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Command Chief Master Sergeant Gerald Delebreau is responsible for the welfare and moral of approximately 1,500 rescue reservist's at the 920th Rescue Wing here. However, the chief is currently taking on new challenges not only for himself, but for Air Force Reserve Command. He deployed this week as the first Reservist to serve as a command chief in the U.S. Central Command's 27-country area of responsibility. "It's humbling, and it's a great honor not only to represent AFRC, but also to be a representative for the 920th," Chief Delebreau said. "It's a good feeling."  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt Jeremy Allen) Reservist may be first to fill Central Command's deployed command chief position
Chief Master Sgt. Gerald Delebreau is taking on a job that may be a first for an Air Force Reservist. He deployed this week to serve as a command chief in the U.S. Central Command's 27-country area of responsibility. Chief Delebreau is the command chief for the 920th Rescue Wing here.  However, the deployed position represents new challenges not
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2011
Bonnie Then, wife of Master Sgt. Ommar Then with the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base, Del., released her first book "Familiar Origins" in April. It's the first published novel for Mrs. Then. The fantasy-fiction novel is about five children growing up in a magical world where dragons are supreme beings. The tale focuses on the children and their ability to confront difficult life experiences and to challenge the dragons whose goal is to take over the world. (Courtesy photo) Dragon tales: Reserve spouse's fantasy novel published
The mythological, reptilian-winged beast found in the heroic tales such as "Saint George and the Dragon" has fascinated Bonnie Then since childhood. The allure of these magical, serpentine beasts combined with a love of writing prompted the novice author to write a book of her own, "Familiar Origins."Released in April, it's the first published
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2011
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Blonde pauses during a typical day at the 'office.'  Sergeant Blonde, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, is a member of the Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Team and a full-time, civilian respiratory therapist.  (Photo courtesy of TSgt. Matt Blonde) Giving the breath of life
They called Iraq's Camp Anaconda "Mortaritaville." On April 10, 2004, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Blonde found out why.He and another medical technician were walking back to their tent after their shift ended at the hospital when a mortar whooshed overhead, flashing as it exploded into a tent a few hundred yards away.Sergeant Blonde remembers dashing into
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2011
HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, HI -- Technical Sgt. Bill Gross, a KC-10 Extender crew chief, stands on the flightline here Dec. 7, 1991. Sergeant Gross was in Hawaii to help commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Sergeant Gross was the long-time crew chief assigned to the Air Force's first KC-10 and has been stationed with the aircraft for nearly his entire career. As the KC-10 celebrates its 30th year of Air Force service on March 17, 2011, Sergeant Gross can claim that he has been there every step of the way. (U.S. Air Force photo) Airman shares 30 years of service with first KC-10
Aircraft 79-0434, the first KC-10 Extender delivered to the Air Force, landed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on March 17, 1981. At the same time, four hundred miles away, a young trainee enduring the rigors of basic training was unaware that his career - and his life - would be so deeply tied to that aircraft.The KC-10 is closing in on its 30th
0 3/09
2011
Army Col. (ret.) Bill McPherson is the honorary commander for the 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Colonel McPherson proudly displayed and gave tours of his restored UH-1 (M) 'Huey' to 302nd Airlift Wing families during the wing's Family Day at Peterson Air Force Base on Saturday of the August Unit Training Assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ann Skarban) An extraordinary partnership, forged by the bonds of survival
At first glance, Bill McPherson appears to be a simple, outgoing, southern Colorado community leader with a deep appreciation for local military members.But it's only after you get to know this highly-decorated Army veteran who retired as a colonel after 30 years of service and his story of being shot down in Vietnam that you learn just how close
0 10/28
2010
Maj. Lisa Reaver (center) poses with fellow climbers Lauren Drietzler (left) and Heather Ruhle after summiting Mount Kilimanjaro's Uhuru Peak. (Courtesy photo) Reservist's Kilimanjaro climb a mountain of a cause
Most people dream of traveling the world, or conquering large obstacles. Maj. Lisa Reaver, a reservist with the 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, was able to do both in a trip that took her halfway around the world to climb Tanzania's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro."A teammate of mine from rugby did the climb a couple of
0 10/28
2010
The 815th Airlift Squadron, “The Flying Jennies” drop a cargo pallet while conducting a training mission Aug. 19 over Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss. During the mission, combat maneuvering of the C-130J-30 “Super Hercules” was executed, in addition to dropping two training pallets.  (U. S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Daniel Nathaniel) Legend has it, "mules" can fly
Mission: deliver cargo and troops into an austere and possibly hostile location via an improved airstrip approximately 3,000 feet long and 60 feet wide.Who would dare accept such an assignment? The Reserve Airmen of the 815th Airlift Squadron, "The Flying Jennies," a tactical airlift unit with the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., are
0 10/04
2010
Members of the 433rd Civil Engineering Squadron conduct a humanitarian mission in the Red Lake Indian Reservation for the Red Lake band of Chippewa Indians, just outside of Bemidji, Minnesota. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brian McGloin) Reservists train, give back to Americans
Air Force reservists from the 433rd Civil Engineering Squadron here left the Lone Star State for a couple of weeks in June to perform humanitarian work for the Red Lake band of Chippewa at the Red Lake Indian Reservation, Minn.In the crisp, spring air of the North Star State, the 433rd CES worked at two separate sites a few miles apart on the
0 6/27
2010
Chief Master Sgt. James D. Riley, chief loadmaster with the Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing steps away from a PT-47, a modified version of the DC-3 at Phitsanulok Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand.  As a child, Chief Riley visited the same aircraft with his Thai neighbor.  The Chief returned to Thailand as one of seven members of the Air Force Reserve’s 302 AW, based at Peterson AFB, Colo. to provide expert training to RTAF members on safe and effective C-130 MAFFS operations.  This event marks the first time the Air Force Reserve has sent delegates to train a foreign Air Force on use of the MAFFS equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Jody L. Ritchie) Reservist returns home to share his skills
Chief Master Sgt. James Riley was 4 years old, sitting at the dinner table in his Chicago home, when he first heard the word "Thailand."His father had just received a U.S. government job offer at Takhli Royal Thai Air Force Base in central Thailand and was asking the members of his family if they wanted to go. "I had no idea where Thailand was, but
0 2/06
2010
AURORA, Colo. -- Staff Sgt. Joshua Hinton, Air Reserve Personnel Center Directorate of Communications and Information knowledge operations manager, wraps his hands to prevent breaks and sprains Oct. 21. Boxing fitness programs are full body workouts that can burn 800 to 1,000 calories for every one hour session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kathrine McDowell) Boxing burns a body good
The idea of getting in a 24 ft. by 24 ft. boxing ring may prove daunting too most, but not to Staff Sgt. Joshua Hinton, Air Reserve Personnel Center's Directorate of Communications and Information knowledge operations manager.The Miguel Cotto fan had always been curious about the sport. The extra spark of inspiration came two months ago from
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2010
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