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U.S. Air Force TSgt. Kevin Beers, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, conducts a function check on a M-4 rifle Aug. 10, 2015, at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. As Bagram’s only weapons repairman, Beers is responsible for repairing weapons for the security forces squadron, logistics readiness squadron, Marines and all other units here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado/Released) McChord Citizen Airman is Bagram's only weapons repairman
When a M4 rifle or a M2 .50 caliber rifle goes does, there is one Airman responsible for getting the weapons system back into the fight.As Bagram's only small arms weapons repairman, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Beers is responsible for inspecting and repairing weapons for the security forces squadron, logistics readiness squadron, Marines and all other
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2015
Lt. Col. Esther Weightman celebrates Verne Hendricks' 100th birthday with him in January. Hendricks, a patient of Weightman’s, was an infantryman in the U.S. Army. He received a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts while serving in the Army. (Courtesy photo) Reserve nurse serves military in dual role
Esther Weightman's life revolves around taking care of Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines. When a Reserve unit training assembly happens one weekend a month, she dons the uniform of a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and assumes the title of Chief Nurse of the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron. There she embraces
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2015
Tech. Sgt. Eugenie Hinson is assigned to the 445th Airlift Wing as the wing historian. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Elizabeth Caraway)
Historian's deployment brings new perspective
Tech. Sgt. Eugenie Hinson, 445th Airlift Wing historian, was attending the Air Force Reserve Command's Historian Basic Course at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, when she met another Airman due to deploy for six months to the Middle East. The Airman was facing numerous challenges at home but was poised to depart despite them. That, Hinson says, is
0 8/06
2015
Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Mehmedalija Pasic (left) of the 23rd Maintenance Group, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, discusses his upcoming first deployment with his mother, Almira, and younger brother, Medsudin, during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event July 25, 2015, in Chandler, Ariz. Yellow Ribbon helps reservists and their families prepare for all aspects of a deployment by providing a wide range of support services, to include financial, educational, legal and discussion forums with other service members, families and friends. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Megan Crusher) Airman inspired by family history, Yellow Ribbon support
"When they shoot at you, you don't hear it like in the movies,” said Almira Pasic. "You just feel it zip by you. It's really kind of like a loud fly."            Almira reminisced on her life in Bosnia in 1992, when war broke out shortly after Bosnia declared its independence, during an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program training
0 8/04
2015
Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins are a dual-military couple fresh off of active duty who decided to continue serving the county by joining the Air Force Reserve. They joined the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, both serve in the 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron and together work as maintainers in the refueling vehicle maintenance shop. Both are currently at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska for their 2015 annual tour. This is the couple’s first deployment with the unit and first opportunity to travel together as a couple. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Barbara Plante) 
Reserve life fits military couple
Staff Sgt. Adam Jenkins and Senior Airman Cassandra Jenkins are a dual-military couple fresh off of active duty who decided to continue serving their country by joining the Air Force Reserve. They joined the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where both serve in the 944th Logistics Readiness Squadron and together work as
0 8/04
2015
Erin T. King (left) leads Staff St. Chalcea Maggs (center) and Master Sgt. Alex Murray in a communication exercise July 25, 2015, at an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event in Orlando, Florida. Maggs and Murray are both assigned to the 911th Aeromedical Evacation Squadron at Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station in Pennsylvania. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Aja Heiden) Yellow Ribbon session focuses on improved communication
An Air Force wife taught Airmen and their loved ones about using “positive sandwiches” when discussing problems and looking for solutions during an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program training event July 24-26 here. "Say something positive to your loved one," speaker Erin T. King said during the Renegotiating a New Normal session,
0 8/03
2015
Courtesy photo of Tech. Sgt. Elias Aponte Earn it: A story of redemption
From his earliest days as an Airman at basic training, Tech Sgt. Elias Aponte said things didn’t come easy.“Earn it!” Aponte recalled what his drill sergeant would shout. “That’s all he ever said to us.”Looking back through the long lens of time, the Security Forces  sergeant said his life could best be described as a series of seemingly
0 7/13
2015
Senior Airman Ian Ramirez, an aeromedical evacuation technician assigned to the 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, prepares for a training mission on board a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III May 29, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Carie Brown) Wright-Pat reservist lives dream thru football, service
When Senior Airman Ian Ramirez, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, walked into his squadron in May, he noticed a banner on the wall with his jersey number, #24, and the words, "Welcome home" and "Congratulations." The AE technician, who joined the unit in 2013, had just returned from Costa Rica after playing football for the USA Patriots,
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2015
Emily Hain, Integrative Restoration and yoga instructor, monitors Aircraft Non-destructive Inspection specialists Tech. Sgt. Clifford Daniels of the 388th Fighter Wing and wife Staff Sgt. Alexandra Daniels of the 419th Fighter Wing June 27, 2015, during a breakout session at an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program training event in Orlando, Florida. (U.S Air Force photo/Master Sgt. James Branch) Reservists learn meditation techniques
Emily Hain added a colleague’s stress-reduction techniques to her regular yoga routine after experiencing several personal and professional upheavals that affected her health. "We live in a culture that stresses us to strive more and more," said Hain, a military spouse and resource provider for the Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration
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2015
Second Lt. Stephanie Creel, 434th Air Refueling Wing Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program representative, interacts with children attending a Yellow Ribbon event in Orlando, Fla., March 28, 2015. The program’s purpose is to ensure support and outreach services are readily available to unit members, their families and communities throughout a deployment cycle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark Orders-Woempner) Grissom Yellow Ribbon rep increases program participation
For centuries yellow ribbons have been associated with returning of loved ones and messages of support and hope, and a new representative exemplifies that support and hope through Grissom's Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.Second Lt. Stephanie Creel recently stepped into her new role as 434th Air Refueling Wing YRRP representative with the goal
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2015
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