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Members of Woman-to-Woman, Leader-to-Leader 2017, San Antonio Chamber Military Affairs Council group meeting in March at the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind to discuss job opportunities for senior military women leaders.  (Photos by Gloria Vasquez) Preparing for civilian sector challenges; Help is just around the corner
The Twenty-fifth Air Force participated in the Woman-to-Woman, Leader-to-Leader, 2017 San Antonio Chamber Military Affairs Council, group meeting in March.
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Staff Sgt. Charles, 32nd Intelligence Squadron, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, performs a plank exercise January 30, 2017 at the Gaffney Fitness Center on Fort George G. Meade. Chuck had his left leg amputated in November 2016 when he found he had the disease called Pseudomyogenic Hemangioendothelioma of Bone. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt) 70th ISRW amputee Airman hopes to return to active duty, soccer and deploy
“I was eating dinner and watching TV when I got a call from the doctors around 6 o’clock. I knew something was probably wrong if I was getting a call from them this late in the day. The doctor said they found some tumors in my results and recommended I see an orthopedic oncologist. I hung up the phone and placed it on the coffee table in front of me. The next thing I know, it was 2 o’clock in the morning.” It all began when the 28-year-old signal intelligence analyst rolled his ankle during a soccer match in January 2016. Staff Sgt. Charles, also known as Chuck, 32nd Intelligence Squadron, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, joined the Air Force in 2009. He had been playing soccer his whole life. He played at a community college in California, then continued his love for the sport by playing intramural soccer with the 70th.
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Senior Airman Tori, resource advisor, 94th Intelligence Squadron, practices offensive guard passing during her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training Dec.14, 2016 in Elkridge, Maryland. As a light feather weight BJJ competitor, Tori has won several events across the U.S. in her division, most recently International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation New York Pro. She will be competing in 2017 in the International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation Atlanta Pro and possibly 2017’s World Jiu-Jitsu IBJJF Championship. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes) Linguist submits adversaries on and off duty
As a light feather-weight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor, Senior Airman Tori has competed in numerous tournaments around the United States, attacking her opponents with a barrage of arm bars and triangle chokes. And, believe it or not, the Airman bringing on this flurry of ferocious furor is around five feet tall and barely 120 pounds.
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The Exceptional Family Member Program Advocates group was created by Airmen stationed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland in early 2016 to help mentor, assist and support other families enrolled into the program. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes) EFMP Advocacy Network: Airmen helping Airmen
(Part 3 of 3: EFMP Ft. Meade series) In early 2016, an Airman assigned to 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing was given orders to move away from his family for three years. This immediately caused stress for the Airman’s family, who had a young child enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Because there were no capable treatment facilities for the Airman’s child in Hawaii, then he would have been forced to leave his family behind. This raised concern for others in the EFMP community. A solution was needed and guidance heavily questioned whom could help.
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The 7th Intelligence Squadron defeated the Defense Media Activity in the Division Two Flag Football Championship game, November 17, 2016 at Fort George G. Meade, Md. The 7th IS beat DMA 16-6 in Game One to force a Game Two. They won Game Two by a score of 20-14. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt) 7th Intelligence Squadron defeats DMA, wins Fort Meade Division Two Flag Football Championship
The Fort Meade Intramural Flag Football season began the week following Labor Day in September but, for many teams, the journey began months earlier. Coaches from various military units met at the traditional coaches meeting in early August and began to build their respective teams. The Tigers of the 7th Intelligence Squadron contend with their various administrative and operational duties before committing to the team.
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(Left) Lt. Col. Dan Newton, 22nd Intelligence Squadron commander, (middle) Lt. Col. Robert Vidoloff, 29th Intelligence Squadron commander, and (right) Lt. Col. Scott Paul, 381st Intelligence Squadron commander,  all attended North Dakota State University together from 1996 to 2000. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt) Graduates of NDSU reunite 16 years later as 70th ISRW squadron commanders
People often say “the Air Force is a small place.” This statement holds true, especially for three particular intelligence squadron commanders from the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing. Before Lt. Cols. Dan Newton, Robert Vidoloff and Scott Paul became commanders of the 22nd, 29th and 381st Intelligence Squadrons, respectively, all three of these Airmen where Bison. Yes, Bison from North Dakota State University.
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Senior Airman Jennifer, 94th Intelligence Squadron Standardization, Evaluation Liaison officer, perform Honor Guard duties during a promotion ceremony June 30, 2016, at Fort Meade, Md. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt) Former Ivy League Student, 94th IS Airman Hopes to Return to Harvard
At very young age, Jennifer had the dream of attending one of the most prestigious colleges in the world – Harvard University. This dream originated when the 5-year-old asked her father, “Dad, what is the best school in the country?” He replied, “Harvard,” and she responded with, “Ok, I’m going there.” At age five, she dreamt it, and at age 18, she made it a reality.
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Master Sgt. Brian, 22nd Intelligence Squadron, holds his first and last U.S. Air Force Marathon medals, September 9, 2016 at Fort Meade, Md. Brian is the last active-duty Airman to compete in all 19 USAF Marathons to date and is competing in the 20th USAF Marathon on September 17, 2016 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. AJ Hyatt) 20th USAF Marathon; last active-duty Airman to compete in every USAF Marathon since the beginning
On September 20, 1997, the first U.S. Air Force Marathon was born. More than 1,600 competitors completed the marathon and received commemorative medallions. One of those individuals was an Airman named Brian from Fort Meade, Md. Master Sgt. Brian has completed the marathon every year since and now is about to compete in the 20th U.S. Air Force Marathon, which will be held Sept. 17, 2016. The USAF Marathon is an annual endurance event held the third Saturday of September at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. First held in 1997 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Air Force, the marathon has grown into a 15,000-plus participant event. The marathon course is 26.2-miles that traverses historical places on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, including the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Air Force Institute of Technology, Headquarters Air Force Material Command, the Wright-Patterson AFB flight line, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and the Wright Brothers Memorial Monument.
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Confidentiality is number one for the Chaplain Corps and its team assigned to the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing to ensure Airmen receive the proper support during critical times to help prevent suicide and other stressors in the ISRW. Chaplains can meet Airmen and keep their conversation confidential, and keeping that confidentiality is a privilege that shouldn’t be passed up during tough times.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes) Saving ISR Airmen’s lives, keeping it confidential
Prevention of suicide in an Intelligence community is something that chaplains and chaplain assistants with the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing are adamant about. They don’t look to reach a few Airmen, but every single one to let Airmen know Chaplains are there whenever.
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(Ret.) Master Sgt. Scott Gearen poses for a portrait August 18, 2016 in the National Cryptologic Museum Baltimore, Md. Gearen will be the 69th Air Force Birthday Ball guest speaker for the Ft. Meade and Andrews Air Force Base, Md as an extension to the 70th ISRW family. Guest that attend the event will have a chance to meet and hear his story after 29 years of resiliency through tough times, and his inspiring journey as an American Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes) 29 years after injury; Pararescuemen gives back to Airmen
Attached to a SEAL team in 1987, an Airman began what’s was to be a normal parachute training out of a Marine CH-46 helicopter at 13,000 feet. Freefalling around 3,500 feet in the Airman attempted to pull his chute, upon looking up all he saw the sky. The Air Force Pararescue Staff Sgt. woke up in the hospital several days later.
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