Tag Archives: Airmen

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

Portraits in courage

Portraits in Courage Volume 9

Meet some of the amazing Airmen who exemplify the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. Portraits in Courage Volume 9 recognizes five teams and seven individuals for their personal or moral courage in performance of their duties. Let’s meet them!

Find out what these Airmen did to be selected by reading their profiles here: http://static.dma.mil/usaf/courage/.

Which of these Airmen inspires you?

Air Force BMT graduates perform pass and review during their graduation parade

Best BMT moments

By Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Basic military training is the first step for every enlisted Airman’s career; it transforms you from a civilian into a military member. Many may remember seeing Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland’s “Gateway to the Air Force” sign or the buzzing sound of that first haircut. We asked our Facebook followers to share their top BMT moments and received over 1,000 comments! Do any of these bring back memories?

Bill Thomas- In 1968, giving blood during week 3 for the wounded of the Tet Offensive. Seconnd best memory is the perfect score on rifle range, but that’s expected of an East Tennessee Ridgerunner.
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Everyone must do their part

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

One in three women are sexually assaulted over their lifetime, and I have a problem with that statistic. In my world, it’s three out of three: my mother, my sister and my wife.

Earlier in January, I attended the first-ever Sexual Assault Prevention Summit as one of 150 active-duty, reserve, guard and civilian Airmen from all ranks and demographics. The very first thing we were asked was: “How many of you know someone who has been sexually assaulted?” Almost all 150 hands raised in unison. Continue reading