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Col. John Boudreaux suffered a critical sudden cardiac arrest in 2016. He was dead for several minutes. Less than six percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive the trip to the hospital: His doctors gave him less than one percent. Today, as a group commander at Cannon Air Force Base, N. M., he bears the scars that remind him for every one of him, there are 99 others buried in the ground. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer) A commander’s story of survival
The sound of tire treads rolling over a smooth driveway was the only sound that could be heard on the street Col. John Boudreaux lived when he and his wife, Susi, pulled up to it. Susi shoved the gear shift to “Park.” She couldn’t do it fast enough, and sat back in the seat for a moment. She collected her thoughts as she closed her eyes and let her head fall back into the headrest. Her mind raced faster than her car could.
0 11/22
2017
Staff Sgt. Amanda Cubbage, a 355th Security Forces Squadron member, reunites with her recently retired military working dog, Rick, in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 8, 2017. Cubbage worked with Rick while she served as a MWD handler at Osan Air Base, South Korea. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer) Defender reunites with MWD
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) After nearly a year apart, it was an emotional moment when Staff Sgt. Amanda Cubbage, a 355th Security Forces Squadron member and prior military working dog handler, was reunited with her MWD, Rick, Aug. 8, 2017.
0 8/11
2017
Senior Airman Yia Thao, was born in Thailand in the American refugee camp of Bamvinah. Thao was recently selected for the Airman Scholarship Commissioning Program, which offers active-duty enlisted personnel who can complete all bachelor degree and commissioning requirements in 2 to 4 years, the opportunity to earn a commission as an Air Force ROTC cadet. Currently, Thao is a 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate paralegal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jessica Condit) From refugee camp to the Air Force
Senior Airman Yia Thao, a 19th Airlift Wing Judge Advocate paralegal, was raised to know that hard work reaps great rewards. The work ethic and dedication that builds a better future runs deep in his family and continues through Thao and his siblings today.
1 3/13
2015
Senior Airman Andrew Beer secures the landing area around a C-130 Hercules Nov. 2, 2013, at a deployed location while serving as a Fly-Away Security Team member in Southwest Asia. Beer is a 50th Security Forces Squadron member. (Courtesy photo) Providing a FAST deployment role
Air Force FAST teams play a crucial role in protecting aircrews and airplanes in hostile areas. They fly on specific missions to various deployed locations to ensure the safety and security of aircraft and crew members.
0 11/13
2014
Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell and his wife, Tami, share a moment before he enters surgery Oct. 17, 2014, at the Baptist Health Medical Center, Little Rock, Ark. Caswell injured his leg while playing rugby, and has suffered multiple complications, which led up to him choosing amputation of his leg. Caswell is a 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Scott Poe) Losing the 16 pound burden, Airman makes difficult decision for his family
At age 28, Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell was an athlete who was well on his way to becoming an Air Force rugby player. While stationed in England, whenever Caswell wasn’t on the flightline working, he was out on the field playing his sport. From there, his dream was to take the next step of joining the USA rugby team. During his third season in the game, however, his dream came to a bone-shattering halt.
1 11/04
2014
Capt. Stephen Grace stands by his locker in the 79th FS locker room  Oct. 3, 2014, at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Grace, an Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., graduate, attributes his ongoing success in the Air Force to his competitiveness developed from his swimming career. Grace is a 79th Fighter Squadron fighter pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jonathan Bass) Swimming to soaring: Airman excels in water, air
Capt. Stephen Grace, a 79th Fighter Squadron fighter pilot, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and since grade school he wanted to be an Air Force pilot.
1 10/30
2014
Second Lt. Holley Macpherson poses outside the 90th Operations Group Oct. 20, 2014 at F.W. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo. Recently, Macpherson pulled her first alert in a launch control center in the F.E. Warren AFB Missile Complex, where she and a crew commander monitored the ICBM mission in their flight area.320th Missile Squadron deputy missile combat crew commander. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jason Wiese) Missileer gears up, pulls first alert
Early October, 2nd Lt. Holley Macpherson, a 320th Missile Squadron deputy missile combat crew commander, took a major step in her career. She manned a launch control center (LCC) for the first time.
1 10/29
2014
Master Sgt. Phelipe Salinas speaks to his athletes during the 2014 Warrior Games at the Garry Berry Stadium Oct. 2, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Salinas is the first sergeant for the Air Force team and has filled this position for the past two years. The Warrior Games consists of athletes from throughout the Defense Department, who compete in Paralympic-style events. The goal of the games is to help highlight the limitless potential of warriors through competitive sports. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Charles Larkin Sr.) First sergeant provides health, welfare for warriors
General health, esprit de corps, discipline, mentoring, well-being, career progression, professional development and recognition of all assigned Airmen and their families is all a part of the mission of an Air Force first sergeant -- taking care of people.
0 10/07
2014
Retired Maj. Jen Kyseth trains on her recumbent bike while her dog, Mack, waits by her side Sept. 15, 2014, in Sumter, S.C. Every time Kyseth trains on her bike, Mack is there with her to show support which boosts her motivation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Diana M. Cossaboom) Wounded warrior works through pain, competes for the win
Wounded warriors bear scars that formed them into the combatants they are.
0 10/01
2014
Lt. Col. Melanie Friedman gets ready to jam her opponent during a roller derby bout August 9, 2014 in Montgomery, Ala. The jammers job is to score points by lapping around or through the blockers. The blockers must stop the opposing team’s jammer from lapping, and help their own team’s jammer score points. Friedman is the deputy director of intelligence at the Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard) A resilient rebel on eight wheels
At nearly twice their ages and half their sizes, Lt. Col. Melanie Friedman stands out among those wearing the same uniform. The deputy director of intelligence at the Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, known to her teammates and competitors as "BustHer Bunny," joins the rest of the Capitol City Rollin' Rebels team in a huddle to go over their strategy against the Mobile Derby Darlings roller derby squad.
6 9/02
2014
Maj. Liliana Henriquez and Master Sgt. Liesbeth Bowen are sisters who were born in Venezuela and later joined the Air Force. The sisters used programs such as Military Tuition Assistance and Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarships to pursue their education. Henriquez is a Oceana Dam Neck Annex Joint Targeting School joint staff J7 instructor and Bowen is the 633rd Wing Staff Agency first sergeant. The image background has been altered to increase emphasis on the photo subject. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Airman 1st Class Devin Scott Michaels) Tale of two sisters: How education helped shape two Airmen's careers
For most people, getting a degree while working full time is very stressful. Two sibling service members who have faced such challenges head-on, have guided one another and found solace in each other's company during their lifelong scholastic pursuit.
1 8/06
2014
Staff Sgt. Phillip Burns II decorates cupcakes during Cupcake Wars 3 July 23, 2013, on Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Burns and his teammate Senior Airman Vincent MiGliorino, were the first males to compete in the competition. Burns is a 23d Civil Engineer Squadron fire inspector. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jarrod Grammel) AF firefighter feeds burning passion for food
He can bust down a burning door and save lives from a flaming inferno and if the kitchen survives, he might whip up some elegant blackened salmon too.
0 7/23
2014
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