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Staff Sgt. Naara Miguez Vera (left) and Senior Airman Lorimar Rivera, 927th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base Fla., plan to travel to Crystal City, Virginia, during the Memorial Day weekend to participate in the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. TAPS, a not-for- profit organization that offers compassionate care to families grieving from the loss of loved ones serving in the U.S. Military. (U.S. Air force photo/ Senior Airman Xavier Lockley)
MacDill reservists to spend Memorial Day providing hope, healing
For many, Memorial Day is just another day off of work, an extra day to spend with family and friends while flipping 'burgers and dogs', few even know the meaning and even fewer take a moment to reflect and honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the U.S. Military.But two members of the 927th Aerospace Medicine
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Chaplain (Maj.) Olga Westfall is 94th Airlift Wing chaplain. (U.S. Air Force graphic/James Branch) Chaplain overcomes obstacles
Although Chaplain (Maj.) Olga Westfall, 94th Airlift Wing chaplain, provides spiritual services during unit training assemblies, it has not always been that way for her.Westfall was born in Dnepropetrovsk, found in Eastern Ukraine in the late 60’s. During her time as part of the Soviet Union, the thought of God was prohibited. The Bible was a
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Senior Airman Kyle McCollum, AFRC Yellow Ribbon logistics manager, inventories a hand held radio during a Yellow Ribbon event in Orlando. McCollum is responsible for inventory and shipment of all Yellow Ribbon supplies for each event throughout the year. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance Babin) Logistics’ duo keeps Yellow Ribbon orderly
“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics…” The ancient Chinese warrior Sun Tzu was not talking about the Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program when he wrote those words in “The Art of War” 1,600 years ago, but the message still applies in Yellow Ribbon, which promotes the well-being of reservists and their loved ones
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2015
Air Force's pre-deployment screening process does its best to ensure Airmen are medically prepared to deploy. Air Force Reserve Command is making sure the influx of Citizen Airmen who are scheduled to deploy to various locations this summer are taken care of the best they can. (U.S. Air Force file photo/Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace) Support systems a factor in preventing suicides
Recent studies indicate service members are less likely to commit suicide due to their deployment experiences, but the odds increase upon separation from service.Are these odds the same among Air Force reservists who spend most of their time as civilians?When it comes to suicides, risk factors involving drinking and substance abuse, relationship
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2015
David Craig, a key spouse trainee with the 433rd, Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland, Texas, and Lisa Radliff, a key spouse mentor with the 419th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah, adhere family photos to a pillowcase during a Yellow Ribbon event in Florida. Key Spouse volunteers set up a table with sign-up sheets, hot presses and a tablet or laptop. Families can stop by to sign up for one or two pillowcases depending on if they are pre-deployment or post-deployment. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Chance Babin) Pillowcases popular with program participants
Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program participants receive free pillowcases imprinted with family photos to take on deployments via a collaborative arrangement.“I wish we had something like this when my husband was deployed and my kids where young,” said Kimberly Wren, the “key spouse” from the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Field,
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2015
Tech Sgt. Gerald Ingram waves at the crowd while riding on the sled of reigning Iditarod Champion, Dallas Seavey, during the 2015 Iditarod Ceremonial Start.This year marks the 43rd running of the Iditarod and the first year of the Air Force Reserve’s sponsorship. (U.S. Air Force/Capt. Megan Liemburg-Archer) 'Iditariders' showcase AF Reserve at sled-dog race
It's not every day someone gets a phone call to ride along in Alaska's Iditarod sled-dog race with the reigning champion.When Tech Sgt. Gerald Ingram of the 477th Fighter Group received this call, he said, "Yes," with a big smile on his face and without a moment's hesitation.Ingram teamed up with champion musher, Dallas Seavey, for the Ceremonial
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2015
Retired Brig. Gen. James Sehorn speaks about the message he will deliver to Reservists at a wing commander's call for the 446th Airlift Wing Nov. 3 at McChord Field, Wash. Sehorn served 31 years in the Air Force, with five years and three months of that time spent as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, Vietnam, after being shot down in his F-105 "Thud" fighter jet Dec. 14, 1967. Sehorn was the commander of the 446th AW from February to December 1990. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Tech. Sgt. Rachael Garneau) Former commander, prisoner of war tells reservists how will power can be stronger than firepower
Only in America can a former convict become a brigadiergeneral.Former resident of the prison camp known as the Hanoi Hilton,then Capt. James Sehorn never imagined a lifelong relationship with the UnitedStates Air Force or rising to the rank of brigadier general. Now retired andliving a comfortable life in Georgia, he flew here to visit the
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2015
As a young college student in 1960, McNeil (far left) and three of his friends staged a protest at a lunch counter inside a Woolworth store in Greensboro, N.C. They refused to move when they were told the facility did not serve blacks. Their protest quickly spread to lunch counters in 54 cities in nine states. Maj. Gen. (retired) Joseph A. McNeil, an American hero
 The young college student sitting at the far left in theaccompanying photo is Joe McNeil, and he's an American hero.At about4:30 in the afternoon on Monday, Feb.1, 1960, McNeil and three of his buddiessat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth's in downtown Greensboro, N.C.,and asked the waitress for a cup of coffee. "We don't serve Negroes
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2015
Cadet First Class Sarah Farmer was an enlisted Air Force Reservist when she decided to apply for admission to the Air Force Academy.


One cadet’s story: Reservist offers Air Force Academy advice
(Editor's note: Cadet First Class Sarah Farmer is ontrack to graduate from the Air Force Academy in May with a dual major in biologyand behavioral science. Upon graduation, she plans to serve her country as anAir Force intelligence officer. This is the story of how the former Air ForceReserve enlisted member made it to where she is today.)When
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2015
Congressman Doug Collins represents Georgia’s 9th Congressional District. A Passion to Serve: U.S. congressman/Reserve chaplain finds satisfaction in giving back
(Editor's Note: This story is part of a regularseries of articles that will highlight the unique capabilities that Air ForceReservists bring to the fight every day. Make sure to check out future issues ofthe magazine for more Profiles in Leadership.)Air Force ReserveChaplain (Maj.) Doug Collins has always had a passion for serving others,
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