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A love story: Healing the wounded warrior

By Senior Airman Jette Carr
Air Force News Service

He was a young Air Force officer healing from a recent trauma, and she was a dedicated single mother of two. Whether it was friends or fate that first brought them together, neither would have suspected that their chance meeting in Florida would be the key to his recovery.

140925-F-PA987-005Their introduction to each other was unlikely – not due to the events of the day they met, but of one roughly six months earlier, when Capt. Mitch Kieffer lay in a hospital bed in Iraq waiting to be medically evacuated to the states. He was suffering from injuries sustained after an improvised explosive device passed through his lightly armored SUV and damaged not only his body but also his mind. Continue reading

First manned PDE-powered flight, Jan. 31, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Five innovative Air Force aircraft that you’ve probably never heard of

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The history of the Air Force is rooted in finding new ways to solve problems. It’s one of creating out-of-the-box solutions and achieving greater possibilities. Drone technology, stealth aircraft and space vehicles were merely science fiction until we made them reality. The aircraft you are about to discover brought upon revolutionary new abilities for today’s Air Force and will continue to have an impact on technology in the future. Continue reading

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The Real Unsung Heroes

By Senior Master Sgt. Kevin R. Shane
20th Reconnaissance Squadron

In the fast paced tempo of today’s operational environment, I’m often thousands of miles away from home due to temporary duties, deployments or training.

As I am off doing what I have loved for over twenty-five years at various locations, I find myself asking: Do I thank my spouse and family enough, or even at all?

Did I thank them for everything they do for me and this great country? Did I thank them for the numerous sacrifices they have made while allowing me to take care of the Air Force mission and the people I am responsible for? Continue reading

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating the ‘American Mosaic’

By Cadet 2nd Class Frank Montes de Oca
U.S. Air Force Academy

What makes America great? Some say it’s the freedoms American citizens are guaranteed. Others may say it’s the opportunities available at our fingertips. If you ask me, this country is great because of its diversity.

140923-F-RB000-001My parents immigrated to New York City in the early ’80s. My father is Honduran and my mother Costa Rican. They came to the U.S. to establish a new life by seeking the opportunities America has to offer. Shortly after my birth, we moved to Florida. My parents worked from sunrise to sunset to provide for my sister and me, and took English classes at night. My father later attended technical schools, and my mother took a job at Walt Disney World, where she’s remained for 20 years. Continue reading

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Coins, careers and lessons learned: An Airman’s journey to knowing it all

By Senior Airman R. Alex Durbin
633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

For me, September marks a bittersweet time of year. As the summer and the memories it brought fade, replaced with the brisk winds of change, I look forward to my Air Force anniversary and back on how far I’ve come in the past three years. With my annual reflection also comes a different anniversary, the Air Force birthday.111125-F-XY001-001

As I remember the highs and lows and the leaves change color in nature’s last blaze of glory, I am astonished how the present is different from the future I imagined three short years ago on the parade grounds of Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in my pristine dress uniform and shaved head under the crisp, blue flight cap carefully slanted at the perfect angle. Continue reading

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