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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.”
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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