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  • Act like a Superhero

    I was recently picking up a few items at a local retail chain at lunchtime; everywhere I walked, someone wanted to shake my hand or say, "Thank you for your service." It made me proud to be wearing the uniform of the U.S. Air Force.While waiting in the checkout lane, I noticed a little boy shopping with his mom was staring at me from his perch in
  • Running in cadence helps prevent injuries

    Hut-2-3-4! Hut-2-3-4! Did you ever wonder why drill sergeants make recruits double-time and follow this quick rhythm? The answer is simple - to avoid injury. A double-time cadence of 180 steps per minute will greatly reduce the likelihood of shin splints and other musculoskeletal injury in soldiers. It is also very helpful for those training for
  • Self-aid, buddy care training saves life

    Senior Airman Nathan Collett never thought he would be in a dangerous situation when he enlisted into the Air Force Reserve in October 2009. An 87th Aerial Port Squadron cargo processing flight traditional reservist, he loads and unloads the "bullets, beans and bodies" on C-130, C-17 and C-5 aircraft. He is also a sophomore at Columbus State
  • Getting to know the 445th Security Forces Squadron

    Air Force Security Forces are the Air Force's first line of defense when it comes to protecting base personnel and aircraft from physical attack. It is also their job to maintain law and order on installation property.Working early and late, the duty day of a security forces professional can be busy and tiring, but one thing is for certain: It
  • Triathlete Airman: integrating fitness culture as a way of life

    President John F. Kennedy once said, "Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."One Airman who values the U.S. Air Force physical fitness program was inspired to incorporate physical fitness as his lifestyle.Senior Airman Ronald "Les" Campbell, 445th
  • 445 AW Logistics Readiness Squadron: making it happen

    The term "logistics" is considered to have originated with the military's need to resupply themselves as they moved from location to location. Military officers in ancient Greece and Rome who were responsible for such matters held the title "Logistikas."Here at the 445th Airlift Wing, the Logistics Readiness Squadron is responsible for supplying
  • 445th MXS Fab Flight: a well-oiled machine of team players

    Tucked away in building 4026 one can witness worker bees painting, drilling, measuring and hammering away. They belong to the 445th Maintenance Squadron's fabrication flight.The 50 reservists assigned to fabrication flight are responsible for aircraft structural maintenance for the wing's C-17 Globemaster III fleet. "Most people assume we're just a
  • Airman rededicates life to service after 22 years

    Senior Airman Roy VonAlmen, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, may look like a typical medical logistics journeyman, but he's far from average - that's because VonAlmen first enlisted 26 years ago. He recently rejoined the U.S. Air Force as a Reservist at age 44. The journey to becoming an Airman wasn't easy, but one could say that VonAlmen has
  • Pre-BMT program prepares recruits, increases retention

    There are many reasons to join the United States Air Force Reserve: job skills training, educational benefits and the opportunity to travel and meet new people. For 26-year-old Erica Taylor of Ashville, Ohio, lack of satisfaction in her everyday civilian life was the main motivating factor."I've been a bartender for the past five years, and was a
  • 87th APS Reservist pursues career as AF nurse

    After dreaming of becoming an officer in the Air Force for more than 10 years, Tech. Sgt. William Smith's, 87th Aerial Port Squadron air transportation craftsman, dream came true when he was commissioned as a first lieutenant May 19. "Being in the Air Force Reserve and with the 87th APS has made my dream of becoming an officer and starting my goal
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