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Tech. Sgt. Michael Vanderhoef, 60th Surgical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the Orthotics Lab, demonstrates the process for making an orthotics brace April 17, 2018 inside David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. In the last year, the Orthotics Lab has cared for more than 4,000 patients and produced nearly 1,000 custom fabricated devices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman) DGMC brace shop designs first tibial fracture orthosis in eight years
A 12-year-old boy raced toward the ball. He was determined to kick it into the back of the net to win the game. Another child challenged the would-be goal scorer and their legs slammed into one another in a violent collision.
0 5/01
2018
Airman 1st Class Mohammad Javad from the 60th Aerial Port Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., poses with some keepsakes he collected during his time as a linguist with U.S. forces, March. 6, 2018. Javad was a linguist for U.S. forces while living in Afghanistan and fled to the United States in 2014. After a year in the U.S. Javad enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese) From Afghanistan to Airman
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — Imagine having to conceal your identity in order to feel safe and protect the ones you love. Changing the route you take to work, wearing disguises so you won’t be recognized or reducing the amount of vacation you take because you know it’s safer to be at work than not.
0 3/06
2018
Musicians from the rock music group “Mobility” of The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., practice with the Napa Valley Youth Symphony at the Napa Christian Academy, Napa, Calif., Feb. 25, 2018. The band and symphony are practicing together for an upcoming performance. The original performance, scheduled in October 2017, was canceled due to devastating wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Louis Briscese) Musicians help to heal community after devastating fires
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. — On Oct. 8, 2017, a devastating wildfire broke out and ripped through Napa and Sonoma counties. Thousands were impacted by the disaster, which destroyed over 6,500 homes and killed more than 40 people. Those affected included musicians from the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West and Napa Valley Youth Symphony.
0 3/01
2018
Capt. Whit Gremillion, an aircraft commander with the 21st Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California, was part of the crew that provide humanitarian support in response to the Mexico earthquake in September 2017. Gremillion and his crew delivered 67 U.S. Agency for International Development elite disaster team members and five canines, along with equipment and medical supplies. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Candy Knight) Captain flies into St. Croix blind to deliver food, water
Capt. Whit Gremillion, 21st Airlift Squadron, received an afternoon call Sept. 19 instructing him and his crew to fly to March Reserve Base, California, an hour away from Travis Air Force Base, California. Aerial porters worked through the night to load 76,000 pounds of cargo onto the C-17.
0 12/20
2017
Staff Sgt. Teresa Monteon, 60th Medical Group training manager from San Jose, Calif., poses for a photo with her Reebok Spartan Race medals outside David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 22. After a five month battle with cancer, Monteon completed three Spartan races. She plans on running her fourth Spartan race on Sept. 30 in Olympic Valley, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman) Staff sergeant shows resiliency in fight with cancer
“You have stage two unfavorable Hodgkin’s lymphoma.” Those were the words Staff Sgt. Teresa Monteon heard her doctor say on October 19, 2015. The weight of those words hit her hard and she cried. “I was scared,” said Monteon. “My whole world just shifted. I was so excited to come to Travis and work in the intensive care unit. It was a great chance for me to be a medic and I was looking forward to testing my skills and facing new challenges. When the doctor said that, I felt like my whole world was pulled from me.”
0 9/26
2017
Pictured are the Harchaoui triplets (from left): Myriam, 436th Supply Chain Operations Squadron at Scott AFB; Rabah, 56th Security Forces Squadron at Luke AFB, Ariz.; and Warda, 60th Medical Operations Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif. All three were born in Algeria before immigrating to the United States, and are Airmen serving in today’s Air Force. Algerian triplets join Air Force for better future
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- For one Algerian family, 6,600 miles was the distance between a life of struggle, promise and opportunity. Their journey has carried them over thousands of miles, from a barren region in Africa to California’s Simi Valley where eventually the Harchaoui triplets—Myriam, Rabah and Warda—would join the U.S. Air Force.
0 5/03
2017
Senior Airman Cassandra Hickman, 22nd Airlift Squadron C-5 Galaxy loadmaster, stands in front of a C-5 at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., March 20, 2017. Hickman was the first female in her family to join the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sam Salopek) First female in four decades of service joins Air Force
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  -- The cargo pallet glides smoothly down the flight deck into place. She moves through the compartment confidently, inspecting each pallet as she circles. Before the aircraft jets off to foreign lands, she verifies proper weight distribution, cargo placement and that the pallets are secured. During flight, she ensures
0 3/24
2017
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
0 10/20
2016
The Wehunt family poses for a photograph. Three generations of Wehunts have served in the Air Force, stretching back to 1961. (Courtesy photo/Senior Airman Laura Wehunt) Three generations of serving the Air Force
Going back to 1961, when television stations still broadcast in black and white, telephones were rotary dial and humans had not yet visited the moon, the Wehunt family has had someone in the United States Air Force. Today, at a time with hundreds of color cable networks, smartphones and the moon visited multiple times, three Wehunts wear a uniform.
0 6/29
2016
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