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March 30, 2018

Face of Defense: Air Force Opportunities Help Airman Pursue Music Dream

After joining the Illinois Air National Guard, Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Sentz thought his dream of pursuing a career in music was over. However, Sentz has not only competed in several Air Force singing competitions, but he has also toured the globe as a vocalist for Tops in Blue, a program for musically-gifted airmen.

March 29, 2018

Soldier-Geologist Maintains Helicopters in Iraq

Army Spc. Kathleen Scanlon, an aircraft power plant repairer with the Rhode Island Army National Guard works with her fellow soldiers to troubleshoot and correct maintenance issues for the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade’s Black Hawks and CH-47 Chinooks flying in support of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.

March 29, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Breaks Through ‘Glass Ceiling’

New Jersey Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kristina Sofchak, a Black Hawk helicopter maintenance test pilot, says that her mother would always challenge her to think outside the box when it came to her career plans. Sofchak was also inspired in the 1980s by women such as Lynn Rippelmeyer, who became the first woman to fly a Boeing 747.

March 28, 2018

Face of Defense: Single Parents Lead Households, Squadrons

Air Force Lt. Col. Carina Harrison and Air Force Lt. Col. Stacie Voorhees are both single parents who juggle the competing priorities of family and squadron leadership. Harrison has a 15-year-old daughter and Voorhees has two young girls. The women say being flexible when blending their military careers with family life has allowed them to succeed at both.

March 27, 2018

Face of Defense: ‘Green to Gold’ Soldier Excited About New Challenges

Army Spc. Mcneil Edmonds may seem like any other soldier in today’s Army, but he’s on a path toward becoming a commissioned officer. The Army’s Green to Gold program provides selected soldiers the opportunity to complete their baccalaureate degree requirements and obtain a commission through participation in the ROTC scholarship program.

March 26, 2018

Face of Defense: Identical Twins Serve in Same Air Force Squadron

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris Engelke was born first, one minute ahead of his brother, Air Force 1st Lt. Cody Engelke. The identical twins are both highly competitive with each other and love sports and academics. They also both enjoy the satisfaction that comes with serving their country.

March 21, 2018

Face of Defense: Soldier Excels in Student Chef Competition

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

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.

March 20, 2018

Airmen Save Life, Render Medical Aid on Train in Poland

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.

March 20, 2018

Face of Defense: Resilience Helps Military Family Persevere

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.

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