For new parents, having children calls for drastic change on multiple fronts in their life; often times these adjustments can be hard to do while living the military lifestyle. The New Parent Support Program offered at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., is geared toward helping with just that. It helps first-time parents, as well as parents with new additions to their family, gain confidence in their ability to raise their children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Blackwell/Released)

Expecting in the military

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

There are so many thoughts running through your mind when you first find out you’re going to be a parent. How do I share the news? Will it be a boy or a girl? What will the baby’s name be?

Then there are the thoughts of a military parent. When will I have to deploy and leave my baby behind? Who will take care of the baby when my husband and I both get called in to respond to a disaster in the middle of the night? When will the grandparents meet baby when we’re geographically? Continue reading

A Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 Hercules comes in on final approach to Thule during Operation Boxtop Sept. 30. The aircraft carried cargo to resupply Canadian Forces Station Alert and Eureka Research Station during the bi-annual operation mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jason Brumbaugh/Released)

Military installations off the beaten path

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

When you sign up to join the Air Force, you’re not only agreeing to put service before self, but also to put location before self. Sometimes you’ll find yourself stationed far away from friends and family. On other occasions, you’ll receive orders to serve at  remote locations for one year or more. While some remote bases are relatively close to civilization, these four military installations are located in the some of the most obscure areas in the world.

1. Thule Air Base, Greenland

Ceremonial Guardsmen from the Top of the World Honor Guard present the American, Canadian, Danish and Greenlandic flags prior to the Memorial Day Array-to-the-Bay Relay Run hosted by the 12th Space Warning Squadron here May 25. The run was held to honor Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler and Capt. David Lyon, two fallen service members from the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (Courtesy photo by Torben Bjerre/Released)
Ceremonial Guardsmen from the Top of the World Honor Guard present the American, Canadian, Danish and Greenlandic flags prior to the Memorial Day Array-to-the-Bay Relay Run. The run was held to honor Airman 1st Class Matthew Seidler and Capt. David Lyon, two fallen service members from the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (Courtesy photo by Torben Bjerre/Released)

Located 947 miles from the North Pole, Thule AB, Greenland is the Air Force’s northernmost installation. Contrary to popular belief, Thule AB is still operational, and is home to the 21st Space Wing’s global network of sensors providing missile warning, space surveillance and space control to North American Aerospace Defense Command and Air Force Space Command. Continue reading

Senior Airman Kati Leonard, a loadmaster with the 440th Airlift Wing, talks with 22nd Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris at Pope Field, North Carolina. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mark Thompson/Released)

Just fly your airplane

By Bo Joyner
Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs

Maj. Gen. Stayce Harris is the first female numbered air force commander in the history of Air Force Reserve Command, but it’s not easy to get her to talk about her groundbreaking career. She would much rather chat about the 15,000 Air Force reservists who keep 22nd Air Force flying and fighting every day in 23 locations.

“The 22nd has some amazing missions,” said Harris, who assumed command in July 2014 over the Reserve’s tactical air mobility operations and other vital mission sets like undergraduate pilot training, flight test operations and a highly mobile civil engineering response force.

Aircrews from the 22nd AF fly a variety of missions to include aerial spray, fire suppression, hurricane hunting and troop transport using the C-130 Hercules.

Gen. Darren W. McDew, Air Mobility Command commander, and Hillard W. Pouncy, an original Tuskegee Airman, pin stars on Harris during her recent promotion ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jaclyn McDonald/Released)
Gen. Darren W. McDew, Air Mobility Command commander, and Hillard W. Pouncy, an original Tuskegee Airman, pin stars on Harris during her recent promotion ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jaclyn McDonald/Released)

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Chureito and Mt. Fuji photo

My stay in the land of the rising sun

By Senior Airman Soo Kim
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of a life in Tokyo, Japan. I had a crazy fascination with the island country to the Far East: the people, food, culture and most importantly, visiting all the historical monuments and landmarks.

So when I completed my first assignment dream sheet for the Air Force, I left all the sections completely blank besides my number one choice: Yokota Air Base, Japan.

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U.S. Air Force Military Training Instructor Staff Sgt. Rick Oliver drills Delayed Entry Program tainees at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, July 23, 2011. When he is not at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, instructing future Airmen, Staff Sgt. Oliver, a Reserve MTI comes back to his home station and drills Reserve trainees on the fundamentals of drill and Airmanship before they head to Basic Military Training. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya/Released)

Feb. 5 recruiting tweet chat

By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force Recruiting Service and the Air Force social media team participated in their monthly tweet chat Feb. 5 and received 126 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, the teams answered questions about enlistment requirements, the Delayed Enlistment Program and other career field-specific questions. If you weren’t able to join the conversation, here are all the questions and answers from the chat. Thanks for making it our most successful chat ever!

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