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  • 934th captain serves community as Winter Carnival royalty

    In 1885 a New York reporter wrote that Saint Paul, Minn. Was, "another Siberia, unfit for human habitation in winter."  Offended by this, the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce decided to prove that St. Paul was not only habitable, but that it was a fun place to be.  Capt. Christine Schrader, 934th Operations Support Squadron,  grew up in Woodbury,
  • A-10 pilot guides lives with goals, balance at Yellow Ribbon

    The irresistible sway of musician Stevie Wonder's song "Superstition" helped Lt. Col. Todd Riddle urge his audience  to "dance like nobody's watching," during his keynote address at an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Program training weekend here Sept. 26-28.More than 600 reservists and their loved ones rose to the music. In addition to speaking to
  • McChord Reservist trades computer for parachute

    Computer issues can drive a person to the point of jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft. Well, that's the story of one Reservist with the 446th Airlift Wing.Senior Airman Jeffery Gebhardt, a 446th Force Support Squadron client systems technician, is currently assigned to the Joint Communications Support Element at MacDill Air Force Base,
  • Pope Field crew chief jumps careers

    Most crew chiefs will tell you that they know their aircraft inside and out, but one assigned to Pope Field, N.C., knows the outside of a C-130 Hercules better than most. As a former Army paratrooper, Tech. Sgt. Michael Santoy, a crew chief with the 440th Maintenance Squadron, jumped out of C-130s while assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group,
  • Blind woman prepares for husband’s first deployment

    An upcoming first-time deployment poses special challenges for an Air Force reservist and his wife, who has just 10 percent of her vision left. "On a personal and emotional level, it's a much bigger deal than I'm allowing myself to think it is," said Leah Martinson, wife of Senior Airman Eric Martinson of the 934th Maintenance Squadron at
  • Spouses key element of Yellow Ribbon training

    Approximately 140 pre- and post-deployment Air Force reservists gathered for a Yellow Ribbon event in Daytona Beach Aug. 23-24 to learn about benefits, learn how to better reintegrate, or learn how to prepare for upcoming changes. When reservists deploy, they go either as an individual member or as a unit. They have to leave their friends, families
  • Child's medical condition challenges Reserve family

    "Even though she has a breakable body, she also has this amazing, unbreakable sprit," Senior Airman Samuel Taylor said about his stepdaughter, Mara Jade.The 11-year-old has lived with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type II/type and dwarfism since birth. Her mother, Elisabeth, met Samuel in 2004 while he served a mission at their church in Colorado
  • Cyber Reservist squeezes out confidence during JUICE

    In a deployed environment, cyber systems operators have a two-fold mission. That is, to establish and maintain secure communications systems for all personnel and conduct reconnaissance against vulnerabilities that could benefit potential adversaries. Cyber reservists from the 42nd Combat Communications Squadron tested these competencies during the
  • Dog comforts Yellow Ribbon trainees

    Last weekend's Yellow Ribbon event here was a first for Tess, a HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response working dog.An active member of a comfort dog response team, she took a break from her weekly hospital and school visits to interact with military members and their families at the Air Force Reserve training weekend. Through Hope, she provides
  • Balloon challenge provides colorful lesson for military families

    Master Sgt. Robert Davis and his wife, Angelique, know all about pressures in today's society. They proved it through juggling them while standing in front of 648 of their fellow reservists and their loved ones here July 26.The couple from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., succeeded in catching the most important balloons that symbolized life's
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