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Members of the Air Force Band perform during the 2018 Heritage to Horizons summer concert in Arlington, Va., June 8, 2018.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark) Col. George Day advanced to the rank of brigadier general
Medal of Honor recipient Col. George “Bud” Day was posthumously advanced to the rank of brigadier general during a Heritage to Horizons summer concert series at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, June 8, 2018.
0 6/11
2018
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson presents the American flag to the next of kin during the full honors funeral ceremony for retired Col. Leo Thorsness at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Feb. 14, 2018. Thorsness received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank) Medal of Honor recipient, former POW laid to rest
As a Medal of Honor recipient and former Prisoner of War, retired Col. Leo Thorsness’s life mantra after returning home from the Vietnam War was “Faith, Family, Friends and Fun.” With the support of Air Force senior leaders, his wife, Gaylee, and daughter, Dawn, kept those words close as they said their final goodbye to Thorsness during his interment at Arlington National Cemetery Feb. 14, 2018.
0 2/14
2018
Vietnamese personnel screen soil as they work alongside Defense POW/MIA Accountability Agency members in hopes of recovering parts from a fallen aircraft or service member in Phuoc Son providence, Vietnam, May 27, 2017. The local nationals the service members increase the amount of work that is completed throughout the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka) Search for our fallen continues
Drenched in sweat from the hot, humid Vietnam weather, our shovels breached the earth’s surface excavating the ground and placing it into buckets to be screened as we searched for one of our own.
0 8/02
2017
A formation of T-34 Mentors perform a missing man flyover during the Freedom Flyer Reunion wreath laying ceremony March 31, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The event honors all prisoners of war and missing in action service members from the Vietnam War and included a wreath-laying ceremony and a missing man formation flyover.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell) Annual reunion honors sacrifice of POW, MIA service members
Members of the 560th Flying Training Squadron hosted the 44th annual Freedom Flyer Reunion and 20th annual POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) Symposium March 30-31, 2017, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.
0 4/03
2017
Capt. (Dr.) Thanh Thao Le, 66th Medical Squadron physician, poses with her father, Minh Le, following her commissioning ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, in July 2011. Le, who will pin on major in July, treats a wide-spectrum of patients at the Hanscom clinic. (Courtesy photo) Physician serves to honor past, present
Capt. (Dr.) Thanh Thao Le, a 66th Medical Squadron physician, learned from her father the importance of honoring those who serve in the military. Her father, Minh Le, was a 1st lieutenant in South Vietnam’s Political Warfare Branch in the 1970s during the Vietnam War.
0 3/30
2017
On Sept. 17, 2016, Maj. Dean Klenda’s remains will finally be laid to rest, 51 years to the day from when his aircraft was shot down in North Vietnam, thanks in part to the team of the Missing Persons Branch at the Air Force Personnel Center. The branch serves as the liaison between government agencies and Air Force POW/MIA family members. (Courtesy photo) Missing pilot’s remains bring sister closure after 51 years
Maj. Dean Klenda, an F-105 Thunderchief pilot, went to Vietnam in 1965. He never returned. His sister, Deanna, has been searching for answers ever since. Last year, she got them, and his remains are finally home.
0 9/19
2016
Lt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris, the Air Force assistant vice chief of staff, salutes retired Lt. Col. Robert A. Davis, a former C-7A Caribou command pilot, during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2016. Davis served during the Vietnam War, and earned two Distinguished Flying Cross medals and a Bronze Star. (U.S. Air Force photo/Andy Morataya) Caribou Vietnam vets honored at Pentagon
The assistant vice chief of staff of the Air Force unveiled a scale model C-7A Caribou during a ceremony acknowledging the service of Vietnam War Caribou crewmembers and support personnel at the Pentagon Sept. 9.
0 9/09
2016
Air Force Undersecretary Lisa S. Disbrow gives remarks as Gen. Stephen W. Wilson is welcomed as the service's new vice chief of staff at a reception Aug. 26, 2016, at the Fort Myer Officer's Club, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts) Air Force officials welcome new vice chief of staff, honor Vietnam War vets
Air Force Undersecretary Lisa S. Disbrow and Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein welcomed Gen. Stephen W. Wilson as the service’s new vice chief of staff at a reception Aug. 26 at the Fort Myer Officers’ Club in Virginia.
0 8/27
2016
A book written by Air Force Reserve Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti, a longtime military public affairs professional, is included in the 2016 Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List. At All Costs is a biography of the late Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor in 2010, 42 years after his death during a battle at a secret U.S. radar camp in Laos.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Brenda Davis) Reservist's book makes CSAF reading list
The service’s top general has selected a biography written by an Air Force reservist for inclusion on this year’s Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List. “At All Costs” by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti tells the life and death story of Medal of Honor recipient Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. “Dick” Etchberger. It’s Proietti’s first book and has a narrative fit for Hollywood.
0 5/18
2016
Default Air Force Logo BLUE: Out of Vietnam
Air Force TV has released the latest episode of the Air Force's flagship television program, BLUE.
0 5/06
2016
Lt. Col. Joel Deboer (right), 560th Flying Training Squadron commander and Paul Granger (middle), present "Freedom Flight" patches to Thomas Klomann at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, March 3, 2016. Granger and Klomann were shot down in the same B-52 Stratofortress while on a combat mission near Hanoi in North Vietnam on December 20, 1972, in support of Operation Linebacker II. Newest 'Freedom Flyer' takes final flight for his B-52 crew
The events on Dec. 20, 1972, were clearly on the mind of former Air Force pilot Paul Granger as he exited a T-38C Talon following a special hourlong flight March 3 that began and ended on the east flightline at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.
0 3/09
2016
Default Air Force Logo Col. Richard Toliver: Pioneering combat pilot
Retired Col. Richard Toliver graduated from Tuskegee Institute University in January 1963 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.
0 2/01
2016
Tech. Sgt. Robin Bailon, right, of the 60th Operations Support Squadron, and a Vietnamese local screen dirt for evidence in hopes of finding life-support equipment and remains from a Vietnam War-era crash. (Courtesy photo) Airman helps search for Vietnam War remains
When Tech. Sgt. Robin Bailon enlisted in Air Force in 2000, she didn't expect her career to place her in Vietnam, serving as a life science investigator. But Bailon, an aircrew flight equipment specialist by trade, had the opportunity to venture far outside the scope of her traditional duties, recently returning from a trip working for the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency in Vietnam.
0 1/25
2016
Default Air Force Logo Yesterday’s Air Force: HH-3E
Getting stranded behind enemy lines is a concern during every combat mission and one aircraft set the standard for combat search and rescue during the Vietnam War -- the Sikorsky HH-3E.
1 10/22
2015
Retired Maj. Spike Nasmyth, speaks with Airmen during a lunch July 8, 2015, at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England. Nasmyth spoke about how prisoners of war communicated with one another in the camp by tapping messages on the walls. He was a POW for more than six years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Gina Randall) Optimism helped Vietnam vet survive as POW
When 2nd Lt. John "Spike" Nasmyth climbed into his F-4 Phantom II on Sept. 4, 1966, to fly a combat mission over Vietnam, he never foresaw that he'd be blown out of the sky by a surface-to-air missile. The last words he heard before his jet was transformed into a lump of crumpled, metal wreckage were from his "guy in back," Ray Salzurulo, a pilot systems operator -- "Hey, Spike -- here comes another..."
2 7/20
2015
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer, retired Air Force Col. Michael Brazelton, retired Air Force Col. William Driggers Jr., and the executive assistant to the chief master sergeant of the Air Force, Chief Master Sgt. Nicole Johnson, pose for photo in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, July 8, 2015, after the Congressional Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) AF Vietnam veterans honored on Capitol Hill
Current and former service members, members of Congress, Vietnam veterans and Air Force senior leaders gathered in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, July 8, for a Congressional Commemoration to honor those who served during the Vietnam War.
6 7/09
2015
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III delivers his remarks during a wreath laying ceremony March 2, 2015, honoring Air Force Vietnam prisoners of war and missing in action at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) Vietnam War veterans honored during ceremony at AF Memorial
More than 100 service members, civilians and veterans braved the cold and icy weather to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action during the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War commemoration ceremony and wreath-laying March 2, at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
2 3/03
2015
F-105 crews played a key role in Operation Rolling Thunder. During this three-year Vietnam War campaign, Air Force, Marine and Navy aircraft bombed targets throughout North Vietnam. U.S. and Australian warships complemented the air assault by bombarding coastal targets. (U.S. Air Force photo) AF holds 50th anniversary Vietnam War commemoration ceremony
The Air Force is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War by honoring prisoners of war and missing in action, veterans and their families during a wreath-laying ceremony at 10:30 a.m. EST, March 2, at the Air Force Memorial in Washington D.C.
5 2/26
2015
Default Air Force Logo Missing Airmen from Vietnam War identified
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, or DPMO, announced today that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on Sept. 23 at Arlington National Cemetery
0 9/19
2013
Service members salute retired U.S. Air Force Col. George “Bud” Day’s hearse as it arrives to Barrancas National Cemetery on Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., Aug. 1, 2013. Day, a Medal of Honor recipient and combat pilot with service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, passed away July 27 at the age of 88. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson) Emerald Coast pays tribute to Air Force legend
Nearly 1,000 service members, veterans and citizens from across the nation paid their respects to the life and legacy of a retired Air Force colonel during a funeral service Aug. 1 on Okaloosa Island, Fla.
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2013
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