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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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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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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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