Tragedy and perseverance

By Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mosness
81st Training Wing Public Affairs

He could have lived another life. One that included becoming a child soldier and subsequently a Lost Boy from the Liberian Civil War. Instead, luck, hard work and true grit led Joseph Boyou to the U.S. Air Force where he now holds the rank of staff sergeant.

Boyou, 2nd Air Force special projects and programs manager, was born in Monrovia, Liberia, in West Africa. He recently signed a deal to publish his first memoirs to detail the ups and downs of his life.

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An Air Force officer administers the oath of enlistment

July 10 recruitment tweet chat

By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force Recruiting Service and the AF social media team participated in their 11th tweet chat on July 10 and received 93 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, the teams answered questions about assignments, enlistment requirements, the Delayed Enlistment Program and other career field-specific questions. In case you missed it, here are all the questions and answers from the chat. Continue reading

A group of runners pose for a photo after a race.

Runner’s high overcomes life’s lows

An Air Force captain runs in a race
Capt. Brian Thorn, 460th Space Communication Squadron plans and resources flight commander, races in the Lucky Laces 10k Run March 15, 2014 in Denver. Thorn is training to run in the Air Force Marathon as part of the Air Force Space Command team. (Courtesy photo)

By Airman 1st Class Samantha Saulsbury
460th Space Wing Public Affairs

“You hit that wall and you’re like ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’” said Capt. Brian Thorn, 460th Space Communications Squadron plans and resources flight commander. “Everything is focused on I need to take the next step…I need to finish…I need to finish.”

For Thorn and Senior Master Sgt. Tammie Gaudu, 460th SCS operations flight chief, running isn’t just a hobby. Both Team Buckley members are training to run in the Air Force Marathon as part of the Air Force Space Command team. Continue reading

The frame of a Stearman PT-13D Kaydet aircraft sits in the Restoration Hangar

Restoring a piece of history

By Ken LaRock
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The Restoration Division at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is currently restoring a Stearman PT-13D Kaydet aircraft, a standard primary trainer flown by the U.S. and several Allied nations during the late 1930s and World War II. Plans call for this PT-13D to be part of an expanded Tuskegee Airman exhibit in the World War II Gallery to represent flight training during the war.

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Military memories

By Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

Twenty-five B-24 Liberators were lost during his last mission during World War II.

His airplane had been among those that went down when his crew had to ditch their plane over the North Sea. Luckily, he was rescued from the waters by an English air-sea rescue ship.

Dale VanBlair sat and told me about his experiences during the war and beyond in a busy restaurant on his 93rd birthday.

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