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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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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Staff Sgt. Eric Henson, 5th Force Support Squadron base personnel reliability program monitor, inputs information into the Minot AFB PRP tracking database here Aug. 16. Minot is home to the largest PRP program in the Defense Department and home to the only dual-wing, nuclear base in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton) Comics depict heroes, Airmen are heroes
[Editors note: This story is part three of a three part series highlighting Staff Sgt. Eric Henson's gift in comic art and how he incorporates them and what they mean into his everyday life and family as an Airman.]He does it all. He draws, sketches and inks and when given the opportunity, he Lay leads protestant Sunday morning worship at the base
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MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Staff Sgt. Eric Henson, 5th Force Support Squadron base personnel reliability program monitor, works on a sketch of Marvel comics “Spiderman” in his home here Aug. 11. Sergeant Henson has been a comic artist since he was five years old when his father gave him a “Silver Surfer” comic book. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Stratton) Minot comic artist explains inspiration
[Editors note: This story is part two of a three part series highlighting Staff Sgt. Eric Henson's gift in comic art and how he incorporates them and what they mean into his everyday life and family as an Airman.]A Minot Airman graced with a special gift explains his art and dedication to the comic book industry.Staff Sgt. Eric Henson, 5th Force
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BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Capt. Eric Schmidt (front), a B-52 pilot with the 96th Bomb Squadron, poses with several other Airmen from his squadron July 23. Captain Schmidt is undergoing chemotherapy for stomach cancer, and several fellow Airmen shaved their heads to show their support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chad Warren) (RELEASED) Strength in numbers: Air Force family cares for its own
After three years of marriage and their first child on the way, nothing could have prepared the Schmidt family for the news they were about to receive.Over the course of a few weeks Capt. Eric Schmidt, 96th Bomb Squadron B-Flight commander and B-52 aircraft commander, found himself having trouble keeping food down, constantly feeling fatigued, and
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