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Default Air Force Logo AFPC offers follow-on option to Airmen taking short tours
Airmen selected for a dependent-restricted short tour for their second or later assignments can voluntarily apply to participate in the Follow-On assignment program, providing them greater flexibility in the assignment process and greater stability for their families.
0 11/15
2017
Trusted Care Hero Airman saves newborn minutes from death
After severe weather left many with property damage, and even more without power, a patient missing an appointment might have been easily overlooked. But for Senior Airman Taylor Scherff, 55th Medical Group Pediatric Clinic medical technician, something didn’t sit right. She knew she couldn’t wait for the normal call-back to happen, so she took it upon herself to reach the family.
0 9/15
2017
Default Air Force Logo Parent groups reach out to cadets from hurricane-struck Gulf Coast
When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, the North Texas Parent Club “got mobilized” and organized a dinner Sept. 1, 2017, at a Colorado Springs, Colorado restaurant for cadets from the Gulf Coast.
0 8/31
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
Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman, of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, shares what being a military father means to him and encourages all military parents to cherish every moment with their children. (U.S. Air Force photo) Cherish every moment
It’s 4 a.m., and a car parks outside the family home. Inside, a proud father of two takes one last look at his daughter and son before hugging his wife and walking out the door. As the car drives off, he stares out the window, hoping his wife and children will be all right for the next six months. This scene was my reality in September 2015 when I left for my most recent deployment, a day before my son’s third birthday.
0 7/20
2017
Default Air Force Logo Family programs highlighted at AFA conference
Programs geared toward assisting caregivers and helping children of military families with resiliency skills were highlighted during the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C.
0 9/15
2015
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michial Smith, left, and Senior Airman Brandon Smith, 386th Expeditionary Aerospace Ground Equipment technicians, are deployed together as father and son at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, June 11, 2015. The Smith duo is stationed at Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station in Pennsylvania. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Racheal E. Watson/Released) Father, son spend Father’s Day in deployed location
Father and son duo, Tech. Sgt. Michial Smith and Senior Airman Brandon Smith, were able to spend Father’s Day with each other while deployed to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
0 6/22
2015
Staff Sgt. Dana Walker uses a kestrel meter to gauge wind and temperature readings from the official observing location, the most unobstructed view of the airfield, painted on the runway at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 28, 2014. Walker is a weather forecaster assigned to the 3rd Operations Support Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett) Airman continues the family business
Staff Sgt. Dana Walker is from a family focused on science. Her father and her siblings have careers in different science fields and Walker herself chose to become a meteorologist in the Air Force.
0 1/09
2015
Default Air Force Logo Family Dynamics: CMSAF, wife Athena talk about AF life at home
In a special edition of CHIEFchat, the Air Force’s senior enlisted leader and his wife sat down with a group of Airmen and their dependents for a candid conversation about family life in the force.
1 12/03
2014
Senior Airman Paul Stewart  and his wife, Lindsey, pose with their daughters, Anna, left, and Emily. Stewart delivered the couple's second daughter, Emily, July 20, 2014, when they were unable to make it to the hospital in time. Stewart is a 509th Maintenance Squadron low observable structural maintainer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Joel Pfiester) Airman delivers under pressure
Most baby delivery stories seem to follow the same storyline. In the early stages of labor, the mother begins her contractions and heads to the hospital, then some odd amount of hours later, the baby is born.
0 9/04
2014
Airman 1st Class Nana Sefa is deployed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Following this deployment, Sefa, a native of Ghana, will see his wife for the first time after being apart for two years. Sefa is a 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management analysis craftsman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez) Airman's service helps unite his family
Being away from family is nothing new to Airman 1st Class Nana Sefa, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan on a six-month tour; after all, it's only a quarter of the time he has spent away from his wife. Sefa, a 455th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management analysis craftsman, deployed from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, understands that being away from family is difficult, as he has experienced separation his entire life. Growing up in Ghana, his father left for America when he was only four years old. After his father was gone, Sefa constantly moved around Ghana taking turns living with his mother, grandparents and at boarding schools.
0 9/03
2014
Default Air Force Logo Service members receive RAND military workplace survey
About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said.
1 8/18
2014
Capt. Michael Davault, left, and Airman 1st Class Chris Elszasz, military volunteers from Maxwell Air Force Base, Fla., prepare to help pageant participants off a carriage ride July 26, 2014, at the Alabama Angels Pageant. Davault, Elszasz and approximately two dozen other Maxwell service members volunteered for the special needs pageant. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard) Airmen make 'Angels' day
Tears masked her cheeks. Her mother tried to calm her, but her expression didn't change until Damarius Pettway walked up to her. The day would soon become special.
0 7/29
2014
Default Air Force Logo AF Assistance Fund may not hit 2014 goal
In spite of persistent economic difficulties, active-duty and retired Airmen have contributed more than $6 million to the Air Force Assistance Fund, or AFAF, during this year’s fund drive.
2 7/28
2014
Retired Staff Sgt. Elbert Scott places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem at a medal presentation ceremony in his honor, July 21, 2014, in Goldsboro, N.C. Scott was presented six medals for his service during World War II and the Korean War. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brittain Crolley)
Three-war veteran recognized, honored nearly 60 years after service
"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." - Leo Tolstoy
1 7/23
2014
Staff Sgt. Ronald Ball  joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard at 47 years old after a successful career with the Philadelphia Police Department. In 2012, Ball returned to military service as an Airman after being out of the Army for 18 years. He initially was honorably discharged from the Army to care for his children after the murder of his wife. Ball is with the 111th Security Forces Squadron at Horsham Air Base, Willow Grove, Penn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Russ Scalf) Transcending Tragedy
At a stage in life that many would consider to be over the hill, Ronald Ball hardly fit the profile of an Air Force recruit. Starting over, a middle-aged man, no one would have blamed him for giving up.
2 7/11
2014
Staff Sgt. Bryan Souder runs beside fellow participants in the Jog for Joe Memorial 5K June 20, 2014, at the base track at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Nearly 500 Airmen and their families participated in the run to commemorate the loss of Staff Sgt. Joseph Hamski, a 52nd CES explosive ordnance disposal flight technician, who was killed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom May 26, 2011. Souder is a firefighter assigned to the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden) Remembering Joe: Spangdahlem AB Airmen participate in memorial 5k
As firefighters began putting on their dense flame-retardant gear, a group of explosive ordnance disposal Airmen arrived next to them, slipping their arms through the thick sleeves of their protective suits. Their appearance upon completion looked not unlike bundled-up children who couldn't move their arms before braving harsh snow on the walk to the school bus. But it's not winter, it's June, and the more than 50 pounds of extra clothing only exacerbates the wearer's internal temperature, let alone limits her or his movement. Despite all this, these Airmen weren't about to put out a fire or respond to a bomb threat -- they were doing it all to honor a fallen brother.
0 6/27
2014
Default Air Force Logo Key spouse program key to family readiness
Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer.
6 6/06
2014
Second Lt. Blake Jones poses with his sister, Navy Ensign Madison Jones, after graduating May 28, 2014 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. The Jones siblings chose the same path of military service by becoming Air Force, Navy and Army officers. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Liz Copan) Family, service and sacrifice: Siblings graduate from 3 different service academies
The Jones siblings, although very different from one another, chose the same path of service as they entered adulthood -- by becoming Army, Navy and Air Force officers.
0 6/04
2014
Maj. Gen. John Dolan poses with his son, 2nd Lt. Joe Dolan, after a promotion ceremony May 17, 2014, in Blacksburg, Va. John is the assistant deputy commander for U.S. Air Forces Central Command and assistant vice commander for the 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katherine Holt) Military traditions provide unique opportunities for father, son
While surrounded by family and friends, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Joe Dolan faced his father Brig. Gen. John Dolan, raised his right hand and took the Oath of Commissioned Officers at Virginia Tech University May 16.
0 5/21
2014
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