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A father and son pose for a photo in front of a C-130 on a flightline. Schoolhouse unites father, son for C-130 mission
Mentors come in many forms, whether they’re coworkers, supervisors or even friends, they provide personal and professional advice that can impact someone for the rest of their lives. Airman Trevor Armentrout, 700th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, often receives guidance through one of his mentors, his father, Col. Jeffrey Armentrout, 302nd Airlift Wing vice commander.
0 11/30
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
Senior Airman Mitchell Jamison, a 120th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, salutes his father, Lt. Col. James Reeman, 120th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, April 16, 2015, at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. Reeman and Jamison, both from Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing, are temporarily assigned to Kunsan as part of a rotational theater security package for approximately three months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katrina Heikkinen) From Colorado to South Korea, 3 generations serving on the peninsula
Most Airmen arrive at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, with the expectation of seeing new faces and forming new relationships at the start of their yearlong unaccompanied tour. But for a father and son of the Colorado Air National Guard, when they stepped onto the Korean Peninsula, they continued a family legacy spanning three generations.
0 4/21
2015
Col. Al Wimmer, left, exchanges a word with his son, Capt. Taylor Wight, before their dissimilar aircraft mission Dec. 12, 2014, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Wimmer is the director of Air Forces Northern's Operations and Information Operations Directorate and an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, and his son, Wight, is the assistant chief of training with the 335th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., and an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kurt Skoglund) Son flies in father's footsteps
Some sons walk in their father's footsteps, while others fly in them. This was recently the case for Capt. Taylor Wight, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot, flew a Weapons Systems Evaluation Program mission with his father, Col. Al Wimmer,an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot.
2 12/23
2014
Danielle Repp, right, pictured above at age 15, flies on a KC-135 Stratotanker in 2005. Today, as a senior airman, Repp is a boom operator with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron from Spokane, Wash.This was Repp’s first experience with aerial refueling and sparked her interest in the career field. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Repp) Following in her father's flight plan
Some families have a history of military service, whether it be cross-service or within the same branch. It is somewhat less common however, to have two consecutive generations not only serve in the same branch of the military, but to pursue the same career field.
0 9/08
2014
Senior Airman Daniel Ibarra, left, and Chief Master Sgt. Lazaro Ibarra pose in front of a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter Aug. 27, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The Ibarra’s are a father and son deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. Daniel is a loadmaster with the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and Chief Ibarra is a flight engineer with the 303rd ERQS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka) Deployed together: Family supports rescue missions in Africa
“It is strange to hear him on the radio talking to us back and forth while on the planes,” Chief Ibarra said. “A lot of the guys make jokes saying, ‘Is that you, Laz, or your son?’ since we kind of sound alike.”
0 9/04
2014
Senior Airman Kimberly Buzzell, left, and Tech. Sgt. John Trujillo, pose for a photograph July 1, 2014, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.  The father and daughter team, originally fromTurner, Maine, is assigned to Task Force Signal and deployed together from the Air National Guard’s 243rd Engineering Installation Squadron in South Portland, Maine. Trujillo is a cable and antenna team chief while Buzzell is a radio frequency transmissions technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez) Father, daughter share deployment to Bagram
The military becomes a tight knit family for people who are away from home. Service members share many unique experiences and when the time comes to deploy, they need "family" support that much more. For Tech. Sgt. John Trujillo and Senior Airman Kimberly Buzzell, the support network is not only available from their unit but also each other, as this father and daughter duo share their first deployment together at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
1 7/08
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
Lt. Col. Ryan Haden, left, 74th Fighter Squadron commander, shows his father, retired Col. Robert Haden, the inside of an A-10C Thunderbolt II cockpit at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., Oct. 31, 2013. Robert Haden was also an A-10 pilot during his 28 years in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis Millican) Father and son share A-10 legacy
Already anxious about the first day of high school football practice, a young junior donned his gear and was calmed as he looked to the sidelines to see his father there watching. For the junior, a life of uncertainty and unfamiliarity was something he was used to. The next day his father, an A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, would lead a squadron of 48 A-10's on a deployment. Nearly a decade later, the young man traded in his football gear for a flight suit.
1 1/23
2014
Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Lindell is met by his daughter, Staff Sgt. Kimberly Haithcoat, after his final flight aboard an RC-135 Rivet Joint at the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing in Southwest Asia, Oct. 10, 2013. Lindell and his daughter were both deployed at the same time and able to spend the last four months of his service in the Air Force together. Daughter helps Dad wrap up 28-year career
Approximately 100,000 military service members are currently deployed and fighting the war against terrorism. Most of whom, will not see their families for at least six months. However, there is the rare occasion where family members have the opportunity to serve side by side. Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Lindell, a 763rd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron RC-135 Rivet Joint systems engineer, and father of Staff Sgt. Kimberly Haithcoat, Air Forces Central Command knowledge operations manager, was one of the lucky few. He and his daughter were both deployed at the same time to Southwest Asia and able to spend the last four months of his service in the Air Force together.
1 10/21
2013
Col. Billye Hutchison (left) poses for a photo with 2nd Lt. Jon Koritz, Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 13-13 graduate, and his mother Julianne Koritz Aug. 3, 2013, outside of the Koritz Clinic at Seymore Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The Koritz Clinic was renamed in 2008 in honor of Maj. Thomas Koritz after he was killed in action during the second night of combat in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Hutchinson is the 14th Medical Group commander. Through Airmen's Eyes: Lieutenant follows father's path to silver wings
Second Lt. Jon Koritz graduated from undergraduate pilot training Aug. 16, joining a long list of military aviators, including his late father, Maj. Tom Koritz.
2 8/19
2013
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