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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.
  • Gun Plumbers: reassembling the old with the new

    Inside the 355th Equipment and 924th Maintenance Squadrons’ back shop, a group of Airmen are using innovative problem solving to modernize traditional ways of maintaining the Air Force’s ability to fly, fight and win. The Airmen form an armament team known as the “Gun Plumbers,” that disassembles, inspects and reassembles parts which are critical to the action of close air support vital to saving the lives of ground troops downrange.
  • 55th RQS: The maintainers that keep HH-60Gs flying

    (This story is part of the “55th RQS series” which highlights the different AFSCs associated with the unit.) The 55th Rescue Squadron conducts training missions on a regular basis, but when the HH-60G Pave Hawk is grounded, a completely different crew handles the aircraft.
  • 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.
  • African American / Black History Month

    Booker T. Washington, an American educator, author, and advisor to President Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, once said, “Success always leaves footprints.” This quote brings meaning to those who fought for African American rights and shows that no matter what comes out of the findings, there will always be evidence.
  • Command Post Controller Becomes ‘Good Samaritan’ During Tucson Car Accident

    Many people would see a car accident and drive on by; but not Staff Sgt. Devin Smith, a Citizen Airman from Fort Worth who apparently has a “knack” for being in the wrong place at the right time.Such was the case January 19 when he was driving behind a 16-year-old girl named Aspen Ballesteros who hit the gravel shoulder, over corrected, and flipped
  • For retirees, by retirees

    For some, serving 20 years in the military may be just the right amount of time necessary to achieve retirement and move on. Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer Allen Estes, D-M’s Retiree Activities Office manager, served his time in the U.S. Navy, but has decided that he still has more to give back to his military family. “I had a good time in my Navy career,” Allen said. “I have time and I just feel like I should give back.” Allen and his wife Barbara Estes, D-M’s RAO editor and receptionist, volunteer their time to ensure the information area of the RAO is staffed.
  • Chief Love: the veteran that keeps serving

    Veterans Day is commemorated to honor those who have served in the United States Armed Services. Despite retiring from the Air Force 32 years ago as a medical technician, and serving an additional 16 years of civil service, retired Chief Master Sgt. Garland “Bill” Love continues to devote his time to his country. Love, from West Monroe, Louisiana, joined the Air Force after his half-brother died during World War II. His decision to suit up was a no-brainer.
  • 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.
  • From NCO to CGO

    Around this time in 2015, Caroline Rodriguez was serving in the rank of technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She still serves today, but in a slightly altered uniform and has assumed much more responsibility. Rodriguez transitioned from enlisted member to officer after completing Air Force Officer Training School this past March.