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Chief Master Sgt. Jake Higginbotham, the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing command chief, holds the arm band that retired Master Sgt. Francis M. Bania wore while imprisoned after the Bataan Death March. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes) Bataan Death March veteran legacy marches on through ISR Airmen
The year is 1942, and Pfc. Francis Michael Bania of the 10th Signal Service Detachment, and 75,000 other U.S. and Filipino servicemen, marched for several days, about 65 miles, to prison camps in the Philippines. During his grueling journey, Bania had no idea that many years later an Airman would create a bond with his legacy, honoring him in the 75th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
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2017
Senior Airman Liam Miner, 720th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, stands by ready to marshall King 52, the first HC-130 configured for Air Force rescue, down the Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, taxiway for the last time March 6, 2017. King 52 will retire at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, with more than 50 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice) AF's 1st HC-130 takes its final flight to retirement
After more than 50 years of faithful service and rescue missions spanning the globe, King 52, the first HC-130P/N configured for Air Force rescue in 1964, retired March 6, 2017. Accompanied by its 920th Rescue Wing dedicated crew chiefs and a nostalgic aircrew, the aircraft, tail number 4852, heads to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, from Patrick AFB, Florida, where it has been stationed since mid-2015.
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Col. Ryan Samuelson, the 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander, David Condon, the Spokane mayor and Todd Mielke, the Greater Spokane Incorporated CEO, perform a ceremonial cake cutting during Fairchild Air Force Base’s 75th anniversary event, March 1, 2017. The relationship between Team Fairchild and the community has been beneficial for both, having provided for each other opportunities for recognition and support through events that have taken place in the past 75 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Sean Campbell) Fairchild kicks off 75th anniversary
Fairchild Air Force Base kicked off its 75th anniversary with a celebration event here with Spokane area elected officials, civic leaders, honorary commanders and others March 1, 2017. Col. Ryan Samuelson, the 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander and David Condon, the Spokane mayor, both gave remarks about the unequaled partnership and support the base and surrounding community has with each other.
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The 903rd Aeromedical Evacuation Flight was awarded the Air Force Presidential Citation, the Marine Corps Presidential Citation, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation for their support in assisting with initial care and providing in-flight medical care to thousands of wounded service members during the Vietnam War. (Courtesy Photo)
903rd AEF to hold 50th anniversary
Original members of the 903rd Aeromedical Evacuation Flight will gather at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in May, 2017, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Established in February, 1967, the 903rd AEF was the first Air Force tactical aeromedical unit used in a combat area.
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2017
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Alabama Air National Guard flies a mission with the 134th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in support of Operation Inherent Resolve at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group Dec. 13, 2016. The red tail flash of the jet brings the Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy back to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, to which the 134th EFS is currently assigned. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Benjamin Wilson) Red Tail legacy comes full circle
Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing take great pride in the heritage created for them by the Tuskegee Airmen. Today a key piece of the wing’s history has once again returned to its flightline.
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2017
Maj. Francisco Leach, the 25th Air Force deputy chief of safety and former U-2 pilot, has been recognized as the 2016 Presidential Advance Agent of the Year. (Courtesy photo) Presidential honor bestowed on AF officer
When the President of the United States travels, stateside or abroad, there is an advance team who arrives weeks ahead to handle airport logistics. These team members, or agents, volunteer for the job and are the “best of the best” at what they do. That is why Maj. Francisco "Cisco" Leach, the 25th Air Force deputy chief of safety, felt honored when he was recently selected from 96 agents as the 2016 Presidential Advance Agent of the Year.
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2017
Senior Airman James Pratt, a heavy equipment operator assigned to the 28th Civil Engineer Squadron, performs John Mayer’s “Age of Worry” in front of the 28th Mission Support Group inside the base theater during their annual awards ceremony, Jan. 26, 2017, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Pratt applied for the Air Force Entertainer of the Year by submitting a cell-phone video of himself performing a song. On Jan. 30, he was announced as the recipient of the Air Force-wide award and coined by Col. Gentry Boswell, the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Ellsworth ‘Rock Star’ wins AF Entertainer of the Year
“Hi, I’m Senior Airman James Pratt, and I’m stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota,” he said, introducing himself to the crowd. “I competed in and won the Air Force Worldwide Talent Competition. Being a musician and in the Air Force has been a humbling experience for me, to say the least. I find myself having trouble expressing myself outside of my dorm room, so I’m hoping by performing I’m able to help other Airmen express themselves as well.”
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2017
U.S. Air Forces in Europe celebrates its 75th anniversary Jan. 23, 2017, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. USAFE: Yesterday, today, tomorrow
From the creation of Eighth Air Force in 1942, to Operation Atlantic Resolve in 2017, U.S. Air Forces in Europe has answered the call to service for 75 years. USAFE’s 75th anniversary is Jan. 19, but the command will celebrate the diamond anniversary of the U.S. Air Force presence in Europe on Jan. 23.
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In December 1942, Gen. Hap Arnold stood at Lackland’s Parade Grounds and looked out at 10 acres of Airmen – 100, 000 people arrayed in the grandest formation in Air Force history. He told the Airmen of new technologies, strategies and equipment. He told them they would win the war and help guide the future though their training and professionalism. (Courtesy Photo) AETC’s 75th Anniversary and the birth of a professional Air Force
On Jan. 23, 2017, Air Education and Training Command celebrated its 75th anniversary — a date much more important in our nation’s heritage than a simple mark in time. Jan. 23, 1942, proved to be the birth of a professional Air Force – men and women precisely selected and trained to fly, fight and win our nation’s wars.
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Default Air Force Logo Scott AFB celebrates century of service
Located in the heartland of America, Scott Air Force Base marked the historic milestone with a kickoff celebration Jan. 7 that helped launch a yearlong effort to honor its heritage, thank its mission and community partners and posture the installation for the next 100 years.
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