldiers, an Airman works to remove an improvised explosive device from the side of the road. While trying to concentrate, his group comes under fire, forcing him to fire back as he continues his task. Somehow, despite the pressure he is under, he is able to think clearly enough to remove the explosive
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2013
An E-3 Sentry moves to within 50 feet of a KC-135 from the 507 ARW recently as the two planes prepare for an aerial refueling over the cloudy skies of St. Louis.  Highly-skilled dance performed at 25,000 feet
When most people think about skillful dancing, the thought of a couple moving gracefully across a dance floor comes to mind. If you are part of the KC-135 Stratotanker refueling crew, you're probably picturing two planes less than 50 feet apart bouncing around at 25,000 feet while trying to connect a refueling boom into what appears to be a golf
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U.S. Air Forces Central Band "Total Force" gathers their gear Dec. 18, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. This was the first stop on the band's tour throughout Afghanistan, playing for U.S. and coalition service members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder) Total Force: Behind the music
(Editor's Note: This is the second article in a series about the U.S. Air Forces Central Band, the only assigned Air Force Band to the Central Command Area of Responsibility. Based in Southwest Asia, the current band "Total Force" is comprised of deployed Airmen from the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve.)At the sound of the first few notes on the
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