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Ryan Kaono, a support agreement manager with the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, takes his service dog Romeo for a walk around his work center. Thanks to Romeo, Kaono is able to quickly transition through bouts of anxiety and night terrors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Armando Perez) Service dog helps veteran with PTSD (Part 2)
After battling night terrors and the pain and anxiety of post-traumatic stress disorder for decades, an Air Force veteran found his lifeline at the end of a dog leash.
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2018
Ryan Kaono, a support agreement manager with the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, shares a laugh with a videographer during an interview while his service dog Romeo keeps a steady eye on the photographer. Romeo helps Kaono quickly recover from bouts of anxiety and night terrors related to enemy attacks while he was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Armando Perez) Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; a veteran's story (Part 1)
Post-traumatic stress disorder carries him into the depths of fear and pain; reliving images of death and destruction. Closing his eyes to night terrors at sundown and fighting through daily anxiety attacks eventually pushed him to the brink of suicide so he could put an end to the never-ending cycle.
0 6/19
2018
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.
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2018
Man and dog stand beside airplane. Service Dog lends war veteran a helping paw
While searching online for answers or others who might be going through the same problems, Jones found the link to a website for service dogs. He reached out to Carol Borden, founder and executive director of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs in Williston, Florida, hoping he could find the answer he had been looking for.
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2018
Lloyd Ponder, World War II POW World War II POW survivor shares tale of hope, determination, resilience
The four pillars of resiliency -- physical, mental, spiritual and social -- are drilled into the minds of Airmen today to emphasize how important it is that no matter what life situation they are going through, there is always a healthy way to handle the situation.
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2017
Capt. Trueblood poses Native warrior culture
November has been designated as National American Indian Heritage Month since 1990. This is a time to celebrate the cultures, traditions, histories, and acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans.
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2017
U.S. Air Force veteran Kyle Burnett, a former knowledge operations master sergeant, stands with her teammate and fiancé U.S. Air Force veteran Reese Hines, a former explosive ordnance disposal master sergeant, during the cycling competition of the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 26, 2017. The duo met during a softball league sponsored by the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program in Alaska in September 2015, and have been inseparable since. (Courtesy photo) Competition fuels hearts, ignites relationship
In 2015, when a Naperville, Illinois girl met a small-town boy from Eagle River, Alaska, neither knew immediately how their relationship would evolve beyond teammates; however, the now engaged pair of retired Air Force athletes would still say “teammates” will always be a word that first comes to mind when describing their connection.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo 2017 Invictus Games slated to commence Sept. 23
Athletes from around the world will come together in Toronto, to compete in the 2017 Invictus Games, uniting more than 550 wounded, ill or injured military service members from 17 nations to compete in 12 unique sporting events.
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2017
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Stevn Henke, left, a section sergeant, and Spc. Dan Rose, a concrete and masonry specialist, both with the 230th Vertical Engineer Company, Montana Army National Guard, cut drywall in Crow Agency, Mont., July 24, 2017. The soldiers teamed up with the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron to help build homes for Native American veterans as part of the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training civil-military relations program. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) 182nd CES finishes construction rotation at Crow Reservation
Thirty-five Airmen with the Illinois Air National Guard's 182nd Civil Engineer Squadron completed their two-week annual training constructing homes for Crow Tribe veterans Aug. 6, 2017 in Crow Agency, Montana. The Peoria-based squadron provided services including drywall, windows, doors, siding, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC to four partially completed homes, two new homes and 10 remodels.
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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.
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2017
US. Army soldier Ricardo Plana, and his wife, Emerenciana Plana, pose for a photo in the Philippines, in between 1946 and 1949. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ricardo Plana and thousands more prisoners of war were forced to march 70 miles before entering concentration camps during WWII. To honor his and other POW’s sacrifices, Plana’s grandson, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Max Biser, 23d Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of confinement, marched 26.2 miles, March 19, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range, N. M. (courtesy photo) Bataan Death March: Airman honors POW grandfather
Starvation, torture and a 70-mile march to concentration camps or dying in the process were the only options Philippine soldier, the late Ricardo Plana, faced after the U.S. surrendered the Bataan Peninsula to the Japanese during World War II. Now, 75 years later, his grandson, Staff Sgt. Max Biser, of the 23rd Security Forces Squadron, traveled to the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, to complete the 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March, March 19, 2017.
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2017
Capt. Daniel Hickox (right), chief of readiness assigned to the 91st Air Refueling Squadron, explains the mission of a KC-135 Stratotanker to Keith Cole, a World War II veteran, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 18, 2017. Cole was given a tour of the flightline and shown the inside of a KC-135. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Adam R. Shanks) Pioneer of tactical airlift visits MacDill AFB
He began his visit with a speech at U.S. Special Operations Command. “I was a part of the 492nd Bombardment Group, also known as the ‘Carpetbaggers,’ during World War II,” Cole said. “We started as an anti-submarine squadron, but instead began working with the Office of Special Services to drop supplies to French guerrilla fighters.”
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2017
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Russell Rhodes speaks to the audience after receiving the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 15, 2016. The 85-year-old Rhodes requested the medal ceremony be held at the base’s fuels flight, where Rhodes was stationed during his Air Force career as a fuel truck driver. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.) Korean War veteran honored by nephew
Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, the Air Force assistant deputy chief of staff of operations, presented retired Chief Master Sgt. Russell Rhodes with the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal during a ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 15. The medal is given as an expression of thanks from the Korean government to the Americans who served in the Korean War between June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953.
0 11/28
2016
The seventh volume of Veterans in Blue is now available online. The exhibit captures 28 stories of heroism and service by Air Force veterans. Each veteran’s portrait is also displayed in the Pentagon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alyssa Gibson) AF unveils latest ‘Veterans in Blue’ exhibit
The seventh volume of “Veterans in Blue” is now available online. The exhibit captures 28 stories of heroism and service by Air Force veterans. Each veteran’s portrait is also displayed at the Pentagon.
0 11/10
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.
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2016
Anthony Duno retires after 70 years of federal service during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., July 22, 2016. Duno spent most of his career in Europe, managing real estate issues for the U.S. Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash) WWII veteran retires after 70 years of military, civil service
This September, Anthony “Tony” Duno will celebrate his retirement from the Air Force after 70 years of service, making him the longest serving civilian in Air Force history. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James recognized Duno’s accomplishments during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., July 22.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 6
In this look around the Air Force, an F-35A Lightning II makes a trans-Atlantic flight, an Airman runs 694 miles for post-traumatic stress disorder awareness, and the Minnesota Air National Guard deploys to South Korea.
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2016
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. (Retired) Kenneth Andrews speaks with Airman 1st Class Paige Goulette, Air Traffic Control Apprentice, in the ATC simulator at Ramstein’s Air Traffic Control tower, May 24, 2016, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.  Andrews visited the tower to speak with the Airman on duty and share his experiences as a former Air Traffic Controller during his 30-year AF career.  Andrews entered the AF in 1947 during the same year it became an independent service. Air Force trailblazer returns to Ramstein after 54 years
It doesn’t happen often but occasionally Airmen get the opportunity to meet an Airman who, in 1947, was there when the Air Force first stood on its own -- those trailblazers who laid the first bricks of airpower on the long blue line.
0 6/01
2016
Default Air Force Logo First lady to women veterans: ‘Tell your story’
First lady Michelle Obama had a message for women veterans March 2: “Tell your story.” The first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of vice president Joe Biden, attended an annual Women’s History Month reception, honoring women veterans and hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
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2016
Jim Bowles, Air Force Global Strike Command program analyst, poses for a photograph at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Jan. 20, 2016. Bowles deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1990. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Benjamin Raughton) B-52 veteran recalls close call on Desert Storm mission
“Pilot, we have a lock-on,” the B-52 Stratofortress electronic warfare officer called out in surprise. Capt. Jim Bowles, a B-52 instructor pilot, gritted his teeth, looked downward and sure enough, an SA-6 surface-to-air missile had been launched in his direction.
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