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  • Through Airmen's Eyes: Airman receives Purple Heart 8 years after injuries

    "Just don't tell my mom; she's going to kill me," Tech. Sgt. Kellen Grogan recalled saying to a fellow Airman shortly after their Humvee rolled over an improvised explosive device in Iraq. As the pressure-plated device detonated, it sent the vehicle and its passengers flying 10 feet into the air and hurled them 15 feet forward. Their vehicle was
  • Through Airmen's Eyes: Airman reflects on journey from load toad to viper pilot

    "I remember the first time I climbed into an F-16 and the canopy closed. I had my mask on and it was so quiet. I was amazed at how quiet and peaceful it was. At that moment, I knew the cockpit was where I was meant to be."To get into that cockpit, Maj. Robin Lytle had to navigate a long path.Lytle, an F-16 pilot with the 93rd Fighter Squadron here,
  • Combat rescue pilot 'born to run'

    Capt. Jason Tomas did not start out as a runner. But now, he asserts that not only was he born to run, but we are all born to run. The 920th Rescue Wing combat-search-and-rescue helicopter pilot said going to war led him to this philosophical belief about running -- and to his biggest running feat to date - the 50-mile Keys100 ultra-marathon from
  • Air Force brat breathes life, experiences into comic book heroine

    Like Moirai or "Fates" of Greek mythology, comic book writers have near autonomy over the lives of the characters inhabiting their universe. Subject only to the managing editor who, like Zeus, can affect the direction of the hero's narrative, the writer leads characters from one interaction to another, battling enemies or assisting friends.Kelly
  • McChord Field advocates provide help for wounded Airmen

    Not many people enjoy being told that they can't do something -- especially after they've experienced an unexpected life-altering injury or illness. Sometimes it takes the aid and understanding of a person who's been through similar circumstances to help them press on and make the best of their new situation.Thomas Higdon and Robert Snyder apply
  • Yellow Ribbon shows reservist that there is still much to learn

    Most service members who have deployed at least once in their careers may think that they've "been there, done that." But one Airman' s recent experience showed that there is still much to learn for a successful deployment.Staff Sgt. Bronsha Smith, Combat Arms Training and Maintenance instructor with the 931st Security Forces Squadron, McConnell
  • Rescue Airmen give kids day to remember

    Airmen who are used to risking their lives to save others in combat or natural disasters gave two little boys a glimpse at what they do in the 920th Rescue Wing.The boys, Finnian Gerts, 7, and Trevor Scheerer, 5, are used to danger, too. They are both battling cancer to stay alive.Finnian has been receiving treatment for nearly three years. He has
  • Hill reservist moonlights as quarterback

    He grabbed a uniform from his locker, pulled his laces tight, and felt focused and calm. He always gets the same feeling when he dons his football gear, but there's another uniform the player wears that's far more important to him."When I put on my military uniform, I know I did a lot more to earn that than my football uniform," said Airman 1st
  • Hill reservist moonlights as semi-pro quarterback

    He grabbed a uniform from his locker, pulled his laces tight, and felt focused and calm. He always gets the same feeling when he dons his football gear, but there's another uniform the player wears that's far more important to him."When I put on my military uniform, I know I did a lot more to earn that than my football uniform," said Airman 1st
  • Reserve medical Airmen learn about PTSD

    Anywhere from 11 percent to 20 percent of servicemembers who deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan return with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. That includes reservists here, who often transition from a deployed environment to their civilian lives in only a few days time.To better
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