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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

Air Combat Command honors POW/MIA Remembrance Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

According to the Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office, more than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. In observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we remember some of these brave men and women who served and were listed as Missing in Action or who became Prisoners of War, and we share their stories. To all American military prisoners of war, missing, or unaccounted for…we will never stop searching for you. Continue reading

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Senior leaders discuss key issues on final day of AFA conference

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever and
Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Department of Defense and Air Force senior leaders discussed key military issues, and reiterated their support and appreciation to total force Airmen during the final day of the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference Sept. 17, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

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AF leaders share updates on space, nuclear enterprise at conference

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever and Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The second day of the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference in Washington D.C. enlightened attendees on current developments to the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise, space and cyberspace programs and other Air Force major commands, programs and initiatives.

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Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James (left center) and Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh (center right) cut the ribbon at the ceremony officially opening the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington D.C. on September 15, 2014.  (U.S. Air  Force photo/Michael J. Pausic)

AF senior leaders kick off annual AFA conference

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever and Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Air Force senior leaders kicked off this year’s Air Force Association Air and Space Conference today in Washington D.C. They discussed several Air Force mission areas and hosted a Spouse and Family Forum focused on family resiliency.

Other Air Force commanders and directors held additional panel discussions on command and control, airpower in NATO, and updates about the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, and U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

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