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Fred Brooks, now the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron installation management chief, poses for a photo with his mother Barb and step-father Earl during his Air Force commissioning. Road to resiliency tracks through stories of life
Tires screeched trying to find traction on the road known as "Dead Man's Curve." Next, the violent sound of metal impacting metal as the great bulk of a 1973 Plymouth Fury assailed the guard rail meant to keep it on the roadway. Within seconds the sound of steel collapsing and glass breaking gave way to eerie silence as the vehicle completed its
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Benjamin N. Garland, Public Affairs Officer and offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons, assigned to the 140th Wing, receives a token of thanks from the Army National Guard at Buckley Air Force Base Feb. 21, 2016. A ceremony was held to honor the collaborative effort put forth by Garland and the Army National Guardsmen to ensure service members understand the importance of head injuries as they relate to the military and the National Football League. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bobbie Reynolds) Concussions bring NFL and military together at last
"We were in the air about 100 to 150 feet, just hovering (on the cable)," said Army Staff Sergeant Kathleen A. Lewis. "The wind below started spinning us in the wrong direction and the flight medic was trying to get us reoriented. Right as I reached the bottom of the helicopter, we got caught in the wind and we flipped in the hoist. The pulley
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Airman helps combat Human Trafficking
Every 30-seconds someone in the United States falls victim to Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes against humanity and, unfortunately, Denver, Colo., has one of the largest populations of homeless youth in the country, leaving homeless teens prime victims of sex trafficking. Two of the most common forms of human
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2016
The Colorado Freedom Memorial was dedicated May 26, 2013 in Aurora, Colo., to honor Colorado service members killed in action since Colorado became a state.  Nearly 6ooo  men and woman have given their lives for freedom and are remembered and honored with their names written on the wall. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Bobbie Reynolds) Founder of Freedom Memorial Shares Story
Rick Crandall, President of the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation, provides an inside look into how the memorial went from an idea to a reality and what it took to get it there. On Memorial Day 2000, Crandall did a morning radio show broadcast from an American cemetery, located at Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France in honor of World War II
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U.S. Air Force Airmen, assigned to 140th Weapons Maintenance Squadron, Colorado Air National Guard, load bombs in preparation for a night flying exercise at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., during the wing wartime readiness inspection Oct. 16, 2015. Weapons have been responsible for loading and unloading bombs, guns and any other weapons on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Bobbie Reynolds) Night Flying
"I am actually kind of a night owl," said Staff Sergeant Spencer Brauer, aircraft armament systems specialist, assigned to the 140th Maintenance Squadron here. "I like working the night flying missions and I especially like watching jets take off at night as a big dragon tail shoots out of the back. They aren't louder or anything, it just looks
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Two F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 120th Fighter Squadron, 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, fly over the Denver-Metro area May 29, 2015. (Air National Guard Photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram Stumpf) Defining a hero
For those who don't know him, my 9-year-old son is obsessed with flying, and set his sights on becoming a fighter pilot after he saw his first Colorado Air National Guard F-16 as a toddler.With such a goal firmly rooted in his mind, we often discuss airplanes and aviation (to be fair, he usually quizzes me, and I usually lose), world history as it
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2015
Senior Airman Benjamin A. Haapapuro (pictured holding the ball), a space systems maintainer with the 233rd Space Group, Colorado Air National Guard, is the captain of this year's official Air Force Rugby Team. The team will compete against teams from the other branches of the military to win the Armed Forces Championship during the annual Serevi Rugby 7’s tournament August 14-16 at Infinity Park, Glendale, Colo. (Photo courtesy of Senior Airman Theodore J. Szarzynski) Airmen train to win back rugby championship
Rugby and the Air Force have a lot in common. Both Rugby and the Air Force consist of teams made up of a diverse group of people, who are passionate about teamwork, camaraderie and strength. Although both cohesively work together to accomplish a different mission, they both share a common goal, winning.Senior Airman Benjamin A. Haapapuro, a space
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2015
Default Air Force Logo BLOG: 140th Civil Engineering Squadron in Slovenia
The following are notes from Slovenia, where the 140th Civil Engineer Squadron is currently working.Day 1: We finally arrived in Slovenia, but the jet lag is insidious. Our journey started in Denver on Thursday morning at Buckley Air Force Base.  Some had driven more than an hour to report at 0730 and others wrapped up late business staying up late
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2015
Colorado Army National Guard Chaplains surround Chaplain (Capt.) Mary St. Onge in prayer for her strength and to remind her she’s not alone in her ministry, at the Colorado National Guard headquarters in Centennial, Colo. As of Dec. 1, 2010, St. Onge is the COARNG’s newest chaplain and first female to hold the position in the entire CONG. St. Onge is assigned to the 193rd Military Police Battalion. (Official U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cheresa D. Theiral, Colorado National Guard) ‘Strength and dignity are her clothing’: First of her generation candidate earns chaplain appointment
For some, taking risks and breaking ground are difficult to fathom, while for others, it's a regular occurrence. And for most, such challenges - planned or unplanned - are how they find their rightful places on this earth.For one Colorado Army National Guardsman, earning her chaplain's insignia was more than an answer to a prayer. It's her
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2015
Mike Jefferson is reflected as he searches for his brother's name on the wall April 2, 2008 in Washington, D.C. U.S. Air Force Maj. Perry Jefferson, an intelligence officer with Colorado Air National Guard's 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, went missing in action in Vietnam April 3, 1969, while working as an aerial observer on board an O-1G Bird Dog aircraft over a mountainous region in Ninh Thuan Province. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Darin Overstreet Never too late: Colorado National Guard welcomes home its last Vietnam MIA
One week before Colorado Air National Guard Capt. Perry H. Jefferson was scheduled to return home from Vietnam, he was officially reported missing in action.On April 3, 1969, Jefferson, an intelligence officer with the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron, disappeared while working as an aerial observer on board an O-1G Bird Dog aircraft over a
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