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Collection of ‘heroic’ Airmen stories to be released in February

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  • By Joel Fortner
  • Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Operating Location - P

The latest edition of an annual collection of heroic Airmen stories is slated to be released the first week of February, the project officer said Jan. 10.


Portraits in Courage was designed to tell Airmen’s stories of courage, valor and heroism, Maj. John Baum said.


“This project is important because it highlights the courage and selfless actions of our American Airmen,” he said. “When you ask these Airmen to tell you about their story, they will tell you they were ‘just doing their job’.  That is a testament to the humility and character of members of the U.S. Air Force.”


Not only do these stories cover acts of heroism in the line duty, several stories highlight courageous acts during personal time.


Volume 8 will be published online at There will also be a limited print edition.


The latest volume was originally planned for release on Veterans’ Day in November, Baum said, but the combination of sequestration impacts, civilian furloughs and government shutdown made that impossible.


Differing from previous editions, this volume not only highlights the accomplishments of 13 individual Airmen, but also features three teams. Prior to the public release on Feb. 5, the selected Airmen will be notified through their chain of command.


To view previous editions of Portraits in Courage, visit


“While Airmen perceive their actions to be in the ‘normal line of duty’, they accomplish the impossible,” Baum said. “It’s our responsibility to recognize these Airmen and represent the countless stories of heroism that go untold.”