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Senior Master Sgt. John Tingle, 436th Civil Engineer Squadron and a former military training instructor, lines up newly enlisted 512th Airlift Wing reserv¬ists and explains the fundementals of marching. The new recruits are part of the Air Force Reserve Command’s Development and Training Flight, designed to prepare Airmen for Basic Military Training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andria J. Allmond)
Training flight fuels fervor of future Airmen
Her glasses having slid down the bridge of her nose, Latoya Gatewood-Young's expression hardens slightly. She grips her pen and pad tightly while scribbling down the names of the other tan-shirted trainees whose whereabouts she's responsible for tracking this weekend.The rigid hands of the wall clock glide to 7:03 a.m. "Three minutes late; that's
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2012
Liz Volz and Ron Helms have been friends for three years and participated in the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia, June 2-9, 2012. They lifted weights and focused on strength training for three months to prepare for BRAG, a 359-mile trek from Oglethorp to Tiger in the foothills of Georgia’s Appalachian Mountains. (Courtesy photo) Right to BRAG: Fitness advocate sets example
Capt. Ronald H. Helms, a mental health nurse with the 94th Aeromedical Staging Squadron at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., doesn't view fitness as a chore. He sees it as a joy."Most importantly, fitness is fun, it gets me outdoors, and there are lasting, overall health benefits," said Helms. "I am 56 years old, and it is imperative I stay fit for a
0 6/27
2012
Default Air Force Logo Be ready: emergency management gets personal
In the Air Force, we are used to participating in safety drills designed to teach us emergency survival skills and techniques. That training started in grade school with fire and tornado drills that provided a nice diversion from class work and matured to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives training in Air Force.
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2012
U.S. Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., exercise in Key West, Fla., during the winter months to enhance their maritime rescue skills. Royal Canadian Airmen from the 435 Transport and Rescue Squadron, 17 Wing, Winnipeg, Canada, also participated in the exercise. Both countries' rescue forces must face perilous conditions at times therefore training is conducted often. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Anton Levin)   Winter's end showcases U.S., Canadian rescue games
The Florida Straits served as maritime battlefields this winter for U.S. and Canadian rescue forces to sharpen their life-saving skills in a series of competitions designed to defeat a common enemy - the perils of rescue.To view a slideshow of the exercise, click here.While human and mechanical errors can cost those who specialize in rescue their
0 3/22
2012
TSgt. Blaire Sieber Loadmaster soars on American Idol
For one aspiring singer at Westover, 15 minutes of fame stretched out over weeks as a contestant on American Idol.The television show broadcast to millions gave Tech. Sgt. Blaire Sieber an opportunity to stand in front of the world and live out her dream."It's really hard to describe the experience," she said in a telephone interview. "You feel
0 3/16
2012
Air National Guard pararescueman Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Maddamma, 212th Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Elmendor-Richardson, Alaska; Air Force Reserve pararescueman Tech. Sgt. Dan Warren, 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; and ANG pararescueman Master Sgt. Brendon Steumke, 212th RQS, JBER, pose for a photo Feb. 9 after Warren and Maddamma were part of a rescue team that spent the night fighting a blizzard to rescue an Alaskan Native in dire need of emergency medical treatment in the remote village of Red Devil, Alaska. (Courtesy photo) Rescue Airmen brave blizzard to reach, save Alaskan villager
Snowflakes stung like needles when Pararescue Airmen skydived into a blizzard at night to rescue a Native American in a remote Alaskan village who was suffering from a life-threatening infection.Ryan Morgan, 20, was deteriorating as fast as the weather blocking Alaskan rescue personnel from getting near him in Red Devil, the dying mining town in
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2012
Air Force Reservist Tech. Sgt. Francine Torres (left) and her visually impaired 17-year-old daughter, Jasmine Polite (right), attended a free military-sponsored mountain adventure camp for military teens with physical disabilities in New Hampshire. Along with a dozen other kids from across the U.S., The Torres duo enjoyed many winter activities and adventures they normally wouldn't do to include dog sledding, snow tubing, ice skating and downhill skiing. Torres is an knowledge operations manager with the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. (Courtesy photo) Mountain adventure helps visually impaired teen see possibilities
Tech. Sgt. Francine Torres doesn't think twice about her two-hour daily commute to work each way.In fact, the Air Force Reservist and mother of three chooses to live 100 miles away from her job so her visually impaired 17-year-old daughter, Jasmyn Polite, can attend the Florida's School for the Blind and Deaf in St. Augustine, Fla. "I just do it; I
0 2/15
2012
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan -- A pararescueman from the 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron sits aboard a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter awaiting take off.The 26th ERQS compliments their traditional personnel recovery mission with medical evacuation operations in Afghanistan’s Regional Command Southwest. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tyler Placie) Deployed rescue group Airmen provide confidence, combat rescue capability to ground forces
The 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron compliments the traditional personnel recovery mission with medical evacuation operations in Afghanistan's Regional Command Southwest. The squadron's aircrew, support personnel and maintenance Airmen, Reservists deployed from the 943rd Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., a geographically
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2012
Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny, 306th Rescue Squadron first sergeant, (third from right) and Mr. Ben Buehler-Garcia (right side) walk the streets of Tucson Ariz. as outreach counselors for the national volunteer organization Stand Up For Kids. The group hands out hygiene items to homeless children in Tucson Ariz. They also provide information on the resources available to homeless children to help get them off the streets. (Courtesy Photo) Rescue group first sergeant takes a stand against youth homelessness
The temperate winter conditions in southern Arizona draws in visitors from all over the U.S. who want a brief escape from severe winter weather; unfortunately, most homeless teens make the migration here to escape the cold during the winter months.To help combat the struggles of youth homelessness in Tucson, Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny, first
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2011
Airman 2nd Class Richard Staley (far right), socializes with fellow Airmen from the 512th Troop Carrier Wing Medium during a wing dining-in, known as a "wing ding," circa 1956. Staley joined the Air Force Reserve unit, then located in New Castle, Del., in 1954, seven years after the Air Force became a separate service. (Courtesy photo) Former 512th member offers glimpse into 1950's Reserve life
(Editor's note: The 512th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office frequently receives requests for unit patches. One of those requests was from someone who said he was a proud Air Force veteran who served in the 512th AW decades ago. This is his story.)THE EARLY YEARSThe 512th Airlift Wing was flying C-46 transport aircraft when a 17-year-old from
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2011
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