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Basic Cadet Omar Obeidat helps Basic Cadet Mohammed Gallala perform wudu in preparation for evening prayer in Jacks Valley July 22, 2012. Wudu is a Muslim form of ritual purification that consists of washing one's hands, feet, mouth and face before praying or touching the Qur'an. Obeidat is a native of Jordan, and Gallala is a native of Tunisia. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) 'Traveling' basic cadets observe modified Ramadan
Sunset prayers for a dozen Muslim basic cadets on July 20 began just as they might any other evening: the basic cadets took off their boots and rinsed their faces, hands and feet with water from their canteens. They settled into place in the tent that serves as the Muslim chapel in Jacks Valley: lined up behind Imam Mohamed Jodeh, facing
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SAN ANTONIO -- 1st Lt. Andrew Caulk, of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency and 1st Lt. Jennifer Caulk from the 453 Electronic Warfare Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, talk strategy on the bench July 20 at the Ice and Golf Center at Northwoods here, during their game in the Adult Recreational Hockey League. Hockey is one of many sports the duo plays for fitness, fun and quality time together. (U. S. Air Force photo by William Belcher)     Angry Unicorns: couple finds "ice is nice"
It's Friday night and a husband and wife are on a date -- of sorts.While other couples are taking in a movie, enjoying a restaurant meal or socializing with friends, 1st Lt. Andrew Caulk and 1st Lt. Jennifer Caulk are chasing a three-inch by one-inch piece of vulcanized rubber with graphite sticks on a 200-foot by 85-foot slippery surface.They're
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2012
U.S. Air Force 2nd LT Noel Carroll, Flight Nurse, 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Sq., has a morning routine of working out at a fitness center named after her brother, USAF SSgt Timothy Davis, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 31, 2012. The fitness center, called "The Rock", displays a memorial for her brother, who in 2009 was killed in action after an improvised explosive device (IED) struck his convoy. Davis was a Combat Controller.  

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster/Not Released) 'Always our protector': Working out memories of a fallen Airman
What does the word "gym" mean to you? Does it mean the blood, sweat and tears of weight training and cardio to get in tip-top shape? Does it symbolize a place where your buddies meet to blow off steam? To 1st Lt. Noel Carroll, it is a place where she feels at home. It is a place where she goes to feel her brother's presence and know that a gym to
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2012
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Larry Harris, a Military Working Dog handler, rewards his dog, Aaron, for finding simulated explosives buried along a road at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on July 9, 2012 during a training exercise while U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Parker looks on. The handlers and their dogs rotate through Kandahar Airfield for validation prior to moving out to Forward Operating Bases around the country where they will lead combat foot patrols and sniff out IEDs and other explosives. (U.S. Air Force photo/TSgt. Stephen Hudson) Military Working Dogs train at Kandahar Airfield
His nose is working overtime. Seeking and scanning the dirt for the unseen. Aaron, a military working dog, and his handler, Staff Sgt. Larry Harris, work their pattern back and forth, while Harris gives Aaron's long leash slack letting it drag it the ground. Harris gives his commands of "seek" followed by words of praise. The teams have already
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2012
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Joseph Keenan, 380th Expeditionary Medical Group flight doctor, checks a patient's throat June 26, 2012. Keenan is a flight doctor assigned to the 131st Fighter Squadron in his home town of Westfield, Mass. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Amanda Savannah) Doc begins 'service before self' at 61
Walking into the office of Lt. Col. (Dr.) Joseph Keenan, one could possibly imagine him in private practice in his home town -- the warm, caring doctor the community has known for many years.But his Air Force "community" has only known him for two years.Keenan, who has been an ear, nose and throat doctor for more than 30 years, will celebrate his
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2012
Staff Sgt. Corey Revels, an avionics technician assigned to the 451st Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and his father, Senior Master Sgt. James Revels, Jr., superintendent for the 451st Expeditionary Maintenance squadron, pose for a photo in front of an F-16 Fighting Falcon May 31, 2012. Personnel are deployed from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Swamp Fox F-16?s, pilots, and support personnel began their Air Expeditionary Force deployment early April to take over flying missions for the air tasking order and provide close air support for troops on the ground in Afghanistan.
(U.S. Air Force photo/TSgt. Caycee Cook)
It's a family tradition
Fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins, even husbands and wives. McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina has a long history of loved ones serving side by side.Most "Swamp Fox" deployments result in family members with their boots on the same ground, from Desert Storm in 1990 to Operation
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2012
Senior Airman Robert Taylor (front), 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron Passenger Services representative and Tech. Sgt Nicholas Hotham (back), 455th Expeditionary Passenger Services Line supervisor, maneuver a cargo pallet aboard U.S. Air C-17 Globemaster III at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, June 7, 2012. Airmen with 455 EAPS serve up to 2,500 passengers daily. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Raymond Geoffroy) Aerial Porters: Big 'Dawgs' in the yard
Equipment, personnel, or life-saving supplies; if you need it, they will move it. The port dawgs of the 455th Expeditionary Aerial Port Squadron coordinates the bi-directional movement of assets between the U.S. to Bagram and Bagram to the forward operating bases. Bagram is one of the busiest taxiways in the world. The aerial port squadron supports
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2012
U.S. Air Force Airman Jodi Lange, 20th Medical Support Squadron, poses for an illustration photo depicting an abused woman silenced by her abuser as a result of sexual assault, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. March 25, 2012. Studies show that men, women and children of all ages, races, religions, and economic classes can be and have been victims of sexual assault. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Ashley L. Gardner/ Released) Through my eyes: Surviving sexual assault
(Editor's note: "This story is a personal, victim-submitted account of an actual sexual assault and its aftermath. The names and identities of the individuals involved have been omitted or altered to maintain confidentiality.")"That night, my whole world turned upside down," said Airman Samantha Smith, a sexual assault survivor in the U.S. Air
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2012
Default Air Force Logo Promotion is in your hands
It is up to the individual to get promoted advised enlisted members here.The enlisted promotion system is based on several weighted factors, most of which are within the member's control, Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Noxon, the Air Force Personnel Center enlisted promotions and testing superintendent, said. Those factors include: time-in-service,
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2012
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz speaks at a unique promotion ceremony for Majs. Christian and Lori Hodge at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., June 4, 2012.  Christian attended the ceremony in person while his wife Lori, who is deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, participated via video teleconference.  The two were promoted from captain to the rank of major during the ceremony.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Andy Morataya) Video teleconference connection connects couple for unique promotion ceremony
From the most senior officer to the newest enlisted Airman, promotion is a milestone best celebrated standing alongside family and friends. Thanks to modern technology and a little ingenuity, a joint military couple serving thousands of miles away from one another was able to share in each other's special day during a double-promotion ceremony here
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