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Capt. (2nd Lt.) Trudy Frantz, 446th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron flight nurse, assembles a litter with a Soldier onboard a McChord Field C-17 Globemaster III during a mass casualty exercise. Reservists with the 446th AES trained alongside Army medical personnel during the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Ingrid Barrentine) Air Force Reserve nurses share passion for healing
Years before Dana Fisk was old enough to join the military, she instinctively connected with her family's military heritage, through the distinct scent and texture of the uniform her grandfather wore fighting in World War II, and from gazing at the blemished photo of her great grandmother--who served as a nurse during World War I. "I knew as a
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2014
Senior Master Sgt. Natalie Gray (r) distributes information during an Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon training event Jan. 25, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif. Gray, a reserve chaplain's assistant with U.S. Northern Command, decided to help with the Yellow Ribbon Program after benefitting from it prior to and after a 2012 deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Luke Johnson) Resource provider gives back to program that helped her
Prior to a 2012 deployment, Senior Master Sgt. Natalie Gray attended her first Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon Program training event and learned about the benefits and help available to her.When the chaplain's assistant returned from her six-month duty, she learned how to cope with reintegrating with her family through another Yellow
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2014
Senior Airman Keith Smith looks on as a chef instructor discusses techniques during a kitchen exercise. Smith, a Reservist with the 908th Force Support Squadron, recently attended the Armed Forces Forum for Culinary Excellence at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, Calif. 
(Courtesy photo/National Restaurant Association © 2013 Celene Di Stasio) Reservist adds key ingredient to life's recipe
Somehow or another, cooking has always been simmering in Senior Airman Keith Smith's life.Before enlisting, he worked in the fast food industry, and his military occupation as a reservist with the 908th Force Support Squadron has food services as one of the five core fields. Even so, food wasn't always on the front burner. In fact, the Montgomery
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2014
Default Air Force Logo As a wingman, look for signals of distress
Last spring, I attended the funeral of a friend, classmate and fellow veteran.His passing marked the second time in 2013 that a family friend had committed suicide.His troubles were many, and he hid them well. We spoke often and had many "war stories" to tell each other. I'd seen him at least weekly at our Student Veterans Alliance meetings at a
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2014
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Airman 1st Class Donel Pascual (center), an Air Force reservist with the 433rd Airlift Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, discusses deployment benefits with his father, retired Army Lt. Col. Madonel Pascual (right), and mother, Susie Pascual, during Air Force Reserve Command's Yellow Ribbon event Jan. 26, 2014 in Indian Wells. Airman Pascual will be deploying to Kyrgyzstan in the spring. AFRC’s Yellow Ribbon program provides information, services, referral and proactive outreach programs to Reservists and their families through all phases of deployment cycles. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Anna-Marie Wyant) Full-time student, part-time Airman prepares for transition with Yellow Ribbon
Being a full-time college student is a full-time job. Students sometimes feel stuck in a never-ending cycle of going to class, doing homework, studying and writing papers over and over again. For one student and Citizen Airman, that cycle is about to be disrupted for something completely different: a military deployment. Airman 1st Class Donel
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A cardboard cutout of Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Steve Purvis, first sergeant of the 44th Maintenance Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, stands in for him while he was away during a recent deployment. (Photo courtesy of Janie Purvis) 'Cardboard therapy' helps reservist's spouse
For the past several years, the Yellow Ribbon Program has held events bringing together servicemembers and their families to gather information that assists them before and after their deployments. A Yellow Ribbon event held in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Jan. 24-26 was another opportunity for participants to share how they cope with their loved ones
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Senior Airman (then Airman 1st Class) Adedapo “Odie” Odupitan, a medical technician with the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, swore in during a naturalization ceremony at McChord Field, Nov. 8.  Odupitan, a Nigerian native, and approximately 30 other foreign service members became U.S. citizens that day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle) Citizen Airman embraces the title--literally
The sky's the limit for Senior Airman Adedapo "Odie" Odupitan, a medical technician with the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron here, who raised his right hand and became a U.S. citizen, Nov. 8. Odupitan, along with approximately 30 other foreign service members, swore in during a naturalization ceremony here at the Co-located Club.Odie was born in
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2013
Some might consider Airman 1st Class Dominic Luka a foreigner, but experiencing loss is definitely something that’s familiar to him. By age 11, Luka suffered the loss of, his father, stepmother, a sister, and two brothers. As one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, he was evacuated from his homeland and sent to a Kenyan refugee camp before coming to the United States and enlisting into the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle) 'Lost Boy' finds new life as Citizen Airman
Most U.S. teenagers who rebel against their parents, share a sibling rivalry, complain about their living conditions, or whine about the "slow" Internet connection on their smartphone haven't met Dominic Luka.In the late 1990s, he lost his father in the civil war between the central Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Army. At age
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2013
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Davis survived breast cancer and was invited to participate in the Safeway Buddy Check9 Calendar 2014 as a model for October to raise awareness. Davis is a recognitions service team member at Air Reserve Personnel Center. (Courtesy photo/Tommy Collier) From cancer to calendar model: Airman raises awareness
She might be next year's Miss October in the annual Buddy Check9 Calendar by Safeway, but her experience as a breast cancer survivor, mother and Airman is a year-round example for women in and out of the service. Her road from survivor to calendar model, however, wasn't easy.Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Davis, an Air Reserve Personnel Center recognitions
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2013
Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. David Hodge volunteers extensively with several organizations, to include the Teller County Search and Rescue located in Colorado's Teller County. Hodge, 6th Space Operations Squadron Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of standardization and evaluation, uses his amateur radio skills to support emergency responders during times of emergencies. The 6th SOPS is a subordinate unit to the AF Reserve's 310th Space Wing, the nation's only Reserve space wing. (Courtesy photo/Tech. Sgt. David Hodge) Reservist's amateur radio skills lynch pin for emergency responders
He flips the switch on his radio, dialing into a local emergency channel - and listens in. Focused, he concentrates, listening for the slight crackle of radio traffic.With just dead air floating through the invisible radio waves, he leans into the microphone, pressing down on the mic's element, and talks to the world: "KØDRJ, this is KCØYCQ --
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