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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
Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson presents the American flag to the next of kin during the full honors funeral ceremony for retired Col. Leo Thorsness at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Feb. 14, 2018. Thorsness received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank) Medal of Honor recipient, former POW laid to rest
As a Medal of Honor recipient and former Prisoner of War, retired Col. Leo Thorsness’s life mantra after returning home from the Vietnam War was “Faith, Family, Friends and Fun.” With the support of Air Force senior leaders, his wife, Gaylee, and daughter, Dawn, kept those words close as they said their final goodbye to Thorsness during his interment at Arlington National Cemetery Feb. 14, 2018.
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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
Retired Lt. Col. Richard “Gene” Smith, former 50th Flying Training Squadron Commander, holds a prisoner of war bracelet Oct. 17, 2017. The date Smith was shot down, Oct. 25, 1967, is inscribed on the bracelet, along with his rank and name. The bracelets help keep the memory of POWs and those missing in action. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert) POW recalls mission that led to capture 50 years ago
On Oct. 25, 1967, now retired Lt. Col. Richard Smith and his wingmen had orders to bomb the Paul Doumer Bridge in North Vietnam; the bridge was a mile long and one of the most heavily defended positions in Southeast Asia.
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2017
Servicemembers with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency honor the fallen during a disinterment ceremony Aug. 28, 2017, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. The remains disinterred will be transferred to the DPAA laboratory for identification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mikaley Kline) DPAA Accounts for 183 Missing Service Members in Fiscal Year 2017
In fiscal year 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency accounted for 183 formerly missing persons from past conflicts. Also, the agency individually identified the remains of 18 additional personnel, who were previously accounted for as part of group burials, reaching another milestone of 201 total identifications for the fiscal year.
0 10/24
2017
Maj. Beth Janssen, Air Force A3, looks out a window of a C-17 Globemaster III during Operation Uggianaqtuq, while flying over the Bering Strait on course for Point Barrow, Alaska, Sept. 9, 2017. Janssen was part of the Air Force Arctic Security Expedition designed to inform senior Air Force leaders about emerging challenges in the Arctic. The operation took them to Alaska, Greenland and as far north as Alert, Canada. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) 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 9/22
2017
Vietnamese personnel screen soil as they work alongside Defense POW/MIA Accountability Agency members in hopes of recovering parts from a fallen aircraft or service member in Phuoc Son providence, Vietnam, May 27, 2017. The local nationals the service members increase the amount of work that is completed throughout the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka) Search for our fallen continues
Drenched in sweat from the hot, humid Vietnam weather, our shovels breached the earth’s surface excavating the ground and placing it into buckets to be screened as we searched for one of our own.
0 8/02
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Aug. 2
On this look around the Air Force B-1B Lancers fly by the Korean peninsula in a show of force, F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots and maintainers finish a training deployment to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, and a Cold War POW is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Hosted by Airman 1st Class Jasmine Vanderheyden.
0 8/02
2017
Default Air Force Logo Air Force names 2016 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award recipients
Air Force officials have named four Airmen as the 2016 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award winners.
0 6/08
2017
Default Air Force Logo Medal of Honor recipient passes away at 85
Col. Leo K. Thorsness, Medal of Honor recipient, passed away May 2, 2017, in St. Augustine, Florida, at the age of 85, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
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2017
On April 7, 1966, Air Force Capt. Robert Barnett was the pilot of a B-57B Canberra on a strike mission over Laos when his aircraft was hit by hostile ground fire and crashed.  Barnett was declared killed in action. After his remains were recently recovered, the Texas native was laid to rest April 7, 2017, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Missing Persons Branch aids family of Vietnam-era pilot, many others
A 51-year journey, to the day, came to an end last month. Air Force Capt. Robert Barnett was laid to rest April 7, 2017, with full military honors at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.
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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
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum shares her personal story with Team Mildenhall members about her story of being captured during the Persian Gulf War, Mar. 2, 2017, at the base theater on RAF Mildenhall, England. Cornum spoke about injuries she sustained from a helicopter crash during the war and about her subsequent capture by Iraqi soldiers who held her as a prisoner of war. She described how her resiliency and positive thoughts got her through the ordeal when she returned home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Halan) Persian Gulf War POW shares her story at Mildenhall
Retired Army Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum visited Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, March 2, 2017, to share her story of resiliency when she was a prisoner of war during the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Tech Report: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Never leave an Airman behind. In this Air Force Tech Report, we look at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency as they search far and wide for any remains of service members lost during conflicts to ensure closure is brought to their families.
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2016
Senior Airman Colby Fahrenbacher, U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band member, salutes the name of his great-uncle at the North African American Cemetery in Tunisia, May 30, 2016. Fahrenbacher's great-uncle, Tech. Sgt. Merle Noffsinger was a B-24 gunner and bombardier who was shot down May 1, 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Will McCrary/Released). USAFE band member discovers family history on Memorial Day
Senior Airman Colby Fahrenbacher, a tuba player in the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band, grew up hearing stories about his great-uncle Merle Noffsinger, who served with the Army Air Force. Fahrenbacher's great-uncle, Tech. Sgt. Merle Noffsinger, was a gunner and bombardier on the B-24 Liberator, and he was shot down May 1, 1943, during a mission over the Mediterranean Sea .
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2016
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Maureen Stewart) January issue of Airman magazine now available
The January issue of Airman magazine is now available to download and is viewable through a Web browser.
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2016
Capt. Michael Gruber, the 35th Communications Squadron director of operations, set out to pay respect to America’s prisoners of war and missing in action, as well as stand in solidarity with his father who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, by running 85 miles for 24 hours straight, Sept. 18, 2015, at Misawa Air Base, Japan. As an avid runner, he has taken part in four 100-mile and one 100-km remembrance runs, collecting a memorabilia belt buckle to commemorate each marathon. (U.S. Air Force illustration/Senior Airman Jose L. Hernandez-Domitilo) 24-hour journey for heroes, father
He reached his 5th hour of running alone in the still of a dark, cold night lit only by streetlights surrounding the track -- 25 miles down, 75 more to go.
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2015
Default Air Force Logo World War II Airman's remains identified
The remains of an Airman missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, said the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in a Defense Department news release issued Aug. 6.
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2015
Retired Col. Leon Ellis visits the Air Force prisoner of war tribute section in the Pentagon July 16, 2015. Ellis, a Vietnam War POW, admired a painting by Maxine McCaffrey. The painting portrays realistic features about being a captive in a prison camp. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Whitney Stanfield) POW visits Pentagon tribute section, reminisces about hard times
Retired Col. Leon Ellis was a prisoner of war for 1,955 days during the Vietnam War. During a July 16 visit to the Pentagon, he and his family stopped by the Air Force POW tribute section. Ellis said some painful memories flooded back about his time as a POW as he viewed the paintings.
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2015
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