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Air Force Week in Photos, Jan. 20, 2012

men playing sports This Air Force Week in Photos features Airmen doing what they do best: working and playing hard.


Which is your favorite?


Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman John Caruthers, a member of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa rugby team, is tackled by members of French Forces Djibouti during a friendly match in Djibouti, Djibouti, Jan. 12, 2012. The CJTF-HOA squad was a combination of U.S. and British service members and was playing in their first-ever match as a team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

Week in photos Dec. 15, 2011

Air Force Toy drop  By Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Operation Toy Drop photo from this week’s Air Force week in photos exemplifies one of the Air Force’s most valuable contributions while bringing smiles to faces of children during the holiday season.

Photo: Members of the 914th Airlift Wing participate in the annual Operation Toy Drop at Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 10, 2011. Operation Toy Drop is a weeklong project where Fort Bragg’s paratroopers donate toys to be distributed to local children in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph McKee)


 By Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool
Air Force Recruiting Service

While on an aircraft recently my seven-year-old son pointed out the window and asked me what was below. As I replied “mountains” he got a strange look on his face and said “that’s funny, they don’t look so tall from up here.” Senior Master Sgt. McCool

As I reflected on what he said I realized his statement mirrored my career. As I was looking ahead at each challenge I faced, the mountains appeared so tall, but as I climbed them and looked back down I discovered they weren’t as tall as I thought they were.

My first “mountain” came on the morning of Aug. 3, 1995, when my dad drove me to the Military Entrance Processing Station in Phoenix, Ariz. I can remember it as if it was yesterday — standing under the fluorescent lights outside the building. The fear that had been building over the last year in the Delayed Entry Program was now staring me in the face. I was leaving home for the first time to attend Basic Military Training (BMT). The “mountain” seemed enormous and I almost begged my dad to take me back home, but his words of encouragement were the reason I was able to walk into the building that morning and survive the next six weeks of basic.

It wasn’t until three years later when I returned to BMT that I realized the “mountain” didn’t seem so tall. These experiences continued throughout my career as a health services apprentice, a member of the base honor guard, a military training instructor and here in recruiting duty. I have been fortunate to have many mentors and peers along the way who made the climb much more enjoyable. As you face mountains, find someone to help with your climb and know that someday you will be able to look back on each “mountain” in a different light.

Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool (right), Air Force Recruiting Service recruiter screening team superintendent, counsels a prospective recruiter. She was recognized as the Air Education and Training Command senior noncommissioned officer of the year for 2010. (courtesy photo)

Photo of the day, Dec. 14, 2011

Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Steve Roeper, a 107th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons load crew member, performs a rack inspection and cleaning on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt close air support aircraft at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 2, 2011. The A-10 can employ a wide variety of conventional munitions, including general purpose bombs, cluster bomb units, laser guided bombs and others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Corey Hook)

Week in photos Dec. 10, 2011

 By Airman 1st Class Krystal Tomlin
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

This week’s Air Force Week in Photos features the young and the old of the Air Force family and everything in between.

Which one do you think captures Air Force life the best?

sun rise

Photo: The sun rises over the flightline Dec. 2, 2011, at Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. The base is geographically the country’s largest air reserve base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe)