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Isabella Sanchez (left), the 10-year-old daughter of Staff Sgt. Howard Sanchez, 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., embraces a hug by Ann Merie Darling, another Air Force Reserve family member who participated in a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event April 25-27, 2014, in Maryland. Youths attending Yellow Ribbon events experience targeted age-specific games as well as family-bonding activities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kelly Goonan) Reserve family enjoys Yellow Ribbon together
When 10-year-old Isabella first learned her daddy was deploying, she said she was really upset about it. But, after attending her first Yellow Ribbon Program event, she learned to not stress as much and think about the positive.Now, with her family at their second Yellow Ribbon training weekend April 25 - 27 on the Eastern Shore in Maryland, the
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Tech. Sgt. Nicolette Shegstad works as the 934th Force Support Squadron Formal  Schools NCOIC at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minn. (Air Force Photo/Paul Zadach) 934th Reservist tackles challenges in a different uniform
American football has often kept women on the sidelines, but that is slowly changing as the Minnesota professional women's football team, the Minnesota Vixens, of the Independent Women's Football League prepares to open their 16th season. Tech. Sergeant Nicolette Shegstad, 934th Force Support Squadron formal schools NCO in charge, is preparing for
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Retired Capt. Mary McGriff kisses Courage, her service dog, during an Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon Program training event at which she spoke Jan. 25, 2014, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. McGriff was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following a 2003-2004 deployment to Iraq and cites Courage’s presence with helping her overcome flashbacks and panic attacks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Peter R. Miller) Dogs help veterans cope with PTSD, trauma
Though she was home, Capt. Mary McGriff felt no comfort. She was alone but anxious, quiet but uneasy. She felt no safety behind locked doors. The doctor's words rang fresh in her mind, behind splintered memories of her 2005 deployment to Iraq. "I thought being diagnosed with PTSD was a kiss of death," said McGriff. "I thought, 'Well, I am just
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Michelle Lutz rests her head on the shoulder of her husband, Chief Master Sgt. Rich Lutz, during a post-deployment breakout session at an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program training event Feb. 23, 2014, in Carlsbad, Calif. The Lutzes are working through the tragedy of losing Michelle's younger brother to suicide the same day her husband left for a six-month deployment from his job as chief loadmaster and resource manager with the 728th Airlift Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn Estrada) Yellow Ribbon resources help family through deployment, tragedy
Michelle Lutz's world stopped revolving the day her husband and best friend, Chief Master Sgt. Rich Lutz, left for a deployment. "I didn't want him gone for six months. It's very difficult being a single parent," said Michelle.The two met nearly 15 years ago when she saw Rich playing pool at a Vashon Island, Wash., club where she worked as a
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Senior Airman Kelly Andino, 403rd Operations Group intelligence analyst, fulfilled one of her dreams by joining the Air Force Reserve. The Honduran native journeyed to the United States on a music scholarship and recently achieved two of her goals: joining the military and becoming a U.S. citizen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens) Following the tune of hope: An Airman's journey
Hope. It's a key virtue that can give people the drive to help them push through troubled times. Hope can propel them to strive to excel and achieve goals that may feel like nothing more than dreams. Many of these dreams became a reality for one young Airman, who overcame many difficulties in her homeland to make a life for herself here in the
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"Fit for Freedom" Fitness poster, high resolution file available upon request. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Adamarie Lewis-Paige, photo by Abner Guzman)



 Ironman Tri-athlete Kicks Off Westover Strong Campaign
A local Ironman competitor and mother of three children told reservists on the January A UTA about her successful style of athleticism and time management.Michelle Fitzell is a physical therapist at Bay State Hospital in Springfield. This past August, she completed her first Ironman competition in Louisville, Ky. The Ironman is a 2.4 mile swim, a
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Ryspodii “Sporty” King addresses an Air Force Reserve audience during a Yellow Ribbon Program training event Jan. 25, 2014, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Yellow Ribbon promotes the well-being of reservists and their loved ones by connecting them with resources before and after deployments. King, whose topic was “Deployment L.I.F.E. (Lessons Intended for Everyone),” has spoken at Yellow Ribbon events for two and half years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Terrica Y. Jones) Speaker encourages deployers to turn negatives into positives
Pre- and post-deployment Airmen attending Yellow Ribbon Program training events often hear an inspirational message from a speaker who desires to have reservists "come, share and plan to leave with something.""I hear what I am saying when I'm telling people to be positive," said Ryspodii "Sporty" King, who has participated since 2011 in Yellow
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Courtesy photo of SrA. Jason Barnett and SrA. Andrew Nelson. Wingmen: AF firefighters are life-long friends
It's rare that two life-long friends can say they've traveled all around the country and the world in the military - together. But that's the case with Senior Airmen Jason Barnett and Andrew Nelson. The two wingmen grew up together in the Nutmeg State, attended and graduated from Connecticut colleges the same year, worked together at the same
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Retired APS chief recalls Iran hostage ordeal
Guests at Chief Master Sgt. Henry Lojkuc's (pronounced "Lo-check") recent retirement ceremony would never guess the unassuming and deferential aerial porter was ever a player in world affairs. But for one month in 1979, he was a hostage in Tehran during the Iranian Revolution.It's Valentine's Day, 1979, and he's a Marine Corps corporal, newly
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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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