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920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron Commander, Col. (Dr.) Lewis D. Neace becomes life-saver during commercial flights to and from Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., where he performs his Reserve duty. (Courtesy photo) Reservist saves lives during round-trip flights
A Reservist assigned to the 920th Rescue Wing here found himself in not one, but two life-saving situations during flights to and from his November unit training assembly . Col. (Dr.) Lewis D. Neace, 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron commander, was called to action during the flight from Portland Nov. 1. About an hour after takeoff, a call came
0 12/21
2012
The presidential palace lies in ruins in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, nearly three years after the lethal earthquake – and the relief effort, which the 439th Airlift Wing joined.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. James Bishop)
A Reservist's perspective: Haiti After the Earthquake
The rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun.-Haitian ProverbNearly three years after Haiti's lethal earthquake, and the 439th Airlift Wing's humanitarian response, I visited the recovering country.On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, with the epicenter just 15 miles west of Port-au-Prince, killing
0 12/12
2012
Senior Airman Roy VonAlmen, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron medical logistics journeyman, recently rejoined the U.S. Air Force as a Reservist after successfully losing 78 pounds to meet Air Force fitness standards . He first enlisted 26 years ago as an active-duty Airman. (Courtesy photo)


Airman rededicates life to service after 22 years
Senior Airman Roy VonAlmen, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, may look like a typical medical logistics journeyman, but he's far from average - that's because VonAlmen first enlisted 26 years ago. He recently rejoined the U.S. Air Force as a Reservist at age 44. The journey to becoming an Airman wasn't easy, but one could say that VonAlmen has
0 11/09
2012
(From left to right) Col. Kay Barrish, Andy, DJ, Bob, Crystal, Adam, and Benjamin pose for family photos. Col Barrish and her husband, Bob, adopted two children and are in the process of adopting one more. (Photo by Amy Kachel) 
Finding your family: adoption as an option
After having two boys of her own, Col. Kathleen Barrish realized that she and her husband, Bob, were not done parenting. "Like many, I never dreamed of becoming an adoptive parent," Barrish said. "I gave birth to two sons, both with their own unique personality, and I cherished every stage of their development. It wasn't until they were on the cusp
0 10/31
2012
Members of the Air Force Reserve 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare to climb the ladder into a KC-135 Stratotanker at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Oct. 22, 2012.  The aircraft had just returned from an overseas mission.  The Airmen assigned to the 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron are part of a team that accomplishes a lengthy checklist of items to ensure McConnell's fleet of tankers stay mission ready.  (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Zach Anderson) Reserve aircraft maintainers help keep McConnell's fleet flying
Senior Airman Michael Moore doesn't technically own an airplane. Moore, a crew chief assigned to the Air Force Reserve 931st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here, hasn't quite saved up the capital required to purchase a private jet. But if you ask, he will tell you he feels like he owns an entire aircraft fleet."When I'm off work and just out driving
0 10/30
2012
An F-16C Fighting Falcon with the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, on a mission in Afghanistan on Oct. 23, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo) Luke Viper pilots teach, fly, fight
Over the past year, the 69th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., has sent 22 pilots on contingency deployments throughout the world. The U.S. Air Force Reserve unit's primary mission is to train combat ready F-16 pilots, but in addition to this role, its pilots regularly deploy in the "Viper" for real-world global contingencies. In
0 10/29
2012
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - From left to right; Cindy Valenzuela, Jackie Duarte, Joseph Valenzuela and Juliet Valenzuela, show off their medals after completing the 2012 Air Force Marathon. Cindy, Joseph’s wife, received her medal for completing the half marathon. (Courtesy photo) 445th Reservist, siblings complete AF Marathon
The day finally came that he and his siblings were anticipating - Sept. 15, 2012, the day of the Air Force Marathon. Tech. Sgt. Joseph Valenzuela, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and his sisters, Master Sgt. Jackie Duarte, 548th Operations Support Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif., and Juliet Valenzuela, an Air Force veteran now living
0 10/01
2012
Wounded Angels, from left, Master Sgt. Frankie X. Reilly, Staff Sgts. Scott Bilyeu and Jimmy Settle took a break during a hike on Mount Hood, Ore. The three participated in a weeklong healing retreat on Mount Hood that was geared to connect injured Rescue Airmen July 22. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech Sgt. Peter Dean) Wounded Angels find solace at 6,000 feet
Countless people have experienced the peaceful serenity that can be found at the Cloud Cap Inn here, but for most, the road that brought them to this magical place didn't begin after being ejected from a Pave Hawk HH-60G helicopter as it tumbled down a mountainside in Afghanistan . Staff Sgt. Scott Bilyeu, a medically retired active duty
0 8/02
2012
Kate Blanchfield drives a ball toward the goal during her team's July 22, 2012, win in a Dover, Del., adult field hockey league. The 512th Airlift Wing technical sergeant  has played the sport for 15 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Proietti) Reservist gives new meaning to term 'hockey mom'
Wisps of blonde hair are swept aside to reveal a small, white scar positioned above her left eye - an indication of toughness gracing the freckled face, blue-eyed technical sergeant."I got hit hard--it bled a lot and hurt pretty badly," said Tech Sgt. Kate Blanchfield, smiling broadly as she looks up from the stacks of paperwork spread out before
0 8/01
2012
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.,- Chief Master Sgt. Vernon Lundskow, superintendent of the 459th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, stands in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker of the 459th Air Refueling Wing. Lundskow has been the rank of chief master sergeant for 22 years and retires from the military with 37 years of service; 22 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and five years with the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Katie Spencer) More than just an E-9; Chief retires after 37 years
When people decide to join the military, one of the questions they ask themselves is, "How long am I willing to serve my country?" For some, the answer is one enlistment of four to six years. For others, the answer is 20 years as to collect retirement. For Chief Master Sgt. Vernon Lundskow, the answer is 37 years. Lundskow held a retirement
0 7/20
2012
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