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Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Laura Perry, center, 45th Medical Operations Squadron master social worker, poses for a photo after a speaking engagement, Dec. 2, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Perry spoke about her journey as a transgender veteran and what the opportunity to openly serve has given military members in this community as part of Moody’s Diversity Day celebrating LGBT Pride month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson) Transgender veteran lives inner truth
A 9-year-old boy stands in front of the mirror looking at his outfit for the day. His mom comes behind him smiling and comments on what a handsome young man he is becoming. He looks at his mom with sad eyes and replies “I should have been a girl.” Taken aback, his mom smiles and says “Don’t be silly, go play with your trucks.” This is the reality people living with gender dysphoria face; feeling they are in the wrong body, and their internal feelings don’t match their outward appearance. “We’re not crossdressers, drag queens, or transvestites,” said retired U.S. Air Force Major Laura Perry, 45th Medical Operations Squadron master social worker. “There’s nothing wrong with those people. That’s just not us. In my case, I was a female stuck in a male’s body and that’s important to understand. I’m not just deciding that I like girl’s clothes or that I like to wear makeup. The choice that [transgender people] make is whether to transition or not. We don’t choose to feel like we’re trapped in the wrong body.”
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2016
Staff Sgt. Vincent Cruz, 355th Maintenance Group Air Force repair enhancement technician, solders a replacement relay for an armament relay box that controls some of the A-10 weapons systems at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2016. D-M’s AFREP possesses a repair rate of 95 percent and a financial benefit of over two million dollars. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) AFREP cuts costs with in-house repairs
The Air Force has tens of thousands of pieces of equipment in its inventory. Coming across broken components is inevitable. The AF Repair Enhancement Program specializes in the repair of broken equipment for future reutilization.
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2016
The 20th Fighter Wing was stationed at Royal Air Force Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England, from 1970 to 1994. Hardened shelters on the installation were used as a defensive measure to protect air assets in the event of an attack. (Courtesy photo from 20th Fighter Wing historian) 30 years past: 20th FW role in Victor Alert
Thirty years ago, the first of November marked the end of the decades-long nuclear stalemate between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Soviet Union. For 28 years, forces on both sides of the Cold War stood vigilant against threats from the opposition.
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(Left) Lt. Col. Dan Newton, 22nd Intelligence Squadron commander, (middle) Lt. Col. Robert Vidoloff, 29th Intelligence Squadron commander, and (right) Lt. Col. Scott Paul, 381st Intelligence Squadron commander,  all attended North Dakota State University together from 1996 to 2000. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt) Graduates of NDSU reunite 16 years later as 70th ISRW squadron commanders
People often say “the Air Force is a small place.” This statement holds true, especially for three particular intelligence squadron commanders from the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing. Before Lt. Cols. Dan Newton, Robert Vidoloff and Scott Paul became commanders of the 22nd, 29th and 381st Intelligence Squadrons, respectively, all three of these Airmen where Bison. Yes, Bison from North Dakota State University.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Airmen stand up for fitness
According to a study done by Research Now, an independent panel research firm, Americans spend an average of 13 hours sitting per day. Added to the roughly eight hours spent sleeping, that adds up to about 21 sedentary, or inactive, hours.
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2016
U.S. Air Force retired Chief Master Sgt. Garland “Bill” Love poses in front of memorabilia at the Retiree Activities Office at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Nov. 7, 2016. Love served 32 years in the Air Force, 16 years in the civil services and is now on his 13th year of service at D-M’s Retiree Activities Office on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) Chief Love: the veteran that keeps serving
Veterans Day is commemorated to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Services. Despite retiring from the Air Force 32 years ago as a medical technician, and serving an additional 16 years of civil service, retired Chief Master Sgt. Garland “Bill” Love continues to devote his time to his country. Love, from West Monroe, Louisiana, joined the Air Force after his half-brother died during World War II. His decision to suit up was a no-brainer.
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Staff Sgt. Ashleigh Buch, an instructor with the 338th Combat Training Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., looks out over the city of Omaha from her apartment Oct. 20, 2016. Buch is the first openly serving transgender Airman to be recommended for a return to flying duties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Rachel Hammes) Transgender Airman flies high with new AF policy
On Ashleigh Buch’s 27th birthday, she woke up early, as usual, to go on a run before squadron physical training. She had always loved running, but today, as her feet pounded the pavement in the pre-dawn light, she prayed. “Please, let me be a woman. It’s my birthday, please let me have this.”
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Base Defense Operations Center controllers from the 23d Security Forces Squadron and Emergency Control Center dispatchers from the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron man their terminals, Nov. 1, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. These Airmen recieve alerts and phone calls, then coordinate a timely response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Birds of two feathers flock together
Many rivalries are held between firefighters and police officers nationwide, but when emergencies arise, both entities can be found running towards turmoil as a singular, lifesaving unit. That fact stands true at Moody, and it all begins with strategic planning in a modest room of Airmen from the 23d Security Forces Squadron and 23d Civil Engineer Squadron. Moody is one of the few Air Force installations to pair these units within the same four walls, allowing for smoother teamwork, better communication and elevated morale.
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U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Casey Ryan, 55th Security Forces Squadron Officer-in-Charge of Logistics, fires at silhouette targets place inside of a berm at the Eastern Nebraska Gun Club on Sept. 28 in Louisville, Neb.  Ryan is a member of the Air Force’s competition shooting team where he fires a combination of three types of guns and several targets.  Ryan also has the additional duty as Officer-in-Charge of the Emergency Services Team (SWAT) for Offutt Air Force Base.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Josh Plueger) Six rounds a second
From the time it takes you to read this sentence, the smoke would have already cleared and more than 20 shell casings would be on the ground from a .40 caliber STI Eagle. The amazing part is how all 20 rounds he shot would have likely hit a book sized target and he would have already ejected the old magazine, loaded a new one and continued firing.
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2016
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Caroline Rodriguez, 355th Comptroller Squadron financial services officer, poses for a portrait at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Oct. 18, 2016. Rodriguez transitioned from enlisted member to officer after completing Air Force Officer Training School this past March. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman Nathan H. Barbour) From NCO to CGO
Around this time in 2015, Caroline Rodriguez was serving in the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She still serves today, but in a slightly altered uniform and has assumed much more responsibility. Rodriguez transitioned from enlisted member to officer after completing Air Force Officer Training School this past March.
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