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Kevin Callan (right) a member of the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick AFB, Fla., enjoys a laugh with Private 1st Class Mario "Cipy" Cipriano, a U.S. Army and World War II veteran.  Cipriano, a Purple Heart recipient, was a mortar gunner and served three years during the war. Callan volunteered his time as member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association to escort the veterans to the airport as they embarked on their Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., Oct. 20, 2012.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) AFTAC helps send World War II vets off in style
They have been called the Greatest Generation. Some were drafted; others volunteered. All are heroes in the eyes of the American public.Yet in 2012, veterans from World War II are sadly passing at a rate of nearly 900 a day, and a vast majority of them have never seen the memorial dedicated to them and their service to the nation.That's where the
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2012
Col. Chris Worley (left) briefs spouses of the Air Force Technical Applications Center during an orientation held at the center Sept. 13, 2012.  Worley, who commands AFTAC, discussed his treaty monitoring mission and encouraged the spouses to stay engaged and get involved in the numerous activities and events that happen at the center and across Patrick AFB, Fla.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) Treaty monitoring center hosts spouses
In an effort to educate family members on the center's critical mission and give them the opportunity to network with other spouses, the commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center here conducted a Spouses Orientation Sept. 13.Professionals from various organizations on base presented valuable information to the attendees, ranging in
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2012
Airman Basic Steven Revels on the day of his graduation from Air Force Basic Training, April 1987 (Courtesy photo) Chief reflects on 25-year career
Some may remember the vintage World War II recruiting posters that caught the eye of many young men back in 1939 that read, "Join the Navy...See the world!"For today's modern-day servicemen and women, joining the military is a decision often times based on job security, medical and pay benefits, and educational opportunities.But for one chief
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2012
Chaplain, Lt. Col. Calvin Dixon (left) offers candy to Tech. Sgt. Sean Phillips (center) and Tech. Sgt. Ryan Von Oven (right), both Noncommissioned Officers-in-Charge of Network Operations at the Air Force Technical Applications Center.  The chaplain was making his rounds to AFTAC Airmen as part of his pastoral visits to the organization.  “Successful religious programs are ones that meet people’s needs,” Dixon said.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Susan A. Romano) Spiritual leader well grounded for military life -- and candy
From shrinking budgets to continual deployment cycles to deep reductions in force, Airmen will be the first to attest to the amount of additional duties that pile up when vacancies occur in the workplace.One Airman knows that dilemma more than most. Enter Chaplain Calvin D. Dixon, a lieutenant colonel with the 45th Space Wing, who volunteered to
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2012
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- Betsy Stone Witt, the recently retired technical director and senior civilian for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center’s Space and Missiles Analysis Group, explains mathematic equations to students at Wright State University. Following an Air Force civilian career that spanned 33 years, Witt saw her retirement as a chance to continue her passion for mathematics by becoming an adjunct instructor at Wright State University and Clark State Community College in Dayton, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Veronica A. Pierce) Retirement brings new challenges, new rewards for NASIC senior civilian
The majority of employed adults may spend decades working toward retirement, that time to finally relax. But Betsy Stone Witt, the recently retired technical director and senior civilian for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center's Space and Missiles Analysis Group, had a different idea of retirement. Following an Air Force civilian career
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2012
Airman 1st Class Jonathan Leak, a knowledge operations manager with the 692nd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, auditions for Tops in Blue at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, January 2012. Leak sang Chris Brown's "She Ain't You." (U.S. Air Force photo/Chris Burch) JBPHH Airmen selected for Tops in Blue
Two Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii were selected for the Air Forces premier performing arts group, Tops in Blue.Airmen 1st Class Briana Hofreiter, a financial services journeyman with the 15th Comptroller Squadron, and Jonathan Leak, a knowledge operations manager with the 692nd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
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2012
Myron Larrick, left, a member of the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick AFB, Fla., passes the baton – or in this case, a slap bracelet – to fellow Ragnar Relay Race teammate Erica Reich at Homestead International Raceway Jan. 7, 2012. Larrick had just completed a 9-mile leg with his final lap around the speedway, while Reich was about to begin her 6-mile leg toward the Florida Everglades. The nationally-acclaimed, 198.5-mile race tests the physical and mental limits of its participants. (Courtesy photo) Airmen warriors conquer 198.5-mile race with teamwork
Hemingway look-alike contests. Humphrey Bogart movies. Seven-mile bridges. The Conch Republic.These are images one may conjure up when thinking about the picturesque Florida Keys. But recently, a group of 12 from the Air Force Technical Applications Center here turned the archipelago into their own personal battleground for a challenging 198.5-mile
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2012
Col. Aaron Prupas (left), commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., and Robyn Kleinschmidt, wife of Maj. Neal Kleinschmidt, also from AFTAC, display their coveted Donald Duck medals upon completion of Disney's half marathon that took place Jan. 7, 2012.   Runners journeyed through various locations throughout Walt Disney World during the 13.1-mile trek.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Susan A. Romano) ‘This ain’t no Mickey Mouse marathon!’
Over the din of cheering family members and friends, along with the music and fanfare the Walt Disney Company is famous for, one lone voice could be heard bellowing above the crowd, "Get ready, runners! This ain't no Mickey Mouse marathon!"Fireworks erupted over the early morning skies Jan. 7 to signify the start of the Donald Duck Half Marathon, a
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2012
LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- John LaHue, chief financial officer at the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment, was presented a Distinguished Flying Cross during his Dec. 22 retirement ceremony for his service in Vietnam in 1970. AFCEE civilian receives overdue war honor
For Air Force veteran John LaHue, it was an award ceremony over four decades in the making. The Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment chief financial officer received the Distinguished Flying Cross during his retirement ceremony Dec. 22 for extraordinary achievement while serving as a sergeant and C-47 airborne Morse system operator
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Devita Lanham, 70th ISR Wing sexual assault prevention and response assistant, guides a class of volunteer Bystander Intervention Training instructors in an activity Nov. 12 in the McGill Training Center at Fort George G. Meade, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Dillon White) Airmen train to make a difference, intervene
Saving a life or preventing a traumatic, life-changing sexual assault may only require one person.However, to teach an entire wing of Airmen to identify a situation in which they should intervene and inspire each individual to take action requires more than one person. It takes a classroom of volunteers who believe they can make a difference and
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2011
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