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Maj. Phil Heseltine, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center executive officer to the commander, Fort Dix, N.J., shows the POW/MIA bracelet he wore for 18 years.  Major Heseltine presented the bracelet to the family of Maj. Robert F. Woods, whose name is on the bracelet, during the funeral for Major Woods at Arlington National Cemetery April 9, 2008.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) Remembering Major Woods: A bracelet finds a home after 18 years
For as long as he's been in the military, Maj. Phil Heseltine wore a very special bracelet. After 18 years though, the original patina of the aluminum bracelet began to wear off. Additionally, when he flew combat missions in the KC-135R Stratotanker for Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he
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Staff Sgt. Christopher Dion and his military working dog Dena, both from the 6th Security Forces Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., stop for a photo prior to leaving for a mission May 15, 2008, from Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.  On his first deployment as an MWD handler, Sergeant Dion trained at home station and in the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's Phoenix Warrior Training Course to get ready for to deploy.  In his words, Sergeant Dion says he's "excited to finally do what I've desired and trained to do for so long -- be an MWD handler."  (U.S. Air Force Photo) Air Force Warriors: MWD team arrives in Afghanistan for special duty
Climbing down the stairs of the commercial DC-10 in near darkness on the tarmac was a stirring moment for Staff Sgt. Chris Dion. The early-May Afghanistan air at Bagram is dryer and cooler than many places in the world. This is mainly due to the majestic mountains rising up around this base blocking out warmer air. The first experience of it in the
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Airman 1st Class Brittany Goff, 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, kisses her husband Army Sergeant Jimmy Goff, upon arrival back to Pope after eight months away. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Mindy Bloem) Convoy work a different world for LRS Airmen
When Airman 1st Class Brittany Goff, 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, joined the Air Force as part of her desire to explore the world, she probably didn't foresee that desire coming true quite so quickly. For the past seven months, Airman Goff has spent her days moving supplies around to different bases in order to do her part for the war effort.
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Dorothy Lewis visits a C-9A Nightingale outside the Air Mobility Command Museum. The AMC Museum honored this 92-year-old heroine for donating her dress uniform and bronze star during a ceremony May 9. (U.S. Air Force photo/Roland Balik) WWII Army Nurse at Dover AFB, AMC Museum honors bronze star recipient
At the age of 25, Dorothy Richter joined to serve her country honorably during World War II. But today, near the age of 92, this combat nurse has retired an emblem of honor. More than 100 people came to recognize the military heroine in a ceremony May 7 at the Air Mobility Command Museum. Ms. Richter, now Mrs. Lewis after marrying Maurice Lewis in
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Blindfolded competitors navigate the minefield challenge using third-party vocal cues to stay on course. Senior Airman Eric Camacho, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, uses hand signals to guide his spotter teammates, who then give the verbal cues. (Photos by Abner Guzman.) Survival of the fittest: Inaugural Northwest Skunkworks event tests Airmen's wilderness survival, leadership skills
A day without the use of cell phones, text messaging and the Internet might qualify to some as day void of productivity and fruitful communication. But don't tell that to the group of 25 Airmen who participated in the inaugural Northwest Skunkworks 48-hour survival event April 30 to May 2 hosted by the 62nd Security Forces Squadron. The event
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Default Air Force Logo Pope medevac C-130 crew overcomes double engine failure in AOR
A C-130 pilot could fly more than 5,000 hours in their career and more than 4,800 in the Hercules, yet still go an entire career without ever having to fly with something as catastrophic as double engine failure. Prior to March 19, that was the case for Lt. Col. Brian Jurkovac, 43rd Operations Group. Colonel Jurkovac is currently serving in support
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Silent Witness statuettes huddle in the main entrance of the wing headquarters building April 7, in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Silent Witness Initiative goal is to promote domestic and child violence reduction efforts in communities across the nation and in other countries. (photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Lockoski) Not so silent: McConnell exhibits speak of child abuse prevention
People may notice crowds of "abuse victims" stand quiet and motionless at various locations though the base in April in honor of Child Abuse prevention month. While these victims may not talk, they will share personal stories of abuse with McConnell members in hopes of preventing others from suffering their fate. Several McConnell volunteers
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Tech. Sgt. Peter Aguilar spots a 60K Tunner loader as it leaves the cargo yard at Balad Air Base, Iraq.  Sergeant Aguilar, an aerial port flight ramp service technician with the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, is a reservist deployed from the 88th Aerial Port Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Heather Cabral) Aerial porters keep convoys off the road
Although most people credit medical professionals with saving lives, another group of people here are helping to reduce patient numbers: the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Aerial Port Flight. "Although we are mainly in charge of unloading, loading and tracking everything coming in and out of Iraq, I believe our most important
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FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – Senior Airman Darron Kain, 92nd Maintenance Squadron munitions inspector, performs visual inspection on fifty caliber munitions to check for cracks and deformities on the munitions ensuring they are safe for distribution to the war fighter. Airman Kain was chosen to be featured in an upcoming Air Force Technology Education Magazine highlighting various military jobs. The calendar will be distributed throughout high schools across the country and used for recruitment purposes.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. JT May III) Fairchild Airman chosen for recruiting magazine
At 16 years old, Darron Kain knew he was destined to join the Air Force. He wanted to do something important with his life, support his country and make his parents proud. One month out of high school, at 17 years old, he raised his right hand to recite the oath of enlistment. Almost four years later, the Stockton, Calif., native is a senior airman
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Staff Sgt. Christopher Dion and his military working dog Dena participate in an obstacle course on a range on Fort Dix, N.J., Feb. 14 as part of training as students in the Air Force Phoenix Warrior Course 08-3 K-9 track.  The course is taught by the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's Expeditionary Operations School and 421st Combat Training Squadron and prepares security forces for upcoming deployments.  Sergeant Dion and Dena are from the 6th Security Forces Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) Air Force warriors: MWD team trains for Afghanistan deployment
(Editor's note: This is the first in a series of three stories highlighting a military working dog team training in the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center's Phoenix Warrior Training Course then following the team through its deployment.) He's thinks to himself, "We don't have weather like this in Florida." However, even though it's hovering around
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