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Airman 1st Class Lauren Nolan, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron materials management journeyman, poses for a photo with her horses, Tiz and Shoobie, Oct. 13, 2016, in Wichita, Kan. When Nolan moved to McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. her first duty station she had her horses shipped to the area and now boards them off-base in the local community. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Jenna K. Caldwell) Combat to cowboy boots: Airman uses horses to spread resiliency
Growing up, she recalled running around the woods of North Carolina trying to catch a wild horse. She had fallen in love with a flea bitten, little and gray Arabian horse, which nobody could manage to catch, except her. She wasn’t yet tall enough to put the halter on, so she would put the rope around the horse’s neck, hold her and look to her dad
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Capt. Slugocki inserts an IV into a simulated patient during a training mission at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Airman follows in mothers footsteps, becomes flight nurse
As a child, Capt. Katie Slugocki, 321st Air Mobility Operations Squadron flight nurse, would tag along with her mother, who has now been a nurse for more than 30 years, while she worked and saw the impact her mother had on her patients’ lives. Since she was just a young girl using her mother’s stethoscope on her baby brother, Slugocki has had a
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Staff Sgt. Kelsey Shaw, NCO in charge of aircraft parts store with the 6th Logistics Readiness
Squadron, holds Kaylee Smith, a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) mentee,
during a TAPS event in St. Petersburg, Fla. Shaw has mentored Kaylee and her family for two 
years. (Courtesy Photo)
Mentor opportunity turns into lifelong friendship
“Kelsey has been a true Godsend to my family,” said Megan Sanders, mother of Kaylee Smith. “She has supported my children during numerous Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) events and in their everyday lives.”
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Airman 1st Class William Matlock, 437th Maintenance Squadron electronics technician, uses a spectrum analyzer on Oct. 4, 2016, at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. The spectrum analyzer is used to test signal distortion, noise, and modulation for various radio frequencies. Measuring excellence by the milligram
When not supporting the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and the Air National Guard, the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory uses its technical capabilities at Joint Base Charleston Air Base to support a range of technologies including aircraft countermeasures test sets and night vision goggle testers. “One of the difficulties is explaining something
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Cathy Curry, wife of the 375th Medical Group Commander Col. Douglas Curry, is no stranger to the importance of getting a yearly mammogram. At 45 and considered low-risk, Curry was diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec. 3, 2015, exactly a month after abnormal calcifications were first detected via her yearly exam. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Gwendalyn Smith) Preparing for a different battle
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Cathy Curry, wife of the 375th Medical Group Commander Col. Douglas Curry, is no stranger to the importance of getting a yearly mammogram. At 45 and considered low-risk, Curry was diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec. 3, 2015, exactly a month after abnormal calcifications were first detected via her yearly exam. “I just
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Staff Sgt. Clinton Brown, 161st Intelligence Squadron intelligence analyst, poses for a photo, Oct. 6, 2016, at the air park on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Brown was recently awarded the United Service Organization National Guardsmen of the Year for saving two children from a car fire May 23, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Rachel Waller) Airman saves children’s lives, earns award
Staff Sgt. Clinton Brown, 161st Intelligence Squadron intelligence analyst, was recently awarded the United Service Organization National Guardsmen of the Year for saving two children from a car fire May 23, 2015.
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Senior Airman Cory Swan, 512th Maintenance Squadron metals technician, uses an angle grinder to remove a piece of metal from a metal frame Sept. 19, 2016, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The Metals Technology Shop supported the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations mission by designing and building frames for their new transfer vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia) Maintainers design new frame for AFMOA vehicles
The 436th and 512th Maintenance Squadrons’ Aircraft Metals Technology Shop has worked hand-in-hand with Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations to ensure the success of the dignified transfer mission by designing and fabricating a custom frame for AFMAO’s new transfer vehicles.
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From left, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Maria Hudgeons, left, assigned to the 22nd Comptroller Squadron, a Mongolian translator and Staff Sgt. Nadine Statham, assigned to the 354th Medical Support Squadron, count pharmaceuticals in preparation for a health services outreach site in Erdenet, Mongolia, Aug. 13, 2014, during Pacific Angel-Mongolia 14-4. Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance operation conducted in the Pacific area of responsibility to support U.S. Pacific Command's capacity-building efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Justin Billot/Released) Airman LEAPS into translator role
She grew up in Russia and moved to the United States when she was 16. Her mother was an English teacher; her grandmother was a German teacher, and her step-father was an American. She learned English at a young age and could speak it well, but she quickly realized there was a disconnect when talking to people. In the states, it was sometimes
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Command Chief Benjamin Miranda Jr., 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing, takes a moment to mentor an Airman. Photo by Airman 1st Class Melissa Estevez Command chief carries on Hispanic legacy of service
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- As one of the 1.2 million Hispanics who’ve served in the military, Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Miranda, 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing Command Chief, is keeping a legacy of devotion to country alive and well.Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, he chose the Profession of Arms at age 17.“To this date, my parents are
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A Travis Air Force Base KC-10 Extender flies over Northern California on Feb. 17, 2915. The KC-10 is an Air Mobility Command advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. armed forces. 9th ARS crew takes on unexpected tasks
The day started like any other for Capt. Shane Ruether, 9th Air Refueling Squadron pilot, and his KC-10 Extender crew of two pilots, one boom operator and one flight engineer. The crew was fulfilling the role as an alternate, tasked to sit alert for a presidential support mission, and was prepared to be airborne if it was needed to provide back-up support to a primary KC-10.
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