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Airman 1st Class Mary Amstead, 23d Wing Judge Advocate general law paralegal, poses with an assortment of alcohol bottles, April 26, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Air Force expresses the importance of having outlets for the stressors of military life. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Airman battles alcoholism, prevails
“I was in a ball crying and saying, ‘I need help.’ My wife didn’t know what to do. I’d already been through in-patient once, and she didn’t know how to fix me.” After relapsing and turning back to the bottle, Staff Sgt. Jaiopalanta Jones, 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, later checked himself into in-patient care. This was the second time he attempted to combat the effects alcohol was having on his life.
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Staff Sgt. Joshua Dunn, 23d Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, poses with his wife, Brentnie, as he holds the Military Hero Award during the American Red Cross of South Georgia Hero Awards, March 27, 2017, in Valdosta, Ga. On Feb. 3, Dunn utilized his Self-Aid & Buddy Care military training to ensure safety at the scene of a car accident scene. by blocking oncoming traffic and assessing the victim’s ailments until paramedics arrived. (Courtesy photo) Flying Tiger honored as 'Military Hero' recipient
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joshua Dunn, 23d Component Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, never knew that safely removing passengers from an overturned car would lead to this moment. Not one to pursue personal accolades for what he feels are obligations, Dunn says he believes in doing what’s right even when others may not be watching. However, all eyes were on him during the American Red Cross of South Georgia Hero Awards, March 27, in Valdosta, Ga. In what began as a normal after work commute, one Friday took a slight detour. During this trip, the oddity of seeing cars bypass an overturned vehicle with no one on scene compelled him to approach the vehicle. He instinctively blocked oncoming traffic as his military Self-Aid & Buddy Care training kicked in while he inched closer to the vehicle. Unable to see inside the car because of the deployed airbags, the muffled voiced of children ensured Dunn that there was indeed signs of life, which led him to pry the doors open. Assessing the victims, he removed the passengers to safety until the paramedics arrived. Upon their arrival, Dunn proceeded to help load the victims in the ambulances, unsure of the driver’s fate. Luckily, everyone survived.
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US. Army soldier Ricardo Plana, and his wife, Emerenciana Plana, pose for a photo in the Philippines, in between 1946 and 1949. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Ricardo Plana and thousands more prisoners of war were forced to march 70 miles before entering concentration camps during WWII. To honor his and other POW’s sacrifices, Plana’s grandson, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Max Biser, 23d Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of confinement, marched 26.2 miles, March 19, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range, N. M. (courtesy photo) Bataan Death March: Airman honors POW grandfather
Starvation, torture and a 70-mile march to concentration camps or dying in the process were the only options Philippine soldier, the late Ricardo Plana faced after the U.S. surrendered the Bataan Peninsula to the Japanese during World War II. Now, 75 years later, his grandson, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Max Biser, 23d Security Forces Squadron, traveled to the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., to complete the 26.2-mile Bataan Memorial Death March, March 19.
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Air Force Academy Cadet Benge waits for his next instruction during an Air Liaison Officer Aptitude Assessment, Feb. 14, 2017, at Camp Bullis, Texas. The week-long assessment allows current ALOs and enlisted cadre to decide if the cadets are worthy of progressing to the Tactical Air Control Party school house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Air liaison officers test cadets
Cadets from the Air Force Academy attended an Air Liaison Officers Aptitude Assessment Feb. 13 to 17 at Camp Bullis, Texas. Current ALOs and enlisted tactical air control party members from the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing filled the roles of cadre and raters to assess if the cadets have what it takes to join their career field.
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Airman First Class Connor McDonald, left, and Staff Sgt. Tayrell Washington, both 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load team members, use an MJ-1C bomb lift to transport a Mark 82 general purpose bomb during Green Flag-West 17-03, Jan. 24, 2017, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Weapons Airmen enabled joint force training during the two-week exercise by loading weapons, inspecting jets and maintaining munitions systems. Some of the live munitions included the Mark 82 and 84 general purpose bombs, high-explosive incendiary 30mm rounds and the 500 pound GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bomb. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan) Weapons Airmen enable joint training
Weapons troops from the 74th Aircraft Maintenance Unit enabled joint force training during Green Flag-West 17-03, Jan. 13-27 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.GFW, an air-land combat integration exercise, provided these Airmen with a rare opportunity to put their home station training to use by allowing them to load live munitions
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Sticky notes represent every step to overhauling a TF-34 engine used in A-10s, Jan. 23, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Representatives from Air Combat Command traveled to Moody Air Force Base to participate in a Continuous Process Improvement event with the goal of decreasing the scheduled 28 days it takes to disassemble, repair and reassemble the TF-34 engine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) Moody Consolidated Maintenance Squadron aims to raise the bar
The 23d Component Maintenance Squadron, here, utilized the week of Jan. 23-27 to begin assessing ways to better support the A-10C Thunderbolt II’s increased flying mission. Representatives from Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., traveled to Moody to participate in the Continuous Process Improvement event.
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Firefighters from the 23d Civil Engineer Squadron douse flames during nighttime, live-fire training, Jan. 10, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. All of Moody’s firefighters are required to perform this training at least once a year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) 23rd CES trains in extinguishing night fires
Team Moody’s 23rd Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters routinely perform nighttime training exercises to prepare for emergencies.
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Airmen from Moody’s 820th Base Defense Group board a U.S. Army CASA C-212 with U.S. Air Force and Army counterparts as well as German Army jumpmasters during the 19th Annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop, Dec. 15, 2016, at Mackall Army Air Field, N.C. The 820th BDG trained with domestic, German, Italian, and Canadian jumpmasters to share and learn airborne training tactics, and expand their experience through working with partner nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)   Multinational paratroopers fill NC skies
North Carolina’s skies were filled with 4,000 paratroopers across the world during the 19th annual Randy Oler Memorial Operation Toy Drop. Every year, the Fort Bragg, N.C. community begins celebrating the holiday early by inviting their coalition partners to participate in the world’s largest annual multinational airborne exercise and give toys to children in need. U.S. Air Force and Army units worked alongside Canadian, Dutch, Botswanan, Czech, German, Italian, Polish, and Singaporean armed forces to strenghten coalition partnerships and hone airborne capabilities. Paratroopers participated in the event as 120 jumpmasters helped jumpers familiarize themselves with a multitude of aircraft and standardizations, which helped units to forge bonds to lessen cultural barriers.
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