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March 9, 2018

Face of Defense: Army Logistics Officer Improves Troops’ Quality of Life

Army Capt. Jason M. Spalding was awarded the Army Commendation Medal by Army Brig. Gen. William L. Thigpen, deputy commanding general, 4th Infantry Division, for his work to improve conditions for troops supporting the Atlantic Resolve mission in Europe.

March 8, 2018

Face of Defense: Air Force Service Reunites Father and Son

Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Formantes and his son, Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Formantes, are currently serving together at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. Jacob said his father had always played an important role in his life through his strong leadership and mentorship.

March 6, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Helps Others Maintain Well-Being, Readiness

With five years of Army service under her belt, Germany-deployed Sgt. Isabel Giron is enjoying life in the military and the opportunities it provides. A human resources specialist, Giron is responsible for providing support that affects soldiers’ overall welfare and well-being while assisting leaders with keeping soldiers combat-ready and effective.

March 5, 2018

Airmen Prepare for Deployment During Sentry Aloha Exercise

Iowa Air National Guard airmen assigned to the 132nd Wing deployed to Hawaii for Exercise Sentry Aloha to develop their deployment readiness skills alongside their active duty and Hawaii Air National Guard counterparts.

March 5, 2018

Key Spouses Support the Mission Behind the Scenes

A recent luncheon at Kadena Air Base, Japan, honored members of the Air Force Key Spouse program, an official family readiness program put in place at the unit level to help airmen and their families be resilient through all of the challenges of being a member of the armed forces.

March 5, 2018

Face of Defense: Former Slave, 2-Time Olympian Becomes an Airman

Nearly 20 years ago, Air Force Airman 1st Class Guor Maker was one of roughly 20,000 children uprooted by the gruesome second Sudanese civil war. After moving to the U.S., Maker would go on to become a two-time Olympian before he joined the Air Force to serve the country that gave him so many opportunities.

March 2, 2018

Airmen Keep F-16 Fighting Falcons Rolling

A small group of dedicated airmen work around-the-clock on the equipment that literally keeps the F-16CM Fighting Falcon rolling at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

March 2, 2018

Face of Defense: Immigrant Airman Forges Intercultural Friendships

An intelligence analyst by day and cultural envoy by night, Air Force Master Sgt. Cesar “Vinny” Ventura grew up as one of four bilingual siblings in a Hispanic immigrant family in Los Angeles, California. Ventura's parents didn't speak English, so they relied on him and his brothers to translate for them.

March 1, 2018

Air Force Weather Forecasters Assist Soldiers at Fort Irwin Exercise

Knowing missions need to be completed regardless of weather, Air Force weather forecasters are training with soldiers in the Mojave Desert to prepare for battle in changing weather conditions.

March 1, 2018

Face of Defense: Infantry Soldier Earns Recognition at Strongman Competition

Alaska-posted Army 1st Lt. Max Pippa achieved a personal goal when he finished in 2nd place at the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition in Raleigh, North Carolina. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology, Pippa said he developed an interest in Strongman in 2006 with some friends in St. Louis.

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