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The gift of a kidney bolsters bond between classmates Organ donation bolsters bond between classmates
Col. Dave Ashley’s schedule since May 2017 included climbing a mountain, completing a 40-mile trail run, competing in a multiday athletic event that included bicycling and kayaking and achieving a perfect score on his military physical fitness test, his seventh in a row. Ashley accomplished all of these feats after donating a kidney. What began as an impulse to help a desperately ill former classmate has turned into a campaign to make sure other service members know the Military Health System supports those who want to become living organ donors.
0 11/07
2017
Default Air Force Logo Wright eyes indefinite enlistment, awards program changes for enlisted force
The Air Force’s top enlisted Airman provided updates on the status of issues affecting the enlisted force Oct. 27, 2017, at the 2017 Airlift/Tanker Association Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
0 10/30
2017
Iceman born abroad: Tech. Sgt. Ivan Alandzak Iceman born abroad
(This feature is part of the "Through Airmen's Eyes" series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) Driving in the dead of night, 5-year-old Ivan Alandzak remembers seeing soldiers laying in ditches, random check points and tanks everywhere.
0 8/17
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
Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Knelange, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron EOD training NCO, stands in his bomb suit at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., July 10, 2017. Knelange has learned to balance the demands of being an EOD professional while being a key component to the success of the Luke Thunderbolts Hockey team which is a vital part of his comprehensive fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jensen Stidham) EOD Airman finds balance on the ice
A jolt of energy rushed through his veins. “Hold still, don’t move,” he screamed. A land mine had been dusted off by the impact of his team leader’s right boot. Instantly, training kicked in; Knelange and his team started the procedure to safely get their fellow Airman away from the land mine and back into the vehicle.
0 8/01
2017
Airmen stop woman from jumping off bridge Airmen stop woman from jumping off bridge
What started as an ordinary day for three Airmen from Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, soon turned into anything but ordinary.Their quick reaction and application of the Air Force’s wingman concept saved a life May 10, 2017.
0 5/24
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: May 19
On this look around the Air Force, the F-35 Lightning II pilot minimum weight restriction has been lifted and May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
0 5/19
2017
Default Air Force Logo Medal of Honor recipient passes away at 85
Col. Leo K. Thorsness, Medal of Honor recipient, passed away May 2, 2017, in St. Augustine, Florida, at the age of 85, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
0 5/03
2017
2nd Lt. Ryan Novack, 36th Munitions Squadron flight leader, prepares to run March 1, 2017 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Novak was a victim of a serious spinal injury from dirt bike racing, resulting in him being paralyzed below the knee on both legs. After attending months of therapy, Novack has returned back to work and is currently conditioning for the Department of Defense Warrior Games this summer in Chicago, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado/Released) The road to recovery; Airman defines true meaning of resilience
“I can’t feel my legs, I can’t feel anything.” These were the words spoken by an Airman who would soon experience and overcome a road filled with pain, courage and resilience. Second Lt. Ryan Novack, the 36th Munitions Squadron flight leader, always wanted to race dirt bikes. After learning about a track here in Guam, it was only a matter of time before he hopped on a bike and pursued his hobby.
0 4/20
2017
Laura Perry, a 60-year-old transgender civilian Airman who works as a social worker, retrieves a file inside the mental health clinic on Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 22, 2016. Perry decided to become a woman after serving 20 years in the Air Force, and now volunteers for a transgender advocacy group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sean Kimmons) A new woman: Transgender civilian Airman embraces change
When Laura Perry first entered her office dressed as a woman, it was a colossal step in her yearslong quest for self-identity. It was time to show the world her true self. Before that April 2012 decision, Laura was Leonard, a retired Air Force major with a wife and two daughters. But something was always missing from her life.
38 3/08
2016
Default Air Force Logo Suicide Prevention Month: How one person can make a difference
Thoughts of suicide are not necessarily something people explicitly announce to the world, which means loved ones often have no idea that their friend or family member is contemplating it. But there are signs and risk factors, and while somebody might think they can’t make a difference by themselves, that’s wrong. Experts say that’s sometimes all it takes.
3 9/10
2015
Airmen from the 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, stand behind Airman 1st Class Saul Vasquez (center) May 14, 2015. On April 2, 2015, Vasquez tore his radial artery inside the belly of an F-15E Strike Eagle. Without the quick response and self-aid and buddy care training of his fellow Airmen, he may not be alive today. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Connor J. Marth) Blood brothers
Airman 1st Class Saul Vasquez, from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, tore his radial artery during a misstep while performing maintenance on an F-15E Strike Eagle April 2, 2015. Thanks to the quick response of his co-workers providing self-aid and buddy care, they were able to keep Vasquez alive and get him the help he needed.
0 7/20
2015
Derek Hamby, the 50th Space Wing Manpower and Organization chief, goes for a lunchtime bicycle ride at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., May 28, 2015. Six months after sustaining life-threatening injuries from a serious bicycling accident, Hamby is preparing for a 100-mile mountain bike race. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Debbie Lockhart) Surviving 'face-breaking' speed
For some it's about competition, for others it's an adrenaline rush, but for Derek Hamby, bicycling is about passion. Hamby, an avid bicyclist and manpower and organization chief at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, has been riding for close to 20 years. He takes trips with friends each year, just to enjoy some time riding. Last year's trip to Anniston, Alabama, would forge memories some wouldn't want to remember.
0 6/04
2015
A military training instructor gives instruction to a trainee and his wingman during a formation at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen) Wingman now a part of BMT culture
Glamorized during the ‘80s movie ‘Top Gun,’ the concept of a wingman was to always keep the lead pilot safe, even at the cost of veering off to fight the enemy. For the past few years, “wingman” has become a pledge, promise and commitment between Airmen to take care of themselves and those around them. Today, at the Air Force’s only basic military training unit at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas, the term is taking on an even different meaning. A Wingman leads by example and takes action when needed, and the term is also used here as a way to take a stand against sexual assault.
1 10/30
2014
While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone's 24/7, 365-day responsibility to be a true Wingman. Suicide prevention more than a month-long campaign
All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone's 24/7, 365-day responsibility to be a true Wingman.
0 9/02
2014
Dave Rolek  cross examines a simulated defendant charged with sexual assault during the first ever ‘mock trial’ held June 9, 2014, inside the Offutt Air Force Base Courtroom, Neb. All Airmen attending the week-long First Term Airmen’s Center orientation course will participate in a mock trial as part of their training. The 55th Wing Legal Office created the program with the goal of preventing sexual assault through education and awareness. Rolek is a 55th Wing assistant staff judge advocate. (U. S. Air Force photo/Delanie Stafford) Airmen get inside look at military judicial system
Students attending orientation training through the Offutt Air Force Base First Term Airmen's Center now actively participate in mock court-martials to raise awareness about sexual assault in the military.
0 7/30
2014
Staff Sgt. Bruce Weir trains Kuli on bite scenarios at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., Nov. 14, 2013. Upon arrival in August, Kuli, the squadron’s newest narcotics dog, immediately began advanced training in preparation for patrols. Weir is a 4th Security Forces Squadron military working dog (MWD) handler Wingman also Airman's best friend
As a security forces Airman's wing man, his working dog, Kuli, has also become his best friend.
0 12/18
2013
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