March 21, 2018
Face of Defense: Soldier Excels in Student Chef Competition
FORT LEE, Va. —
Army Pfc. Olena Konotop, a culinary arts specialist based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., competed to be named student chef of the year during the 43rd Annual Joint Culinary Training Exercise. Konotop strongly believes that she can achieve anything by working hard and putting her mind to the task, which her supervisors say is reflected in her work.
March 20, 2018
Arctic Conditions Provide Valuable Lessons in Alaska Exercise
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska —
More than 1,500 U.S. military personnel braved snowy and icy conditions and temperatures that dipped well below zero to participate in the multiservice exercise Arctic Edge last week, primarily in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and Long-Range Radar System sites in Alaska. Navy and Coast Guard experts also discussed maritime scenarios during a tabletop exercise in Alaska’s capital of Juneau.
Airmen Save Life, Render Medical Aid on Train in Poland
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany —
Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel E. Webb and Senior Airman Angelo Flores worked together to render medical aid to a young Polish woman, possibly saving her life, aboard a train in Poland.
Face of Defense: Resilience Helps Military Family Persevere
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. —
Robyn Kramer and her husband, Air Force Capt. Kyle Kramer, a helicopter pilot, say they are eternally grateful for the doctors who performed successful surgery on their baby Jack's malformed heart. The Kramers said they also salute and appreciate Air Force leaders' assistance in providing them the time to take care of their son.
March 19, 2018
Face of Defense: Soldier Balances Bodybuilding With Army Life
FORT CARSON, Colo. —
Army 2nd Lt. Angela M. DiMattia, a bodybuilder and the family readiness leader for the 4th Infantry Division ‘s 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, believes staying in good shape aids in the overall well-being of soldiers, leaders and family members. “There is nothing more rewarding than helping someone with their own health,” DiMattia said.
March 16, 2018
Medical Examiner System Personnel Train in Operation Joint Recovery
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. —
More than 200 active duty and reserve service members and personnel from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System participated in Operation Joint Recovery at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Defense Department mortuary affairs exercise involved search and recovery missions in tactical and nontactical environments, operating a mortuary affairs contaminated remains mitigation site, and establishing and operating a mortuary affairs collection point and a theater mortuary evacuation point.
Special Operations Forces Exercise in Arctic Conditions
FAIRBANKS, Alaska —
More than 1,500 U.S. military personnel from 20-plus units trained in arctic conditions in Alaska as part of the Arctic Edge 2018 exercise.
Face of Defense: Combatives Instructor Began Breaking Barriers in High School
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. —
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Heather Perez, a combatives instructor with the New Jersey Air National Guard, was a cheerleader in high school when she decided to try out for the school's football team. She made the team as a kicker before moving to safety on defense, and has been breaking barriers ever since.
March 15, 2018
Face of Defense: Marine Credits Personal Accolades to Her Leaders
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. —
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gabriela Gonzales’ hard work has resulted in her selection as the 2nd Marine Logistics Group’s Marine of the Year. Gonzales, a combat engineer with 8th Engineer Support Battalion, has been in the Marine Corps for just over a year, but she has demonstrated exceptional potential.
March 14, 2018
Face of Defense: ‘Lunch and Learn’ Event Saves Airman’s Career
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. —
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Scofield, a member of the West Virginia Air National Guard, was having trouble keeping his weight down until he received some health care tips at one of his unit's regularly held luncheons, called Lunch and Learn events.“The briefing provided in November saved my career,” Scofield said.