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  • Florida Citizen Airman is crimefighter, counselor

    Rounding up criminals wearing a bullet proof vest and a U.S. Marshals badge is a full time job for one Citizen Airmen.However, Master Sgt. David Say wears another uniform and has a different set of responsibilities as a first sergeant at the 920th Rescue Wing's Operational Support Squadron.Say wears two hats, literally and figuratively. As a senior
  • A heart full of notes

    A little girl with a big heart and creative imagination dances and twirls through the living room. With her mouth she hums a tune, running her fingers up and down the plastic pipe connected to her mother's vacuum cleaner as she pretends to play a flute. Her goal, to become the best flutist she can be, never realizing her dream would become a
  • Broken Airman relearns walking, runs marathon

    On the morning of October 4, 2010, an enjoyable commute to work came to a crashing halt for motorcyclist and Air Force Reservist Tech. Sgt. Thomas Cowan.Cowan, the developmental and training flight facilitator for the 920th Rescue Wing, said it was a beautiful morning, so he just jumped on his motorcycle and headed to work. But after driving only
  • Aeromedical missions are about saving lives on the fly

    The C-17 Globemaster III ramp drops and 20 Reservists rush on to transform the plane into an air hospital. They work together to latch in place the metal frames that will hold litters carrying supplies and patients.As stretchers full of defibrillators, bandages, and fluids are loaded into the plane, leaders yell "Prepare to lift!" followed by the
  • Helping fellow Airmen: a job and a passion

    Airmen of all ranks and career fields are encouraged to help one another whenever possible; it's the concept of being a good wingman. For many Airmen, helping others is part of their job, but for Senior Airman Faith Morgan, it's more than that - it's a passion.  Morgan, the executive assistant to the 920th Rescue Wing's Command Chief Master Sgt.
  • Home Station Check inspections keep wing's C-17s in the air

    Taking care of the C-17 Globemaster III entails more than just an occasional washing, oil change and spot check of the plane. It takes the experience of a diverse maintenance team to go over the aircraft inch-by-inch, checking every nook and cranny for defects.Every 120 days, a Home Station Check or HSC inspection is required to keep the C-17
  • Survivor not taking gift of giving for granted

    When one experiences a traumatic life event, it can either strengthen or weaken personal resolve to face such an event's challenges and give hope and inspiration to others.As Airmen of the 908th trained and took care of regular military requirements during the January UTA, few were aware of one Airman's overcoming one of life's greatest ordeals and
  • Reserve pararescueman aims to climb Mt Everest

    Staff Sgt. Nicholas Gibson has spent most of his life in Florida, one of the flattest states in the nation with its highest natural point reaching 345 feet -- the lowest high point of any state in the U.S. While he loves the sunshine state and calls it home, Gibson has always had a desire to reach higher ground. As a teenager, Gibson said he began
  • Guard, Reserve Command Post, a unique epicenter

    It's 12:30 a.m. in the command post and a radio mounted on Tech. Sgt. Lakesha Bailey's console lights up and blasts without warning thru the speaker, "Exercise, Exercise, Exercise, Sooner Control, this is Okie 34 we are declaring an in-flight emergency and request emergency personnel and fire rescue at runway three zero zero. We have four souls on
  • Wife finds Air Force Reserve career after husband's death

    During a family hike on Mother's day 1999 Kanya Huling, her husband and three children heard what sounded like helicopters overhead but was actually the mountain shearing off in a landslide that would kill six people and injured more than 30. "After the debris stopped falling I looked over and saw my husband, Scott, hunched over our 2-year old son,
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