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Staff Sgt. Jessica Benisch, a paralegal assigned to the 28th Bomb Wing Legal Office, sits inside the 28th Bomb Wing court room, on Jan. 12, 2017, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Benisch was awarded the Castleman Award for 2015, recognizing her as the most outstanding paralegal in Air Force Global Strike Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Randahl J. Jenson) Sailing through life: an Airman’s story of success
The salty air pushed the boat like a knife through the cold Rhode Island bay as seagulls and the sound of waves crashing against the hull filled the harbor. A 12 year-old girl commandeers the Bris de Mer – French for “summer breeze” – a 22-foot long sail boat that belongs to her mother, an avid sailor and competitor in speed sailing. Skillfully
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Volunteers from Ellsworth Air Force Base unload donated blankets at the Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City, S.D., Dec. 19, 2016.  Both the Hope Center and Cornerstone accept donations of many items such as food, clothing, blankets, baby products, and hygiene products for those in need. (Courtesy photo) A blanket statement; keeping the homeless warm
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. – A mental health technician assigned to the 28th Medical Group formed a donation event throughout the month of December 2016 in an effort to help the homeless of the Rapid City community during the frigid months of winter.Airman 1st Class Katelin Offutt, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native, organized a group to prepare
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Staff Sgt. Jonathan Balko, an electrical and environmental craftsman assigned to the 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, left, prepares to fly his American flag at Fort McHenry during a family vacation. From a young age, Balko knew he wanted to have a career related to military aviation. (Courtesy photo) Old Glory travels from sea to shining sea
The young boy stared in awe as military aircraft powered through the skies. “Which jet is that?” asked his father, pointing to the sky. “That’s an F-14! And that one over there is an F-16!” the boy answered proudly.
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Senior Master Sgt. Ryan Carson, U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact superintendent and vocalist, hits a high note at the FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Nov. 20, 2016. The band played before the Washington Reskins military appreciation game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez) The power of music
“I had just finished performing and this Green Beret, Special Forces guy, all bearded up, came up to me afterwards. He grabbed his ranger tab and Special Forces tab, and he threw it at me.”The performer thought he had offended the Green Beret, that he did something wrong during his performance. “He had this stoic look on his face, and he said ‘I
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WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- (Middle left) Julie Jolly, 509th Child Development Center director, with staff members, prior to the start of her radiation and chemotherapy. Staff members surprised Julie with a Breast Cancer Awareness pink T-shirt filled with prayers and supportive messages from other staff members. Front: Hattie Roberts, Leslie Johansen; Middle:  Julie Jolly, Aida Dey and back: Brittany Jackson Fighting breast cancer
"The results are positive, you have breast cancer." The doctor's words isolated Julie Jolly's body and mind, 509th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center director. Questions and concerns immediately flooded her head. She was about to embark on unfamiliar territory, and she tried to figure out her next move.Julie's doctor scheduled her
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Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, 8th Air Force commander, reviews the pre-flight check list with Staff Sgt.  Regis Reddinger, 2nd Maintenance Squadron, before his final B-52H Stratofortress flight on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., May 24. General Carpenter is retiring after 33 years of service and 3,000 flight hours in the B-52. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Micaiah Anthony) (RELEASED) A view from the stratosphere: General ends 33 years of service
The departing Eighth Air Force commander recently took time here to reflect on 33 years in the Air Force, commanding a numbered Air Force, the stand up of Global Strike command, and the people he has served with. Summing up the accomplishments of Eighth Air Force during his two years as commander, he locked his fingers together, shot a quick glance
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A 2nd Bomb Wing B-52H bomber, call sign Skull 61, taxis for takeoff at Barksdale Air Force Base, La, March 5, 2011. Aircraft 60-008, the 8th Air Force flag ship, was crewed by Air Force Reserve members of the 343rd Bomb Squadron, which is a classic associate unit assigned to the 2nd BW. The launch of this crew and aircraft was significant for being the first supported by 2nd BW operations and maintenance personnel during a 307th Bomb Wing Reserve Unit Training Assembly. (U. S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Greg Steele) Barksdale active duty, reservists complete first 'Total Force' B-52 sortie
After completing a five-hour sortie, the wheels of the B-52 Stratofortress touched down on a still wet runway at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The drag chute deployed, gradually slowing the jet.Rain, hail, and two "lightning within five" delays couldn't put a damper on the significance of the day's event. Despite the relentless challenges of the
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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. - Bomb Comp was renewed in 1974 with several firsts – first time held at Barksdale AFB, first time Tactical Air Command participated and first time to include a munitions loading competition to recognize those who make flight operations possible with sub-categories as Best Munitions Load Crew and Best Bomber Crew Chief. The Bomb Comp featured 20 B-52 wings; two FB-111 wings; 27 tanker squadrons from SAC; two F-111 aircraft and crews from TAC; and four RAF Vulcan bombers and crews. Global Strike Challenge - A legacy of excellence
The first-ever Global Strike Challenge culminates Nov. 16 -17 here and in the local community, welcoming top security forces, maintainers, and missile and bomber crews in head-to-head competition seeking to be recognized as the "best of the best."After months of competition, teams will come to the Shreveport-Bossier City area for a strategic
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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. – After 49 years of civil service, 29 as part of Eighth Air Force, Medina Paro officially retired Aug. 27. Mrs. Paro began working as a federal employee in June of 1961. In 1977, she became the 2nd Field Maintenance Squadron commander’s secretary then was reassigned to the 2nd Organizational Maintenance Squadron. She made her move under Eighth Air Force Headquarters in 1981, when she moved to the 608th ACOMS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Richard Komurek) Secretary retires after nearly 50 years as federal employee
Medina Paro never thought about it, but her children did. One day they came up to her and said, "Mom, after 49 years we think it is time to retire" - so she did.After 11 different 608th Air Communications Squadron commanders and 15 Eighth Air Force commanders, Mrs. Paro's last day as a federal employee was Aug. 27. Mrs. Paro began working as a
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2010 Air Force Marathon medal Mighty Eighth prepares to flex muscles at Air Force Marathon
The air is hot and humid at the base of the Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center building in downtown Shreveport, La. The trail has more people on it than I've ever seen. I keep my eyes focused on the ground as the trail winds back and forth between trees, the Red River, the Clyde Fant Parkway and the East-Side Reservation. I try to keep the pace.
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