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Defying odds: An Airman’s focused journey Defying odds: An Airman’s focused journey
It is 5 a.m. and the sun has yet to rise on a chilly morning where all that can be heard are the crickets chirping at the Main Fitness Center at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Inside, however, the clacking and grunts of those pushing their bodies to their limits fills the room as Staff Sgt. Jaquelynn Madsen, 20th Civil Engineer Squadron Airman dorm leader, walks through the front doors.
0 11/16
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brendan Milligan, 20th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) ground radar systems technician, center, checks radar parameter values at a monitor and a Digital Airport Surveillance Radar control screen as Airman 1st Class Darricka Sides, 20th OSS airfield systems technician, right, and Staff Sgt. Rajiv Shetty, 20th OSS ground radar systems noncommissioned officer in charge, observe at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Oct. 4, 2017. Airfield systems Airmen prepare for AFSC merge
Airmen assigned to the 20th Operations Support Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base are getting ahead of the curve by preparing for an Air Force specialty code merger scheduled for November 2017.
0 10/25
2017
Gordon did not stop going to work while going through surgeries and chemotherapy except for the days she had chemotherapy appointments and when she was recovering after surgeries. Airman battles tumor, exemplifies resilience
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Gordon, 20th Security Forces Squadron plans, programs and policy technician, passed all her physical training tests but one. That one test failure while stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, led to the discovery of a tumor in 2014.
0 10/25
2017
An A-10 Thunderbolt II shoots a flare off after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker in support of Operation Inherent Resolve Oct. 6, 2017. The aircraft can loiter near battle areas for extended periods of time and operate in low ceiling and visibility conditions. The wide combat radius, and short takeoff and landing capabilities, permit operations in and out of locations near front lines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 10/13
2017
A B-52 Stratofortress arrives to receive fuel from a KC-10 Extender during a mission in support of Operation Inherent Resolve over Iraq, Aug. 8, 2017. The B-52 is a long range, heavy bomber capable of flying at altitudes up to 50,000 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 8/18
2017
U.S. Air Force Col. Kristine B. Smith, 710th Combat Operations Squadron deputy director from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., stands surrounded by her family as they pin on her colonel rank, July 14, 2017, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Smith was promoted by Col. Dustin P. Smith, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Central Command chief of staff and her husband, as his last official duty in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado) Colonel promotes wife, then retires
When military members hold their promotion ceremonies, many times their families enjoy the occasion alongside them. Spouses, children, parents, siblings and other relatives witness the time-honored ceremony and take part in the tradition of pinning or tacking on the next rank.
0 7/18
2017
An A-10 Thunderbolt II departs after receiving fuel from a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, July 6, 2017. The A-10 employs a wide variety of conventional munitions in support of OIR and the destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Trevor T. McBride) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 7/14
2017
Airmen from the 822d Base Defense Squadron storm a building to rescue a simulated hostage rescue during the Scorpion Fire Team Challenge, June 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The challenge was designed to push the Airmen to their physical and mental limits by incorporating written tests, hostage rescues, blindfolded weapons assembly and physical exertion sessions among 14 other challenges. Eighteen four-person teams competed during the two-day event for various prizes and bragging rights. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson) AF Week in Photos
This week's photos feature Airmen from around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.
0 7/07
2017
U.S. Air Force Col. Douglas Thies, 20th Operations Group commander, prepares to fist bump Col. David Vaclavik, 20th Mission Support Group commander, prior to a familiarization flight at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 30, 2017. Thies flew Vaclavik, who has been his friend since college, on a familiarization flight training mission in an F-16D Fighting Falcon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) From cadets to colonels: Wingmen for life
Filing into a barber shop in 1989, a group of college freshmen prepare for the Cadet Corps program at Texas A&M University, College Station by receiving the traditional rites during their transition from civilian to military: a buzz cut. Physical training, formations and university classrooms were all part of the daily lives of cadets assigned to A&M Squadron 7. As they marched toward graduation, the cadets gained more than knowledge and bearing from the program which attempted to shape them into the next generation of military leaders.
0 6/28
2017
Lt. Col. Craig Andrle, 79th Fighter Squadron commander, taxis a F-16 Fighting Falcon on the Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., flightline after returning from a deployment May 4, 2017. Andrle’s unit recently returned from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan where they provided close air support to U.S. Special Operations and Afghan National Army commandos in Afghanistan’s Nangahar province. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kathryn R.C. Reaves) Finding a way to win
It was a temperate day at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan when Lt. Col. Craig Andrle and his wingman, Capt. Adam Fuhrmann, began walking across the flightline to their soon-to-be airborne F-16CM Fighting Falcons.
0 5/31
2017
Members of the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron participate in a squadron wide exercise Feb. 28, 2017, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The exercise focused on readiness for a deployment or in the event of a crisis. Unit Command and Control Systems are an integral part of informing commanders which units are prepared for deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Jeremy D. Wolff/Released) Upgraded Command & Control app improves crisis response
Acquisition personnel here are upgrading the Unit Command and Control system, giving commanders access to information about their assets during exercises and real-world events.
0 4/18
2017
U.S. Airmen and Soldiers participate in a scenario during Warfighter Exercise 17-4 at Fort Hood, Texas, April 5, 2017. WFX 17-4 was designed to train participants on how to build a Joint Task Force headquarters in preparation for an upcoming joint deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Alford) Airmen participate in Army exercise, prep for joint deployment
About 30 Airmen, who recently completed the first-ever Air Force Rear Mission Support Element course here in February 2017, participated in the Army’s Warfighter Exercise 17-4 April 3-11 at Fort Hood, Texas.
0 4/14
2017
Capt. Matthew Thomas, Air Force Joint Test Program Office lead operation research systems analyst from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., adjusts the gas mask of Master Sgt. Amanda Simonsen, 627th Civil Engineer Squadron commanders support staff section chief from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., during a chemical warfare class at Shaw AFB, S.C., Feb. 21, 2017. As part of their third week of training, the Rear Mission Support Element course students complete individual readiness tasks including chemical warfare and small arms qualification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Diana M. Cossaboom) 9th AF provides first Rear Mission Support Element training
Sixty Airmen who completed the first two official Air Force Rear Mission Support Element training courses are participating in War Fighter Exercise 17-4 at Fort Hood, Texas, through April 12. The exercise is part of their deployment training to support operations at Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve headquarters.
0 4/05
2017
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Despins, 20th Security Forces Squadron military working dog (MWD) handler, pets his dog, Jony, at his home in Sumter, S.C., March 22, 2017. Despins adopted Jony, his first MWD, after the dog retired due to a compressed disc in his spine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) MWD retires, reunited with wingman
In 2012, Staff Sgt. Anthony Despins, a 20th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, met Jony, his first canine partner. Together the two used their individual skill sets to make a formidable team, certified as an explosives detection and patrol unit to keep people around the world safe and their fellow Airmen out of harm’s way.
0 4/05
2017
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Hall, 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight and operation medical technician, center, runs alongside two other participants in a 5K at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Feb. 25, 2017. The Muscular Dystrophy Association chose Hall to represent them in the 2017 Boston Marathon on “Team Momentum,” a group that encourages its members to dedicate their miles to individuals with muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and other life-threatening diseases. Hall runs for his sister, Danielle, who has lived with muscular dystrophy for 27 years, and his brother DJ, who passed away from the disease when he was 19 months old. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelsey Tucker) My miles have meaning
For Senior Airman Michael Hall, a 20th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight and operation medical technician, the 3.1 miles of this “fun run” are hardly the most difficult obstacle he has faced through the years.
0 3/22
2017
F-16CM Fighting Falcons assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing sit on the flightline after arriving at Red Flag 17-2 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb. 24, 2017. Red Flag is a realistic combat exercise involving U.S. and Allied air forces conducting training operations on the 15,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zade Vadnais) 20th FW kicks off Red Flag 17-2 at Nellis
The U.S. Air Force’s two-week premier air-to-air combat training exercise Red Flag 17-2 began Feb. 27, 2017 and will conclude March 10. Held multiple times each year on the vast bombing and gunnery ranges of the 2.9 million acre Nevada Test and Training Range, Red Flag is a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States, its allies and coalition partners, and is one of the Air Force’s largest exercises.
0 3/03
2017
Erik Singletary, 20th Fighter Wing Inspector General’s Office wing inspection team manager, and Lauren Brown, his daughter, hold stuffed kidneys bearing wishes of good health written in marker at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Feb. 24, 2017. Singletary donated his kidney to his daughter Jan. 11, 2017 after she experienced kidney failure in February 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Destinee Sweeney) The gift of a lifetime
Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ transplant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, there are more than 119,000 men, women and children on the national waiting list; every 10 minutes another person is added, lengthening the list every year.
0 3/03
2017
Gen. Hawk Carlisle (center), commander of Air Combat Command, and Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale, ACC A3, congratulate Capt. John "Rain" Waters, on certifying as the pilot for the 2017-18 F-16 Viper demonstration team Feb. 1, 2017 at Langley Air Force Base, Va. Demonstration pilots, who perform at air shows worldwide, serve two-year tours on their respective teams, and must be certified at multiple levels. Carlisle, as COMACC, was Waters' final level of certification, and named him as a demo pilot immediatley after the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Emerald Ralston) F-16 Viper Demonstration Team prepares for upcoming season
As preparations begin across the globe for the 2017 air show season, an elite team of Airmen assigned to Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina are hard at work getting ready for their new year debut.
0 2/03
2017
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Isaiah English, 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tactical aircraft maintainer, examines the wiring under an F-16CM Fighting Falcon at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 25, 2017. English examined the wire to ensure that it was within safety regulations and made repairs where needed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Maldonado) New repair process offers success
With the mission of the U.S. Air Force constantly evolving, the aircraft which keep that mission alive need to evolve as well.
0 1/30
2017
A 335th Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle conducts practice runs, Jan. 19, 2017, over the skies of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, for the official U.S. Air Force aircraft fly-over of the 58th Presidential Inauguration. A four-ship formation including the 335th FS F-15E Strike Eagle; a 94th FS F-22 Raptor from Langley AFB, Virginia; a 58th FS F-35 Lightning II from Eglin AFB, Florida; and a 55th FS F-16 Fighting Falcon from Shaw AFB, South Carolina, will complete the fly-over during President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Shawna L. Keyes) Strike Eagle in four-ship flyover of 58th Presidential Inauguration
An F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 335th Fighter Squadron will participate in a four-ship flyover for the 58th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017.
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2017
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