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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • From professional baseball player to Air Force Reservist

    Although his life as the commanders executive officer is full of staff summary sheets and staff meeting slides there was a time when Capt. Brett Bakner fulfilled the childhood dream of many young boys and could call himself a professional baseball player. While playing Division II football and baseball at the University of West Virginia Bakner was
  • Not giving up

    It's been said fitness is a way of life, but one Air Force Reservist found both her fitness and her life in grave danger."2011 and 2012 have been an emotional as well as physical journey for me," said Master Sgt. Michele Smith, unit training manager for the Readiness Management Group at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base,
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