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Lloyd Ponder, World War II POW WWII, POW survivor shares tale of hope, determination, resilience
The four pillars of resiliency -- physical, mental, spiritual and social -- are drilled into the minds of Airmen today to emphasize how important it is that no matter what life situation they are going through, there is always a healthy way to handle the situation.
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The United States Air Force observes its 70th birthday Sept. 18, 2017. Barksdale’s rendition of the 70th Air Force Birthday Ball is scheduled to take place Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Vernon Greene) Barksdale set to celebrate 70th Air Force Birthday
The United States Air Force will commemorate more than seven decades of air power when it turns 70 years old Sept. 18. Team Barksdale will celebrate this milestone with an Air Force Birthday Ball, scheduled to take place Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. at the Shreveport Convention Center.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Thomas Bussiere, 8th Air Force commander, speaks with 93-year-old World War II veteran Raymond Odom during Odom’s dog tag presentation at Arbor Rose Assisted Living Facility in Farmerville, La., Feb. 2, 2017. Odom was reunited with his lost dog tags during the 8th Air Force 75th Anniversary event after more than 70 years.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erin Trower) Dog tags make final journey home to WWII veteran
A gathering of friends, family and Mighty Eighth Airmen made way as the guest of honor slowly approached the front of the stage. Raymond Odom, a 93-year-old World War II veteran, sat patiently in a large chair on stage as he waited for the unveiling of a memento he lost while serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces in England more than 70 years ago.
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