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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.
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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
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U.S. Air Force Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander, poses for his pilot training graduation photo at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, in July, 1994. Because few Asian Americans were pilots at the time, something as small as his oxygen mask made Canlas stand out. Since the bridge of his nose is wider than most, the instructors had to give him an older, obsolete model. Now more than 20 years later, Canlas attended the first ever Asian American and Pacific Islander forum sponsored by Presidential Commission in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2016 to help continue valuable mentorship for other Asian American men and women serving in the military. To the Philippines and back: Airman reflects on his heritage
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The first Asian American and Pacific Islander forum sponsored by the Presidential Commission was held in Washington, D.C. in December.Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander, attended the open discussion about challenges being faced by current military members and veterans and the plans to resolve the issues
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Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips, 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, right, poses with his grandfather, retired Staff Sgt. Raymond Hopper, in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker, June 25, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Phillips is assigned to the KC-135, one of the same airframes his grandfather once worked on nearly 60 years before. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Thornbury) A family tradition: grandfather, grandson maintain KC-135s
Families often carry a profession through their generations. For Staff Sgt. Austin Phillips and his family, they have been maintaining the aerial refueling mission for the last 60 years.Phillips, 22nd Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, is assigned to the KC-135 Stratotanker, one of the same airframes his grandfather once worked on
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