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  • Yellow Ribbon reveres military children

    April is the month of the military child, as the Department of Defense shines a spotlight on the children of members of the armed forces.“None of these children volunteered for the military life,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jackie Zawada, project manager for the Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. “None of them signed a contract
  • Couple learning how to reconnect after a deployment

    Staff Sgt. Eric Gapp and his wife, Laura, have known each other for eight years and been married for about 18 months, but they are getting to know each other all over again following his recent deployment for the Air Force Reserve.
  • Event helps reservist prepare for first deployment

    Surrounded by palm trees, sunshine, fountains and swimming pools, Senior Airman Brittney Jenkins took part in an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event here March 16-18, attending various breakout sessions to help her prepare for an upcoming deployment, her first.
  • Mindset change key to Reservist’s fitness reversal

    For one reservist while deployed, losing about 30 percent of her body weight and gaining lean muscle mass wasn’t just a physical transformation. It was also a mental one.
  • Busy lifestyle, faith keeps family together through deployments

    Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Derrick Williams believes keeping busy helps his family even when he’s not around due to his military service.
  • Yellow Ribbon strengthens Air Force Reserve families

    A Columbus, Ohio, family used an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event here Sept. 22-24 as the official kick-off to prepare for their second deployment.Reserve Citizen Airman Tech. Sgt. Zachary Loechler and his wife, Abigail, participated in their second event to connect with resources designed specifically to help them
  • Superintendent encourages Airmen to follow the Yellow Ribbon road

    The superintendent of a Minnesota security forces unit joined his Airmen at an Air Force Reserve Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event here Jan. 20-22 after attending a previous one that convinced him of its value.
  • Chaplains a popular part of Yellow Ribbon

    An Air Force Reserve chaplain traveled from one corner of the country to another to support a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event for the first time.Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Patrick Travers, a Catholic priest and 25-year Air Force Reserve veteran, Travers performed mass twice the weekend of Jan. 14-15 and led several group discussions. He is an
  • Spouses make “emotional banking” deposits

    Two audience volunteers swatted at balloons representing the responsibilities faced by modern Air Force Reserve families, working together to keep any from hitting the floor of the hotel ballroom as a staff member added more inflatables to the mix.
  • Despite positive outcome, deployment challenges couple

    A deployed Air Force reservist who used his limited free time overseas to finish requirements to become a schoolteacher learned some lessons of his own about how separations caused by military service affect GIs and those closest to them.Prior to his six-month deployment to the Middle East, Master Sgt. Gregory Hicks of Travis Air Force Base,
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