March 12, 2018
Face of Defense: Lone Female Competitor Battles for Title of 'Best Warrior'
BASTROP, Texas —
Of the more than 3,200 airmen serving in the Texas Air National Guard, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Brown is among just eight service members selected to compete at the 2018 Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition. Brown also is the only female competitor.
March 9, 2018
Face of Defense: Army Logistics Officer Improves Troops’ Quality of Life
POZNAN, Poland —
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
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. —
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
HOHENFELS, Germany —
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
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii —
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.
Key Spouses Support the Mission Behind the Scenes
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan —
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.
Face of Defense: Former Slave, 2-Time Olympian Becomes an Airman
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas —
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
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. —
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.
Face of Defense: Immigrant Airman Forges Intercultural Friendships
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan —
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
FORT IRWIN, Calif. —
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.