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Caregivers Caregivers play critical role in lives of wounded warriors
Tech. Sgt. Eric Fisher was two months into a five-month deployment in 2011 to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, when he suffered a heart attack after an intense rocket attack, and a day of moving heavy pallets on the flight line.
0 9/13
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 Air Force bowling centers offering Kids Bowl Free program
This summer, children at Air Force installations have the opportunity to bowl for free, thanks to the Kids Bowl Free program.
0 5/26
2017
Default Air Force Logo Be thankful for contributions of military spouses
In my nearly 20 years of military service, I have moved 12 times. It is more frequent than most service members, but yet not that unusual. Along the way in my career, I picked up a spouse. She has moved a total of nine times in our 13 years of marriage. Our children are just breaking into double digits and they have moved six times
0 5/12
2017
Pictured are the Harchaoui triplets (from left): Myriam, 436th Supply Chain Operations Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.; Rabah, 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke AFB, Ariz.; and Warda, 60th Medical Operations Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif. All three were born in Algeria before immigrating to the United States, and are Airmen serving in today’s Air Force. (Courtesy photo) Algerian triplets join Air Force for better future
Their journey has carried them over thousands of miles, from a barren region in Africa to California’s Simi Valley where eventually the Harchaoui triplets — Myriam, Rabah and Warda — would join the U.S. Air Force. Scott Air Force Base is now home to Myriam, who recently reflected on her unique journey.
0 5/05
2017
Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes, the Air Combat Command’s first sergeant, poses for a photo with his wife, Stephanie, and their adopted children at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 27, 2017. Along with adopting two children, the family has also fostered 13 children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Natasha Stannard) Airman provides family, haven for orphans
As an Air Force first sergeant, Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes’ job is to take care of others, and whether or not they are in his chain of command, he provides support to those in need. As a first sergeant for Air Combat Command and an ordained minister, Henry Hayes not only shapes the lives of Airmen, but the lives of the children he and his wife, Stephanie, have fostered or adopted.
0 5/03
2017
The Christi family poses for a photo at Joint Base Andrews, Md., April 27, 2017. Michael Christi, far right, son of Jeff Christi and Maj. Rebecca Christi, 799th Medical Group pediatrician, has autism spectrum disorder. The Air Force provides Michael with health and educational services, including Exceptional Family Member Program and Extended Care Health Options, which in turn provide therapies such as applied behavior analogy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. April is also Autism Awareness Month, which is meant to increase understanding and acceptance of autism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez) AF family navigates autism together
Michael Christi is a three year old who loves animals, enjoys playing outside and adores school. He is like any other child who learns new subjects and socializes, but he performs differently due to having autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that is characterized by difficulty with social communication and a display of repetitive behavior. Michael lives at Joint Base Andrews with his mother, Maj. Rebecca Christi; father, Jeff Christi; and three siblings. Rebecca and Jeff first noticed Michael’s autistic symptoms when he was a year old.
0 4/27
2017
Staff Sgt. Travis Jones, 96th Security Forces Squadron, remembers his friend, Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, during a boat-dedication ceremony Feb. 24 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  Sartain, a security forces Airman from Pensacola, died in an aircraft crash while deployed in 2015.  The newest patrol boat in the Eglin fleet bears his name to honor his service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) Fallen Defender honored with boat dedication
The 96th Security Forces Squadron christened a new patrol vessel in honor of Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, a fallen defender at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 24, 2017.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo AF program assists special needs family members
The Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program allows Airmen to proceed to assignment locations where suitable medical, educational and other resources are available to treat special needs family members.
0 1/03
2017
Default Air Force Logo Scholarships for military children to open Dec. 13
The Scholarships for Military Children Program for the 2017-18 school year will begin Dec. 13.
0 12/08
2016
Mandy and Capt. Matthew Douglas feed their children Nov. 3, 2016, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The twins, born premature at 23 weeks, 17 weeks earlier than normal, celebrated their third birthday with family Nov. 2. Being able to feed the children together is a rarity due to Matthew Douglas’ position as a logistical and support officer for Air Force Space Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Gabrielle Spradling/Released) Premature twin miracles refuse to accept medical odds
Capt. Matthew Douglas and his wife, Mandy, share their story of how they have been able to lean on their Air Force family for the past three years as take care of their premature-born twins.
0 11/29
2016
Default Air Force Logo Bully Brothers
Airman 1st Class Jarret Nave, a 91st Missile Maintenance Squadron electro-mechanical technician, knew where he wished to be stationed when he booked the same job as his older brother. As fate would have it, he ended up with the same job as his brother Senior Airman Todd Nave, a 91st MMXS missile communications team chief.
0 11/25
2016
Participants of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program’s Northeast Warrior CARE Event shoot archery on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 18, 2016. The AFW2 regional CARE event provided a holistic opportunity for wounded warriors to enhance the four domains -- physical, mental, spiritual and social – of Comprehensive Airman Fitness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross) Wounded warriors given avenues during CARE event
Nearly 130 Air Force wounded warriors and caregivers attending the latest Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program’s CARE event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from Nov. 14-18 received tools and resources to help them deal with their individual challenges.
0 11/18
2016
Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, speaks at a Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership event in Washington, Oct. 17, 2016.  Biden, who helped to launch the initiative in 2011, applauded the 335 companies who have partnered with MSEP, as well as the 50 new businesses that were inducted as partners during the event. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando White House, DOD salute companies' commitment to hire military spouses
Employers who hire military spouses are doing the right thing for their businesses -- and for the country, speakers at a Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership event said this week.
0 10/20
2016
(Courtesy graphic) James to host spouse, family forum
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James will host a spouse and family forum from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Smart Center Auditorium on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
0 10/13
2016
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Break the cycle of bullying
Bullying is not just a part of life that stops in the schoolyard; it can have consequences that stretch into adulthood and impact people for the rest of their lives.
0 10/04
2016
Senior leadership and spouses conduct an Air Force town hall session during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Natalie Stanley) Air Force leaders, spouses focus on family readiness
During a panel session at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference Sept. 19, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Dave Goldfein, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and their spouses focused on how the Air Force is supporting its members and ways Airmen can strike a balance between work and home.
0 9/19
2016
The Shaw family experienced a unique situation when their daughter Clara was born in their home in Yorktown, Va., Aug. 9, 2016. With only 10 minutes between her water breaking and the birth, Shalina Shaw said she had no doubt her husband, U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Travis Shaw Air Combat Command, pararescue specialist, would be able to deliver Clara safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Katie Gar Ward) A 10-minute test: Airman delivers daughter
When Master Sgt. Travis Shaw left for work the morning of Aug. 9, he probably couldn’t have imagined that just hours later his combat lifesaving skills would be tested in an emergency situation most pararescue specialists don’t traditionally encounter. But rather than treating a service member on the battlefield, Shaw found himself helping his wife deliver their daughter, Clara Elyse, at the bottom of the staircase in their home in Yorktown, Virginia.
0 9/14
2016
Default Air Force Logo Every Airman plays a role in suicide prevention
The Air Force is determined to prevent suicide, but an Airman doesn’t need to be a specialist or doctor to do that. Sometimes all it takes is starting a conversation. Everyone has a role to play. That’s a key part of the Defense Department’s #BeThere campaign, which encourages making a difference through every day connections.
0 9/01
2016
Default Air Force Logo Influenza vaccine update for Airmen, families
This year's influenza vaccine will be different for service members due to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to not use the live attenuated influenza vaccine, commonly known as FluMist.
0 8/30
2016
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