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  • Airman revisits recovery with Lt. Dan

    Lt. Dan, as Forrest Gump film actor Gary Sinise is affectionately known, may not actually be a member of the military, but he treats each service member he meets with the deep-seated respect that should be given to a brother-in-arms. For Hurlburt Field's Tech. Sgt. Christofer Curtis, a CV-22 flight engineer of 8th Special Operations Squadron,
  • POW recalls 'hidden treasure' in lessons learned

    A prisoner of war held in the "Hanoi Hilton" for five and a half years shared his compelling story of imprisonment and success with U.S. Air  cadets Feb. 21-22 during the 2013 National Character and Leadership Symposium here.Like Sen. John McCain and others, retired Col. Lee Ellis was held captive after his plane was shot down Nov. 7, 1967.Ellis
  • Bagram bodybuilders push it to the limit

    Bodybuilding is not a sprint, it's a marathon.Airmen got a chance to show off their hard work and dedication to fitness as they participated in a bodybuilding competition open to all service members and civilians on Bagram Airfield.The arena was packed with spectators as the bodybuilders prepared backstage, oiling up and getting pumped to entertain
  • Welcome to the jungle: forecaster supports counterdrug operations

    He didn't know where it was to or what it was for, but when Charleston, S.C., native Tech. Sgt. Adrian Jackson heard about a short-notice tasking to deploy, he volunteered immediately.Jackson volunteered he having only been on-station two months."Because he was new to base, he was ineligible to deploy for six months, however he wanted to go, so he
  • Cadet's research aims to bust spice users

    A senior cadet's summer research, which earned her recognition from Air Force Chief Scientist Dr. Mark Maybury at an awards ceremony Feb. 1, will help catch users of spice and similar products several weeks after they've ingested the substance.Cadet 1st Class Alexa Gingras, working with two doctors at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory at Joint
  • Tracker Airmen protect Bagram

    A group of Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron is combining the old school skills of tracking with modern technology to bring a new capability to the fight."It stemmed from a lot of research in preparation for our deployment," Staff Sgt. Benjamin DeSantiago said, a 455th ESFS Reaper team tracker. "We thought instead of just
  • Altus AFB, local community partner to 'grow' mechanics

     Altus, Okla., is known for its agricultural community and an Air Force base. Together, they are not only growing crops, they are "growing" mechanics through the Grow Your Own Mechanic program.The GYOM program is an aircraft maintenance technician internship program. It was developed in 1999 under the Student Education Employment Plan in
  • Maintenance Airmen cut time with technology

    A group of Airmen here are part of a unique shop created to help identify maintenence issues in MC-130 aircraft faster.The 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron wire analysis shop is a test bed for automatic wire test sets. Air Force Special Operations Command officials initiated the AWTS program about four years ago in order to provide
  • FAST members provide much needed security at remote airfields

    An aircraft commander has plenty to worry about while flying in potentially hostile environments: What are the landing conditions like? Is there security at the landing site? Are my crew and the aircraft safe? Do I have enough fuel? Do I have any mechanical issues? Thanks to U.S. Air Forces Central Command fly-away security teams, or FAST, at least
  • Cadet, cancer patient realizes dream of flying

    In between chemotherapy treatments, a 16-year-old Air Force Junior ROTC student joined the Air Force Reserve Command's 920th Rescue Wing for the thrill of flight. "Absolutely amazing, best thing I've done in a long time," Coleton Wells said as he disembarked from one of the 920th RQW's HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.Zachary Kalish, Wells' best


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