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Chaplain (Maj.) Olga Westfall is 94th Airlift Wing chaplain. (U.S. Air Force graphic/James Branch) Overcoming obstacles: From escaping Soviet Union to U.S. Air Force chaplain
Although Chaplain (Maj.) Olga Westfall, 94th Airlift Wing chaplain, provides spiritual services during unit training assemblies, it has not always been that way for her.Westfall was born in Dnepropetrovsk, found in Eastern Ukraine in the late 60’s. During her time as part of the Soviet Union, the thought of God was prohibited. The Bible was a
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2015
Tech. Sgt. Patrick Pittman, 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron Combat Metals Flight machinist, puts the finishing welds on his scrap metal sculpture. Dubbed "Ironman" by it's creators, the project utilized more than 200 pieces of scrap metal collected by a volunteer crew of four, and it took two weeks to assemble. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Eric Petosky) Combat Metals Flight sculpts from scrap
At nearly seven feet tall, the iron behemoth towers menacingly over everyone, armed to its crooked metal teeth with a 40mm Gatling gun, steel-clawed feet, chain-link flail, and sinister telescopic eyes. But this isn’t the rise of the machines – it’s a scrap metal sculpture designed and created by inventive Airmen of the 386th Expeditionary
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2015
Tech. Sgt. Denis Bryant (left) and Staff Sgt. Chris Sefton review aircraft landing schedules here March 29, 2011, at Sendai Airport, Japan. A team of 20 Airmen deployed there to help the Japanese recover and rebuild in the wake of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Bryant is an air transportation craftsman from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii; Sefton is a ground radio technician from Kadena Air Base, Japan. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski) Recovering hope: Airmen help Japanese rebuild Sendai Airport
In the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Sendai Airport was a disaster -- cars littered the runway, debris had piled up inside the terminal, there was no power.Sendai Airport was written off by many as gone forever. That is, until Airmen stationed in Japan arrived there to help. Airlifters from Yokota Air Base and special operations
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2011
Elden Miller, a former Army sergeant blinded during a truck explosion at Fort Carson, Colo., finds the "miracle on the mountain," while blazing independently down the wide-open spaces of Colorado's Snowmass Mountain March 29, 2011, at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. Accompanying him is volunteer ski instructor Jerry Miserandino. (Defense Department photo/Donna Miles) Disabled vets discover 'miracle on mountain'
Sheila James threw her arms up in joy, flashing a smile that stretched from ear to ear as she celebrated a personal victory during the 25th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here March 29.A motor vehicle rollover in 2009 turned the former senior airman's life upside-down, landing her in a wheelchair and leaving her unable to do some
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2011
Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace is a public affairs specialist with the 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. He is currently deployed to the Regional Command-West Media Combat Team in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo) Deployment journal: NCO chronicles mission in deployed location
Tech. Sgt. Kevin Wallace is a public affairs specialist with the 100th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. He is currently deployed to the Regional Command-West Media Combat Team in Afghanistan. This is his second combat tour in support of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan operations there. The journal will
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2010
A C-130 Hercules takes off for a mission for Operation Enduring Freedom from Karshi-Khanabad Air Base, Uzbekistan, on March 26, 2005. According to its Air Force fact sheet, basic and specialized versions of the C-130 airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic ice resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, firefighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol) C-130 Hercules: Air Force's 'old reliable' airlifter still on the front lines
Pick any day for airlift operations in Afghanistan and there's a high probability you'll see a C-130 Hercules taking off from a forward operating base filled with cargo and troops. You also might see a C-130 cruising between Afghan mountain peaks on an airdrop mission directly supplying the "beans and bullets" to troops on the ground. Since 1956,
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2010
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