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Airman 1st Class Logan Smith, a C-17 loadmaster, was on a Bravo alert schedule in September at Dover Air Force Base, 
when he received a call to support what would be his first  humanitarian mission in his career. Smith is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Graphic by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade) Mobility Airman recalls first humanitarian mission
Airman 1st Class Logan Smith, a C-17 loadmaster, was on an alert schedule in September 2017 at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, meaning he had a bag packed for the week and was ready at a moment’s notice.
0 12/26
2017
The children of St. Michael, Alaska, visit with volunteers and Alaska National Guard members during Operation Santa Claus Dec. 5, 2017. Operation Santa Claus is an Alaska National Guard annual community outreach program that provides Christmas gifts, books, back packs filled with school supplies, fresh fruit and sundaes to youngsters in rural communities. Alaska National Guard brings Christmas gifts to local kids
The Alaska National Guard has a tradition of serving communities throughout Alaska during the holiday season, delivering Christmas gifts and a variety of delights to the children. In its 61st year, some things have changed over time, but the joyfulness and excitement never does. The island-town of St. Michael was selected for a visit Dec. 5, 2017, welcomed by the community, whose population of about 400 is largely Yup'ik Eskimo. They expressed gratitude and enthusiasm to their out-of-town guests who showed up to spread holiday cheer.
0 12/13
2017
Staff Sergeant April Cooper, an aeromedical evacuation technician at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, had just returned from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, after providing support for Hurricane Harvey. Knowing Hurricane Maria was about to make landfall, she left her bags right by her front door.  She was still on Bravo alert and knew when Maria hit, AE support would be needed quickly.
This second mission would last three weeks at MacDill AFB, Florida, compared to her five day mission at Little Rock. Her time in Arkansas would help prepare her for the mission of multiple flights to St. Croix in the near future. Aeromedical technician treats St. Croix patients, experiences first humanitarian mission
Staff Sgt. April Cooper, an aeromedical evacuation technician at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, had just returned from Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, after providing support for Hurricane Harvey. Knowing Hurricane Maria was about to make landfall, she left her bags right by her front door. She was still on bravo alert and knew when Maria hit, AE support would be needed quickly. This second mission lasted three weeks at MacDill AFB, Florida, compared to her five day mission at Little Rock AFB. Her time in Arkansas helped prepare her for the mission of multiple flights to St. Croix.
0 12/06
2017
Senior Airman Martin Baglien, 349th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, smiles as he tells how lucky he feels that his family survived the California wildfire in Santa Rosa, Calif., on Oct. 31, 2017. Behind Baglien lies what remains of his family’s neighborhood after the fire ravaged it. Airman’s selfless actions aid California wildfire victims
Hurricane-like winds roared across the state of California, creating a catalyst that ignited wildfires Oct. 8, 2017. The fires tore through northern California, scorching more than 160,000 acres and leaving more than 15,000 people homeless.
0 11/08
2017
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