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  • Reserve pararescueman aims to climb Mt Everest

    Staff Sgt. Nicholas Gibson has spent most of his life in Florida, one of the flattest states in the nation with its highest natural point reaching 345 feet -- the lowest high point of any state in the U.S. While he loves the sunshine state and calls it home, Gibson has always had a desire to reach higher ground. As a teenager, Gibson said he began
  • Guard, Reserve Command Post, a unique epicenter

    It's 12:30 a.m. in the command post and a radio mounted on Tech. Sgt. Lakesha Bailey's console lights up and blasts without warning thru the speaker, "Exercise, Exercise, Exercise, Sooner Control, this is Okie 34 we are declaring an in-flight emergency and request emergency personnel and fire rescue at runway three zero zero. We have four souls on
  • Wife finds Air Force Reserve career after husband's death

    During a family hike on Mother's day 1999 Kanya Huling, her husband and three children heard what sounded like helicopters overhead but was actually the mountain shearing off in a landslide that would kill six people and injured more than 30. "After the debris stopped falling I looked over and saw my husband, Scott, hunched over our 2-year old son,
  • Reservist's daughter is youngest blackbelt

    The tenets of taekwondo are pretty similar to the Air Force's core values: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit. One McChord Reservist's daughter followed all of those tenets to become the world's youngest taekwondo black belt, and it all started because of a deployment.Staff Sgt. Scott DeLibero is a traditional
  • Cadet, cancer patient realizes dream of flying through Rescue Wing

    In between chemotherapy treatments a 16-year-old Air Force Junior ROTC student joined the Air Force Reserve Command's 920th Rescue Wing for the thrill of flight. "Absolutely amazing, best thing I've done in a long time," Coleton Wells said as he disembarked from one of the 920th RQW's HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters.Zachary Kalish, Wells' best
  • The fight of her life: Reservist's wife battles MS with mixed martial arts

    Dawn Fiore has been studying martial arts for 17 years, but it was only last year she went public about her toughest opponent - - multiple sclerosis. The wife of Maj. Christian Fiore, a Reserve C-17 pilot assigned to the 326th Airlift Squadron here, was diagnosed with MS in 2005 and can still remember what she was doing when she felt her first
  • Highly skilled dance performed at 25,000 feet

    When most people think about skillful dancing, the thought of a couple moving gracefully across a dance floor comes to mind. If you are part of the KC-135 Stratotanker refueling crew, you're probably picturing two planes less than 50 feet apart bouncing around at 25,000 feet while trying to connect a refueling boom into what appears to be a golf
  • Grief melts fear, leads Air Force Reservist to worldwide talent audition

    A package in the mail containing a T-shirt renewed hope for one talented Air Force Reservist in the 920th Rescue Wing. Tech. Sgt. Altrameise Myers, information management craftsman, was a little confused when she received a package in the mail with a lone T-shirt emblazoned with the words--Mission Audition. It came from the Air Force's highly
  • Focus under fire

    In the mountains of Afghanistan, embedded with Soldiers, an Airman works to remove an improvised explosive device from the side of the road. While trying to concentrate, his group comes under fire, forcing him to fire back as he continues his task. Somehow, despite the pressure he is under, he is able to think clearly enough to remove the explosive
  • Self-aid, buddy care training saves life

    Senior Airman Nathan Collett never thought he would be in a dangerous situation when he enlisted into the Air Force Reserve in October 2009. An 87th Aerial Port Squadron cargo processing flight traditional reservist, he loads and unloads the "bullets, beans and bodies" on C-130, C-17 and C-5 aircraft. He is also a sophomore at Columbus State
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