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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 Expecting in the military

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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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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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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Generating Airpower: Chiefs of the flightline

by Staff Sgt. Derek VanHorn
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Growing up in the backwoods of Arkansas, he’d never turned a wrench a day in his life. Most of his time was spent at fishing holes, hauling hay and running around with his buddies. The closest he got to a garage was changing his car oil for a senior year shop class. It would be an understatement to say he was shocked to learn he’d be fixing jets for a living.

“I thought ‘this is crazy, you want to put an 18-year-old in charge of a jet?'” said Staff Sgt. James McFadden. “But I love it. I knew I’d love it from that point on.”

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