Sudan 'Lost Boy' serves as Kadena NCO

Sudan ‘Lost Boy’ serves as Kadena NCO

By Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman
18th Wing Public Affairs

“At the age of 10, I have seen death; I have buried other kids – at the age of 10,” he said, a sadness moving into his eyes. “But at the same time, I’ve rebounded. If I have to stay in that hole and think of those horrible situations I’ve been in, then I would not be here today.”

Labeled a “Lost Boy” by the United Nations along with more than 30,000 other kids from Sudan in the mid-1980s, Madut Bul – now a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant working as a supply specialist with the 33rd Helicopter Maintenance Unit- experienced what most can’t imagine. Continue reading

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Pursue your dreams

By 1st Lt. Katherine Ward
608th Air Operations Center

Everyone has a dream. Something they deem virtually impossible to achieve. Something that if the world was perfect and the stars were aligned, it could happen. If you were granted only one wish during your lifetime, that is what you would wish for. Something that, to most, will always remain a dream. That thing you brush under the rug and go on with your daily life trying to forget about. Instead, you do things that are expected of you like working 9-5 to pay the bills.

But, when you are really honest with yourself in your most vulnerable moments, you begin to dwell on your average life and wonder, “What if?”

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Retired Master Sgt. Tony Anderson surfs

‘You always get back up’

By Staff Sgt. David Salanitri
Airman Magazine

Retired Master Sgt. Tony Anderson spends time on the beach
Retired Master Sgt. Tony Anderson has taken part in the Navarre Beach Surf Warrior program for three years. Anderson, a wounded warrior, believes spending time on the water is the best therapy for him. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. David Salanitri)

As he sinks his toes into the white sand, the familiar saltwater air fills retired Master Sgt. Tony Anderson’s nose.

The former special operations Airman’s chest expands as he draws in a deep, deliberate breath, attempting to capture some sort of relaxation in the air. Exhaling, he releases his breath forcefully, pushing out any anxiety or inner demons.

The crashing Florida Gulf Coast waves echoing in his ear is a comforting sound he’s heard since childhood, growing up less than 12 miles away in Milton, Fla. They also serve as a reminder that his life hasn’t always been a calm, peaceful existence. Continue reading

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Cadets take stand against sexual violence

By Amber Baillie
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

Athletes at the U.S. Air Force Academy are serious about sexual assault awareness – so much so, they filmed a “Cadet Athletes Against Sexual Violence” video in the spring that has captured the attention of thousands throughout social media and the military community.

The two-and-a-half-minute montage features 13 cadet athletes from various athletic teams, including football, volleyball, soccer and basketball, pledging to end sexual violence and the culture perpetuating it.


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Join our EOD career chat this week!

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialists have one of the most dangerous and important jobs in the Air Force. They handle live explosives on a daily basis and are trained to detect, render safe, recover and dispose of explosives and ordnance including conventional military ordnance, criminal and terrorist homemade items.

The Air Force social media team is highlighting this unique career field during a Facebook Q&A Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. CDT on the Air Force Facebook page. The chat features Staff Sgt. Sarah Snyder, an EOD Team Leader at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Snyder graduated from EOD technical school in 2005 and was assigned to Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and Eglin AFB, Fla., before coming to JBSA-Lackland this year. She has deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan during her Air Force career.

We hope you’ll join us for the Facebook Q&A session, and you can also learn more about the EOD career field as a whole on the Air Force’s recruiting website.

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