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Air Force veteran Stacey Pavenski, 46, of Palm Bay, Florida, has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but she didn’t get it from serving in combat. It came from her husband’s combat struggles that drove him to take his own life in their bedroom, Sept. 18, 2017, while she was in the kitchen. He was 45. 
That fateful day has led her on a journey to bring awareness to PTSD and traumatic brain injury disorders that lead 22 veterans a day to take their own lives. Joining forces with Mission 22, a non-profit organization, she has put together a PTSD 3K walk-run on Florida’s Space Coast during PTSD Awareness Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cathleen Snow) Air Force Widow vows to bring awareness to invisible wounds
Air Force veteran Stacey Pavenski, 46, of Palm Bay, Florida, has post traumatic stress disorder, but she didn’t get it from serving in combat. It came from her husband’s combat struggles that drove him to take his own life in their bedroom, Sept. 18, 2017, while she was in the kitchen. He was 45. That fateful day has led her on a journey to bring
0 6/25
2018
Staff Sgt. Carl Enis Two Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen among 7 Airmen killed in Iraq helicopter crash
Two Air Force Reserve pararescuemen, Master Sgt. William Posch, 36 and Staff Sgt. Carl Enis, 31, are among the seven Airmen killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq, March 15, 2018.
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2018
(Left to Right) U.S. Air Force Reservists, Master Sgt. John Herrick, 39, who has completed three other marathons; Staff Sgt. Tyrone Hawkins, 47, an avid cyclist; 2nd Lt. Amber Schoenberger, a direct descendent of a Bataan Death March survivor; Tech. Sgt. Delbert Templeton, 36, a prior Marine; and Tech. Sgt. Trevor Petersma, 39, who completed the Air Force half marathon while deployed in Iraq in 2008, all members of the 610th Command and Control Squadron, pose behind their unit guidon after completing the Bataan Memorial Death March Marathon March 19 at White Sands Missile Range, NM. (Courtesy photo) Bataan survivor’s descendant leads unit in grueling marathon
Thirty years ago, she was dancing on her granddaddy’s feet; this month, she marched 26.2 miles through deep desert sand and over mountains carrying a 50-pound ruck sack with four comrades in arms, in his honor.
0 3/31
2017
Citizen Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, support a SpaceX launch from Kennedy Space Center (Courtesy photo) Citizen Airmen support milestone recycled rocket launch
SpaceX made history March 30 with the successful launch of a reused Falcon 9 rocket, marking the first time a commercial company has been able to send a previously-launched rocket into space a second time.   SpaceX launched SES-10 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:27 p.m. EDT. One hour prior to the
0 3/30
2017
The U.S. Air Force’s 45th Space Wing supported United Launch Alliance’s successful launch of the WGS-9 spacecraft aboard a ULA Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 at 8:18 p.m. ET March 18, 2017, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Air Force has been breaking barriers since 1947 and the successful WGS-9 launch marks an important occasion for the Wideband constellation as it is a major milestone in a 20-year multilateral partnership. (Courtesy photo/ULA) Reserve Airmen support successful Delta IV launch
The U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 920th Rescue Wing in partnership with the 45th Space Wing, supported United Launch Alliance’s successful launch of the WGS-9 spacecraft aboard a ULA Delta IV rocket from Space Launch Complex 37 here March 18.
0 3/18
2017
Senior Airman Liam Miner, 720th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron dedicated crew chief, stands by ready to marshall King 52, the first HC-130 configured for Air Force rescue, down the Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, taxiway for the last time March 6, 2017. King 52 will retire at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, with more than 50 years of service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Maurice) Air Force's first HC-130 takes final flight to retirement
After more than 50 years of faithful service and rescue missions spanning the globe, King 52, the first HC-130 configured for Air Force rescue in 1964, retires March 6, 2017.
0 3/06
2017
Col. Kurt Matthews (center) assumed command of the 920th Rescue Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Dec. 3 in a change of command ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, 10th Air Force commander, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas (left). Matthews replaced Col. Jeffrey L. Macrander (right) who served as the 920th RQW commander from August 2011 to December 2016. Approximately 400 civilian and military guests attended. (U.S. Air Force photo./1st Lt. Anna-Marie Wyant) Air Commando assumes command of 920th Rescue Wing
Col. Kurt Matthews assumed command of the 920th Rescue Wing here Dec. 3 in a change of command ceremony officiated by Maj. Gen. Richard Scobee, 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas.
0 12/05
2016
Aaron Farrior, former pararesuceman who served during the Vietnam War, takes a seat during the 2016 Pararescue Reunion in Melbourne, Florida, September 22, 2016. Farrior is the recipient of a Sliver Star and four Distinguished Flying Crosses for his actions and service during the Vietnam War. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Dana White) Pararescuemen gather for rodeo, reunion
“That others may live.” To a pararecueman, this is the motto, creed and essence of what it means to be part of the Air Force’s guardian angel community. Through every war or conflict, this creed has created a brotherhood bonded through legacy - one continuing to be written. At the 2016 Pararescue Reunion in Melbourne, Florida, active duty, Guard
0 11/01
2016
Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen or PJs from Portland’s 304th Rescue Squadron assisted in recovering a hiker who was declared missing October 25, 2016. Early October 26, 2016, a team of four PJs scoured steep rocky terrain near the Oregon-Washington border until nightfall with the assistance of volunteers, civil search and rescue teams, AT&T and Apple. Information was obtained to pinpoint the GPS coordinates for the victim, 31-year-old Melvin Burtch's, cell phone allowing searchers to navigate to the cell phone location. They found Burtch’s body within 50 yards of the location of the phone. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Maj. Chris Bernard)
Portland PJs recover missing hiker
Living by the words of their motto, these things we do that others may live, Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen, known as PJs, from Portland’s 304th Rescue Squadron assisted in recovering a hiker who was declared missing October 25. When 31-year-old Melvin Burtch didn’t return home that evening, Skamania County Sherriff initiated search efforts
0 10/31
2016
Patrick Air Force Base and Sea World personnel team up to help a  sick whale Sept. 7, which led Air Force Reservist Tech. Sgt. Bridget Gayden, 920th Rescue Wing Security Forces Airman, to become a Sea World volunteer to help sick animals.(U.S. Air Force photo Master Sgt. Paul Flipse) Beached whale encounter leads Airman to Sea World volunteerism
As an Air Force Reserve security forces Airman, Tech. Sgt. Bridget Gayden never imagined she’d be responding to help a sick mammal, however on Sept. 7, Gayden and fellow 920th Rescue Wing SF Airmen were called to help a 10-foot whale stranded on Patrick Air Force Base’s beach.“It was an unforgettable experience,” said Gayden which led her to
0 10/18
2016
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