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  • My Air Force: A flip of a coin

    After considering a college he couldn’t quite afford and a job he didn’t see escalating to a career, it came to a flip of a coin for Robert Parati to make the decision to enlist into the U.S. Air Force or the U. S. Marine Corps. As first member of his Filipino family to be born in the U.S., Parati grew up in a household structured by his mother and grandmother who emphasized the importance of taking care of family.
  • Dental assistant prevents dental disaster

    Prior to anesthetizing a tooth for drilling, about two months ago, Maj. Jon Federspiel, chief of dental services with the 319th MDG, incorrectly identified which tooth to drill. Luckily, Lopez spoke up, correcting the mistake and avoiding irreversible action on the wrong tooth.
  • DM OPFOR bolsters joint training

    Insurgents slowly approach a bazaar, hugging a wall as they creep down an empty street. Armed with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47s, they are on the hunt for U.S. troops rumored to be in the area. In an adjacent field, an MV-22 Osprey kicks up a thick cloud of dirt as it lands. Excited by the target, the insurgents scale the wall only to be quickly neutralized by a force of waiting Marines.
  • Hesed Shel Emes: The Truest Form of Kindness

    Seventy-years ago, a young man was killed in World War II just days before the surrender of Japan. Since then, he has been interred with the wrong emblem on his headstone- that is, until recently.On Feb. 28, 2017, 1st Lt. Levy Pekar, Rabbi chaplain assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., led the headstone replacement ceremony at the National
  • Red Flag weather forecasters ensure real-world safety

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ashley Weatherly, Red Flag 17-1 weather forecaster from the 1st Operational Support Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, is one of two Red Flag 17-1 weather forecasters. She knows this isn’t what flyers want to hear, but their safety depends on weather calls determined by forecasts she prepares. Along with forecasts, Weatherly and her 1st OSS counterpart, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman William James are responsible for tracking, researching and briefing weather conditions for the multi-contingent joint and coalition force exercise at Nellis AFB, Nevada.
  • UFC, military share common discipline

    Three Airmen took deep breaths as they approached a blue mat where a 5-foot 5-inch, 135-pound blonde woman was beginning her warm-up exercises. Valentina “the Bullet” Shevchenko, the number two ranked female Bantamweight Ultimate Fighting Championship athlete in the world, waved her hand motioning for them to join her for mixed martial arts training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
  • EFMP Advocacy Network: Airmen helping Airmen

    (Part 3 of 3: EFMP Ft. Meade series) In early 2016, an Airman assigned to 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing was given orders to move away from his family for three years. This immediately caused stress for the Airman’s family, who had a young child enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Because there were no capable treatment facilities for the Airman’s child in Hawaii, then he would have been forced to leave his family behind. This raised concern for others in the EFMP community. A solution was needed and guidance heavily questioned whom could help.
  • Pearl Harbor survivor tells story, visits Aviation Nation

    “Most of us knew or felt something. It was in the winds, something was happening…I was transferred to the USS Solace…” “That's where I became a survivor of Pearl Harbor.”
  • 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.”
  • 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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